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Acer Aspire 8943G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and performance. The design and value for money also get good feedback. The reliability and touchpad get critical views. Reviews are divided on the keyboard.

screen, value for money, design, performance, sound

portability, touchpad, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire 8943G is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Excellent but..


I bought the i7-720qm version / 1TB disk/ 8G RAM / Radeon Mobility 5700 with a blu-ray writer a year back. (ACER why so many different machines with the same model number). I am still pleased with my choice, although the price tag with an extended insurance/warranty topped £2000. It is excellent for WoW which it runs without a hitch. Frame rates are good but not maxed out. Bad points - pedestrian 5400 RPM hard drives hold machine back. 1280x1080 LCD viewing angle range poor. Broadcom Wireless LAN module freezes machine totally (mostly doing Photoshop downloads from SD card to file server ) despite BIOS upgrades - the fix is to buy e.g, £20 Intel Centrino 9300 module on ebay which runs faster and doesnt freeze. Also Acer do not allow virtualisation to be enabled on this 'consumer' machine .

Usability, Design, Connectivity, Build quality, Reliability, Linux support, Resolution, Performance

Value for money, Battery, Energy efficiency, Screen, Sound, Keyboard, Portability, Touchpad

Consumer review by:

One of the best buys for the price


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Review Acer Aspire 8943G Notebook


A great entertainer. Acer is refreshing its range of 18.4-inch mu

Smart design; Flawless workmanship; Very good application performance; Good gaming performance; Excellent sound quality; Extensive range of ports

Awkward port layout; High-gloss touchpad; Overheats with heavy use; Dim screen with disappointing contrast; Screen is too reflective; Radeon HD 5850 with DDR3-VRAM only

Large desktop replacements like the Acer Aspire 8940G, the Acer Aspire 8942G, the HP Pavilion dv8 or the Toshiba Qosmio X500.


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Acer Aspire 8943G Review


Acer's Aspire 8943G notebook is about as far from the company's budget netbooks as you could get in a computer and yet still have a battery. A sizeable desktop replacement, with slick, minimalist design and high quality materials, the Aspire 8943G...

There are a few disappointing omissions – the lack of USB 3.0 ports being one of them – and we wish Acer had used a 7,200rpm hard-drive rather than the 5,400rpm model that’s fitted as standard, but it’s hard to pick holes otherwise. Stylish,...

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Acer Aspire 8943G


A show-stopping Wi-Fi problem prevents us from recommending this otherwise-impressive multimedia powerhouse.

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...

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Acer Aspire AS8943G-6782


At 8.2 pounds, the AS8943G is lighter than the Dell Studio 17 (8.6 lbs) and the Toshiba P505-S8010 (9.2 lbs). It's about a pound heavier than the HPdv7-4071nr (6.9 lbs) and the MacBook Pro 17-inch (6.7 lbs), since those two have smaller screens. As...

Sexy new look. Quad-core processing. 8GB of RAM. Touchpad illuminates with icons. 18-inch widescreen is magnificent. Full 1080p HD. Very good battery life for a media-center laptop. Superb gaming scores. Blu-ray drive included. Great-sounding speakers

Pricier than its predecessor. Touchpad is a smudge magnet

Though it's more expensive this time around, the Acer Aspire AS8943G-6782 has a slimmer look, a fancy new touchpad, and is still a quad-core powerhouse.


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Acer Aspire 8943G-9429


When we first reviewed the Acer Aspire 8943g back in July of 2010, we concluded that this huge-screen desktop replacement had the power and components to satisfy multimedia enthusiasts and gamers alike. Now here in early 2011, the company has released...

Gorgeous 18.4-inch 1080p screen ; Very good performance, 3D-gaming chops ; Blu-ray drive ; Room for two hard drives ; Slick media-control touch pad

Heavy, bulky ; Second hard drive not a factory option

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.

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Acer Aspire 8943G


The Aspire features a 18.4-inch LCD screen and weighs close to 4kg, making it a fully-fledged desktop replacement

While the Aspire 8943G has a few decent features its high asking price and imbalanced overall performance restrict its appeal.

Editor's Choice!

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Acer Aspire 8943g


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.

Gorgeous 18.4-inch 1080p screen; very good performance, 3D-gaming chops; Blu-ray drive; room for two hard drives

Heavy, bulky; second hard drive not a factory option

The Acer Aspire 8943g is a fully loaded desktop replacement that can serve as the hub of your computing, multimedia, and gaming universes. If gaming is a priority for you, and you're looking for a versatile laptop that can bridge all three of those...

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Amazing machine for the price.


For $1250 + 40 (both newegg) for an extra 4 GB memory, this this box is amazing and I would highly recommend.

Purchased as a desktop replacement ; 18.4" LED LCD is top notch and a full 1080p ; i7-740 ; Better than average laptop speakers (Surround sound) ; Nice aluminum keyboard ; Fingerprint scanner ; Quality build ; 4 memory slots instead of two. Already...

Hard drive is 5400 rpm, not 7200 ; Have heard of possible issues with the BD player when playing blue ray disks, probably needs software/bios update ; Does not come with mounting bracket for 2nd hard drive ; No back lit keyboard ; No bluetooth

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This computer is the best one I have ever owned.


I will buy another.

Fast speeds and the net never drops on mine. It did freeze a year ago and I had to do a major restore

Seems to get hot after a few hours and slow down until I rest it for a bit. The fingerprint reader stoped reading after only a month

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Laptop without wireless connection


When sales person recommended this laptop to me I was pretty impressed by device specs and bought one. As soon as I start using this machine I realized there was a problem with wireless. I have three other laptops at home and they all maintain...

i7, ATI, blueray, large screen

Freezing for no reason, wireless connection drops and there is no way of reconnecting unless you reboot. Terrible customer service from Acer and their third party software service help line (which will cost you at least $170 for one year agreement )

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / Blu-ray Writer / DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control:No / Yes
TV Card:DVB-T / No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:5 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino vPro / No
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino vPro / No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Mobility Radeon HD 5650 / Mobility Radeon HD 5850 / Mobility Radeon HD 5870


Chipset Brand:Intel / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM55 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:I5-430M / I5-450M / I5-460M / I7-720QM / I7-740QM