The Bottom Line
- Large Capacity Hard Drive
- Higher Level Core 2 Duo Processor
- Relatively Larger Dimensions for 15.4-Inch Laptop
- Lots of Trailware Installed
- Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 320GB SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD with 1.3MP Webcam
- Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.3" x 10.6" x 1.7" @ 6.6 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Works 9, Cyberlink PowerProducer, NTI CD-Maker
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS5920-6959 15.4-inch Budget Laptop PC
9/30/08 - Many of the budget laptop computers use the older Intel Core 2 Duo's, but Acer offers more performance by using a T5750 processor rather than the much more common T5450. This gives it an advantage it tasks that require a faster processor. It is held back slightly by the memory only being 2GB, but it is far easier for a user to upgrade the memory than upgrade a processor. It should be able to run Vista without too much of a problem.
What the Aspire AS5920-6959 really has to offer is storage space. Most budget laptops tend to use smaller hard drives in the 160 to 200GB range. This model packs in an extremely large 320GB hard drive that allows it to store a lot more digital media than its competitors. It may not seem like much since portable USB drives are cheap, but it makes it much more convenient to have all the space in the laptop than having to carry an extra drive.
One of the drawbacks to the Aspire AS5920 and its gemstone chassis is its size. For the systems 15.4-inch screen, it has larger overall dimensions than other laptops featuring a similar size screen. This makes it more difficult to carry around. This may not mean much to someone that doesn't need to carry it frequently, but is something to consider for those traveling often.
Another thing to be aware of is the software. Acer has put a large amount of trailware on the computer. This isn't so much of a problem on space because of the large hard drive, but it does tend to slow the system down due to the amount of applications that have items load at startup. Users will want to clean out the unwanted software to improve performance and clean up clutter on the desktop.