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Acer Aspire 8930G 18.4-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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Acer Aspire 8930G

Acer Aspire 8930G

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The Bottom Line

1/5/2009 - The Aspire 8930G continues the traditions of the previous 8920 with a few minor updates. Performnce is still quite strong thanks to the high end Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory. Acer has improved the graphics processor to a higher end GeForce 9700M model that is better able to support the very high resolution 18.4-inch display and an eSATA port for use with high speed external storage. On the downside, the Blu-ray drive has been removed from most models making it a little less useful for high definition video and they still don't have a FireWire port.
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Pros

  • Very Fast Performance Thanks to High End Core 2 Duo and DDR3 Memory
  • Large High Resolution Display With True 1080 High Definition
  • Vista Ultimate Operating System

Cons

  • Larger Screen Makes System Less Portable Than 17-inch Laptops
  • With Emphasis on Media, Would Be Nice To See Blu-ray In More Models
  • No FireWire Port

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 18.4-inch WUXGA+ (1920x1080) Wide LCD Display With 1.3MP Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT Graphics With 512MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Four USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 6-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Reader
  • 17.4" x 11.8" x 1.7" @ 9 lbs.
  • Vista Ultimate, Works, NTI Media Maker, PowerDirector, McAfee Internet Security

Guide Review - Acer Aspire 8930G 18.4-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

1/5/2009 - On the outside, the Acer Aspire 8930G pretty much looks the same as the previous Aspire 8920 desktop replacement. It still uses the 18.4-inch display with its 1920x1080 resolution that is more typical of a 16:9 HDTV than a 16:10 of a computer. The real differences are on the inside and are both good and bad.

Performance from the Aspire 8930G is very strong thanks to the use of the more powerful Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 combined with 4GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 memory. While before this gave the 8920 a big performance lead of most systems using DDR2, many more systems have come out with similar DDR3 configurations. Battery life is a bit shorter than systems using the slower but more energy efficient P8400 processors.

The 8930G uses the same higher performance 320GB hard drive that gives a great balance between storage capacity and performance. The big drawback however is that Acer has dropped the Blu-ray drive from most of the 8930G models and replaced it with a standard dual layer DVD burner. This is a fairly big drop as the system is marketed as a portable media platform. Sure it can still play DVDs but it lacks the media to take advantage of the high resolution display.

On the other hand, Acer has improved the graphics processor with the 8930G from the previous GeForce 9500M GT to a more powerful GeForce 9700M GT. Now the system can better handle 3D graphics running at the higher resolution of the display. This makes the system much more capable as a mobile gaming workstation than the 8920.

Those who use their laptop for video will be disappointed to learn that Acer still has not decided to include a FireWire port on the Aspire 8930G. This is kind of hard to understand as the system is easily large enough to be able to have such a port.

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