One of the best multimedia notebooks today is the Aspire 5930G from Acer.
Currently, the Acer Aspire 5930G is on sale in two configurations, differing from each other in the main processor and the type of DVD drive, since the rest of the parameters (hardware, interfaces, specifications and design) are practically the same. The first option, the Aspire 5930G-864G32MN, is equipped with a P8600 processor (2.4 GHz) and a classic DVD drive. The second option is the Aspire 5930G-944G32BN, which is equipped with the more powerful Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.5 GHz) processor and a Blu-Ray drive.
This review presents the results of testing the notebook Acer Aspire 5930G in a lighter configuration, that is, the Aspire 5930G-864G32MN.
Laptop case Acer Aspire 5930G
The case of the Acer Aspire 5930G is made of fairly durable plastic. During testing, it transferred quite active movements without any problems, both in the closed and in the open state when gripping one of the parts. While the case may appear to bend slightly when you press down on the lid, this does not give rise to doubts about the strength of the case.
But the back of the lid turned out to be quite pressure-sensitive and flex even under light pressure (although this is not new for laptops with a plastic case). Another problem is the actuator housing, which also flexes significantly under pressure.
The two mounts holding the display lid are made flawlessly and do their job to the fullest, holding the display firmly and firmly in a fixed position.
The lid itself closes quite firmly and quietly, and is fixed using a system of double latches. It will definitely take a little effort to open the lid.
The case of Acer Aspire 5930G is made in dark, or rather even in glossy black lacquer color with a luminous logo on the lid. The glossy body may be considered by some as a minor disadvantage, since it constantly requires certain handling and care, and even fingers stains on it. It is for this reason that it often has a slightly sloppy appearance.
The backlighting between the display and the keyboard, hot keys, as well as the WLAN and Bluetooth power keys is not bright enough. And the orange backlighting of the WLAN button is a little annoying, since it does not fit into the overall design and color scheme at all.
Acer Aspire 5930G laptop interfaces
Here the manufacturer has thought of everything quite well. The Acer Aspire 5930G is equipped with all the necessary ports to meet all the needs of the user. I was also pleased with the location of the ports.
There is only a USB 2.0 port on the front of the case. Next to it is the volume control in the form of a rotary mechanism. The location of the volume control is not entirely convenient, and its implementation causes slight difficulties with where it is still the minimum and where is the maximum volume.
On the right side there are audio outputs for headphones, microphone and S / PDIF, then a DVD drive and two USB 2.0 ports. Closer to the back is the modem port, which, by the way, could have been made a little more compact.
The back of the case is equipped with only power connectors and vents.
On the left side, there are Kensington Lock interfaces, Easy Port IV for connecting a dock station, thanks to which the number of interfaces can be increased, LAN, which could also be made more compact, VGA-out, HDMI, USB / eSATA, and Card Reader for SD / MMC / MS / MS Pro / xD.
It should be noted that the Acer Aspire 5930G is fully equipped with interfaces for information transfer. It features a LAN port, modem connectivity, WLAN (WiFi) and even Bluetooth and infrared.
Another nice thing is the presence of a Crystal Eye webcam (1.3 megapixels) and a built-in microphone, which allows you to use the Acer Aspire 5930G laptop as a means of communication via the Internet.
For those who are particularly concerned about system security, Acer has included a fingerprint scanner in its Aspire5930G model. It is worth noting that Acer is ready to extend the warranty up to 24 months.
Input devices of Acer Aspire 5930G laptop
The keyboard of the Aspire 5930G could not fail to please with its convenience and lightness. The size of the keys is very comfortable (18 mm x 18 mm), and the Enter, Shift and Backspace keys are of a standard size, which undoubtedly makes it easier to work and speeds up getting used to the keyboard in general, and the arrow keys, like all modern laptops, are located next to each other. with the front.
An insignificant drawback of the keyboard can be considered the knock of the keys during long and active typing, as well as the fact that, in general, the keyboard of this model tends to bend slightly when pressed.
The touchpad of the Aspire 5930G is slightly recessed into the body, but the edges are slightly beveled for an easy and smooth transition. Its surface is a little rough, but quite pleasant to the touch. There are two buttons under the touchpad, between which there is a fingerprint scanner. In general, the touchpad has no particular complaints, it works well, without failures, except that the loud clicking of the buttons spoils the whole impression.
