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Acer Aspire AS5920-6661 Thin And Light Notebook PC

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Acer Aspire Gemstone Notebook

Acer Aspire Gemstone Notebook

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The Bottom Line

Acer's new Gemstone chassis makes its bedut in the Aspire lineup of systems. This is either a design you will like alot or loathe. In terms of the Aspire AS5920, it is billed as a multimedia thin and light notebook and it delivers this with its HD-DVD drive for playback of high definition movies but the drives inability to record to the format and high price tag make it only an average system.
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Pros

  • HD-DVD Drive
  • Lot's of Connection Options
  • Stylish Gemstone Chassis

Cons

  • Expensive Compared To Several Similar Offerings
  • Doesn't Have Ability to Burn To HD-DVD Format

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 200GB Hard Drive
  • HD-DVD Drive With CD/DVD Writing Ability
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Display With 1.3MP Webcam In Bezel
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT Dedicated Graphics With 256MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Reader
  • 14.3" x 10.6" x 1.7" @ 6.6 lbs.
  • Vista Ultimate, Cyberlink PowerProducer, Norton Internet Security, NTI CD-Maker

Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS5920-6661 Thin And Light Notebook PC

11/4/07 – The Acer Aspire AS5920 uses the new Gemstone chassis design that gives it a fairly unique appearance that most people will find different from the traditional notebook design. This is both a good thing and a bad thing depending on whether you like the design.

The Aspire AS5920 is billed as a multimedia notebook platform and it delivers on this by including a fairly uncommon HD-DVD drive. This makes the system a portable high definition movie playback platform but the drive lacks the ability to burn movies to this format. It can still be used as a DVD or CD burner though.

The 15.4” LCD screens 1280x800 resolution also doesn't take full advantage of the high definition formats higher resolution capabilities. At least it is a clear and well defined screen. Those looking to do a little 3D graphics or gaming on the system will be happy to see it using the newer NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT graphics. It supports the Direct X 10 graphics but the 256MB of memory does limit some of its capabilities with the latest games.

In terms of performance, the AS5920 is about middle of the pack. It uses the newer Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 that isn't at the lowest portion of the spectrum but isn't the highest either. The 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory lets it run the Vista Ultimate operating system without any issues and is pretty much a standard amount found in this price category.

The 200GB hard drive is a bit higher than the 160GB hard drives found on most thin and light notebooks but it is a bit on the small side for a multimedia system as digital media files can eat up a large amount of storage space.

The downfall of the Aspire AS5920 though is its price. It is just too expensive compared to several similarly equipped but lower prices notebooks.

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