Acer Aspire 8920G 18.4in Blu-ray Notebook - Acer Aspire 8920G

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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As you might expect for a machine of this kind there's a wealth of connectivity options. Starting on the left edge you'll find both modem and Gigabit Ethernet ports. These are separated by an air vent and followed by the video connections, with both D-SUB and the obligatory HDMI output as well. Then there are a couple of USB ports and finally the audio jacks, which comprise a combined headphone and S/PDIF port, a microphone jack and a Line-in.

On the right you'll find a 54mm ExpressCard slot, though regrettably there's no mini-remote, the Blu-ray optical drive and a further two USB ports that bring the total up to an ample four in all. Set into the screen bezel is a 0.3-megapixel webcam and an integrated microphone.

Having poured some scorn on the keyboard, the touchpad is less contentious. It's sunk into the chassis, as is the fashion these days, is well proportioned and has well marked scroll zones. Below, between the touch pad buttons, is a fingerprint reader and though it's not the most convenient location it's a useful addition.

There are, however, a few things that the 8920G lacks despite its otherwise ample feature set. Primary among them is a TV tuner and it's a surprising omission. Indeed, though there are configurations that include TV tuners, they're included in models that feature slower graphics cards, so if you want the extra horsepower provided by the 9650M GS provided here, you'll have to go without - very odd.

More annoying is the lack of any kind of remote in the box. In a multimedia machine such as this it seems a fairly glaring omission, especially when even some smaller laptops have ExpressCard style remote controls included.

Software provided is adequate without any stand out additions. There's a full version of Microsoft Works 8.5 and trial versions of both Office 2007 and McAfee Internet Security. All the basics for DVD authoring and Blu-ray playback are included, though Acer's own brand utilities remain an acquired taste.

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, 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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