Acer Aspire 5930G laptop display
The Acer Aspire 5930G is equipped with a 15.4 inch WXGA display with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10. In addition, the display is equipped with a CrystalBrite LCD matrix, thanks to which the color reproduction of the Aspire 5930G is full and bright. This is a definite plus for computer game lovers. However, this brightness of the screen does not help in clear weather, which makes outdoor work almost impossible due to the reflective display.
The display response is only 8ms, which, together with the integrated 9600M GT graphics card, allows you to work without image distortion with games such as Crysis or Call of Duty 4.
The brightness of the Acer Aspire 5930G's display is just as good. On average, it was 199.9 cd / m². The minimum brightness value of 187 cd / m2 is measured on the left side of the display. The brightest part of the display is the center, where the brightness was 214 cd / m2, which is a fairly good indicator.
But the range of viewing angles of the display along the vertical axis turned out to be outrageously narrow. Even with the slightest change in planting height, the picture on the display loses its brightness and becomes less legible. So, no matter how hard you try, you will hardly be able to avoid regular display adjustments. But the range of viewing angles in the horizontal direction is quite good, which naturally pleases.
Specifications laptop Acer Aspire 5930G
When looking at the "internal" characteristics of a laptop, efficiency is of prime importance. And here the Aspire 5930G has something to shine. Let's start with the fact that the Aspire 5930G belongs to the Montevina or Centrino 2 families. The built-in Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4 GHz processor provides the laptop with the necessary resources for various types of calculations, and 4GB of RAM (2 x 2GB PC-5300 Samsung) and video the nVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT card with 512MB GDDR3 built-in memory makes it even more powerful.
The result of this "filling" is the excellent performance demonstrated by the Aspire 5930G during testing. Standard user actions, which include browsing the Internet, working with mail, office applications, playing media files, do not present any difficulties for modern laptops in principle. So the Aspire 5930G is no exception. But if you use the laptop as a gaming laptop, then the Aspire 5930G will fit like no other and provide enough resources to enjoy games.
The Aspire 5930G was tested using the Cinebench utility, where it scored 2619 points in uniprocessor rendering and 4848 in multiprocessor rendering. At the same time, in the shader test (shading), the Aspire 5930G earned its honest 3559 points. If we compare the Aspire 5930G with its competitors, then it has clear advantages in this aspect. In addition, the test results using the PCMark 05 utility are also quite optimistic - 5628 points.
At the same time, a sample of this notebook model was tested using 3DMark Vantage. The Acer Aspire 5930G scored 3527 points in this configuration. The Windows Vista score of 5.3 is good enough.
The built-in Western Digital hard drive (WDC WD3200BEVT-22ZCT0) has a rotation speed of 5400 rpm and a capacity of 320 GB - which is undoubtedly enough for entertainment such as games, music and all kinds of applications.
But the average data transfer rate is 49.5 Mb / s - which is not the best indicator. At the same time, CPU time is extremely high (19.1%).
Gaming characteristics of Acer Aspire 5930G laptop
The presence of a powerful enough video card 9600M GT in the Acer Aspire 5930G made it possible to rank it among the gaming notebooks. The Aspire 5930G scored 10,724 points in 3DMark05 and 5,678 points in 3DMark06 in 3DMark benchmarks, further confirming that the Aspire 5930G can undeniably be called and used as a gaming laptop.
Older games like DOOM 3 or F.E.A.R. did not become a problem at all for the Aspire 5930G and went without problems even at maximum settings (DOOM 3: 117.9 fps and F.E.A.R. maximum quality: 56 fps).
But with modern Crysis, things did not go so smoothly. The game ran without problems only at a resolution of 1024x728 and a low level of detail (62.7 fps when testing a video card and 57.7 fps when testing a CPU). At the average level, the indicators turned out to be not so optimistic and comfortable for a normal game (22.9 fps for a video card and 21.9 fps for a CPU). Therefore, at this point, the Acer Aspire 5930G will have to admit defeat.
