Summary: Aside from the wireless issue, the $1,599 Acer Aspire 8943G pleases with its combination of a clean, modern design and multimedia maven-pleasing features. Though the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q890 is a better performer in the 18-inch category, it's less attractive and costs $1,899.
Conclusion: The Aspire 8943G has changed for the better in many ways compared to its predecessors the 8940G and 8942G . The design is now sophisticated, with predominantly matt surfaces and some nice accents; the materials used give it a high-quality, robust appearance, and the workmanship is flawless.
Pros: Smart design, Flawless workmanship, Very good application performance, Good gaming performance, Excellent sound quality, Extensive range of ports, The high-quality workmanship of the case along with its smart design and silvery matt surfaces.
Cons: Awkward port layout, High-gloss touchpad, Overheats with heavy use, Dim screen with disappointing contrast, Screen is too reflective, Radeon HD 5850 with DDR3-VRAM only
Excerpt: Although Acer has thankfully moved on from some garish past designs, the Aspire 8943G still manages to divide opinions. Looks aside, it comes with an impressive array of features: there's a Blu-ray drive that can take advantage of a Full HD display, while an Intel Core i5 processor and dedicated ATI...