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Acer Aspire 5000 review: Acer Aspire 5000

Put aside 3D graphics, and the Acer Aspire 5000 turned in a decent performance in CNET Labs' benchmark tests. The system could have benefited from a few stronger supporting components, such as a more robust 3D graphics subsystem and a faster, larger hard drive. Nevertheless, its MobileMark score of 192 handily beat the scores turned in by the comparably priced Toshiba Tecra A3-S611 running a 1.6GHz Pentium M, the cheaper Dell Inspiron 6000, and the pricier Sony VAIO VGN-FS570 running a 1.73GHz Pentium M. The Aspire 5000 should have no trouble with ordinary business and productivity tasks, though its battery life lasted only 2 hours, 52 minutes--not terrible for a notebook this size but far less than the Inspiron 6000's 320 minutes. It's too early to come to a sweeping conclusion about the Turion 64, but so far we aren't overly impressed with its PowerNow technology.

Acer provides an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty in addition to toll-free service and support. Concurrent international traveler coverage is also included.

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Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 battery life in minutes  
System configurations:

Acer Aspire 5000
Windows XP Home; 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 ML-30; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; SiS M760GX 64MB; Hitachi Travelstar 60GN 60GB 4,200rpm

Dell Inspiron 6000
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M 730; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; Intel 915GM Graphics Media Accelerator 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 40GNX 40GB 5,400rpm

Sony VAIO VGN-FS570
Windows XP Home; 1.73GHz Intel Pentium M 740; 1GB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 915GM Graphics Media Accelerator 128MB; Fujitsu MHU2100AT 100GB 4,200rpm

Toshiba Tecra A3-S611
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M 730; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 915GM Graphics Media Accelerator 128MB; Toshiba MK4025GAS 40GB 4,200rpm

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