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Acer Aspire 8940

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Acer Aspire 8940. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and design. The keyboard and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative opinions about the battery. Opinions about the reliability and touchpad are mixed.

performance, screen, keyboard, design, price


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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Florian Glaser (

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.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Loyd Case (

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.

Jan, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jeffrey L. Wilson (

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

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Kevin O'Brien (

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

Nov, 2009

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.

Expert review by : Loyd Case (

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.

Mar, 2010

Consumer review (



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. 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...

May, 2010

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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

Jan, 2010

Consumer review (

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...

Jan, 2010

Consumer review (

Operation System Not Found



Sounded good on paper

Mine arrived today and has a defective hard drive

Jan, 2010

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 system:HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input

Type:Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):3 / 3.5
Number of battery cells:6 / 8
Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:6MB


Video capturing speed:30


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:18.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display response rise/fall:8
Display Surface:Gloss
LED backlight: Yes

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

Energy Management

AC adapter power:120 / 71
Battery performance:71

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M / NVIDIA Geforce GTS 250M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:2.815


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

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard function keys:10
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:1333MHz


Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


Type: None


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:1.2 / 2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
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
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
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 Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Optical Storage

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

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Audio system:HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Compliance industry standards:802.11a/b/g/n
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: No
Power Requirements:120 W
Power supply type:AC
TV in port:No / Yes
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight (imperial):10.1
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control: Yes


TV tuner type:DVB-T

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:120 / 71
Battery performance:71


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):12
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM55 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:774
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:296
Processor boost frequency:2.8
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Clarksfield
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:i7-720QM
Processor Number:I7-720QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series
Processor socket:Socket 988
Processor threads:8
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Type:Core i7

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:43122
Processor code:SLBLY
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


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


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:-Acer Arcade Deluxe (Cinema, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia),\n-Acer InstantOn Arcade,\n-Acer Bio-Protection,\n-Acer Crystal Eye,\n-Acer GridVista,\n-Acer Launch Manager,\n-Acer Backup Manager,\n-Acer PowerSmart Manager,\n-Acer eRecovery Management,\n-Acer GameZone,\n-Acer Video Conference Manager,\n-Adobe Reader,\n-NTI Media Maker,\n-Microsoft Windows Live Essentials. / Acer Arcade Deluxe + Cinema, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia, Acer InstantOn Arcade, Acer Bio-Protection, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVista, Acer Launch Manager, Acer Backup Manager, Acer PowerSmart Manager, Acer eRecovery Management, Acer GameZone, Acer Video Conference Manager, Adobe Reader, NTI Media Maker, Microsoft Windows Live Essentials. / Acer Arcade Deluxe, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia, Acer InstantOn Arcade, Acer Bio-Protection, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVista, Acer Launch Manager, Acer Backup Manager, Acer PowerSmart Manager, Acer eRecovery Management, Acer GameZone, Acer Video Conference Manager, Adobe Reader, NTI Media Maker, Microsoft Windows Live Essentials
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:-McAfee Internet Security Suite,\n-Microsoft Works + Office Home & Student 2007. / McAfee Internet Security Suite,\nMicrosoft Works 9.0 + Office Home & Etudiant 2007.


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:2
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 820

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):1.22
Height (rear):1.69 / 1.72