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Acer Aspire 8943G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 240 reviews of Acer Aspire 8943G. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The design and screen also get good comments, but the energy efficiency and usability get mixed opinions. There are some less positive reviews about the touchpad and portability.

performance, screen, design, size, price

portability, touchpad

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire 8943G

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Acer Aspire 8943G from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The size and screen are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the portability and usability, while views are divided on the durability.

performance, screen, size, design, price

keyboard, usability, portability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire 8943G, 18.4inch HD LCD Laptop, Intel Core i7-720QM processor , 4GB, 640GB, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650, Blu-Ray, Windows 7 Home PremiumAcer Aspire 8943G, 18.4inch HD LCD Laptop, Intel Core i7-720QM processor , 4GB, 640GB, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650, Blu-Ray, Windows 7 Home Premium

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

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.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Ewdison Then (slashgear.com)

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...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: K.T. Bradford (laptopmag.com)

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...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire AS8943G-6782

 

The Acer Aspire AS8943G-6782 is the best-looking 18-inch laptop right now, equipped with the fastest parts money can buy and a touchpad that illuminates with icons.

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.

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Jun, 2010

GOOD FOR GAMING!

Expert review by: Jamie Bsales (computershopper.com)

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.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Jason Saundalkar (itp.net)

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.

Nov, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jamie Bsales (computershopper.com)

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...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Acer Aspire 8943G (ZYA) notebook

 

Acer Aspire 8943G (ZYA) review: A huge desktop replacement laptop that can be used as a media centre

Good performance, useful as a media centre and desktop replacement, good battery life, two hard drive bays

Ridiculously big, no expansion slot, reflective screen

The Acer Aspire 8943G is a huge, 18.4in desktop replacement notebook; people will stare and point because it's so ridiculously large. However, it has very good specifications and is useful for just about any home computing task, including gaming.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Alex Bentley (techradar.com)

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review

 

A feature-packed, high-end media centre but performance falls short of expectations

Stunning high-quality design ; Glorious high-definition screen ; Feature-packed specification ; Great usability ; Impressive, cutting-edge performance

Not as powerful as the price would suggest ; Cooling fan runs far too frequently

While Acer has yet to become a high-street name in the UK, the Taiwanese manufacturer currently sits atop the European PC market, fending off strong competition from the likes of Dell and HP.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Andy Vandervell (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G

 

A massive 18.4-inch multimedia laptop that has 12GB RAM, a 1080p display and a Blu-ray player.

However it's an eye-sore with a trick up its sleeve, as hitting the middle button activates a set of backlit media controls in the touchpad. Of all the various attempts at clever media controls Acer has attempted - and there's been a few - this is...

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater7 / HD / HD 5.1 / HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4800 / 6000
Battery life (max):3 / 8
Battery performance:4800 / 6000
Battery recharge time:2
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 6 / 8

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, Silver / Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Internal: Yes
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:18.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display response rise/fall:8
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter power:120 / 71 / 90
Battery performance:71

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5650 / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5850 / AMD Radeon HD 5650 / AMD Radeon HD 5850
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 2.048 / 2.816 / 4.091
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / No

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard easy keys:Y
Keyboard function keys:10
Keyboard language:Belgian
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard number of keys:104
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Number of keyboard cursor keys:4
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 3 x 2 / 4 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 3 x 2 / 4 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Mouse

Mouse included: No

Networking

3G:No / Yes
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking topology:WiFi
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray RW / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater7 / HD / HD 5.1 / HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Battery recharge time (off):2
Battery recharge time (on):3
Compatibility:Aspire: 5943G, 8943G
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
Display:LCD
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Hot keys:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: No
Power Requirements:100 - 240V
Power supply type:AC / AC - DC / AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wake-on-Ring ready: Yes
Warranty:1
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / 802.11b/g/Draft-N / IEEE 802.11b/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:No / Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated:No / Yes
TV tuner type:DVB-T

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
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
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:120 / 71 / 90
Battery performance:71

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):12 / 13 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:3 / 8
L3 cache:3 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382 / 774
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2 / 2.0
Processing die size:296 / 81
Processor:i3-330M / i5-430M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I7-620M / i7-720QM / I7-740QM / I7-820QM
Processor boost frequency:2.53 / 2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93 / 3.06 / 3.33
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Clarksfield
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.73 / 2.13 / 2.26 / 2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor front side bus:1066 / 1333
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor model:i3-330M / i5-430M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I7-620M / i7-720QM / I7-740QM / I7-820QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-800 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:B1 / C2 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 4.8
System bus rate:2.5 / 4.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
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:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43122 / 43124 / 43537 / 43560 / 47663 / 49022 / 49024 / 50179
Processor code:SLBLX / SLBLY / SLBNF / SLBPE / SLBPM / SLBQG / SLBTZ / SLC22
Processor package size:34 / 37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2 / SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, Supervisor / BIOS, Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, Supervisor / BIOS, Supervisor, User

