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When I first got this laptop, it was as a replacement for a standard HP laptop. I wanted to get something that had a few more features and with a better performance. The intel core 2 duo made sure that the performance was fantastic with day to day tasks. However, it was the sound that really impressed me, the dolby digital virtual surround bar delivered the best sound that I had heard on a laptop until this day. Playing blu-ray videos via this laptop was a real treat with the picture quality and quality sound combination.However, the sound quality did not last long. Rather quickly, the sound bar starter to malfunction and the once crisp, full sound became distorted. Changing the sound quality to stereo removed the distortion but I was no longer getting the enhanced sound quality. This was really unfortunate as until this point, the laptop was faultless. An advantage of this laptop is that another hard drive can be installed as there is a secret compartment at the front. I managed to install an additional hard drive without the requirement of specialist software of equipment, a real bonus, Overall, a great machine, shame the sound had to fail.
This laptop is good buy with nice looks, at the slightly cheaper end of the market for its spec. However the downside is the reliability of the laptop.
Now in terms of its processing power and its RAM it is sufficient to say there is enough there for everyday tasks and the more computer concious who would like to run several tasks at once.
Althought if you are thinking about video encoding and more streneous tasks it doesnt really kick up to the challenge as well a some of its competitors.
The main problem with acer laptops is reliability, some people will get lucky and never have a problem where as many people find at some point with them that withing a year or two there are overheating problems.
The good side though is that you get a blu-ray player and great quality sound for a laptop and this is all really good for watching those new Hi Def movies and the computer is good as a media hub/centre. It has a build in SD card reader very useful and enough USB ports to keep you happy. Even thought it has a fancy biometric reader it is slow, and overcomplicates certain things which should be easy.
The battery life on this though is not very long, which makes this less desirable for travelling and so forth. The case gets fingerprints really easily and leaves it looking greasy which is not that great.
Overall this laptop has outweighed its disadvantages and is better than some the competition around the same price, however If you are buying a laptop in this range invest a little bit more and get something better.
I had an Acer laptop prior to this and I have always found them to be excellent value for money. I find them reliable, and up to half the price of similar spec laptops of premium brands.
I had this laptop free on contract, it was the best spec in the shop and it hasn't disappointed me yet!
The screen is lovely and clear, even for hd films i was impressed.
The keyboard feels sure when pressing, and of high quality, with all the keys being well placed, making it easy to type.
The sound is crisp, perfect for listening to music.
Its more than capable of dealing with several tasks at the same time too, making light work of browsing the internet, listening to music, downloading and running several programmes in the background.
I love the fact that its also got an inbuilt sd card reader too, very convienient!
The only downsides are the shiny finish marks easily, the battery life could be better (currently the best ive had is just over an hour) and the charger socket on the laptop is prone to damage easily.
At last I have found a computer with a brilliant sense of humour. It downloads and plays my games with only the sods-law faults you would expect. What really surprised me is the computer's obvious capability for humour.
I recently downloaded 'Empire: Total War', a brilliant game, on my temperamental Acer. Now those who know the total war games will know that the best and most testing battles will take hours and not just normal hours, but hard worked hours of complete concentration and quick reactions. One battle is almost impossible to replicate, which is a credit to the game play. The Acer seems to have cottoned onto this and made it part of its own practical joke. Just as you take command of the battle, or, more preferably, just as you are charging your cavalry after the last fleeing troops and once even when I had won the battle the whole thing crashes. Your senses are relieved of the bright light and whirring, the smell of burning flesh begins to fade and all your accomplishments are gone.
It happens on only the most painstaking games and only at the most inappropriate of times. Without warning it just shuts-off.
I purchased this expensive calculator for the purpose of reliving stress and having a mobile word processor. Instead the computer's constant freezing and self-termination, not to mention my faulty keyboard which misses out every other letter (it has taken a very long time to write this) has provided just the opposite.
If you want to cook your leg whilst playing spider solitaire, this is the computer for you. If you like only finishing half of your 'Age of Empires III' game, or repeating the same three hour battle several times on 'Empire: Total War' before finally just giving up to do something more productive, but less fun, then this is the computer for you. It's not all failures, but they're what you remember.
