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This is my current laptop, and though I would love to give it a great review, I have unfortunately found this laptop to be one problem after another, and one problem that keeps re-occuring is the screen having white lines appearing all down it and then going back to normal. This laptop has now been repaired 4 times for this, and unfortunately the warranty is now up on it, so I am having to grin and bear it until I can afford a new laptop. I have also found the keys stick quite easily, and the touchscreen mouse has now stopped working, and I am having to use a cheap usb mouse! The overall working of the laptop is fine, it is quite fast, and it came with a wide range of programmes, which I am increasing the score for. The built in Crystal Eye webcam works only when it decides to, and often decides that there is no camera there.
The pros are the laptop is a nice design, and is also quite lightweight. The sound is great, perfect for those who are using this to watch movies. The graphics card is also of good quality, which will suit gamers. The battery life is ok, however as you begin to use the laptop, the battery life does go down substantially, even on power saver it lasts for maybe an hour or an hour and a half at a push.
However I personally would not encourage ANYONE to purchase this product. For me, it has to many faults which seem to reoccur.
I have owned this laptop for about three years and have found it to be both helpful and slightly irritating. The look of the laptop is stylish and practical, with a relatively scratch resistant outer cover.
The large screen makes it easier to see the work you are completing, while the navigation to the area you need is fast and painless. It responds well to having a few programmes open at once, though it does occasionally freeze when these programmes take up much of the processor speed.
It has a range of fast buttons that can take you to everything from Windows Mail to Bluetooth, as well as quick buttons for the music controls. The built in webcam is of good quality and works without any problems, even when many of the programmes are running at the same time.
Overall it is an all round decent laptop for both those who just need it to complete internet searches and barely use a computer, to those that are steadfast business individuals using a computer nearly everyday.
Fantastic laptop for someone who wants to do relatively basic tasks. It looks stylish with the white keyboard and shiny black back. It also has one touch commands for email, bluetooth, and wireless internet. The specification is very good for some of the prices about now for them, but the battery life is very poor. Mine says its got 15minutes left and will then turn off after another 5? Another thing with this laptop is that you need to be careful not to go crazy with the number of windows or tabs open at the same time. It will not repond if you have open maybe 6 or more tabs at once I find. The sound from the laptop is very good too i find, aswell as the webcam. Overall very good for the current prices they are at, but be aware of battery life and not to overload it too much.
The is the best budget value laptop I have seen in a while. Acer, who are becoming more reliable, and popular and selling this machine ridiculously cheap. With a good sized screen, the machine copes well with a good processor, intel core 2 duo, and with more than enough RAM to run windows vista premium edition. This however can be upgraded if needed in future, with a new RAM memory for about £20 per GB. The hard disk has 250GB memory, but after windows being loaded on etc, it comes to about 238GB. Still more than enough though. However, like myself who almost got caught out, making a back up disk is essential. I recommend that this is the first thing you should do out of the box as it does not come with one.
This is a very good value laptop and is still relatively up to date in terms of laptops.
I have been using this laptop for the past 6 months and I have found it to be very good - although it is not completely without it's faults. However, if you need a laptop for basic use, then I would recommend it as it is a reasonable price and easy to use.
I have been surprised to read that some reviewers have had trouble with reliability and the computer crashing, as I have not had these issues at all and found it to be reliable.
Looking at the downsides, it is quite a bulky laptop. This I have no issue with, as I only use it at home and do not have to transport it anywhere. If you were using it for business though and needed to carry it with you, it probably would not be suitable. Another downside, and this is the biggest for me, is that the battery life is fairly short. I always have to have it plugged in at the wall and charge it frequently.
I have owned my acer for 3 month now, the aspire 5920 aesthetically has a very sleek piano black case which looks good, the "boot like" latch is something i have never seen before but does not look out of place and works well and helps to have the webcam centrally placed in the lid.
When opend the gray finish is easy on the eye and the lay out with multimidia keys down the right and various application keys down the left side, the mouse pad is a little sensitive at times but i have got used to that.
When the laptop is open the screen part is a little top heavy and not to stiff so it tends to want to over open or tip up but this is just a niggle not a big problem.
The screen is very bright and clear but i feel it lacks a little colour when compared to a couple of other laptops
Most of the sockets you need are on .the left side apart from 1 usb next to multi dvdwr drive and the power in socket which is on the back, this is not really easy to get to when the laptop is open as it hinges down and gets in the way of the socket but it does not touch the plug when it is in.
On the front you have the multi card reader and headphone/mic sockets plus a rolling type volume controle.
Once up and running the firs thing i do not like is the acer empowering software it just doubles up on what windows does anyway and gets in the way.
The stereo sound is very good (Dolby virtual surround) and loud enough and the Intel core duo T5550 seems to run everthing i thow at it with ease, surfing the net,downloading, playing games, watching films (on laptop or connected to tv) and a bit of photo editing.
I paid £275 for this laptop which i think was a bargain and this is reflected in my review, so if you pay a bit more it might not be such a good deal.
Anyone wanting a powerful laptop for a decent price ideal for web-browsing, data storage, work and multimedia functions could do a lot worse than the Acer 5920. It is nippy even when running a range of demanding applications and doesn't suffer from overheating as much as some laptops can.
However not everything about this laptop is a success, and there are some drawbacks ranging from the pedantic to some more serious in nature. The laptop appears to have been designed to cram as much media functionality in as possible, and the software that is pre-installed is cumbersome and much less user-friendly than the more widely used and freely available. Also you must factor in the hotkeys linked to this software, which are placed next to the keyboard and are ultra-sensitive. Frequently you will find yourself accidentally opening up a programme you don't want to use, and while they can be disabled this is a tiresome and frustrating task.
Also the laptop as a whole can be quite unreliable. My own laptop has often had problems with crashing, even with frequent cleanups and de-frags, and now cannot be left alone for more than 10 minutes without freezing and requiring a hard restart. Again, frustrating considering the otherwise good quality of the hardware.
Overall it is a good laptop ideal for students who want to use it to combine work and play, but any serious user will no doubt discover faults that, while not overly destructive, are sometimes infuriating if you want to do something quickly and simply.
I have to say that from my own opinion, this is the worst laptop/computer system that i have ever experienced. this laptop, is slow to react, the camera at the top of the screen keeps fogging up. The bettery life on this thing is absolutly awful, i couldnt use it for 2 hours before it shut down. the laptop is big, thick and bulkey. not ideal, even for walking around the house. for me, the only way to get the best out of this acer laptop, is to constantly leave it on charge, while you are using it. but if you ask me, that is a waste of electricit, and for the extra bit of money you could get a half decent laptop, that can do everything that you would expect it to do.
i hope this review has helped you to NOT buy this product. it is awful and i would not recommend it to anybody. dont waste your money
Acer has built up a decent reputation in the home consumer PC market in recent years. They are based in Taiwan, and are now the third largest computer manufacturer in the world, behind only HP and Dell. Their products include Laptops, Desktops, PDA's, Servers and other minor computer based products.
The Acer Aspire 5920G is a 15.4" notebook PC that was released back in 2007. At that time, the specifications of the machine were very high, and as such it was very expensive. However, since then the price has dropped, making the machine very much more affordable while still having competitive specifications to other machines being released this year. This review will cover the ins and outs of the 5920G and whether this computer would be a good choice for you.
The laptop comes well equipped wielding a Dual-Core Intel processor, 4GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive. The full details of the equipment are listed below:
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
Screen - 15.4" WXGA Crystalbrite LCD (8ms) @ 1280x800 Resolution
Graphics Card - ATI Radeon HD3470 256Mb
RAM - 4GB DDR2
Hard Drive - 250Gb SATA-150
Blu-Ray Disc Drive
Inbuilt Subwoofer and Speakers
5 in 1 Card Reader.
Windows Vista Home Premium
This is comparable to many middle of the range laptops today.
The one major downside to this machine is it's weight - At 3kg, this machine is a beast and hurts your shoulder when you carry it around for a while - Compared to other 15.4" laptops, 3kg is very heavy, many are around 2kg or less.
It also comes with a 1 year warranty.
