Armed with a fast processor and solid speakers, the £799 inc VAT Acer Aspire 5920G is great for both work and entertainment.

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The Acer Aspire 5920G bears Acer's tritone "gemstone" case design, which looks stylish without being overly ornate. The screen is prone to some glare and battery life is so-so, but the Acer Aspire 5920G can handle most types of applications.

Driven by a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor and configured with 2GB of DDR2-667 SDRAM , the 5920G notched a very good WorldBench 6 Beta 2 speed score of 77 - a few points above the mark achieved by a Dell Inspiron 1720 that carried the same processor and RAM. The Acer Aspire 5920G's average framerate in our graphics tests was 83 frames per second - not close to the average of 100fps posted by recent gaming notebooks, but capable of supporting good game play nonetheless.

The Acer Aspire 5920G lacks the dedicated number pad found on some other desktop replacements, but it offers two sets of customisable buttons. Application launch buttons and a Wi-Fi toggle switch sit on the left side of the keyboard; media controls occupy the right side.

The media controls include a button for launching Acer's Arcade interface, which provides direct access to HD-DVD-movie and -music playback without your having to boot up Windows. Both sounded great through this notebook's subwoofer-assisted stereo speakers. The Acer Aspire 5920G's 'e' button - a blue sparkly triangular piece of keyboard trim that looks like a faux gemstone - puts sound equaliser options such as rock, pop, and classical within easy reach.

This laptop also includes a 1.3Mp webcam. And in Europe we have the option to get an integrated TV tuner for the Acer Aspire 5920G.

The 5920G felt comfortable to use. The mouse buttons are slightly stiff, but the four-way scroll button for moving pages in any direction is nice. Overall the Acer Aspire 5920G's keyboard is great, especially for shortcut fans. Though the super-glossy Acer CrystalBrite screen reflects fluorescent office lights unless you tilt it just right, it's bright and easy to read otherwise.

Acer Aspire 5920G: Specs

  • 2.1 surround-sound speaker set
  • 15.4in, 1280x800 colour LCD TFT (Active Matrix) - 8ms response time
  • 270.2x364x30.8/43.7mm
  • 3kg
  • nVidia GeForce 8600M GT with 1GB graphics RAM
  • 200GB hard drive (4200rpm)
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • Intel 965PM Express Chipset with Intel AMT 2.5
  • CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD±RW (+R double layer), DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM , DVD+/-RW
  • rechargeable - (Li-Ion) battery
  • 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g, 802.11a , 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 2.1 surround-sound speaker set
  • 15.4in, 1280x800 colour LCD TFT (Active Matrix) - 8ms response time
  • 270.2x364x30.8/43.7mm
  • 3kg
  • nVidia GeForce 8600M GT with 1GB graphics RAM
  • 200GB hard drive (4200rpm)
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • Intel 965PM Express Chipset with Intel AMT 2.5
  • CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD±RW (+R double layer), DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM , DVD+/-RW
  • rechargeable - (Li-Ion) battery
  • 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g, 802.11a , 802.11b, 802.11g

OUR VERDICT

This Windows Vista Ultimate home notebook lacks bundled applications, but it has power and style to spare. Short-list the Acer Aspire 5920G if you're on the prowl for a trendy home desktop replacement.

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