Acer Aspire 5920 Laptop

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  • Brand: ACER
  • Category: Laptop
  • screen size: 15.4"
  • os: Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
  • cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 / 2.0 GHz

The Aspire 5920 features Acer's new Gemstone design, which includes a glossy black lid, a light-gray interior, and blue LEDs on the media controls. The case's rounded corners and beveled edges give the laptop a soft look that's somewhat like the design found on the HP Pavilion dv6500t. Despite its soft looks, the Aspire 5920 feels pretty solid, though the screen did wobble a bit on its hinges when we accidentally bumped our desk. Screen wobbles aside, the laptop seems likely to withstand a few hard knocks; however, with a 7-pound weight that nearly qualifies it for the desktop replacement category, the laptop isn't likely to encounter anything more treacherous than your living room and the occasional stint in a laptop bag.


Acer designed the Aspire 5920 for media hounds, and the laptop's 15.4-inch display is sure to please. The fairly average 1,280x800 native resolution gets a boost from Acer's CrystalBrite technology, which results in deeper colors and sharper contrast. Unfortunately, the screen's glossy finish is among the most reflective we've seen lately; the reflections were manageable in a typical office environment but intolerable when we were seated with our backs to an outside window. High-definition content looks excellent on the Aspire 5920's display, though it's not really true 1080p resolution (for that you'll have to connect the laptop to an HDTV or larger LCD). Above the display sit a Webcam and dual-microphone array for video chats.


We enjoyed typing on the Acer Aspire 5920's full-size keyboard. The keys provided plenty of travel and were remarkably quiet. Our palms did frequently graze the laptop's sizable touch pad while typing, but the sensitivity of the pad was such that doing so did not misplace the cursor. Between the two standard mouse buttons sits a four-way scroll key that's particularly handy for reading Web pages and scrolling through long documents. We like how Acer has incorporated quick-launch buttons and media controls on the keyboard deck. A vertical row on the left side of the board contains on/off buttons for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi plus two programmable application-launch buttons that default to the Web browser and e-mail. A similar row of controls on the right side includes a button to launch Acer's Arcade media management application, which looks remarkably similar to Windows Media Center but lets you play CDs, DVDs, and media files without booting Windows. There are also buttons for play/pause, track forward, and track back; volume is controlled by a wheel on the laptop's front edge. Above the keyboard, next to the Dolby Surround speakers, sits the triangular "Empower" key, which launches a suite of utilities for managing battery life, network, and sound settings. We loved having such quick access to this information and enjoyed the design of the Empower suite, which looks very much like the Dashboard in Mac OS X. We were surprised that Acer didn't include a fingerprint reader on the Aspire 5920; though it's hardly a necessity, it is a convenience that's becoming increasingly common on midsize systems.

  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Mobile Intel PM965 Express Chipset
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processor T7300
  • 2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4GB using two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support)
  • 15.4" WXGA high-brightness (220-nit) Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 8 ms response time
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with up to 1GB of TurboCache technology (256 MB of dedicated GDDR2 VRAM, up to 768 MB of shared system memory)
  • Dolby-certified surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers and one subwoofer supporting low-frequency effects
  • 160 GB hard disk drives
  • 5-in-1 card reader
  • Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam (0.3 megapixel)
Processor 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300
Memory 2GB of 667MHz
Hard drive 200GB at 4,200rpm
Graphics 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT
Chipset Mobile Intel 965GM Express
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Dimensions (WDH) 14.5 x 11 x 1.5 inches
Screen size (diagonal) 15.4 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 7.0 / 8.1 pounds
Category midsize


