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Acer Aspire 9410

£899 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Acer was one of the first vendors to sell laptops with 17in screens, and it's come a long way since then. The firm still sells 17in laptops, but they're a vast improvement on the old models.

Acer was one of the first vendors to sell laptops with 17in screens. And, we're glad to say, it's come a long way since then. It still sells 17in laptops, but they're a vast improvement on the old models.

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You're out of luck if you're expecting a clunky 7kg monster. The latest laptops from Acer are sleek, lightweight, sturdy and well-designed. The Aspire 9410 looks great, works well and offers potential buyers all kinds of features.

The 17in widescreen display offers sharp definition and eye-catching colours. The resolution of 1,440x900 isn't as high as 17in screens go. It's adequate, but the graphics setup leaves a little to be desired. The GeForce Go 7300 controller borrows some system memory but doesn't produce lightning frame rates in return.

Nonetheless, the Acer has an impressive turn of processing speed, notching up a healthy 93 points in our WorldBench 5 tests.

The wide chassis accommodates a numeric keypad to the side of the keyboard, while 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi facilities and an ethernet port mean the 9410 can easily hook up to wired and wireless networks. It's still quite chunky at 3.7kg and 40cm wide, but it's intended as a desktop replacement and you won't have trouble moving between rooms. The 9410 is bundled with Acer's proprietary Arcade software package. This, in essence, adds media-centre functionality.

Acer Aspire 9410 Expert Verdict »

1.6GHz Intel T2300 dual-core processor
Windows XP Professional
1GB DDR RAM
120GB hard drive
17in 1,440x900 TFT display
256MB nVidia GeForce Go 7300 graphics card
8x/8x/8x/4x/4x/4x/3x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 24x/24x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) drive
802.11a/b/g facilities
Bluetooth
Acer Arcade
Norton AntiVirus
1-year international warranty
400x295x40mm
3.7kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 10 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

It's big, but not so big as to be cumbersome. Well-designed and easy to use, the Acer has great features and a good screen. It's just a pity about the graphics.

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