Software

Bundled software:- Acer Backup Manager\n- Acer ePower Management\n- Acer eRecovery Management\n- Acer PowerSmart Manager\n- Microsoft Works 9\n- Microsoft Works 8.5\n- Adobe Flash Player 10\n- Adobe Reader 9.1\n- eSobi\n- Google Setup\n- Google Toolbar\n- Norton Online Backup\n- Acer Bio-Protection\n- MyWinLocker\n- Acer Arcade Deluxe\n- Acer InstantOn Arcade\n- NTI Media Maker\n- Oberon GameZone\n- Acer Crystal Eye\n- Acer Video Conference Manager\n- Microsoft Silverlight\n- Skype\n- Windows Live Essentials — Wave 3.2 (Mail, Photo Gallery, Live Messenger, Movie Maker, Writer)\n- Acer Assist\n- Acer Identity Card\n- Acer Registration\n- Acer Updater / 28-06-2010 / Acer Backup Manager, Acer ePower Management, Acer eRecovery Management, Acer PowerSmart Manager, Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Reader 9.1, eSobi, Google Setup, Google Toolbar, Microsoft Works 9, Microsoft Works 8.5, Norton Online Backup, McAfee Virus Definitions, Acer Arcade Deluxe, NTI Media Maker, Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Live Essentials — Wave 3.2 (Mail, Photo Gallery, Live Messenger, Movie Maker, Writer), Acer Assist, Acer Identity Card, Acer Registration, Acer Updater / Acer Backup Manager, Acer ePower Management, Acer eRecovery Management, Acer PowerSmart Manager, Microsoft Works SE, Microsoft Works 9, Microsoft Works 8.5, Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Reader 9.1, eSobi, Google Setup, Google Toolbar, Norton Online Backup, Acer Bio-Protection, MyWinLocker, Acer Arcade Deluxe, Acer InstantOn Arcade, NTI Media Maker, Oberon GameZone, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer Video Conference Manager, Microsoft Silverlight, Skype, Windows Live Essentials — Wave 3.2 (Mail, Photo Gallery, Live Messenger, Movie Maker, Writer), Acer Accessory Store, Acer Assist, Acer Identity Card, Acer Registration, Acer Updater, eBay shortcut 2009. / Acer Backup Manager\nAcer ePower Management\nAcer eRecovery Management\nAcer PowerSmart Manager\nAdobe Flash Player 10\nAdobe Reader 9.1\neSobi\nGoogle Setup\nGoogle Toolbar\nNorton Online Backup\nAcer Bio-Protection\nAcer Arcade Deluxe\nAcer InstantOn Arcade\nNTI Media Maker\nAcer Crystal Eye\nAcer Video Conference Manager\nMicrosoft Silverlight\nSkype\nWindows Live Essentials - Wave 3.2\nAcer Accessory Store\nAcer Assist\nAcer Identity Card\nAcer Registration\nAcer Updater\neBay 2009 / Acer Backup Manager\nAcer ePower Management\nAcer eRecovery Management\nAcer PowerSmart Manager\nMicrosoft Works SE 9\nMicrosoft Works 9\nMicrosoft Works 8.5\nAdobe Flash Player 10\nAdobe Reader 9.1\neSobi\nGoogle Setup\nGoogle Toolbar\nNorton Online Backup\nAcer Bio-Protection\nAcer Arcade Deluxe\nAcer InstantOn Arcade\nNTI Media Maker\nAcer Crystal Eye\nAcer Video Conference Manager\nMicrosoft Silverlight\nSkype\nWindows Live Essentials - Wave 3.2\nAcer Accessory Store\nAcer Assist\nAcer Identity Card\nAcer Registration\nAcer Updater\neBay shortcut 2009
Drivers included:No / Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:- Microsoft Office (Service Pack 2)\n- McAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office (Service Pack 2), McAfee Internet Security Suite. / Microsoft Office Personal 2007 (SP2), Microsoft Office Testversion (SP2), McAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Works Office Home & Student 2007\nMicrosoft Office Starter 2010\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 640 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1250 / 1280 / 1500 / 320 / 500 / 640 / 750

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: No

Technical Details

Display Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.6
Height:1.73
Height (front):0.118 / 1.22
Height (rear):1.72
Weight:10.1
Width:17.3