Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook - Acer Aspire 6935G

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Acer Aspire 6935G 16in Notebook

Summary

Our Score:

9

In terms design nothing much has changed since the inception of the Gemstone Blue line. There's the rather fetching dark blue and black 'gemstone' lid, while inside the body is finished in combination of glossy black plastic, matte plastic covering the speakers and a soft-touch textured palm rest and touchpad area.

In fact this is subject to the only real change because whereas the first generation of this line had light grey palm rests, the 6935G has a darker more metallic looking finish. It's only a small change but it instantly lends the machine a more attractive and cohesive appearance compared to the slightly jarring mixture of previous models.

Inset into this palm rest is the touchpad. A dip signifies the extremities, while a slightly elevated vertical line cordons off the vertical scroll zone. We found the touchpad particularly nice to use thanks to the soft-touch finish and dimpled texture and the buttons below it produced no complaints. Like a few consumer notebooks of late there's a fingerprint reader wedged between the two buttons, too.

No complaints can be made of connectivity, either, since the 6935G features more or less everything you'd demand from a desktop replacement and entertainment PC. There's an HDMI output, an S/PDIF capable audio output, an infrared sensor for the included remote and a combined USB/e-SATA port among four USB ports in total. Another nice touch is the lock slot that's integrated into the hinge section of the machine, something that also houses a sub-woofer (aka Acer Tube CineBass) and an air intake.

Being an entertainment machine it should come as no surprise to discover the 6935G makes a feature of its audio. Unlike the larger 8920G it only features two, rather than four, drivers along with the sub-woofer, but they still manage to produce a mildly convincing soundscape and no discernable distortion at high volumes, thanks in no small part to Dolby's virtual surround technology - something you still benefit from if you plug your own speakers in. As is our habit, we must also mention the benefits of Dolby Headphone; it never fails to improve our experience of film watching with even an average set of headphones.

Continuing the cinematic emphasis is the 16:9 aspect screen. At 1,368 x 768 it's not Full HD, but arguably you wouldn't see the benefit of 1080p at this size and this effort is plenty sharp enough to enjoy a Blu-ray film, or a DVD, with good clarity. Colour fidelity is pretty good, too, though viewing angles are a little shallower than we'd ideally desire. This is less of a problem with a more personal machine like the 6935G - 16in being little more than 15.4in when you think about it - but as witnessed on the Toshiba Qosmio G50-115, it is a problem if more than two or three people want to view the same screen at the same time.

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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