My boyfriend got one of these in June, after he broke his Vaio - it was recommended by his brother, who manages a Comet, so we had high expectations. Since we use the laptop just to surf or perhaps watch the odd video, we thought the spec would be more than enough for our needs.
Within a couple of weeks, it started to heat up whenever it was fully charged and plugged in. This got worse until it started to crash anytime you played music, or watched video. Even really basic games like Zoo Tycoon would freeze it for hours on end, or just crash. We were advised by the Acer customer services helpline to "make sure the laptop was not put on top of any solid surface which might impede air circulation to its base" - what, like a table? Or.....a lap???
Now we face a two-three week wait while the problem is investigated, and I have taken my old Dell Inspiron 2200 out of retirement. Considering its not been booted up for 18 months (!) and was entry-level five years ago, it still works better than the new one!
Other issues with the Acer include a stupid array of buttons and functions which you can activate without knowing, such as the wireless enabler, which you only need to accidentallly touch to disconnect yourself.
Unless you're the kind of person who likes to spend a year reading an instruction manual before you get started, be prepared for a few highly annoying mishaps as you get to know the controls. To be fair, the Acer is probably far too well-equipped for my needs, but I don't think that should mean my basic activities should be impeded by so-called extra capabilities.
The build quality is also poor - the power socket on mine broke after a week or so, although you can poke it back in and use it - its awfully flimsy.
I can see from other posts here that some users have not had a bad experience with this, and I will endeavour to update my review once the laptop comes back from the menders. Until then though, my advice would be NOT to buy.
The version I have of this Acer 6930 comes with a lot of fancy gadgets, which probably accounts for its relatively high price, in comparision with other Dell models of a similar spec. It has a finger print recognition system, that means when you log on, you have the option of using your fingerprint instead of a password. You can also store passwords for websites on it, and when you need them, instead of writing them in, a scan of your fingerprint will automatically put it in for you. This fingerprint gadget would be useful if you had some highly confidential documents on your computer, but in my opinion it is pretty much useless when it comes to general home use. The scanner is located between the left and right mouse buttons, which means that often your finger print will accidentally glide past the scanner, causing your computer do do some strange things (for instance start up a particular programme, or sometimes, act as a back button on your browser!). It also sometimes requires several attempts to recognise your finger print when you sign in, which means it takes longer than just typing in your password!
Acer Aspire 6930G-583G provides great functionality, packs in a lot of features and offers excellent value for money. Although battery life isn't great, this is an impressive laptop, and comes highly recommended by us as a price-friendly multimedia platform.
Acer Aspire 6930G-583G is aimed at those on a budget looking for an all-in-one multimedia package.
It's packed with features, boasting a fairly powerful graphics card, a Blu-ray drive and a widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning you can play films without the intrusive black bars commonly seen at the top and bottom of the screen.
Although the bright 16-inch 1366 x 768-pixel screen is perfect for watching DVDs and movies, the Super-TFT coating means reflections in direct sunlight can be distracting. The bulky size and 140-minute battery life also make this a laptop intended predominantly for home use.
The Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics card delivered some impressive results in our 3D benchmarking tests. Consequently, this is a good machine for multimedia activities, such as photo and video editing, and you should be able to play a few games on it.
First off, I would like to say that I have been using this laptop for a few months now, with absolutely pristine performance.
It shipped with Vista Home Basic, but being the picky IT guy that I am, I immediately downgraded to XP Pro SP3, which, after installing all the drivers necessary, worked like a dream.
However, after XP I decided to try out ubuntu, which also worked right out of the box. So far, vista, XP, and ubuntu had worked 100% on the machine, and I had not experienced a single system crash!
Recently, with all the Windows 7 hype, I decided to take the plunge and install the Release Candidate RC version from Microsoft on my Acer. To my suprise, even though W7 was not a supported OS (similar to ubuntu in this respect) it worked well under the vista drivers, and all errors that I encountered were problems with the OS itself and not with the machine.
As far as the quality of the laptop goes, it's excellent. Not the best of the best, but certainly better than the average joe would be happy with. In short, good sturdy build quality with an excellent mousepad (drivers must be installed to utilise it's zoom and scroll functions, which I find to be invaluable when using it).
