As seems to be the case more often than not these days, little complaint can be made of either the keyboard or touchpad – manufacturers just seem to be getting the basics right now. Acer continues its use of the unique tiled keyboard first seen on its Timeline laptops and to good effect, too. While there is just a smidgen of flex, keys have a very crisp, yet light action that instantly feels comfortable. We have no layout complaints, either. Everything is just where it ought to be, with a nice, large and unimpeded right-Shift key and Home, Page Up, Page Down and End keys running down the right-side.
Likewise, unlike some Acer laptops of late, the touchpad is properly positioned slightly off centre, so won’t interfere with typing. Its buttons are of the rocker-style, so don’t respond evenly, but they are very crisp and accurate. You also get a dedicated button for deactivating the touchpad, as has been the case on most Acer laptops of late.
Where audio visual matters are concerned, though, the Aspire 3935 is pretty average – not bad, just average. Its 13.3in display is LED backlit and has a standard 1,366 x 768 native resolution; a comfortable, usable resolution for this size of screen. It’s reasonably bright and colourful, but not outrageously so, while viewing angles are – in common with most laptops – a little on the shallow side. On the whole its fine, though – reflective, glossy finish excepted.
Audio is somewhat disappointingl, though. Like many smaller laptops the 3935 suffers some pretty tinny, powerless integrated speakers. They’re good enough for watching online videos and the occasional TV drama, but for anything else a decent set of speakers or headphones are in order. On the plus side, with Dolby Home Theatre you can get more from these than on many laptops.
It’s really connectivity where the Acer begins to stumble, though. Most of the basics are catered for, with three USB ports, a multi-format card reader, microphone, headphone (with S/PDIF support), Ethernet and VGA all present and correct, but there’s a baffling lack HDMI. There’s no eSATA, either, while none of the USB ports feature the increasingly common and exceedingly useful ‘sleep & charge’ ability.