Summary

Our Score

8/10

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As you might expect there's a full size keyboard with a numeric keypad. Unfortunately it's not a very good one. Layout is generally fine, but the typing experience is very disappointing. There's a significant level of flex across the whole keyboard and keys feel leaden and unresponsive, making typing quite arduous - a bit of a problem for a desktop replacement.

Multimedia, then, is clearly this machine's real strength and to accentuate this, Acer has created what it calls the CineDash, a somewhat fussy looking set of media controls set to the left of the keyboard. When we first saw this and used it, it seemed like an interesting idea, but upon further use it does seem a little over designed. The volume slider arc, for example, is rather fiddly to use and one can't help but think a novice user will be intimidated by the layout.

It also doesn't add to the overall look to the machine and in truth the design is nothing to write home about. On the outside it doesn't look too bad, in fact the dark blue gemstone finish and nifty "holographic" backlit logo is rather smart, but opening the machine reveals a rather less appetising sight. It's not ugly per se, but the mixture of matte black at the top, a glossy black keyboard, grey wrist rest and the CineDash to the side looks messy and uncoordinated.

If the keyboard and design lack a little attention to detail, though, the features of this machine go some way to redressing the balance. Audio, for example, is truly exemplary - good enough that you could conceivably enjoy a film without the need for separate speakers. Inside its frame it houses six speakers, with three above the keyboard, two in the front edge and a "Tube CineBass" sub-woofer that's housed in a hollowed out tube between the hinges.

This is, in effect, a 5.1 speaker system, though any pretence to surround sound is a complete misnomer. Nonetheless, the overall effect is very impressive, with clear crisp audio, particularly in dialogue thanks to the dedicated centre channel, though if you want heavy bass separate speakers are still the way to go.

This excellence is matched by the display. Its 16:9 ratio and Full HD resolution obviously helps, but it also sports excellent image quality. Colours are vibrant, if a little over saturated, bringing photos and video to life with great alacrity. Whites are particularly impressive, being very clean and bright and though black levels are nothing to write home about, they're nonetheless pretty good for a notebook display. Viewing angles are reasonable, good enough that someone could sit alongside you and not be impeded and detail levels are very impressive for a screen that's still relatively small for Full HD content.

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Paul Nicolson

September 2, 2008, 7:55 am

Will the graphics card melt like all the 8000 and some 9000 Nvidia cards??? No one is talking about this on trusted reviews ?????????????

Racbir Singh Bhurji

October 22, 2013, 10:27 pm

I GOT THE 6920G, asome looking, pure quality - and this is its big bro ..lol, better than a lot of laptops out there even today. A Dual Core like this is the same as i3. Dual core is i3

Mike T.

December 9, 2013, 7:54 pm

I work reballing these nvidia chips in laptops and i can tell already forget about this laptop, in less than a year i reballed more than 100 of these and that is from our local state only. Worst problem is that this laptop is supplied with two series of gfx cards which are 9500m and 9650m these chips are clocked really high, the circuit board that holds these "NB9P-GT" chips gets bubbly deformed surface after which reballing of this chip does not last more than 10 months AND! that will be in good case if you will give up gaming on this laptop completely. Get yourself a laptop with 6550m or 7670m this chip is by AMD and is faster than both 9500m,9650m GS, the laptop with 6550m or 7670m will be able to run saints row the third or gta 4. Current price on laptops with 6550m or 7670m is about 400-450 usd.

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