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.
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: 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 theatre.
Pros: High-end features, including HD DVD drive, HDMI-out, S/PDIF, and Dolby Home Theatre 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.