Acer Aspire 5920

The Good High-end features, including HD DVD drive, HDMI-out, S/PDIF, and Dolby Home Theater sound; handy media controls; decent speakers; lengthy battery life; comfortable keyboard; easy-to-use system management software.

The Bad Heavy; native resolution not as high as we'd like; display wobbles easily; glossy screen finish results in distracting reflections; lacks a fingerprint reader.

The Bottom Line Though it's bulky, the Acer Aspire 5920 makes a great choice for buyers who want both a media-friendly laptop and a portable HD DVD player that plugs into their home theater.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 7.0
  • Support 5.0
7.4 Overall

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Review

Acer Aspire 5920

When we reviewed the Blu-ray-equipped Sony VAIO FZ180 a few months ago, we wondered how big the market for 15.4-inch, high-def laptop could really be. Apparently, the market is big enough to warrant an entry from the other side of the fence: the Acer Aspire 5920 incorporates an HD DVD drive into its bulky midsize case. Differing HD formats aside, the two systems are remarkably similar. Both include HDMI support for easy integration to home theaters. Both incorporate Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processors on the latest Centrino Duo platform. And both cost $1,999. The Sony offers the advantage of a sleeker design and lighter weight, while the Acer offers the advantage of a few extra features (S/PDIF audio, full Dolby Surround, Bluetooth connectivity) and a longer battery life. For the most part, though, the choice between these very similar systems will depend on your format preference. Appreciated on its own merits, the Acer Aspire 5920 makes a decent choice for buyers who want both a media-friendly laptop and a portable HD DVD player that they can connect to their home theater for big-screen viewing.

The Aspire 5920 features Acer's new Gemstone design, which includes a glossy black lid, a light-gray interior, and blue LEDs on the media controls. The case's rounded corners and beveled edges give the laptop a soft look that's somewhat like the design found on the HP Pavilion dv6500t. Despite its soft looks, the Aspire 5920 feels pretty solid, though the screen did wobble a bit on its hinges when we accidentally bumped our desk. Screen wobbles aside, the laptop seems likely to withstand a few hard knocks; however, with a 7-pound weight that nearly qualifies it for the desktop replacement category, the laptop isn't likely to encounter anything more treacherous than your living room and the occasional stint in a laptop bag.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Acer
  • Type Core 2 Duo
  • Installed Size 3 GB
  • Edition Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Capacity 160 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.4 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel GM965 Express
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model Acer Aspire 5920-6864

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