Acer Aspire 8920 review: Acer Aspire 8920

We were perfectly happy with the cheaper model's Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 processor when we saw it in the budget Gateway P-6860FX 17-inch gaming laptop. Both the cheaper Acer and the Gateway cost roughly $1,299--but the Gateway includes Nvidia's high-end GeForce 8800 graphics chip, while the Acer delivers a Blu-ray drive; the choice depends on your preference for games or movies.

A massive laptop like the Acer will probably spend almost all its time plugged into a wall, but we were able to run it for 1 hour and 41 minutes, which is decent for a desktop replacement laptop--many run for only about an hour.

Acer includes an impressive three-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. The technical support phone lines are open only Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT and on weekends from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT. The company's online support offers driver and manual downloads, but lacks common features such as forums and real-time chat. Note that the cheaper 8920 model includes only a one-year warranty.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire 8920-6671
821 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire 8920-6671
170 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire 8920-6671
141 

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF  
1280x800, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Acer Aspire 8920-6671
53.2 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire 8920-6671
111 

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Acer Aspire 8920-6671
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition SP1; 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9500; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9650M GS; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

HP Pavilion dv9700t
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

Asus M70
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD3650; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm (x2).

Gateway P-172X FX
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8300; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS; 160GB Seagate 7,200rpm (x2).

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    Acer Aspire 8920-6671

    Part Number: LX.AP70U.069 Released: May. 15, 2008

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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date May. 15, 2008
    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 / 2.6 GHz
    • Color blue
    • Weight 9 lbs
    • Hard Drive 320 GB HDD
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM - fixed
    • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS - 512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
    About The Author

    Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.