eMachines G725-422G25Mi review

Great performance and mobility, but flawed by poor usability and features

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Our Verdict

A good machine for those looking for the best way to enjoy their media on the go without breaking the bank

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good sized screen
  • Battery life
  • Dual core processor

Against

  • No integrated camera or Express card slot
  • Keyboard rattles in use

The eMachines brand is a sub-division of Acer and offers a more affordable alternative to its consumer Aspire laptops. The G725-422G25Mi is a large-screen, entry-level media centre and is a good choice for those seeking a desktop replacement on a budget.

The 17.3-inch Super-TFT screen is well suited to entertainment use. Its widescreen aspect ratio is ideal for watching DVDs and its increased width also makes it easy to simultaneously work with multiple windows side by side.

Image quality is mixed. The panel is very bright, but this leads to a slightly washed out appearance. Colour and contrast are excellent, however, so photos and videos look great and the sharp 1600 x 900-pixel resolution provides detailed images.

Sturdy chassis

The plain black chassis uses sturdy plastics throughout and is tough enough for family use. The textured lid is resilient to scratches, although it builds static and quickly attracts dust.

Build quality is strong throughout, but this is partly due to the chassis being thick and bulky. Thanks to the large chassis, the keyboard is spacious.

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All keys are tapered at the edges, making them comfortable and easy to work on. The board has a soft typing action, however, which creates a spongy feeling when typing. Irritatingly, the keys also rattle slightly.

Mobility is surprisingly strong despite the chassis weighing 2.8kg, the 234-minute battery life ample for life on the road. As long as you don't mind the weight, you can comfortably work for half a day at home or on the move before you'll need to recharge the battery.

Performance is fairly solid. The dual-core Intel Pentium processor provides power for home use and even basic photo editing. As with all laptops at this price, however, there is unfortunately not enough power for complex multi-tasking.

The 250GB hard drive provides ample storage and will hold thousands of photos, songs and videos. The dual-layer DVD rewriter lets you save files to CD and DVD and a 5-in-1 card reader is fitted at the front of the chassis for access to the most popular media card formats.

Unfortunately, this is the only laptop here not to feature an integrated camera or ExpressCard slot. Also, there are only two USB ports, although software for basic home office tasks and creating CDs and DVDs is included for new users.

While the power and battery life of the G725 are excellent, the flawed usability and features limit it slightly, so consider your needs to decide which factors are most important to you.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time2.50 Hour
Product FamilyG725
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelT4200
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Basic
Brand NameeMachines
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.10 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Height39.6 mm
Width365.8 mm
Depth274.3 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesG725
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelG725-422G25Mi
Product NameG725-422G25Mi Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.N620Y.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

eMachines G series notebooks possess a simplified look and feel. Inside and out, the design is low key but refined. From the high gloss panel frame and the fingerprint proof Interlink pattern on the cover to the distinguished metal finish logo, the subtle design is just the right style. With a 17.3" LED backlit display and plenty of memory the G series notebooks are a perfect desktop replacement for speedy multitasking and ultra smooth daily computing performance.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • G725-422G25Mi Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed800 MHz