On first inspection, the laptop appears to be quite attractive. When closed, it has a curved glossy black finish on the lid, with 'Acer' printed in a silver font in the centre. The 5920G has an unusual latch to make the laptop open - It is designed like a car door (allegedly designed by BMW). This is an unusual feature and I believe it makes the laptop quite unique. However, I believe the good looks end here.
Upon opening the laptop, you suddenly begin to question the designer's intentions. The inside is a ghastly 'off-white' grey sort of colour, which does not in any way compliment the sleek glossy black finish of the outside. From experience with the laptop, the horrid grey plastic inside is easily marked and becomes grubby very quickly. It looks tacky and cheap and detracts from the good job that the company made on the outside of the machine.
Other than that, the laptop pretty much resembles other Acer laptops - hotkeys down both left and right hand sides, a speaker strip above the keyboard and the trackpad centred below the keyboard.
The Acer 5920G comes with the usual array of features bundled with laptops - Annoying software that you don't want, will never use and just uses up disc space and a standard installation of Windows Vista on a Hard drive that has been partitioned in a way you don't want!
However, there is an inbuilt webcam on the underside of the "Door handle" which is very good. The "Crystal Eye" instantly works with MSN and appears to be a decent enough webcam.
The Blu-Ray drive in the laptop is a major positive point. The ability to play high definition content is a feature that many competitors do not offer - especially at the price that this laptop sells for. To add to this, the laptop also has a HDMi output, meaning that it can be plugged into a large HDTV in order to stream high definition content, leading to you not having to purchase a Blu-Ray player or PS3 to play Blu-Ray movies!
This is, however where the features of the machine end, and I still cannot get over the way that Acer partition their hard drives - it's unneeded and very annoying!
First viewing gives the impression that the 5920G is a very well built machine. The outside appears very well made and does feel very good quality to the touch. The same cannot be said when it is opened however, with the grey plastic feeling very cheap.
It is very solid however, and any attempts to bend the screen do not work. The screen itself is quite shiny, and has a decent viewing angle. So far in 4 months of continual use, very little damage has been evident, and I have not had any problems with the machine.
Keyboard, Trackpad and Hotkeys
The keyboard is in the same horrific shade of grey as the rest of the inside of the machine. It is a full size keyboard (minus number pad of course) and the majority of the buttons are of regular size and shape. It is, indeed comfortable to type with (as I experienced writing reams and reams for my ICT coursework) and the keyboard does not encourage typo's like some laptop keyboards do. It does feel very natural and continual typing flow is maintained.
The trackpad also does not interfere with typing like on some laptops - This is especially good as I had some bad experiences with my old laptop with the trackpad interfering when I was typing.
The trackpad is satisfactory also - it has both horizontal and vertical scrolling features and three buttons underneath (Although I still haven't figured out what the middle button is for!) The trackpad sensitivity is about right and I don't get annoyed when using it - So it is satisfactory (I'd never rate a trackpad as good, much rather use a mouse!)
There are several hotkeys built into the 5920G down both the left and right hand sides of the keyboard. These offer pretty normal functionality - Internet, Wireless connectivity, e-mail, media functions and CD-burning software.
The buttons respond well to touch, however I have found that I accidently press the CD-burning software button by accident when using the cursor keys which is very annoying - especially when sound is turned on as it beeps.
Other than that one minor gripe, the buttons are good overall.
The 5920G is packed with an 8-cell lithium Ion battery. On the "balanced" power plan in Vista, a full battery is expected to last just over 2 hours. In my opinion this isn't particularly brilliant. Coupled with the huge weight of the thing (3kg), the Aspire 5920G isn't a particularly portable solution. However, there are worse battery lives out there, and more time could be squeezed out of the machine by setting it on a lower power mode. Of course, performance would be compromised - but frankly if high performance was needed, this machine wouldn't have been the best choice.
Generally, the laptop will perform well in any application that you wish. Internet exploring is quick and painless and many desktop applications will run without any fuss at all. The laptop also scores well in many desktop benchmarks, although not brilliantly. Games tend to run okay, at decent frame rates on medium graphics. However, as this is not primarily a gaming machine for me, it is difficult to back this up with evidence - The only real game I play on it is FM2009...which runs with a fairly large database with no problems or lag.