So, I have now downgraded again to XP (in preparation for my Pre-ordered copy of Windows 7 to arrive) and all is ship-shape.
Very pleased with this laptop - my advice would be to buy it with no worries, it really does work right out of the box!
I was looking for a Laptop to replace my run down PC. I was looking for one with a large enough hard drive to hold my music, creative writing plus run the programs I needed. The Acer Aspire 6930 does just that. The picture quality of the screen and the clear crisp images make every picture, video and film you watch more enjoyable. The gadgets that come with this model are helpful to the user. The laptop itself is slightly heavy, but easy to carry a short distance. The Acer Crystal Eye Webcam is crystal clear in quality, when looking into the camera, it is as if you are looking in a mirror, it picks up everything perfectly. The Blue-Ray player is brilliant, after watching a film through a HD DVD player, then watching the same film through the Blue-Ray player, you can see a huge difference in quality. The Blue-Ray player is of better quality and a more enjoyable expereince when waching films. It comes with Windows Vista - Home Premium, which works brilliantly alongside Acer's Built in Software. A highly recommened laptop.
I recently purchased The Sims 3 and was dismayed (but not at all suprised!) when my old Tobisha laptop was unable to run the game. So I was faced with the task of buying a gaming laptop on a budget of £500 to £600, which seemed an impossible task! I literally searched for days to try and find a suitable gaming laptop in my price range until I finally came across The Acer Aspire 6930G. I brought it from Comet for £599.
It had extremley impressive specifactions, the very best I'd seen in it's price range and appeared to represent fantastic value for money.
I was dubious that it would be too good to be true!
Below are the listed specifications for the make I brought:
Screen size: 16 inches
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450
Processor speed: 2.0 GHz
Memory (RAM): 4 GB
Storage (hard drive): 320 GB
Operating system: Windows Vista Home Premium
Dedicated graphics: NVIDIA 9600MGT 1 GB
Optical drive: Plays & records CDs and DVDs
USB 2.0 slots 3
Media card slots: 5
Battery life: Up to 2.5 hours
The same laptop was also avaliable for about £540 to £560. Often this meant a downgrade in memory to 3GB instead of 4GB or 256mb dedicated graphics instead of 512mb. However, these are still extremley good specs and it a nice option for those on an even tighter budget than myself.
This laptop plays The Sims 3 spectaculary well. The game is fast when I play it, even with all the graphics settings on their highest level. This is because of the fantastic 512mb Nividia graphics card which the laptop comes with. As the Sims 3 is a very graphically demanding game, the fact that it works perfectly on this laptop shows that it should be able to sucessfully run many graphically demanding games
It's also really impressive and stylish to look at it. I'd never buy a laptop just because it looks good but even I couldn't fail to be impressed by the sleek design of this Acer.
It has loads of nice little features including a textured touchpad, full sized keyboard, and a built in webcam.
One feature I particulary like is the built in volume contol panel located just above the keyboard. This feature is useful if you want to adjust the volume during a game, as you dont have to minimise the game to click on the speaker symbol in the task bar.
I also like how the laptop closes. The hinge between monitor and keyboard is a circular design which not only looks attractive but is also reassuringly sturdy.
Like most modern computers, the laptop comes with Vista premium operating system. Personally, I prefer XP as Vista comes with many annoying features, most noticeably the User Account control issue. However, it's an operating system which I am used to and so comfortable with and I do find it easier to edit and organise my photographs on Vista than I do on XP. So if you've used Vista before and are familar with it, you will have no problems here.
The design, whilst being stylish, is not really that pratical. The glossy black design on the front of the laptop gets dirty easily. I'd only had it two days when somebody remarked on the visible fringer print marks on the surface which I had to wipe away with a cloth.
Furthermore, the game comes with lots of unnecssary services and programs which take up memory. It is annoying to have to unistall these these in order to free up memory. For example, it appeared that my laptop had came with many games which I was excited about. However, these games are trial versions, usually limited to about half an hour/an hour gameplay before your encouraged to buy them. It is irritating to have to go through and unistall all of these after only being able to play them once for a limited period. It is even more irritating to find game you like only to realise that you can only continue playing it if you buy it.