tamikacyrus 2.5
Pros Well most of all the price, i managed to haggle down the price from $1000 to $840 and on top of that it had a $150 cashback, so $690 for a feature packed computer (i'm sure that my comp is a more recent version of this model). See below for the cons. Cons The heat is a massive issue, sometimes to hot to touch, simply from it sitting on my couch, this may have contributed to the few times it has switched off. Too much too list with 250 words, so see below.. Summary [CONS] I now know that t ... his computer needs to be completely flat and on a hard surface, as it is prone to heating up fast and becoming extremely hot. It can become quite noisy also, that goes for the disc drive also, which has been replaced once and i am guessing will be again when serviced next(still under warranty for another couple of months thankfully). I have had it switch off on me and not turn back on for days a couple of times now (since being serviced) and also once before the service, which i think was related to the battery adaptor because the power light was not on the computer nor the adaptor.. next day it worked, i called acer after this and after 14 days without a computer and since then even after they had installed a new hard drive and optical drive, i have had more trouble.. Oh and webcam has started to freeze up constantly.. and my sound has had a couple of issues of freezing up and static like noise recently) and the volume control sometimes fails to work. The screen is fine when directly in front of it, otherwise everything is unclear (but not to the point of it being a good security measure in a public place).. On that, it is quite a bulky, heavy machine, so that combined with the need for it to be flat it is really just a compact pc.. that should be left on the desk... It really is a shame because besides the bulkiness this really is not a bad machine for the price.. [THINGS THAT MAY NOT BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE COMPUTER] If you put your comp into hibernate, there is no guarantee you will be able to reconnect back to a wireless network as often when i do this, no networks can be found and the only way to solve it is to reboot the computer, which sucks bigtime when you have a downloaded movie or a dozen web pages open needed for an assignment.. Oh and also unsure if this is entirely related to Windows Messenger but after a google search i realise i am not the only one with the issue but when using msn the synaptics touchpad enhancements stop working till next time you restart your computer (this is the issue that brought me to this site :P) Not sure if it is my computer, my cable connection or IE, but i would not recommend using IE as your browser, it is excruciatingly slow... I have been using Google Chrome since it was released and find it is at least twice the speed and far more functional i will also add. [PROS] The web cam is pretty good when it does not freeze up, for 1.3mp it is pretty clear, with no blurring, the keyboard is a nice size, 4 usb ports, card slot, express card slot (though i am not sure what i use that for hehe), fairly fast for opening programs, though over the past 10 months there has been a significant decrease in performance speed, though that is likely user related i am guessing, maybe i need to do something to speed that back up. Lots of quick keys, for email, bluetooth, web, wireless and media keys. That graphics are good, the sound is great (most of the time, occasional static lately). You get a ton of trial games with the comp and some are pretty awesome lol, but that is no reason to buy an acer... My opinion is to save a little more and buy a whole different brand... I would not be buying with acer again... Not to mention that when you call for servicing, you get every excuse for what the problem is, the response is to back up your system and reset it back to the original settings, see if that will work... And make sure you call from a landline, last week i called i was caller 32 and waited for at least 30 minutes.. More >
hellerup 2
Nice design Cons Noisy, heavy and running hot. The pre-installed Norton Antivirus is difficult to remove. Driver problems when using external monitor. Only supports Vista. Various anoying problems, allrelated to software and drivers. Summary The unit has a very nice design, and was made primarly as a desk top PC rather than a portable. Unfortunaltly it comes with Windows Vista, and there is no support for Windows 2000 or XP. Installing Vista had to be done three times, as the system crashed ... with the famous blue screen twice. We had to call the Acer support to get the trick of how to remove Norton Antivirus completely, as Norton leaves a spy chunk of code - we call it "infects" the computer. One of the major problems with Windows has been the set-up and maintenence of the internet connections. Vista didnt solve this problem either, even its the 6th generation of Windows. You need to plug in the LAN cable before you install ( which from the very start puts your computer on the net without any protection ), else Vista decides to use the Wireless connection forever. We have not found a way to make it change its mind - only solution is to re-install Vista. During the past 14 months with this machine, we had to re-install Vista twice, since it came up with the famous blue screen. However, the third time, we were so tired of re-insatlling all, that we tried to restart again and agin. This actually can solve the problem, as it seems like every time it gets one step further in solving internal problems. The machine is quite agreesive in this repect, as sometimes it dosnt even come up with the blue screen, but simply prompt you for a full system recovery - if the user isnt alwerted, he will use all. Other problems experienced is the external monitor connection. Some times the screen will flicker and the video card will attempt to reconnect to the monitor. Often the Nvidia card will forget the configuration, and this has to be done all over again. At some point this dissapered. Intel designed the Santa Rosa with the vision of fanles computers. Unfortunatly Acer didnt get the message, since this machine is quite noisy, the fan runns we you at least expect it, we suppose its the fan for the video card. The outled is on the buttom of the computer, which menas you have to place it on top of a plinth or other manner to keep the vents clear - else it will run even hotter. Finally - there is nothing positive to say about this computer, excpt perhas for the nice design. It not very fast, its not running silent, actually just writing this review in a browser makes the fan running loud, only alows running Vista, Vista gives various problems, and the video card is not functioning smoothly. I rate the 5920 as "avoid". More >