Acer Aspire 8943G

Specifications

Acer Aspire 8943GNotebook: Acer Aspire 8943G (Aspire 8943G Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 820QM
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 4.6kg
Price: 1700 euro
Average Score: 76.77% - good
Average of 13 scores (from 20 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 90%, features: 83%, display: 60% mobility: 73%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 50%

Reviews for the Acer Aspire 8943G

70% Acer Aspire 8943G review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Acer Aspire 8943G is a ridiculously big laptop that you'll either love or hate for its outlandishness - UPDATED 5 NOV 2010
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80%
60% Acer Aspire 8943G (ZYA) notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Around the edges of the Aspire, you'll find the afore-mentioned Blu-ray drive, as well as four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, FireWire, eSATA/USB 2.0, an SD card slot and microphone and speaker audio connections. The unit also has a fingerprint reader and a webcam. We wish it had an ExpressCard slot, which could come in handy if you ever want to add USB 3.0, for example, but overall it's a great set of features.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G
Source: Techradar English
As a stylish, big-screen media centre for enjoying high-definition entertainment, the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is a fantastic laptop and effortlessly puts many of its rivals in the shade. At such a high price, however, we expected an equally unbeatable level of performance and, unfortunately, the Acer failed to deliver.If you're seeking a feature-packed desktop replacement to future-proof you against the years ahead, there's no denying that this is a great laptop to choose just bear in mind that you can get similar power for far less money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Aspire 8943G (updated)
Source: PC Authority English
The drawback is that astonishing price. Admittedly, this is the bells-and-whistles specification of the Aspire 8943G, but that's still a lot of cash. The power partly justifies this and the feature set is impressive, but the issues with the screen and touchpad leave us wary about spending such a massive sum on what is still essentially a laptop, albeit a monster of a one.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/24/2010
Rating: price: 60% performance: 100% features: 60%
80% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: Techradar English
While the Aspire Ethos 8943G delivered slightly less impressive performance than we expected, there's no denying the quality and usability it provides. If you're after a big-screen media centre and money is no option, there's lots to like.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Acer Aspire 8943G review
Source: CNet English
The Acer Aspire 8943G laptop is built to satisfy all your multimedia desires. With its huge, 18.4-inch, 1080p screen, Blu-ray drive, fast graphics chip and beefy processor, it's more than capable of rivalling most desktop PCs when it comes to watching movies and gaming. The 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8943G multimedia laptop is expensive, but its stunning range of features and impressive performance largely justify the hefty outlay.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
Acer - Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: IT Reviews English
Acer's Aspire Ethos 8943G is a true desktop replacement. The quad-core processor, discrete graphics and extra-large screen work well together, creating a laptop that's as happy video-editing as it is gaming. Sure, the price tag is pretty high, but you certainly get a lot for your money and you'd be hard pushed to find similarly-specified alternatives that are any cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/16/2010
Rating: price: 80%
50% Acer Aspire 8943G
Source: Laptop Mag English
Aside from the wireless issue, the $1,599 Acer Aspire 8943G pleases with its combination of a clean, modern design and multimedia maven-pleasing features. Though the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q890 is a better performer in the 18-inch category, it's less attractive and costs $1,899. If you're looking to save a little cash and don't need the extra power, the Aspire 8943G is a good choice. However, until Acer resolves the sporadic wireless connectivity, we can't recommend this system. We'll update our review once a fix from the company becomes available.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 50%
75% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop
Source: Reg Hardware English
Acer’s done a good job with the Ethos – it looks great and performs well. Of course, the fast processor, large screen, Blu-ray drive and fancy design don’t come cheap, and many will baulk at the price tag Acer’s slapped on it. That said, it’s in line with similar 18.4in offerings, such as HP’s dv8-1110ea that retails for around the same price. If you want to ditch your desktop and can afford it, Acer’s Aspire Ethos 8943G is definitely worth a close look.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 75%
83% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: PC Pro English
Huge, fast and crammed with entertainment features, but it certainly doesn't come cheap.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 50% performance: 83% features: 83%
70% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
It has the features and no shortage of design flair, but the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is ultimately a bittersweet affair. It might make a better case for itself in cheaper configurations, but there are still fundamental issues to iron out.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 90% mobility: 70%
90% Acer Aspire 8943g
Source: Computer Shopper English
The Acer Aspire 8943g has the power and components to satisfy multimedia enthusiasts and gamers alike. From its drop-dead-gorgeous 18.4-inch 1080p screen and Blu-ray drive to its Core i7 CPU and ATI graphics chip, there’s a lot to love here. Entertainment laptop meets gaming rig in this Aspire: You get very good performance on all fronts, especially if you need a combined playtime/workday PC.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
Acer Aspire 8943G, a gigantic and powerful laptop at a reasonable price
Source: PC Authority English
The Acer Aspire 8943G is a desktop replacement in an almost literal sense - you'll barely be able to see any desk behind it. A gigantic 18.4in display means the chassis measures 440mm across and weighs more than 4kg, so it's good for the occasional trip up and down the stairs at home but not much else.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/28/2010
Rating: price: 100% performance: 100% features: 100% mobility: 80%
80% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: Techradar English
Acer's Aspire Ethos 8943G is built to entertain, with an impressive Full HD screen and built-in 5.1 surround-sound speakers. A solid range of features and quality build make this a superb desktop replacement.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

