Summary: Though it's bulky, the Acer Aspire 5920 makes a great choice for buyers who want both a media-friendly laptop and a portable HD DVD player that plugs into their home theater.
Pros: High-end features, including HD DVD drive, HDMI-out, S/PDIF, and Dolby Home Theater sound; handy media controls; decent speakers; lengthy battery life; comfortable keyboard; easy-to-use system management software.
Cons: Heavy; native resolution not as high as we'd like; display wobbles easily; glossy screen finish results in distracting reflections; lacks a fingerprint reader.
Excerpt: Acer has been on a roll of late, with its revamped Gemstone series of laptops giving some serious competition to market leader Dell. Its Aspire 4520 – which we reviewed not so long ago – was one such model that shone as one of the best products of 2007. Well, the line has now been refreshed, and one of the newly introduced models is the Acer 5920, which is aimed as a multimedia laptop. Does it live up to the standards set by the 4520?
Summary: This Windows Vista Ultimate home notebook lacks bundled applications, but it has power and style to spare. Short-list the Acer Aspire 5920G if you're on the prowl for a trendy home desktop replacement.
Summary: It may call itself a gemstone, but the 5920G (302G20N) more closely resembles a diamond in the rough. Those who are willing to chip away at the ugly exterior will be pleased by what they find inside.
Pros: Solid performer across all areas
Cons: The eccentric appearance and colour scheme may put off prospective buyers
Summary: As a stand alone machine, the Acer Aspire 5920G is a great machine with plenty of power for the average user, and enough for power users to get by. By comparison to Acer's previous models it's an excellent unit with plenty of good improvements.
Pros: Speakers (with sub-woofer), HD-DVD ROM, HDMI output, New look, Battery life
Cons: Not a high resolution screen to go with the HD-DVD player
Summary: With its pearly white keyboard, media player buttons and garish blue LED strips, the Acer Aspire 5920 Gemstone might look a bit gaudy at first, but don't let this put you off as it offers an amazing array of features for the asking price.