Acer Aspire Gemstone 5920G (602G25Hn)
- HD-DVD ROM, sub-woofer assisted speakers, powerful CPU
- Graphics card performed lower than expected, interior aesthetics are an acquired taste
The Acer Aspire Gemstone 5920G (602G25Hn) is a solid performer with plenty of power beneath its hood. It should suit everybody with the exception of hardcore gamers.
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
Thanks to the versatile nature of modern technology, consumers now have the luxury of tailor-fitting a notebook to meet their specific needs. Whether you want the bare-bones edition of a particular model or a powerfully decked-out alternative, the range of choices on offer is usually there for the taking.
Naturally, this has made life hard for the reviewer. Over the past few months, we've already looked at the (302G20N) and (102G16H) iterations of this notebook, along with the similar Aspire 4920G. As you can probably imagine, by now we're beginning to feel a bit 'Gemstoned' out.
Thankfully, this latest version of Acer's Aspire Gemstone 5920G is arguably the best of the bunch, sporting a HD-DVD optical drive and array of superior specifications. It will suit almost any type of user, from business types to media enthusiasts and casual gamers.
Like its identically named siblings, the Acer Aspire Gemstone 5920G runs on Intel's latest Centrino Duo platform. It is equipped with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, which is a step up from the (302G20N)'s T7100 CPU. The inclusion of 2.2GB of DDR2 RAM is also a slight improvement over the other versions we've tested, although the NVIDIA GeForce 8600m GT graphics card remains unchanged. All up, the unit should have no problems getting by in taxing situations, which our (mostly) impressive benchmark scores ably reflect.
In Worldbench 6, the 5920G (602G25Hn) received a total score of 88. This is a truly outstanding result for an all-purpose notebook; especially within this price range. For comparison's sake, the 5920G (302G20N) managed a still respectable 78, whereas the 5920G (102G16H) came in at 72. Unfortunately, the machine fared less admirably in 3DMark06, scoring a fairly unremarkable 2215. This is especially disappointing when you consider that the less powerful 5920G (102G16H) and 5920G (302G20N) both achieved better results. Nevertheless, it should get by for occasional bouts of gaming; provided you steer clear of graphically intensive titles.
In past reviews, we've looked unfavourably upon the 5920G's design, and unfortunately for Acer our opinion hasn't changed. While the glossy black lid is inoffensive enough, we're not huge fans of the beige plastic interior, nor the assortment of flashing blue lights. 'Garish' doesn't begin to cover it.
As mentioned above, this version of the 5920G comes installed with an HD-DVD ROM drive, along with an HDMI output. As the notebook's display only offers a maximum resolution of 1280x800, this port is essential for watching HD-DVDs at their highest quality. Nevertheless, the 15.4in screen offers decent visuals with good colour and contrast, along with decent viewing angles. It will prove more than adequate for watching movies, whether they be in SD or HD.
With that being said, we did encounter some problems while attempting to view HD-DVDs on this notebook. Some discs refused to load altogether, while others crashed or reset at random periods. We're not sure whether these issues were caused by a technical fault in the optical drive or Acer's Arcade playback software. Whatever the reason, we feel it's safe to assume that this was an isolated glitch in our test unit.
When it came to audio capabilities, the 5920G (602G25Hn) did not disappoint. Its in-built pair of subwoofer-assisted speakers produced impressively rich sound, which it churned out loud and clear.
As you would expect from an all-purpose notebook, the 5920G (602G25Hn) comes equipped with plenty of connectivity options. Apart from the HDMI port mentioned above, it includes an S-Video and VGA port, four USB 2.0 ports, a media card reader supporting SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro and xD cards and one mini FireWire port. The unit also has Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g and a 56Kbps modem, not to mention gigabit Ethernet.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Witness a 241% Australian price hike: Dell Latitude 7370 review
- 2 Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus review
- 3 Sony Xperia X Performance review: Sony’s most disappointing product in years
- 4 Huawei P9 review: lifting photography to another level... sometimes.
- 5 Huawei Mate 8 review: probably the best all-round Android phone you can buy
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- After delays, Lenovo finally ships its first OLED laptop
- Surface Pro 3's massive battery drain is a software problem, Microsoft says
- Early Android app support rolls out to two more Chromebooks
- Microsoft's pricey Surface Book is getting stomped by the ancient Surface Pro 3
- Alienware's tiny Alpha gaming PC gets bigger muscles... in the US
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSocial Media AssistantQLD
- CCTechnical Specialist - EUCNSW
- CCApplication Service TechnicianVIC
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/SQL) 160810/AP/662Asia
- CCTrainer - Windows 10 / Office 2016ACT
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (J2EE/SQL Server) 160812/AP/553Asia
- FTPortfolio Project Governance AnalystNSW
- CCContract Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/SQL) 160729/P/698Asia
- FTSystems Engineer | Defence | NV1 / NV2 clearanceACT
- FTMidrange Server Provision SMENSW
- CCPeopleSoft Consultant (Financial)NSW
- CCField Engineer - POSTAS
- CCSenior Tester - Automation / Telecommunications (Urgent)NSW
- FT1st Level IT Support - Microsoft EnvironmentNSW
- CCSenior Security SpecialistNSW
- FTProject CoordinatorQLD
- CCUI/UX DeveloperVIC
- FTAgile Coach / Training & Support ManagerNSW
- FTRuby on Rails DeveloperNSW
- CCDirector - Technical Upgrade Program- Data migration, InfraNSW
- CCCRM DeveloperACT
- CCSenior Agile Java/Spring/AngularJS EngineerNSW
- CCChange Analysts - multiple rolesNSW
- CCContract Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/SQL/Web) 160719/P/741Asia
- CCSenior Project ManagerACT