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Acer Aspire 8920G-6A3G25BN
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Acer Aspire 8920G-6A3G25BN
Date: 27/11/09, updated on 27/11/09 (331 review reads)
Advantages: Massive screen, supports bluray, the design and finish look superb, decent price
Disadvantages: Battery life isn't as good as some rivals, a bit too big to be a portable solution
This Aspire machine is available at about £600 to £650 which puts it in the mid range of laptop prices but you get quite a bit of technology for your money. The 8920G model was designed with multimedia in mind, the large 18.4" screen when combined with a decent 3GB of ram and builtin graphics card allow for full HD playback in 1080p. This is a nice feature to have considering the laptop supports bluray discs as well.
The battery life from the off the shelf model is reasonable but sadly Acer supply a 4800 mAh battery which is generally lower than rival multimedia laptop's (HP HDX 9203KW for example) this combined with the sheer size and weight of the machine (around 4kgs) means that its not the best for people wanting to watch movies on the move. One of the big 'selling points' Acer have tried to push is a touchpad video controller to the side of the keyboard this lets you rewind and pause etc but really isn't much more useful than learning the keyboard shortcuts for your media player application.
The TV tuner, large harddrive and hdmi output mean that this laptop would be best suited to being plugged into a home cinema system which is, I imagine, the market Acer are aiming for. The 8920 would also be equally useful in replacing a desktop pc on a full time basis for the space concious.
The graphics performance are good by generic laptop standards but I wouldn't recommend this laptop for those looking for cutting edge gaming experiences - although the built in 5.1 speakers certainly cope well with the even the most deafening war game.
Since this laptop has been out for about 12 months and has dropped pretty sharply in price, I would definitely recommend this to those on a budget who want a balance of watching movies, playing a few games and watching TV but don't want to shell out for a desktop, HDTV and games console. It's definitely not the best for those who want to commute or bring it to lectures but as a replacement of a bulky desktop and in lieu of a HDTV in a bedroom its a good choice.
Summary: Great to replace an aging desktop and act as a living room media system but not for the commuter
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