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.
Excerpt: Imagine if you stayed awake for 96 hours straight with only Jolt Cola, Southern Comfort, and Corn Nuts for sustenance. Now imagine that after those four surreal days, you were then asked to design a laptop computer.
Pros: Respectable features and solid performance. Decent battery life (2 hours, 20 minutes). Very loud speakers. Packed with high-def features.
Cons: At 7 pounds, the heaviest 15.4-inch notebook we’ve seen all year. Webcam on spring-mounted lid latch (meant to resemble a car door) is just a bad idea. Slow hard drive. Integrated video/media suite as clunky as the hardware. A 0 price cut would make sense – those seem to be fashionable these days.
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.
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
Review: The Acer Aspire 5920 – A Free Dinner, but at what Cost?
9 September 2008
Excerpt: With the deals on Mobile Internet Dongols going through the roof I thought it was about time I stepped back and did a review on one of these laptops to see exactly what you are actually getting for your virtual ‘buck’.