I was amazed to discover from my Son who had the misfortune to buy an Acer Aspire 5742 laptop, that the sound on board was mono, even through the line out socket. Fortunately he bought through Currys and did not install any software on it, so obtained a refund in full and is not lumbered with this turkey of a laptop!
I cannot believe that in this day and age any PC manufacturer could imagine that anyone would want mono sound. It all seems to be for the sake of putting another speaker on board?
Somebody on Amazon has posted this remark (I have not edited any typographical errors in this)
I purchased this laptop on the 26th of November and was pleased when it arrived the following Monday. First impressions were a little disappointing – the screen height limits viewing spreadsheets, etc, without having to scroll to the bottom of the page. I did not try viewing photos, but I imagine that there would be the same problems with the height of the screen, leaving a blank space each side. However, the real problem was when I tried to listen music on the desktop speakers. There was no right hand speaker. Investigating the Control Panel options revealed that there was stereo present for connection externally. Assuming that there was a problem with the right hand speaker, I returned the laptop for a replacement. When this arrived, it was immediatly obvious that there was the same problem with the desktop speakers. A thorough investigation conformed that Acer has cut corners with this model by providing only one desktop speaker. I could not believe that, in this day and age, a manufacturer would not provide stereo speakers on the desktop – who wants to listen to mono sound?
To suimmarise then: A well built, albiet slightly flimsy, inexpensive laptop but with a very disapointing aspect ratio screen and only low quality mono sound from the desktop.
I have returned the laptop for a full refund. If you are looking for a laptop in this price range then go for the 5741, which although it has s lightly slower (350M) processor it does have a larger capacity hard drive and at least has twin speakers on the desktop. It is only a few pounds more now that the price of the 5742 has gone up to £425. However, whatever laptop you buy in this price range they will all have the same problem with limited screen height.
As you can already guess, I can’t recommend the 5742.