WHERE TO BUY
I brought mine from Comet and was extremley happy with the service I recieved. Delivery was fast and I managed to find a discount code to knock £30 off the price. I'd reccomend buying from here.
www.AcerDirect.co.uk and www.laptopsdirect.co.uk had fantastic deals on this laptop with large amounts of money knocked off the original price so it's worth a look on there too.
I saw prices for this same make of laptop ranging from £450 to £750 depending on the specs. For this reason, I'd also reccomend having a look on price comparision websites before you buy, such as www.kelkoo.co.uk.
I adore this laptop! It's amazing value for money, stylish and efficent and perfect for gaming. It's massive memory capabilities mean it's capable of handling whatever you many throw at it, in my case, from games to work documents and video files. You will not find another laptpop with specifications at this price!
My old (really, really old) Dell Inspiron 1100 was on its last legs. While it was still capable of running my required applications without too much trouble, the battery struggled to last ten minutes once disconnected from the mains. As a replacement battery was nearly £100, I decided just to buy a new laptop.
I searched some of the forums that I frequent and found that the best value-for-money tends to be spending between £400 and £500, so with £500 as my upper limit, I went on the hunt.
The Acer 6930G was the best specced laptop I could find at under £500. I sought out opinions from other Acer owners and the response was stacked well in their favour for being reliable, sturdy machines. With that in mind, I had no qualms about handing over £480 to Amazon.
Initial set up can take some time, especially if, like me, you want to uninstall all the usual guff that manufacturers insist on supplying you with. If you have access to another PC, I'd recommend downloading all the software you require and burning it to a CD or DVD, ready to install once your laptop has been set up to your satisfaction. It'll save you a lot of time. You'll also want to download any updates to Windows Vista, too.
One thing I wasn't too enamoured with, when uninstalling all the "free" software (trials of games, Microsoft Office etc.), is that the hard drive is partitioned into two segments, each of approximately 110 GB. I really don't see the point and will be removing this extra partition as soon as I can find out how!
I really like the keyboard. Unusually for a laptop, it's full size, so you get the number pad on the right hand side as well as the normal keys. It's comfortable to use, even for long durations, though it would be nice if it was backlit (but what do you expect for a sub-500 laptop)? The one issue I do have is that the left shift key is not full size, so I keep typing the "\" symbol instead of hitting the shift key. It's a minor annoyance, but something I'll adjust to before long.
The touchpad, while textured, is sensitive without being over-responsive. There's an area to the right of it, to enable easier vertical scrolling. However, I find this a bit hit and miss to be honest, though it's nice, and indeed handy, when it works.
Additionally, the 16" WXGA wide screen is bright and clear and, at 1366 by 768, is regarded as being an HD screen, handy for use with the built-in BluRay DVD player. I'm not as impressed with the fact that the screen is glossy. I much prefer a matt screen as I find them easier to see when using the laptop outdoors or in brightly lit areas. This doesn't have a real impact beyond the first minute or so of use, then I found I didn't notice the reflection that much. Image quality from pictures or video from DVD has been excellent.
Speed-wise, the laptop has more than coped with anything I've thrown at it so far. I've been web browsing, torrent downloading, burning CDs and DVDs, word processing, watching a few DVDs and playing a few games. Both Football Manager 2009 and Civilization 4 have run with no problems.
Sound-wise, the speakers do a decent, if not outstanding job, of providing the audio. Using Spotify, I thought some of the music was a bit tinny, lacking bass. The sound is Dolby Home Theatre, so it's entirely possible I've not set this up properly (or at all). I've had no such problems listening to audio through headphones, so I would be inclined to believe it's a set up issue.
The laptop itself feels really quite sturdy, though I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time carrying it around outside of the house. The hinge between screen and the keyboard seems to be a lot more solid than on previous laptops I've owned.
The laptop comes with Windows Vista Home Premium edition. Personally, I've never had any issues with Vista before and this laptop is no different. The 6390G can shift the windows around without issue. The Windows Experience Index (or WEI, a Vista 'feature') says that the laptop has a score of 3.5, which is slightly misleading. All of the scores, bar one, are high* and this WEI overall score is simply the lowest from the range of tests performed. The lowest, which is the laptop's capability of displaying Windows Vista's Aero interface (the fancy looking desktop effects) was rated at 3.5, whereas everything else scored over 5.0
Battery life seems standard for a laptop. Internet browsing using wireless drains the battery in about an hour and a half. Turning off wireless networking and only doing some word processing, as an example, extends the battery life to three hours or so. You'd be lucky if you can unplug the laptop from the mains and watch a full-length movie. Obviously, the more you can avoid resource-sucking activities (using wireless, watching video, playing games), then the longer the battery life will be. My maximum, so far, is just over three hours.
