Acer Aspire 5742 i3 370M 4GB Ram - Dixons £379.99

Acer Aspire 5742 i3 370M 4GB Ram - Dixons £379.99

Found 25th Dec 2010Made hot 25th Dec 2010
For those who missed out on the slightly cheaper model at Amazon this model comes with 4GB and not 3GB.

Here is the blurb

The Acer Aspire 5742 comes powered by the Intel® Core™ i3-370M Processor, and has the 64-bit version of the Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system pre-installed. This notebook computer also features 4GB RAM and a capacious 320GB hard drive, offering plenty of room and speed for all your multitasking and multimedia needs.

Sporting a 15.6" widescreen display with 1366 x 768 resolution and a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as an integrated DVD player/burner, the Aspire 5742 is a versatile everyday computer, suitable for both work and entertainment. Its built-in Acer Crystal Eye webcam with 1.3mp resolution and microphone makes keeping in touch with friends around the globe easy.

As well, the Aspire 5742 delivers plentiful connection and expansion abilities, with wireless 802.11 b/g/n technology, Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB ports, HDMI and VGA output for connection to external monitors, a 2-in-1 media card reader for easy file transfer and much more!

Enjoy reliable, mobile computing that will help you keep in touch wherever you go, with the Acer Aspire 5742!


looks good to me voted hot

good deal...don't forget 3.03% TCB!

yes, not bad at all, have some heat....

Shame it's Intel HD (integrated) graphics, ok for general use but it could end up being a bit rubbish if you want to play any (3D) games on it.

This one posted recently is cheaper and has a Radeon mobility chip in it:…201

Although it has got 1gb less ram, no HDMI, and a slightly slower processor the better graphics chip would more than make up for it if playing more demanding games.

That said... my 18 month old Dell has a better graphics chip still

Intel HD graphics is just as capable or rather incapable as the 4250. I would choose intel hd over 4250 graphics any day, as it is more future proof.

you have to be a numpty to buy any sub £600 laptop for higher end gaming

Best to avoid any laptop for gaming tbh. £2000 for a computer that's just as capable as a £700 desktop PC is just bad value. Plus batteries will last for usually no more than an hour on gaming laptops.


Intel HD graphics is just as capable or rather incapable as the 4250. I … Intel HD graphics is just as capable or rather incapable as the 4250. I would choose intel hd over 4250 graphics any day, as it is more future proof.

Care to explain your statements with a bit more backing please?

err, I never meant anything like Crysis
If you're really serious about gaming on a PC then yes you can spend a hell of a lot on a nice rig, more than twice the price of a 360 on a graphics board alone.

I looked up some info on the Intel HD graphics and they benchmarked at 12fps in World of Warcraft (never played it but it's a few years old and the recent adverts looked crap, I'm guessing they haven't really upgraded the client much?)

No real interest in FPS games, etc but the Radeon in my Dell plays World of Goo, Braid, PB Winterbottom etc quite nicely at 1280*720 and even 1920*1080.

I just thought it was worth pointing out the shortcomings in the Intel graphics in this laptop as some people would see HD, mention of graphics memory, DX10 support etc and assume it would be half decent for games.
Edited by: "BlueDan" 25th Dec 2010

Going by these benchmarks:…php

Intel HD scores about 300+
M Radeon 4250 scores 145

Just because it says Radeon doesn't mean it's better for games than Intel. Same goes for nVidia -- I found out that GF 8200M G graphics were no better than the standard GMA X3100s, when I acquired such laptops in 2008.

@BlueDan I suspect your Radeon is more powerful than the 4250. Having a screen that's resolution is 1080p would imply that it is high spec laptop.

"Intel HD" is the new built-in video accelerator that comes with any Core i* processor. This at least matches the ATI 4200, so any laptop with a Core i3 processor can easily play games like WOW, Sims, and many mid-range 3D intensive games.

I know as I work with them everyday and have tested 3D games on laptops with Core i3 processors but no dedicated graphics card.
Edited by: "james4809" 25th Dec 2010

Only slightly more powerful, I spec'd up the screen via Dell's website for the desktop space more than for games. Otherwise it's pretty much the same spec as this laptop, except DDR2 (still 4gb), a Core2 Duo (also 2.4GHz but in real use an i3 probably 'gets stuff done quicker' if you get me, and would be more power efficient) and a 7200rpm HDD.

re james, fair dos, I was going by what others had written, and the (usually fair) assumption that integrated graphics are ok for office and internet use, but are otherwise pants.

Is there any point banging on about superior/inferior graphics chips every time a deal for a sub 400 quid laptop gets posted? This will do everything apart from game with ease.

Ginger isn't out of te question, you'd just need to be realistic about resolution an details.
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