Therefore I'll give the performance a 4/5 with price having a bearing on the score - Performs admirably for work based tasks, can play music well and some games also tend to work quite well.
This laptop usually comes in at around £500. I purchased mine from Amazon for £480 but there are other places where it is available with varying specifications which impact the price. These stores include:
- Acer Direct
Overall, I believe that this laptop poses good value for money. It has decent specs which relate to good performance, decent looking exterior, good webcam, HD capabilities with it's Blu-Ray and HDMi out and several more good features.
However it is let down on several fronts - It's portability is poor due to being heavy and having low battery life and it does tend to get quite hot after continual usage.
However, if you are on a budget looking for a mid-range new laptop - I will recommend this machine, especially with today's poor economic climate. If however, you have slightly more cash you could afford to spend, I would recommend you looked elsewhere, as more portable and newer solutions are now available at competitive prices.
Thanks for reading,
We wanted to buy a laptop for our teenage daughter. The laptop needed to be good value for money and reliable with enough space for all of her music,homework,photographs etc.
After much research online at several online stores , pc stores and local smaller retailers we decided on the Acer Aspire 5920.
This laptop looks great with a neat shiny outer which looks the part for our fashion concious teen. It is easy to use andhas a great screen size with good picture quality. Windows vista was included and is excellent. All that it lacks is office which I would reccomend for youngsters as it seems they all use it at school. Our daughter loves the camera card reader and bluetooth gismo.
One slight critisism is that this laptop does not seem to hold its charge for very long. We tend to use it plugged in most of the time.
All in all we would reccommend this laptop as a good all rounder for a teenagers first laptop.
I spent a long time researching before finally settling on a laptop, and the Acer Aspire 5920 was the one i decided on. Best in its class for price, speed, memory, screen size and quality, and general all-round shiny-ness!
Supplied with windows vista, i was slightly dubious as I'd heard bad things about the operating system. However I've found it very good to work with, though having installed various programmes and anti-virus the computer is now very slow to start-up.
We do have occassional problems with the wireless - it does not always find and connect to the broadband, but pressing the wireless button a few times to disable and enable it again usually rectifies this.
Beware if you change the power settings - the battery was running down one day so i switched to power-saver setting, this switched off the wireless, amongst other power-saving things. For some reason I assumed that it would re-set to normal power setting when re-started, but it didn't. Even when switched on with the power connected it asked me every time at start up if i was sure i wanted to disable wireless. I had to change the power setting back to balanced with the power supply not connected to get it back to normal.
all in all though, a very good machine.
Before moving to university, I needed a laptop. After research i decided on getting the ACER Aspire 5920G. This was due to its specs as well as its price. All i needed for uni, was a laptop that played music, use the internet and be relatively quick. I believe it does achieve all these aspects.
After a while, i occured a problem with the laptop. When using it, sometimes the screen would just jump across the screen and flicker on random occasions. It would stop if i adjusted the screen, which was annoying if i was watching a film in bed. When looking at the source of the problem on the internet, other people where complaining about the same problem which is to do with the LCD and the motherboard connection problems. Easily fixed when sent off to ACER.
Quality laptop for its price, would recommend it to anyone including students!
The Acer Aspire 5920G is very cheap, great design, lightweight model Windows Vista Home Basic with 15.4" Widescreen TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ) CrystalBrite display. In the upper right corner of the keyboard it has an "express" button called the "e" button that if you press it jumps you to the Acer Empowering Technology (eRecovery, eSettings, ePower Management) program where you have all the controls (battery life, utilities, recovey where if your operating system crashes you can back it up and restore it afterwords). It is a very reliabile product and with it's Dolby Home Theater Virtual Surround sound that gives you a greater pleasure of watching your favorite movies. It's webcam has a very good quality video capability dispite it's small size, and has even a microphone that gives a perfect sound.
The disadvantage of the Acer Aspire 5920G is the graphics card that has 256MB but it only gives approximately 200MB.