100% Design Individualisten im Test
Source: e-media - 11/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 80% performance: 96% mobility: 60%
Alu-Jumbo
Source: c't - 13/10 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 90% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
80% Acer Ethos 8943G
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Acer Aspire 8943g
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2010
Rating: display: 50% emissions: 40%
Acer Aspire 8943G - stylový multimediál
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/27/2010
Rating: performance: 80% emissions: 30%
Ревю на Acer Aspire 8943G – “Ethos”
Source: PC Store BU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/06/2010
Rating: price: 80%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850:

The HD 5850 is a slower clocked HD 5870 and is reliant on fast GDDR5 memory to perform in the high-end segment. It is based on the Desktop HD 5770 chip but with a lower clock speed.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


820QM:

The Core i7-820QM is a high-end quad core CPU for laptops that clocks due to the Turbo Mode from 1.73-3.06 GHz. Therefore, the processor combines the advantages of fast single core CPUs and slow quad-core CPUs. Hyperthreading allows the simultaneous use of 8 Threads in parallel. 

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


18.4": 18 inch display size is a rare and very big size for desktop-replacement laptops. Laptops with 18 inch displays did not exist before 2008. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


4.6 kg: This laptop is heavy. Especially desktop replacements with 19 inch display fit in this class of weight. This class is too heavy, even for 17 inch DTR.


Acer: Acer Incorporated is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. Its product lineup includes desktops and laptops, as well as personal digital assistants (PDAs), servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business services for business, government, education, and home users. Acer is the third largest computer manufacturer in the world (by sales) after HP and Dell Inc (2007). The company owns the largest franchised computer retail chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Originally named Multitech, it was founded in 1976. Gateway and Packard Bell are economically connected with Acer. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Acer reviews


76.77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Acer Aspire 8943G-9319
Core i7 740QM

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Acer Aspire 8943G-9429
Core i7 740QM, 3.9 kg
» Acer Aspire 8943G-72161.28TWn
Core i7 720QM, 3.9 kg
» Acer Aspire 8943G-6782
Core i7 720QM, 3.7 kg
» Acer Aspire 8943G-728G1.28TWn
Core i7 720QM, 3.93 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» HP EliteBook 8560w
Core i7 2820QM, 15.6", 3.6 kg
» Acer Aspire 5943G-7748G64Wnss
Core i7 740QM, 15.6", 3.3 kg
» HP Envy 17-1195ea
Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
» HP Envy 17-1190eg
Core i7 720QM, 17,3", 3.41 kg
» HP Envy 17-1117ef
Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 4.6 kg
» Acer Aspire 7745G-5464G50Mnks
Core i5 460M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
» HP Envy 17-3D
Core i5 580M, 17.3", 3.4 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote LX86-JO-022GE
Core i5 450M, 17.3", 3.1 kg
» Acer Aspire 7745G-5464G64Bnks
Core i5 460M, 17.3", 3.25 kg
» Acer Aspire 5943G-5454G64Mnss
Core i7 620M, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» HP Pavilion dv8-1250er
Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.5 kg
» Acer Aspire 5943G-728G64Wnss
Core i7 720QM, 15.6", 3 kg
» HP Envy 17-1050ea
Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
» Acer Aspire 7745G-728G1TBiks
Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3 kg
» HP Envy 17
Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.5 kg
» Acer Aspire 5943G
Core i7 620M, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» Acer Aspire 7745G-434G50Bn
Core i5 430M, 17.3", 3.19 kg
» MSI GX640-i5447LW7P
Core i5 430M, 15.4", 2.7 kg
» MSI GX640
Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.7 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-05-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)