Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi review

  • £1280

Yes, it is expensive, but you get what you pay for, and so much more

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Our Verdict

You get what you pay for with this laptop. A quality multimedia machine with more than enough performance for gaming or 1080p movies

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Blu-ray
  • Great 1080p screen
  • Core i5
  • Dedicated graphics
  • Connectivity

Against

  • Portability
  • Price

The Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi is a very large and comfortable laptop that offers exceptional performance and a great Blu-ray experience. It's also one of the most fully featured machines we've seen, making it a great desktop replacement multimedia system for all the family.

The laptop's comprehensive power comes courtesy of an Intel Core i5 processor. This is combined with 6144MB of DDR3 memory. As a result, it is able to run resource-intensive programs without issue, even concurrently.

A dedicated graphics card from ATi's latest line provides great 3D performance, and you'll easily be able to edit photos and HD movies while enjoying the latest games.

The 640GB hard drive is capacious, and provides plenty of room for storing your content.

Photos, films and games look fantastic on the laptop's massive 18.4-inch screen which dominates the chassis. It is a gorgeous panel with vivid colour reproduction and detail that is a pleasure to use for everyday tasks such as editing a spreadsheet. It's also perfect for watching Blu-ray discs thanks to the laptop's screen size and 1920 x 1080-pixel Full HD resolution.

We felt utterly immersed in the content, with images proving extremely sharp and vibrant. Due to the size of the screen, the laptop's 4.3kg chassis is also huge, however, and you won't want to be carrying it around for long periods of time, if at all, making it more suited to home use.

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Premium feel

It's a very well built laptop, with a shiny lid and textured palm rest that provide a premium feel. A set of dedicated stereo speakers are also in place, positioned below the screen, and produce surprisingly good sound quality – only enhancing the multimedia credentials of this machine.

Networking is top-notch, with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet providing you with the fastest connections.

The laptop also has a huge range of connectivity options. VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort let you connect to external monitors, and the five USB, one eSATA and one Firewire ports let you connect peripherals and external hard drives. This gives real flexibility and provides a good deal of future-proofing.

We were extremely impressed by the Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi. While it is expensive, it offers everything and more that you could possibly want from a Blu-ray laptop, despite its limited portability.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5850
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyAspire 8942
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-520M
ColourBlue
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Standard Memory6 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Height43.8 mm
Product Series8942
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model8942G-526G64BI
Product NameAspire 8942G-526G64BI Notebook
Product LineAspire
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PQ902.008
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Package Contents
  • Aspire 8942G-526G64BI Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter