Acer Aspire 5942G review: Acer Aspire 5942G

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The Good Fast processor; good gaming performance; packs a Blu-ray drive; decent keyboard; handy media controls.

The Bad Average screen; bland design.

The Bottom Line The Acer Aspire 5942G's appearance and screen are so-so, but the configuration that we reviewed goes a long way towards making up for these failings with its impressive specification and swift performance

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Acer is known for producing good-value laptops that are brimming with features. Packing an Intel Core i5 processor and Blu-ray drive, the 15.6-inch Aspire 5942G certainly delivers on the feature front, but it isn't exactly cheap. The question, therefore, is whether it offers sufficiently impressive performance to justify its high price tag.

The configuration of the 5942G that we review here, the 5942G-524G64Bn, is available now for around £920 from SaveOnLaptops and other online vendors.

A looker it ain't
The 5942G isn't exactly a head-turner. The glossy finish on the lid looks attractive enough, but the design lacks the flair of some of the more stylish laptops from the likes of Sony and Toshiba. That said, the keyboard and the layout of the controls are very good.

The keyboard uses isolated keys, similar to those found on Apple MacBooks. It's fast and easy to type on. We also love the large, flat volume dial that Acer has plonked on the right-hand side, next to some neat touch-sensitive media-playback controls. There are even handy buttons for turning Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on and off. The laptop's trackpad is reasonably large too, and your finger glides pleasingly across the surface. Acer has nestled a fingerprint scanner between the two trackpad buttons, which may come in handy for protecting your data.

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