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Acer Aspire 8930

alaTest has collected and analyzed 351 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and performance. The design and value for money are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability and portability.

screen, value for money, design, performance, sound

portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire 8930 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Aspire 8930


Acer has put just enough features and perks into the Aspire 8930, its high-end performance laptop. Thanks to a couple of reasonably primo parts, this high-octane portable is a solid choice for mobility-minded gamers. And with a price tag under two...

Great Hi-def screen Good gaming performance

Poor surround speakers

As with many laptops, sound is the Aspire 8930's sole stumbling point. The machine is billed as a home-theater substitute, and it comes with a full 5.1 setup. In stereo mode, it performs reasonably well; music is loud, and movies are clear....

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Acer Aspire 8930 Laptop Review


Great Hi-def screen ; Good gaming performance

Poor surround speakers

The Aspire 8930 is that great combination of price and purpose, providing good gaming for under two grand.

Editor's Choice!

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Acer Aspire 8930G-6448


A huge, high-def display, awesome sound, and loads of multimedia extras make the Aspire 8930G a droolworthy desktop replacement notebook.

Naysayers will argue that the Naysayers will argue that the $1,699 Acer Aspire 8930G is an incremental upgrade over the 8920G, but when a formula works very well, there isn’t much need for a full-scale change. The system,699 Acer Aspire 8930G is an...


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Acer Aspire 8930G Laptop


Today were going to look at the Acer Aspire 8930G, an 18.4 inch desktop replacement which goes to market under the £1000 mark.

The Acer Aspire 8930G is certainly an impressive looking machine with its 18.4 inch LCD and beautifully designed chassis. The chassis could be slightly tighter as there is a small amount of flex from side to side but generally the laptop feels very...

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Acer Aspire 8930G Review – Gemstone Blue Laptop Hands-On!


Update: Laptop now available to buy online in the UK. The Masters of the Universe have gladly given me access to a beauty of a gaming machine. Now I know what your saying…..Acer?

Compared to a Dell XPS M1730, I found it to play the most demanding computer games of today, such as FarCry 2, Red Alert 3 and even Mirrors Edge, which kind of made me a bit of a rubble at the pit of my stomach and gave me a new fear of vertigo was...

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Poor build quality, appalling customer s


I bought this Laptop last December. I was looking for a desktop replacement with a good enough spec for gaming and the Acer 8930G seemed to be the right fit. I was originally quite happy with the machine, the big screen is great for watching videos and...

Good machine until it breaks

Had to be returned for repair 5 times in 11 months. Acer refuses to replace this machine

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Amazon review summary for Acer Aspire 8930


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Acer Aspire 8930 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

value for money, design, performance

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire 8930-6386 18.4" Widescreen NotebookAcer Aspire AS8930-6243 18-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)

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Great media center Laptop


Yes this really does have *1* 500GB HD. The are not 2 HDs like the other reviewer said, they are seperate partitions of the same drive. Don't like it, simply reformat the drive which is easy to do in Vista. Delete the D partition and resize the C...

HDMI and E-SATA with a 1GB dedicated VRAM! This machine is a powerhouse

On the heavy side

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Wow, this is a large laptop


Similar specs to MacBook Pro = Hackintoshable

Fast, big screen, upgradeable. 1GB of dedicated video memory. My last laptop didn't even come with that much main system memory! I took off the back cover it is very Upgradeable. You can add another 2.5 Laptop hard drive, Empty Pci-e slot, Looks like...

Need a Sherpa to carry it around for me

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It does have a 500GB HDD, the thing is that is split into 2 partitions, not 2 drives

Acer Vista images are the worse i've seen.. they pack it with so much bullcrap.... i suggest to install a clean copy of vista and download the drivers from the Acer website

Product Specifications

The 18.4" Aspire 8930 series kicks notebook-based enjoyment into the high-def future of captivating HD video and immersive surround sound. The sensational 16:9 Acer CineCrystal HD display boasts 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution for true-to-master cinematic view. Acer CineSurround audio with six speakers inside - including the Acer Tuba CineBass booster - features optimized, second generation Dolby Home Theater technology, delivering movie soundtracks and sound effects just as they were intended. Discover these enhanced sights and sounds of mobile home cinema through the touch-sensitive CineDash media console, which provides ultra-convenient, CE-style control of today's finest HD content.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone/Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):2.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:18.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):46.7cm
Max Resolution:1680 x 945/1920 x 1080
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acer Aspire

Input Device

Type:4-way scroll button / Touchpad / Keyboard / CineDash/4-way scroll button / CineDash / Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/800MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 2x (BD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD/16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 8x (DVD/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.26GHz/2.4GHz/2.53GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:P8400/P8600/Q9000/T5800/T6400/T9400
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB/500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT/NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT