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Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook review

Andy Vandervell

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Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook
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  • Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook
  • Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook
  • Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook
  • Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook
  • Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook
  • Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook
  • Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook

Summary

Our Score:

9

Acer is, in many ways, the sleeping giant of computing. It might lack a little of the brand recognition of Dell or HP, but in recent times it has snuck up upon both to grab a convincing third place in the personal computer market and is the market leader in many territories. A lot of this success can be attributed to some seriously competitive pricing since, if you're looking for a bargain, an Acer is always a good place to start.

As is the case with its latest effort, the Aspire 6935G; a Centrino 2 refresh for its Gemstone Blue range that launched in April. Based on a 16:9 aspect ratio 16in display, the version we have here manages to cram every conceivable feature into its desktop replacing frame, including a Blu-ray drive, a digital/analogue TV Tuner and Dolby Home Theatre audio while still slipping comfortably below the £1,000 barrier, costing just £910 after the VAT cut.

This is a pretty good effort and it's not as if Acer has skimped on other features, either. Powering it all is an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 running at 2.26GHz. This is backed by 4GB 800MHz DDR2 RAM and there's a fast 7,200rpm 320GB hard drive. Graphics come courtesy of an nVidia 9600M GT with 512MB dedicated memory, which powers the 1,366 x 768 resolution display that, being 16:9, is ideally suited to watching films and other content intended for TVs.

You also benefit from all the usual trimmings, including Draft-N Wi-Fi courtesy of Intel, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR. Also included in the box is a remote control. This isn't the ExpressCard style effort we seen in some laptops, but a proper fully fledged media remote. This is obviously ideal given the machine has a TV Tuner, making armchair use that bit easier. It's a good remote, too, with a logical layout and a particularly good four-way pad with a very positive button mechanism. This is true throughout so this isn't the kind of included remote you'll be replacing straightaway, quite the opposite in fact.

The remote is joined by something we've seen before when we reviewed the Acer Aspire 8920G, the 18.4in variety of this range; the Acer CineDash. This rather lofty title is given to the slightly intimidating backlit media controls that sit to the left of the keyboard. These are well tailored for controlling Media Center, are responsive and in some ways quite intuitively arranged, especially the volume arc. However, we're still not totally convinced that they're needed. Eye-catching it all may be, but when sitting at the machine why wouldn't one use the cursor keys and the Enter key instead of the CineDash and couldn't something simpler do the job just as well?

This is particularly relevant given that its presence means an ever so slightly off centre orientation for the keyboard. It's something one gets used to, but if you're forced to accept something like this we'd sooner have a useful feature, like a full numeric keypad. Happily the keyboard itself isn't too bad. Keys feel firm and positive while the layout doesn't feature any of the annoying quirks we often cite on notebooks.

Nitsson

December 4, 2008, 1:36 pm

Good review, thanks. Unfortunately that resolution is far to low to tempt me, and a surprising choice for a 16" screen really. Media controls look cool though, reminds me of those futuristic control panels you see in sci-fi movies / TV series. Great price too, especially with a BR drive.

Chris2510

December 4, 2008, 2:17 pm

To echo Misiowiec above - for a 16" screen to have a resolution below most 15" screens at the same price point isn't tempting at all. I'm looking for a replacement for a 17" 3yr old laptop - and I had hoped that technology had moved on in the meantime. Sigh. Good review though.

Andy Vandervell

December 4, 2008, 2:19 pm

Thanks guys. More or less agree with the sentiments above, though it does kind of depend on your perspective. Yes, you get less vertical pixels, but you do also get more horizontal ones. It's a horses for courses choice really. Got the HP HDX16 coming in shortly and this might tempt you further... ;)

Darfuria

December 4, 2008, 3:23 pm

<keyboard align="right"></keyboard> looks horrible!

charliepie

December 5, 2008, 4:23 am

You could always opt for the only slightly costlier T9400 models of which there are 2 to choose from starting @ 𨂟. They both come with a eye-testing 1920x1080 full hd resolution:)

nanite2000

December 5, 2008, 3:41 pm

Looks nice, but I'd like to customize it before I buy it and there doesn't appear to be a way to do that. One of the things I like most about Dell laptops is that you can choose a basic spec and add optional extras (like a higher resolution screen, or better graphics card). Do any other Laptop manufacturers offer this service? I couldn't see any way to do this on either the Acer or HP websites...

Amir

December 8, 2008, 4:37 pm

For �, is there actually anything better Price/Performance wise?


The 6935G 16" on laptops direct comes with full 1900x1080, 2.53Ghz, 4GB DDR2, 9600m GT 512 MB, Blue Ray, TV Tuner plus loads more...

Jon K

December 28, 2008, 6:53 am

Nanite: Apparently you can customize HP laptops on the US site but not over here. Has anyone heard about the HP dv4-1199ea Special Edition? It appears to have a decent spec, but I can't find any reviews of it or even a product page on the HP website.

Colin 6

September 14, 2009, 6:00 am

I bought the 6530 model which presumably has the same screen res as the above unit but no BR drive, full size keyboard with separate numeric keypad, funky touch controls for volume and media functions (if a tad hit and miss) and HDMI output, dual core, 3GB ram etc all for a meesly £480 for which I am very happy about. Acer seem to be about the best value currently available from what I have seen.

marco

July 28, 2013, 6:18 pm

I'm looking for acer aspire 6935g cd, can someone help

Marty_Ventura

August 26, 2013, 11:20 am

What do you mean by CD? Are you looking to reinstall drivers specific to the 6935g or do you want a system restore?

toxicearwig

September 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

im selling one for £250 if any one is interested ?. good condition. my email is ben.78@live.co.uk

marco

September 20, 2013, 5:04 pm

system restore CD

Mark Hall

October 2, 2013, 9:21 am

There is no "restore CD," it's on a backup partition on the hard drive. You either need to burn it to DVD from yours, or get someone else with an original specification 6935G to do it. I've installed Win7 so believe I no longer have the partition.

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