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Acer Aspire 8935G-904G1TBwn review

Despite older components, this is a great option with an impressive features list

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Blu-ray drive
  • Good performance
  • Dedicated graphics
  • 1TB of storage

Against

  • Keyboard
  • Portability

Acer's range of media centre laptops has always impressed us, managing to combine a wealth of features with strong performance and great usability – the 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8935G-904G1TBwn is another great example.

Employing powerful components from a previous generation – an Intel Core 2 Quad processor, rather than Intel's latest Core range – Acer has managed to keep the price low, while also providing quad-core power.

This laptop is great for multitasking resource-heavy applications, but it's impossible to ignore the difference in performance offered by this chip and the latest Intel range. If you want true power, the Mesh Edge DX11-R is a better option.

Graphically the Acer provides punch and, although the Mesh ultimately provides better gaming performance, this laptop is a great choice for those who want to use high-end editing software and also make time for playing the latest gaming titles.

Carrying out multimedia tasks such as these is a pleasure on the spacious 18.4-inch screen. The full 1080p high-definition resolution provides a razor sharp image, with excellent colour and contrast enhanced by the Super-TFT screen coating. This is also quite a reflective screen, however, and is only suited for use indoors away from bright light.

This is handy, as you're not going to want to travel far with this laptop, as its large size, 4.4kg weight and truly miserable 95-minute battery life limits portability.

Backlit keyboard

The backlit keyboard features Acer's unique design whereby the keys stand up from the chassis, with a gap between each letter. The typing experience can't match the Sony VAIO VPCEC2SOE/W, but it's firm enough.

Acer build

Where the Acer really excels is its comprehensive features list. The 1TB hard drive provides plenty storage. There's also a Blu-ray optical drive in place to complement the excellent screen, and an integrated TV tuner with aerial and remote, allowing you to comfortably watch digital TV at home or on the move.

One final point of note is that Windows Vista is included rather than the newer Windows 7 operating system. This may not bother many users, but we've found Windows 7 to be a far more intuitive and resource-light operating system to use.

We were very impressed by the Acer Aspire 8935G-904G1TBwn. While it uses older components than other laptops, for most potential buyers there is still more than enough power on offer here for everyday use.

With portability the laptop's only Achilles heel, it was the list of features that impressed us most, making this a fantastic desktop replacement option for the whole family.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon 4670XT
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyAspire 8935G
Processor ModelQ9000
ColourBlue
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Quad
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGM45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyCineBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height43.8 mm
Width440.4 mm
Depth295.1 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series8935G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model8935G-904G1TBwn
Product NameAspire 8935G-904G1TBwn Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PD30X.002
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Encased in a classy Gemstone Blue design that features a cool backlit keyboard and MediaTouch interface, the Aspire 8935G-904G1TBwn Notebook radiates sheer multimedia enjoyment. Powered by first-class components, this 18.4" mobile desktop replacement is sure to exceed your expectations for brilliant multimedia and comfortable computing. Enjoy playing the latest Blu-ray movies and watching spectacular cinema with impressive surround sound. With the Aspire 8935G-904G1TBwn Notebook, you can run intensive applications and still multitask smoothly, surf the Internet quickly and stay in touch with family and friends whenever you want.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire 8935G-904G1TBwn Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Remote Control
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed1066 MHz