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Acer Aspire AS5542G-5281 NoteBook

The Acer Aspire (model#: AS5542G-5281) laptop features an AMD Turion II processor and a 15.6″ display.Acer Aspire AS5542G 5281 NoteBook

The notebook is powered by an AMD Turion II CPU (M500) is a 64-bit dual-core processor running at 2.2 GHz. It has 1 MB of L2 cache and is built on a 45 nm die.  The chipset used is the AMD M880G.

The 15.6″ display features Acer’s CineCrystal Technology with a resolution of 1366 x 768.  The widescreen resolution means you’ll get the full DVD experience on your notebook.  The LED backlight means your laptop will use less power. Driving the display is the dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 chip with a dedicated 512 MB of memory.  Dedicated memory means no processor slow downs in graphic intensive applications like you can see in systems with shared memory.  The chipset is DirectX 10.1 compatible to run most games. Speaking of memory you get 4 GB of DDR2 memory in the 2 available DIMM slots.

The hard drive is a 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM. Smaller than the 500 GB provided by other laptops in this price range, but still plenty of space for music, digital photos and all your apps.  The optical drive is an 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive with support for CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD +/-RW, DVD RAM and DVD-R dual layer.

You get plenty of external ports: a 56K modem port, 10/100/1000 RJ-45 Ethernet port, built-in 802-11 b/g/n wireless adapter, 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports, 1 analog VGA port, 1 HDMI for connection to your HDTV or other HDMI compatible device, your standard headphone and microphone jacks and a built-in Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader which supports Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO) and xD-Picture Card (xD).

Easy video chat and Skype capabilities with the built-in webcam and microphone.  For sound the system comes with 2 built-in speakers with HD audio support.

The keyboard is a standard 101-key keyboard with numeric keypad and the multi-gesture Touchpad (supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, rotate and flip) provides the pointer control.

The laptop comes preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).  Other installed software includes Acer Crystal Eye,
Acer eRecovery Management, Acer GridVista, Acer Launch Manager, Adobe Acrobat® Reader, Adobe Flash Player,  eSobi, Google Toolbar, McAfee Internet Security Suite (trial version), Microsoft Works 8.5 (full version), Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 (60-day trial),  MyWinLocker, and Norton Online Backup.

The6-cell lithium ion battery provides up to 3.0 hours life depending on configuration and usage; with a 2.5 hours recharge time with power off or  3.5 hours with power on. Dimensions are 15.10″ x 9.90″ x 1.03″ – 1.50″ and it weighs 6.16 lbs.

Acer provides a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty for this laptop.

You can find the Acer Aspire AS5542G-5281 NoteBook for around $600.

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