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Review Acer Aspire 5920G Notebook

Acer goes gaming? We had the chance to review one of the currently most popular and most discussed notebooks, the Acer 5920G. Its specification is very interesting: Core 2 Duo T7300 with 2.0 GHz, NVidia Geforce 8600M GT, 2GB main memory and 200GB hard disk. Is there anything left to be desired? Maybe a brand-new Acer case with interesting design? - Here it is!

Acer Aspire 5920G Logo

Case

Ever since the completely new Travelmate case, which convinced particularly by its robust and compact construction, was introduced at the Cebit07 in Hannover, hope remained for a similar innovation for the Aspire series. Now time has come. The Acer Aspire 5920G tries to score high with its brand-new design.

Regarding color choice Acer chose a  bright-gray - fawn inside (keyboard, palm rest areas, and display) which was combined with a black trough and a shiny black coated display cover. The notebook looks passable, and elegant.

Acer pioneers new ways not only regarding color design. The total case design of the 5920G including shaping is innovative. All in all the case got thicker and got gently rounded edges. Called Gemstone design by Acer it is a matter of taste, a dilemna between innovative design and creative accents.

Obviously, the design of the top side, i.e. keyboard, touchpad and surrounding parts, should be most striking. Diagonals were introduced and were continued by beveled keys and LED moldings. Whether you like it or not is just a matter of taste, because it does not have any impact on user-friendliness.

An essential pro of the new case is that robustness and stability was improved. The case hardly yields under pressure and also the flexural rigidity is very good. Looking for creaking noises, which were often audible at former Aspire notebooks, is in vain.

The display is attached with two also very nicely designed hinges. They are capable of holding the display steady, but a slight see-saw after adapting the display's position is possible. However, it is difficult to estimate the durability of the metal hinges covered by plastics.

The display lock covers something interesting. The web cam was movable placed in the center of the display frame and also works as release device for both of the display hooks. However, it is not possible to adapt the angle of inclination of the cam by itself.

Acer Aspire 5920G:
Acer Aspire 5920G
"The USB problem"
Acer Aspire 5920G

The Acer Aspire 5920G is also generously equipped with interfaces. It provides a total of 4 USB ports, a VGA, a S-Video, and a HDMI port, Firewire, ExpressCard, and audio ports including an optical out (S/PDIF). But, note: The  USB port at the right side is that near to the DVD drive that it is impossible to open the drive, if a fat USB stick or connector is connected to it...

Front Side: Infrared, Cardreader, Audio
Acer Aspire 5920G Interfaces
Left Side: VGA-Out, Lan, Modem, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, S-Video Out, USB, Firewire, ExpressCard
Acer Aspire 5920G Interfaces
Back Side: Power Connector, Fan
Acer Aspire 5920G Interfaces
Right Side: DVD Drive, USB, Kensington Lock
Acer Aspire 5920G Interfaces

Input Devices

The layout of the Acer Aspire 5920G's keyboard as well as the keys' sizes are alright. Also typing feels good. The keys can be softly pushed and face a easily recognizable point of pressure. The keyboard unit is tightly attached to the case, so, contributing to the high-quality impression.

The space bar's right edge is beveled and quasi passes into the AltGR key. This is only a matter of look which does not have any impact on usability.

Right above the keyboard there is a beautiful blue button with imprinted "e" which can be used to invoke the "Empowering people toolbar". This is a Softwaretool, which can be used to configure the notebook in a user-friendly way - just like already known by Lenovo's ThinkVantage button.

Left and right besides the keyboard  are moldings with hotkeys. At the left side you can activated WLan and Bluetooth or start the web browser, or the e-mail client. The hotkeys at the right side control the Mediaplayer.

The surface of the touchpad is spacious. Its gliding properties are good. Regarding response and precisions there is also nothing left to criticize. The most important point of critique are the according buttons, which can be pushed by applying comfortable force, but are rather loud. Also the operability of the scroll key in the middle could be better.

Touchpad
Acer Aspire 5920G Touchpad
Keyboard
Acer Aspire 5920G Keyboard

Display

Color Diagram
Acer Aspire 5920G Display measurement

The Acer Aspire 5920G is equipped with a 1280x800 WXGA display, whose surface heavily reflects. With this resolution the overview on Window Vista's desktop is acceptable, but a higher resolution would not cause harm...

All considered parameters have good measurement values. The maximum brightness amounted to very good 178.4 cd/m² at the bottom part of the panel. The illumination of also good 81.1% could also convince. The average brightness of 160.5 cd/m² is also good.

146.5
cd/m²
164.6
cd/m²
150.8
cd/m²
149.6
cd/m²
174.4
cd/m²
152.0
cd/m²
160.4
cd/m²
167.8
cd/m²
178.4
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 178.4 cd/m²
Average: 160.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Black: 0.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 249:1

The measured black value of 0.7 cd/m² is a little high, so, leading to an acceptable contrast ratio of 255:1. The scroll test proved that the speed of reaction is also alright.

