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Acer Aspire 9504WSMi

£1,339 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

We've seen a few notebooks geared towards home entertainment over the past few months but none so fully featured as the Aspire 9504WSMi from Acer. Okay, it may not have the fastest processor or the best graphics card, but it does have a hybrid TV tuner.

We've seen a few notebooks geared towards home entertainment over the past few months but none so fully featured as the Aspire 9504WSMi from Acer. Okay, it may not have the fastest processor or the best graphics card, but it does have a hybrid TV tuner.

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This means it can pick up both digital and analogue. It can't do both at the same time, however, as it isn't a dual tuner, but it's rare enough to find a notebook with any kind of built-in TV tuner.

As if this wasn't enough, Acer's Arcade software is included. In essence offering you the same functionality as Windows Media Center, Arcade can be launched from within Windows or can be started up without booting Windows by pressing a button at the front of the unit. There are two remote controls - one fits neatly into a slot on the lefthand side, while the other, larger one can be left on your bedside table for watching DVDs when you get home.

And there's a great screen for watching movies on, too – the 17in 1,440x900 widescreen gives resonant colours and pinpoint detail, which you'll notice when playing games. The ATI Mobility Radeon X700 might pale in comparison with the GeForce Go 7800s, but it does a good job.

There's a Bluetooth-enabled VoIP phone, the keyboard is well laid out and there's even a numeric keypad on the lefthand side. For storage and backup there's a 120GB hard drive and a dual-layer DVD writer.

Acer Aspire 9504WSMi Expert Verdict »
2GHz Intel Pentium M 760 processor
Windows XP Home
1GB DDR RAM
120GB hard drive
17in 1,440x900 TFT display
256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X700 graphics card
24x/24x/16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) 8x/8x/8x/4x/4x/4x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW) drive
802.11b/g facilities
Bluetooth
Microsoft Works 8.0
Acer Arcade
Bluetooth VoIP phone
hybrid digital/analogue TV tuner card
1-year international warranty
401x290x42mm
4kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

We couldn't find a weak point - and believe us, we put the Acer through its paces. With a WorldBench score of 90, it'll breeze through most tasks. If you're looking for something powerful with great entertainment potential, then look no further than the Acer Aspire 9504WSMi.

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