So far, for the price, I can't recommend the laptop enough. The specs are very good for the price (though I think this laptop is due to be superseded quite soon) and when you consider I've not even touched upon the built-in webcam or the fingerprint security (amongst other features) then I'm sure you'll agree that all translates into a laptop that's a very good budget all-rounder.
This review refers to the Acer 6930G with the part number: LXAUU0X151. There are different versions of the 6930G with different part numbers.
*WEI scores for Windows Vista range from 1.0 to 5.9
I bought this from acerdirect.co.uk, because the spec looked fantastic, too good to be true, especially for £500. I also bought the 3 year insurace which was a further £100. (I went for an acer because this was the make of my previous laptop, which ran smoothly for 6 years, up until the day it died.)When I got it, things started to go badly wrong. First it was the subwoofer which kept crackling. This was really annoying, because i am really into my music, and was one of the reasons i bought it in the first place. then the media keys gave up on me. i would press play, and the volume would go up, and vice versa. then the fingerprint scanner was getting less and less responsive. Finally, the keyboard and the mouse stopped working completly. I finally sent it in to acer. This is what was really annoying: it comes back TWO WEEKS LATER, and the speakers and the media keys are still screwed! Thias was yesterday. i rang them today, and they are picking it up tomorrow. I asked them if i could just get a new one, but apparently they need to have it 3 times before that can happen. DON'T BUY FROM ACER, AND DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!
This is my second Acer laptop and is the best by FAR!! I bought it from acerdirect.co.uk for an amzing price of £468.97 which I was very proud of when I first used the beautiful laptop and it came with a 1 year warranty. It has a huge 16 inch Widescreen which is far beter than my last laptop which had a 14.5 inch screen. It weighs 3.6kg which is light enough. The laptop uses Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium system which is very good to do cooler stuff than XP. The laptop has a 3GB ram installed an you can install a further 1GB I choose not to because you get a huge 250GB Hard Drive. It has built in stereo-speakers, subwoofers, a 0.3 mp camera and a Wireless LAN arieal. There is also a cool Fingerprint reader. It has a 5 in 1 memory card reader which can read: Flash SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card. Sadly it doesnt have bluetooth built in but you can buy a bluetooth stick form around £8 on the internet. So overall if you want to spend under £500 for a laptop buy this from www.acerdirect.co.uk for £468.97
The Acer Aspire 6930G Laptop is a great buy. It's a fairly fast with a reliable Intel Duo Processor and the slim design and lightwieght frame means it's easily transportable.
If you simply use your laptop for work this is the one for you; it's easy and simple to set up with a good battery life lasting around 2 hours depending on what programmes your running.
There really is no problem setting this up and it connects to the internet quickly and easily.
The keys are build to a high quality with a nice glossy finish and it is very easy to type on so this is the perfect laptop for work.
There are some problems however, If you leave it running for some time and depending on how many programmes your running, it can overheat and that can get pretty annoying.
The graphics card isn't great either so this laptop isn't for gaming.
Overall, this is a good laptop with good specs and fast and reliable. Buy it for work, not gaming.
This is the best acer laptop I've ever had. Before I begin the review, I must say, my previous acer is a scar in my computer experience, everything went wrong. I tried with all my will not to buy another.. but I did... and I never looked back.
There are many features of this laptop that made me want to buy, be it the fingerprint scanner for passwords, or the blue touchpad volume control and quick links, everything about this laptop is excellent quality.
The HD Blu-Ray display gives excellent quality to any operation that you are doing on the laptop, from writing a document, surfing the web or playing a computer game.
The sound system on the machine is also of excellent quality because it has the 'tuba' bass virtual surround sound blaring the excellent volume.
This laptop also has an inbuilt, crystal eye webcam and microphone that both give excellent quality. This is also a must buy if your budget is low.