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Having read the previous writer's review, I felt I had to put fingers to keyboard to express my impression of the Acer 5920 although I have only the experience of my current machine to draw on and I am no technical whizz. However, I may have been more fortunate with my own laptop because after having it for 5 years it is still going strong!
Admittedly, it did need a screen replacement a few months in but that was due to the positioning of the laptop too close to my partner's amateur radio while he was transmitting which seemed to blow the screen. Prior to that incident the screen had not experienced any defect that I recall.
On checking that it was the screen at fault (I plugged in a spare standalone screen) I arranged for the laptop to be sent to Acer, who repaired and returned it without fuss. The screen has had no faults since - with the exception of cracks at the bottom where Acer over tightened the screws when they refitted the screen.
I personally would recommend the Acer again, however maybe I was lucky enough to receive one of the better ones?!
Fairly short review about the laptop that will cut straight to the point. Despite its technical merits the hardware of the ACER 5920 has a serious fault, and this is an incessant flickering screen.
You will attempt to carry out a simple task, whether it be a word document or browsing a website, but instead you are treated with a screen that suffers from PSE. Seriously, try attempting a word document whilst your computer screen turns to back to white to blue in quick succession and you will shorty discover it is simply unbearable. The screen will cut out on occasions for minutes on end or simply wont stop flickering and pixelating.
Before you start pondering the possiblity that this is simply a one off and i have been unlucky in my purchase, my sister owns exactly the same model and experiences exactly the same problems.
Type 'ACER 5920 flickering screen' on Google and you are treated to a whole host of complaints from fellow 5920 owners all ranting arguing about the exact same issues. Screens that will not stop jaulting or flickering and that are ultimately driving them insane.
Maybe the problem wouldn't be so bad if ACER offered to fix the problem, considering there is clearly a technical fault with the model. But no. Instead what you are treated to is a long winded phone call, which in the end boils down to whether you are still in warranty and if not then it will cost you close to £200 to fix. Madness. £200 to fix something that is clearly a design flaw in the model and something that Acer is solely to blame for. Up until now i had heard nothing but positive things about Acer and their laptops, which is partly the reason i plumped for the 5920. After this though, never ever again.
I have had to remedy the problem myself by buying a VGA cable and a USB mouse and keyboard, substituting my laptop display for my tv's. Not the best solution, but its a damn sight better than leaving things the way they were.
There is honestly no point in trying to talk about the merits of this laptop, for which there originally were a hefty amount, because you simply cannot get passed the fact that there is probably a 50% chance that your laptop will become unusable within 1-2 years.
Steer well clear.