Acer Aspire 5940G-724G50Mn review

Can this 15" media centre be a winner without a Blu-ray drive?

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Our Verdict

Glorious quad-core power is great, but there's a few features missing here

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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  • Cutting-edge performance
  • Great build quality


  • No Blu-ray
  • No Full HD screen

Acer is always among the first to embrace the latest technology and offer it to consumers at competitive prices. This is proved here by the Acer Aspire 5940G-724G50Mn, a stunningly powered, quad-core machine and a great home media centre.

As with all machines in this group test, Intel's cutting-edge Core i7 720QM processor provides staggering performance. While clocked at just 1.6GHz, this quad-core chip can overclock itself dramatically to as much as 2.8GHz for truly market-leading levels of power.

This is by far one of the fastest machines you can buy. Even when multi-tasking market-leading office suites and photo editing applications it flies along, making it ideal for even the most demanding use.

This level of power is continued on the graphics side. While the GPU is not the fastest chip in ATI's range, it effortlessly handles the latest games and makes light work of photo and video editing tasks. It is also HD-compatible, allowing high-definition video to run with ease.

However, this is one of the few laptops in its price range not to feature a Blu-ray drive. Standard DVDs can be played, but it's a real thorn in the side of this machine.

While the 15.6-inch screen is the smallest in this group, it provides striking images. It is not as bright as we'd have liked and lacks Full HD support, but its effective colour and contrast and WXGA resolution show photos and movies to great effect.

One small complaint is the screen's limited movement. As it only folds back a few degrees past vertical, it can be awkward to achieve a comfortable viewing angle. This is the only criticism, as the rest of the chassis is superbly designed.

Excellent keyboard

The keyboard is great, with all keys raised above the chassis and ample spacing between them. The flat keys may deter some users, but we found it comfortable to use. A multimedia control panel is also fitted for easy control of your media files.

Inevitably for such a high-powered machine, mobility is somewhat limited. While this is quite a small and light machine, but it also has low battery life at 164 minutes. This falls to just 90 minutes when watching a DVD, so bear this in mind before buying.

Continuing Acer's reputation for high-quality machines, the Aspire 5940G-724G50Mn is a great laptop. While it lacks a Blu-ray drive or the big screen and Full HD resolution you can get on other machines, we still found plenty to like.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4650
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyAspire 5940G
Processor Modeli7-720QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Height39.5 mm
Width382 mm
Depth274 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5940G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model5940G-724G50MN
Product NameAspire 5940G-724G50MN Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PFQ02.088
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe 15.6" Aspire 5940G-724G50MN Notebook features a combination of high-performance components and matching elegant design. You can enjoy theater-caliber videos from the comfort of your living room with the first-rate graphics solution, latest-generation Dolby surround sound. Hook up to the Internet or connect to family and friends in no time with integrated wireless connectivity option.
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire 5940G-724G50MN Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year