But the modern real-time strategy World in Conflict went smoothly even at medium settings, but it was not possible to set a high level of detail, in this case the average frame rate is only 20 fps and 17 fps at a resolution of 1024x768 and 1280x800 , which is not convenient for a normal game.
For the first time, the game Hellgate: London took part in testing. And here's what is interesting, at the default resolution of 1280x800 under DirectX10, normal display was possible only with minimal settings, while the frame rate did not exceed 30 fps in populated areas, such as stations. However, at the same time, in free territories, the speed varied from 30 to 40 frames / sec. Here it is worth considering the question of whether it is worth playing under DirectX10 at all, if the level of detail needs to be reduced. After all, if you set a high level of detail for DirectX10, then the game actually ends there, since the speed does not exceed 5 frames / sec. Maybe it makes sense to stay with DirectX9 and play at full settings? In the case of DirectX9, with medium settings, the performance is about 35-40 fps, and you can play indoors even with maximum settings.
Acer Aspire 5930G laptop noise level
The Acer Aspire 5930G is second to none here. The Aspire 5930G itself is a very quiet laptop, both in idle mode and during active work. The average noise level in standby mode does not exceed 30.7 dB, and the maximum noise level during active operation is 35.6 dB, the only thing that can increase it is the operation of the DVD drive, up to 35.8 dB.
The fan adjusts the rotation speed as needed, without creating any additional inconvenience and without causing unnecessary rustle.
Acer Aspire 5930G laptop temperature
The temperature of the Acer Aspire 5930G is not so smooth. During testing, the temperature of the lower part of the case was as much as 43.4 degrees, which does not fit into any frame and does not make it possible to keep the laptop on your lap while working.
In the upper part, the temperature is fortunately lower and is 40.9 degrees, which is still within acceptable values but is already close to the limit.
In general, the increased temperature is recorded on the entire left side of the laptop, the right one will remain quite cool.
Acer Aspire 5930G laptop speakers
In general, the volume of the built-in speakers of the Acer Aspire 5930G is sufficient for normal sound reproduction. Most likely, this is due to the fact that the laptop is equipped with a virtual surround sound system and a built-in subwoofer. In this regard, even low frequencies are well heard in the built-in speakers. However, it will be more pleasant for the ear to use a hi-fi system.
The Acer Aspire 5930G is equipped with a 4400 mAh (47.5 Wh, 10.8V) Li - ion battery.The characteristics speak for themselves - in the test, the Aspire 5930G performed well enough.
During the test, the Battery Eater test software was used to simulate various situations. So, when reading a book at minimum brightness, in power saving mode and with WLAN disabled, the maximum operating time was 3 hours 45 minutes (it should be noted that this is a fairly good indicator for a laptop). In the maximum load test, the Aspire 5930G achieved a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. At the same time, the laptop's working time when watching a DVD movie could not but please - 2 hours. However, if you decrease the brightness, you can increase the viewing time by 10-15 minutes.
When working on the Internet via Wi-Fi in energy-saving mode, the battery will last for 2 hours and 40 minutes.
So, by and large, there are no comments on battery performance.
The results of the review of the laptop Acer Aspire 5930G
The Acer Aspire 5930G attracts attention both with its cute design and good quality. Despite the relatively low cost, the Aspire 5930G proved to be a laptop for high-quality everyday work, with good computing capabilities and good equipment with various kinds of interfaces.
It is worth noting the presence of such interfaces as eSATA and HDMI, as well as the ability to connect additional interfaces through the dock station through the Easy Port IV port.
At the same time, the Aspire 5930G laptop is equipped with a subwoofer and a virtual surround system, and the speakers have enough power for high-quality sound, but standard speakers still cannot be compared to a high-quality hi-fi system or good headphones.
The Acer Aspire 5930G with Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz) processor, 512MB GDDR-3 video card, nVIDIAs 9600M GT GPU, and 4GB DDR-2 RAM provides the user with excellent technical specifications at an inexpensive price point.
All in all, the Acer Aspire 5930G is a good multimedia notebook with quality solutions and no significant drawbacks.
The Aspire 5930G is currently sold preinstalled with Windows Vista Home Premium and a range of trial software such as McAfee's Internet Security, and its warranty has been extended to 24 months.
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