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Acer Aspire 8940

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the performance and price are overall positive. The design and keyboard also get good comments. Some have doubts about the size and battery. Opinions are divided on the touchpad.

screen, keyboard, design, price, performance

portability, battery, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire 8940 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 55 reviews)

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Review Acer Aspire 8940G Notebook

 

All-Inclusive Carefree Package? Acer addresses two groups of buye

Chic design; Good input devices; Keyboard light; Many interfaces; Impressive application performance; Good sound

Fairly high noise development under load; Average display: low brightness and contrast; Reflective display; Graphic card too weak in FullHD for gaming; Small manufacturing flaws

Other multimedia notebooks, such as Acer's Aspire 8935G, HP's Envy 15, HP's Pavilion dv6, Samsung's R522-Aura, mySN's MG6, Asus' M60VP, Acer's Aspire 5739G, Toshiba's Satellite P300 or Toshiba's A500-15H.

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Acer Aspire 8940G-6865

 

Blu-ray plus 18.4" 1080p display ; Good price for quad core plus Nvidia GTS 250M GPU

Off-axis image quality mediocre ; More than ten pounds

Decent gaming performance and terrific graphics make this an intriguing choice for gamers, if you can get past its bulk and its short battery life.

Editor's Choice!

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Acer Aspire 8940G (AS8940G-6865)

 

A big-screen multimedia machine that packs a fast Core i7 processor, great speakers, and Blu-ray at a price that's within reach.

Excellent performance ; Attractive design ; Excellent audio ; Surprisingly good battery life ; Affordable

Mediocre graphics ; Low Wi-Fi throughput ; Limited tech support hours

You want ports for connecting accessories and peripherals? You got ‘em. Acer builds in a 5-in-1 memory card reader, five USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, eSATA, an ExpressCard/54 slot, FireWire 400, and headphone, microphone, and S/PDIF jacks

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Acer Aspire 8940G Review

 

The Acer Aspire 8940G is a desktop replacement system packing an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA 250M dedicated graphics, Blu-ray, and a massive 18.4 1080P display. Acer built this system to not only handle everyday gaming, but also to be the...

Huge touchpad ; Comfortable backlit keyboard ; Beautiful display

Knee breaking 9lbs 5.5oz ; No Blu-ray software

The Acer Aspire 8940G is a well built and good looking multimedia notebook that can also game. The sound system is great if you can get past the weaker volume levels. The spacious 18.4" display is great for sharing a movie in a small room; something...

Editor's Choice!

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Acer Aspire AS8940-6865

 

Big screen media center laptops are a dying a breed. Mobile users would rather take on the lightest laptop than have something that's confined to their desks, permanently. But for a select group of 3D gamers, video editors, photographers, and home...

Affordable Media Center. Edge-to-edge glass screen. Gorgeous 18.4-inch widescreen. 1080p resolution. DisplayPort and HDMI. Core i7 processor delivers. Very good gaming scores. Backlit keyboard. Blu-ray included

Ugly on the outside. Small battery

The Acer Aspire AS8940-6865 has the performance and feature goods, delivered to you at an affordable price.

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Acer Aspire 8940G-6865 review

 

Decent gaming performance and terrific graphics make this an intriguing choice for gamers, if you can get past its bulk and its short battery life.

Overall, the Acer Aspire 8940G is one of the better examples of a modern desktop replacement system, offering excellent gaming performance in its class, an enjoyable multimedia experience, and great usability in an attractively priced package.

Consumer review by:

Owner

 

Other than the Keyboard problem, there is nothing wrong with this laptop. Easily out performs the others that people in my platoon have bought to try and show me up. HAHA.....now if it wasn't for that busted keyboard...!

Excellent computer. It will do what you want, and then some. Screen is massive, back lit keys are amazing

Less than 24 hours after I received it the number 2 3 4 letter E D C the F2 F3 F4 and the ` keys all died on it. I removed the keyboard to make sure it was connected properly, performed all the troubleshooting procedures and still nothing. It wouldn't...

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Great computer, horrible hard drive

 

Overall, seems to be a very nice computer with an excellent screen and layout. However, the hard failed on the first day. I called Acer customer support (an actual phone number with an actual person who answered within 1 minute). They determined that...

Nice screen, great backlit keyboard, fast processor

Hard drive failed on the first day

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Happy =D

 

I'm not going to lie. This laptop is catered to the Power User. If you are planning to use it for everyday browsing, chatting, youtube and facebooking than there are better solutions out there. With that said, if you are seeking a devilishly good...

1. Very aesthetically pleasing (My girlfriend thought it was a laptop from the future and possibly the illegitimate child of "KIT" the knight rider car.) - Media controls and indicator lights are very nice (great color scheme/function) ; 2. KEYBOARD!!!...

1. Bottom left runs hot. - I've noticed that almost all Acer's run hot there. This is perplexing but the core i7 chipset is known to run hot. I tried to remedy this by using a laptop cooler (NZXT makes a good one that accommodates an 18.4" laptop) . My...

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Operation System Not Found

 

Sigh...

Sounded good on paper

Mine arrived today and has a defective hard drive

Product Specifications

The 18.4" Aspire 8940G series radiates sheer multimedia enjoyment. Enjoy the Blu-ray movies or watch spectacular cinema with impressive surround sound. Built with first-class components, this mobile desktop replacement is sure to exceed your expectations for brilliant multimedia and comfortable computing.

Audio Input

Type:Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:6MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.6in
Height:1.7in
Weight:10.1lbs
Width:17.3in

Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:Canada/United States
Manufacturer:Acer
Model:8940G-6683/8940G-6865
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acer Aspire

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1333MHz

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 4x (BD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Processor Number:I7-720QM
Type:Core i7

RAM

Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M/NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M