Operation Outdoors
Acer Aspire 5920G Outdoor

Working outdoors is not comfortable at all, because of the reflecting surface. Depending on the brightness of the environment and the angle of incidence, medium to heavy reflections occur.

The WXGA panel is average regarding stability to the vantage point. Although the display has vertically and horizontally sufficient areas of operation, there are partly big changes outside them. Horizontally, you'll face a loss of contrast and reflections at acute angles. Vertically, the display darkens, when looking from bottom up and heavily whitens, to an extend that it is hardly legible, when looking from top down.

Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point
Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point
Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point
Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point
Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point
Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point
Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point
Acer Aspire 5920G Stability to the Vantage Point

Video Display's Stability to the Vantage Point

Performance

The Acer Aspire 5920G is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 CPU which is powerful with a clock rate of 2.0 GHz. But, the highlight of this notebook is indeed the NVidia Geforce 8600M GT video card. It sometimes makes notebooks with this equipment popular, because its power is sufficient for playing up-to-date games.

Although it scored high in benchmark tests as well as in application test, it is still clearly outperformed by comparable competitor notebooks like, e.g., Asus G1S or MacBook Pro. Also at the FEAR performance test the Aspire 5920G reached at medium and maximum configuration only below-average values.

The same is true for the application benchmark Futuremark PCMark 2005. This is on the one hand a result of the built-in 200GB hard disk with 4200 revs/min which is clearly rather slow. There can even be an impact on games, e.g, longer load time, and maybe trouble dynamically reloading game levels. Also the built-in GDDR2 video memory, which is less powerful than GDDR3, can help explaining the low performance of the Acer Aspire 5920G.

In total the Acer Aspire 5920G's game and application performance can still be called good. The notebook should be sufficiently equipped for current games - maybe with some limitations -  and applications.

Further information about the video card can be found  here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core 2 Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Acer Aspire 5920G Benchmarkvergleich
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Acer Aspire 5920G Benchmarkvergleich
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE20137 points
3DMark 038448 points
3DMark 055111 points
3DMark 06
 
3174 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Acer Aspire S3-951-6646
 2467M, HD Graphics 3000
3171
Asus X301A-RX005V
 2350M, HD Graphics 3000
3172
Acer Aspire 5920G
 T7300, GeForce 8600M GT
3174
HP ProBook 4530s-B0Y11EA
 2350M, HD Graphics 3000
3175
Lenovo IdeaPad V560
 370M, GeForce 310M
3178
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 054482 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Samsung NP-R70
 T7100, GeForce 8600M GS
4464
HawkForce Mobile.ForceM13.S1
 T6400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
4479
Acer Aspire 5920G
 T7300, GeForce 8600M GT
4482
Dell Vostro 1500
 T7100, GeForce 8600M GT
4487
Toshiba Qosmio F30-147
 T7200, GeForce Go 7600
4497
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
200 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 13.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 38.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 30.9 MB/s
Access Time: 20.8 ms
Burst Rate: 40.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.6 %

Further Benchmark Results:

Supreme Commander
Resolution: 1024x768, Details: "medium" - 16-44fps, Flickers at fights, if zoomed-in ~10fps
Resolution: 1024x768, Details: "high" - 11-35fps, Flickers at fights, if zoomed-in ~8fps

playable, but with limitations

Command and Conquer III
Resolution: 1024x768, Details: "high", AA out - 29-30fps, well playable
Resolution: 1280x800, Details: "high", AA out - 16-30fps, interrupts time and again

Emissions

Loudness

In idle mode (without load) the noise level of the 5920G is acceptable. Though the the noise level is within reasonable limits, the fan might annoy, because it repeatedly starts running and stops again. 

Under load the fan runs all the time, but its noise can well be tolerated, especially during playing games.

Noise Level

Idle 31.3 / 38.3 / 36.2 dB(A)
HDD 31.5 dB(A)
DVD 38.7 / dB(A)
Load / 42.0 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The main point of critique at the Acer Aspire 5920G is its surface temperature. At the top side the measured maximum was 45.9°C, fortunately near the back, so its not that bad.

The absolute maximum was measured at the bottom side and amounted to 50.8°C under load. Because a lot of vent holes are located at the bottom side, you should take care, when using the notebook at soft pads.

Upper side

palmwrist: 31.9°C max: 45.9°C avg: 32.4°C

Bottom side

max: 50.8°C avg: 39.3°C

Speakers

The sound of Aspire 5920G's speakers are audiolicious. The subwoofer located at the bottom side, contributes to the sonority. It is possible to choose between different phonetic characteristics by selecting predefined sound profiles with a pre-installed Acer tool.
The maximum volume is acceptable, but not outstanding. In turn, the sound always stays  clear and worth listening to...

Battery Runtime

The Acer Aspire 5920G is equipped with a 4800mAh battery. Surprisingly, its runtime is good. The measured runtime ranges from 160 minutes under load to more than 4 hours with optimized energy settings.

So, the 5920G is rather mobile and useful. During a rail travel lasting several hours, it is, e.g., possible to play one or the other game, or watch a DVD without problems.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 17min
DVD
3h 00min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 40min

Power Consumption

Idle 21.9 / 27.1 / 27.7 Watt
Load 65.8 / 59.0 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Acer Aspire 5920G
Acer Aspire 5920G

After a period of time notebookCHECK did not review Acer notebooks, the Acer Aspire 5920G made a good start. Especially the new case and design scored high. Partly the case is maybe too fancy, and also the order of the ports could still be improved, but, overall the case is alright.

The 5920G's keyboard can also hardly be criticized. It is tightly attached to the case and typing is user-friendly due to big and clearly laid out keys. However, the touchpad's buttons are not so user-friendly, because they click rather loud.

The measured parameters of the display are alright. However, the reflecting surface is a point of critique, but, comparable alternatives are hardly available in this notebook class. Furthermore, the stability to the vantage point could also be better.

The Acer Aspire 5920G's equipment sounds very promising: Core 2 Duo T7300 CPU, Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT video card, 2GB main memory, and 200GB hard disk. Overall, the performance is good, although directly compared to competitor notebooks it did not fully meet our expectations, because of a slower hard disk and slower main memory.

The rating of the notebook's emissions differ depending on the considered aspect. The generally low noise in idle mode is unfortunately repeatedly interrupted by the fan starting running. The surface temperature partly exceeds 50°C, which is enormous. However,the sound of the integrated speakers is very good.

Last but not least also the battery runtime is very good. The runtime ranges from 2.5 hours to a maximum of more than 4 hours and, so, allows a reasonable mobile use.

Acer Aspire 5920G
Acer Aspire 5920G
Acer Aspire 5920G
Acer Aspire 5920G

 

Many thanks to the company 7rabbits.at, which kindly provided us with the reviewed notebook. Here you can configure and also buy this notebook.

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Acer Aspire 5920G

Specifications

Acer Aspire 5920G

:: Processor
:: Memory
2048 MB, DDR2 PC5300 667 Mhz SDRAM, maks. 4096 MB, 2x 1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WXGA Acer CrystalBrite TFT
:: Harddisk
200 GB - 5400 rpm, 200 GB 5400 rpm Toshiba MK2035GSS: 200GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
ExpressCard, wej¶cie mikrofonowe, wyj¶cie s³uchawkowe, S/PDIF, 4x USB 2.0, VGA, S-Video, HDMI, FireWire, blokada Kensingtona
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 44 x 364 x 270
:: Weight
3.23 kg
:: Battery
, litowo-jonowy 4800 mAh
:: Price
5348 Euro
:: Additional features
Intel 965M, HDD: 200GB, 5400rpm, Toshiba MK2035GSS, Realtek ALC888 HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) HL-DT-ST GSA-T20N,

 

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The Acer Aspire 5920G was...
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In the dark the number of lights really strike.
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The measured parameters of the display are alright, however, it clearly reflects.
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The notebook is equipped with a Core 2 Duo T7300 CPU...
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...and a NVidia Geforce 8600M GT video card.
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So, it is even fit for up-to-date games.
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The fan is somewhat unsteady and repeatedly restarts in idle mode.
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Attention, hot: The temperature of the bottom side exceeds 50°C.
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Thanks to a built-in subwoofer the sound of Aspire 5920G's speakers is passable.
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A homage to ThinkVantage: "Empowering people" button invokes a tool bar.
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The keyboard is comfortable in use, but it is partly rather uniquely designed.
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The integrated web cam is also the transport hook.
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...completely new designed.
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The beautiful shiny black display cover...
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...and the bright gray inside make it look elegant.
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Not only the outlook is new,...
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...the complete case was newly designed and now convinces by stability and robustness.
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Styled everywhere: The Aspire 5920G's power switch.
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The 5920G is thoroughly equipped with interfaces and provides among others 4 USB ports and even a HDMI out.
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The audio ports are located at the front, which is not very user-friendly.
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The battery runtime is also good and ranges from 2.5 to 4 hours.
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Pro

  • Attractive new design
  • Very stable and robust case
  • Well equipped with interfaces
  • User-friendly keyboard
  • Bright display, measured parameters alright
  • Passable performance
  • Good sound
  • Excellent battery runtime
  • Contra

  • Partly disadvantageous order of ports (USB, Audio)
  • Noisy touchpad buttons
  • Display reflects heavily
  • Unsteady fan, high surface temperatures
  • Similar Notebooks

    Bewertung

    Acer Aspire 5920G
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    90%
    Keyboard
    90%
    Pointing Device
    84%
    Connectivity
    88%
    Weight
    70%
    Battery
    90%
    Display
    90%
    Games Performance
    91%
    Application Performance
    97%
    Temperature
    51%
    Noise
    78%
    Add Points
    92%
    Average
    84%
    85%
    Multimedia *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-08- 2 (Update: 2013-05- 8)