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Acer Aspire 5942G-524G64Bn - 15.6in Laptop - Acer Aspire 5942G-524G64Bn

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell
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Summary

Our Score

9/10

Review Price free/subscription

Given the hardware the 5942G touts, we were expecting some impressive performance and sure enough we weren't disappointed. Compared to the HP Envy 15-1060ea and Toshiba Satellite X500-10T, both of which came with 1.6GHz quad-core Core i7 CPUs, the Acer matched them all the way in PCMark Vantage. In fact it actually achieved a higher overall score than both, though this is largely due to a somewhat overinflated result in one of the tests.

Initially we were perplexed by this anomaly, but a little detective work uncovered that the Core i5-520M has a new set of AES instructions that markedly improve the speed of applications performing encryption and decryption - actions which form a major part of the affected 'Communications' phase in the benchmark. This is obviously great if you do a lot of either, but most consumers probably won't see the benefit that often.

Another thing that helps the overall performance is the use of a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium, which can address all of the 4GB of DDR3 RAM. This ample system memory helps in applications and games, which are also aided by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 that has 1GB of its own memory.

This chip is best described as a mid-range/entry-level gaming card, so it's not going to tackle Crysis too easily, but it gets the job done. In our tests it produced a brisk 77.3fps in Trackmania Nations and averaged a decent 34.9fps across the four tests in S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat - both enough to call this a reasonable gaming machine.

When dealing with larger laptops like this, battery life becomes a lot less important. Nonetheless the 5942G does okay here, returning a creditable three hours in the MobileMark 2007 Productivity test and just short of two hours in the DVD playback test. Given this machine weighs 3.05kg it's not going to venture far from a wall socket, making both these results more than good enough.

Verdict

Aside from the merely average display, the Acer Aspire 5942G offers the performance and features of a laptop that could cost a lot more. If you're after a high-performance Blu-ray laptop and aren't too concerned about having a top-notch screen to go with it, it's a great value option.

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The Acer Aspire 5942G is currently available from SaveOnLaptops.

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Italianstuddmuffin

March 8, 2010, 5:42 am

on page 3 you stated it has an ati 5650 and in the feature table its 5850.


I assume its the ati 5650 as the 5850 would have much better gaming performance.


Other than that good review guys keep it up

Red0x

March 8, 2010, 2:32 pm

"Despite relying on simple stereo speakers with no assistance from a supplementary 'sub'..."





Is the subwoofer not found at the rear of the machine? Near the screen hinges, where it is written 'TUBA'? That's what those two blue 'ports' are there for. It's basically the same sound setup as used by the now dated 69xx series.

Andy Vandervell

March 8, 2010, 3:24 pm

Thanks to those who spotted the typo on the feature table. It is indeed a 5650 as stated in the review.





@Matt: You're half right. The 'TUBA' is supposed to enhance bass response, but there's no actual separate sub speaker, juts the stereo ones.

Jan Andersen

July 15, 2010, 10:21 pm

I was writing a small review and aparently Windows 7 flipped. Here we go again.





I baught this Acer 5940G since the "old" ( 3 years ) Acer 5920G died. About all hardware units always had problems - I used an obsene amount of time to install XP on it to make it perform.





User review Acer 5940G





Display etc:


Screen is glossy and very reflektive - you see your self in the picture all the time - my use is for a desktop replacement with external monitor, so no problem - but if you intend to use this daily, no need to waste your time in reading further - AVOID !





After 20 years, having an external monitor the VGA cable loses the grip for a sec and the unit is again running on the build in monitor - the external is black - you need to reconfiguer the external monitor again - after 2o years they havnt solved this problem !





Heat and noise:


Pleasent surprice, the unit runs very quiet and relatively cool. The fan hasnt kicked up a single time like the 5920G did frequently - sounded like a jet. I suppose only a fanless can do it more quite - very good.





Performance - Windows 7 64 bit.


First the possitive suprice - after booting and connecting the LAN cable, Windows 7 actually figured out that I intended to connect to the internet - a small pop up and I was on the internet - but it took Microsoft 20 years to get this far. Vista couldnt handle unplugging and plugging the LAN cable.





I realy looked forward to this i7 with 4 processors, turbomeory, 4GB of RAM, 64 bit Windos 7 and all the other wissels . but the realy bad news is, that this machine is slow - lots of waiting time, tasks involving Windowes takes secons, sometimes 10´s of seconds - on a clean install. Nothing has really changed fro Vista - it may well be the final for Windows - I´m no MAC fan, never had one, all my applications are for Windows, CodeGear C++ Builder 2007 etc. This must then be it - who will tollerate waiting times of seconds for simple tasks ? Users will begin to seek new roads. XP is too old now - which reatail user will buy a new fancy notebook with and old fashioned UI ?





Data chrunsing is fair - compiling an application took 2 minutes and 40 secs on this machine, and 6 minutes and 40 secs on the backup MSI WIND 100 Atom 1,6 GHz processor, 3GB RA and XP. Hmmm, seems like the four processors arnt really performing here - battery save utton is off - hmmm - I think the old dead 5920G was same or perhaps a bit faster ?





Anyway - I will not write further, since it realy makes no sence, now its a question of save where save can be saved - to find a way to put XP on this machine - find drivers etc - and I may be back with a continuation to this review.





Any PC / laptop with Windows Vista or Windows 7 -- AVOID !





So what do we do now - us with tons of applications made for Windows ? We have to continue with XP - waiting for some one else to solve the problem of suppling a x86 OS which is moderne, compact and fast.

Jacob Marsh

May 14, 2013, 10:47 am

Got it lasted a year then fan broke sent back got replacement, few months later fan went again and damaged inside sent off got whole new laptop thought great later on sound / speaker issues i give up loose 2 months everytime send it off as well

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