Acer laptop Gemstone 6930G, C2D T6400, 4GB, 250GB, 9600m GT 1GB, 16" HDMI eSATA - £587.19 @ Argos - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit
Updated! 1/2/3/4

This is in the new Argos catalogue, i cant find it online.

*Edit: Now online!

The Aspire 6930G features the Gemstone design and a stunning 16' Acer CineCrystal wide screen display which makes movies and images comes to life. Powerful enough to handle multiple tasks with ease, this notebook can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor.
2.0GHz processor speed.
2MB cache.

4GB DDR2 RAM.

16in full HD Acer CineCrystal widescreen.
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.

250GB SATA hard drive capacity.

Multiformat dual layer optical drive.

nVidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card.
1GB graphics memory.

5 in 1 media card reader - compatible with SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD.
3 USB ports. 1 HDMI port. 1 Ethernet ports. Integrated sound card. Integrated 0.3Mp Acer Crystal Eye webcam.

802.11b/g/n wireless enabled.

Windows Vista Premium operating system installed.
Software included: Acer Empowering Technology, Acer Arcade, Acer InstantOn Arcade, Acer Bio-Protection, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVista, Acer Launch Manager, Acer GameZone, Adobe Reader, CyberLink PowerDirector trial version, McAfee Internet Security Suite Trial, NTI Media Maker, Microsoft Works 8.5 with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial.

2.5 hours battery life.

Size (H)4.39, (W)38.5, (D)27.75cm. Weight 3.4kg.

Page 580 in the spring/summer 2009 catalouge

Please give your thoughts and recommendations, just please don't flame me into oblivion!

*update #2 Got mine today, also has eSATA, built i subwoofer (i think) with 5.1 true surround, 9600GT 1GB (up to 2303 MB Turbocache and T6400.

I had to order mine for collection but well worth it.

*Update #3 After using CPU-z and GPU-Z i discovered that although stating in the catalogue, online and even on the label on the laptop this actually has a P7350 not a T6400 (even better i think :P )

and even GPU-Z confirms that it is a 9600M GT with 1024MB memory, look on youtube and see what games you can play (pretty much all of them)

http://img101.imageshack.us/my.php?image=63224106xs6.jpg

*Update 4; BIOS says that the processor is a T6400 so now i dont know what to think. i would assume its a T6400

All Comments

(32) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
#1
Intel Core 2 Duo (T5750) 2.0 GHz Processor
Memory Size: 4096 MB (2 x 2048MB)
Storage: 250GB Hard Drive
16 inch WXGA CineBrite TFT LCD Montior
CrystalEye Webcam
Modem/LAN/Wireless LAN
DVD Super Multi Drive
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS Graphics
One Year International Travellers Warranty (ITW)

WAS £685.10
Now ONLY £579.80
(£504.17 Excluding 15% VAT)

http://www.simplyacer.com/product/id/411992
#2
chrissieboy, that laptop is worse
#3
rg2005
chrissieboy, that laptop is worse


oop's thought it was the same laptop... its gettin to that time. i should goto bed
suspended#4
wow, what an awesome laptop - heat
#5
heres a similar spec acer 6930g faster cpu t7350, a 1920 x 1080 screen for £23 excluding del but it has only 3gb aram and its the 9600mgs
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_6930G_Laptop_LX.AVB0X.001/version.asp
can anyone confirm argos have the laptop posted by JadeFox instore?
#6
i have this laptop with 3gb ram and 2.0 ghz c2d the spec is great and the hd / blu ray and screen are amazing
#7
This spec looks strange. Can't find it enywhere on the web. Even on Acer's websites don't have 6930G with T6400 proc and 9600GT 1GB
#9
xfish
This spec looks strange. Can't find it enywhere on the web. Even on Acer's websites don't have 6930G with T6400 proc and 9600GT 1GB


Yeah it does seem strange, mind you that CDiscount one was strange in December....turned out it wasn't an 8600GT as stated in the specs, not even an Nvidia :-/ ...Maybe Argos went for the same supplier as CDiscount. Hehe
#10
has anybody bought one, user reviews any1?
#11
Computerman
has anybody bought one, user reviews any1?


Yeah ive got one, just finding it hard to take the hard disc drive out (its covered with a metal plate. VERY fidley thing).

I want to put my old HDD in and install XP on it, i dont like vista too much especially on a laptop i find its wated power. One thing i will say that i didnt like about this is it didnt come with ANY type of software disc or operating system installation disc.

I have found a website for drivers but getting hold of them is a bit more trickier, even Dell get that one right years ago...

Other than that its a solid, beautiful laptop that stays pretty damn cool compared to my old Dell Vostro 1000 which you would NEVER use on your lap unless you didnt want children.

As processors go in laptops i dont know much about them so i cant say much about this other than (i think) you get a better one than advertised. Not too sure if this is a mistake or not, but the graphics card has some serious power, just go to youtube and type 9600M GT and see all the videos of the latest games being played on it. you will not be disappointed.

Is the 9600M GT hit by the recent nVidia defective cards fiasco thing?
#12
they now updated the acer website http://www.acer.co.uk/acer/product.do?link=oln23g.redirect&changedAlts=&kcond5e.c2att92=122&CRC=1164770960

JadeFox, what driver site are you using because im considering buying this.
#13
Computerman
they now updated the acer website http://www.acer.co.uk/acer/product.do?link=oln23g.redirect&changedAlts=&kcond5e.c2att92=122&CRC=1164770960

JadeFox, what driver site are you using because im considering buying this.


First off id get either Driver Checker and/or Driver genius pro and make a backup of all the existing drivers. Vista Premium 32bit is installed I dont know if they will work on 64 bit OS's but worth keeping them.

I then used both of the above programs mentioned to find and download drivers for ultimate 64, but still i didnt have them all (something like 21 still missing). Next i found this website http://komku.blogspot.com/2009/01/acer-aspire-6930-6930g-windows-xp-and.html which links to XP and Vista drivers (use the mirrors, regular links are slow...) but most of these are links to the Acer webstie, some drivers are soo large and slow that they 'kick out' after about an hour so i was never able to get hold of some. One driver i would recommend getting is the touchpad as i couldnt get this elsewhere.

For the rest goto Start -> Computer (Right click) -> Properties -> Device Manager (Left hand side) -> Find all drivers with 'Attention' on them Right click and update manually. Again i used the driver programs mentioned above at this point and im still missing 21 drvers. Ive only installed Ultimate 64 at this point, will soon try XP *gulp*

There is also a Second HDD bay, one with a regular SATA connector, you will have to do some 'modifying with a hacksaw' should you want to use this and even then the cover will not go back on as it should (i learnt this the hard way). The currently installed HDD has some kind of 'fin' connector i have never seen before http://www.sherwoodxc.com/personal/P1150040.JPG and is an absolute nightmare to remove. I have a service manual which is of no help at all should you want it PM me, Acer helpline is just as useless althougth one guy was fairly helpful, the others... not soo much.

Should you use a second HDD it will not load. You must go into the BIOS settings and change one of the configurations (i forget which, something like ACPI...) then the SATA hdd will load leaving the other unusable and change back to acpi? when you want to use the orignal... hours of fun wasted.
#14
Have bought this and it is a real bargain. Main attraction is the nvidia 9600 gt graphics card. Having done a huge amount of research I have found this is the only laptop on sale which has the far superior GT version of the card under £600. Plenty of laptops with the 9600 GS or 9300. the GT is about 40% faster than the GS. the 1 gig of DDR2 memory on this card is a bit of as overkill as it bottlenecks but more is better than less even if the differnece is marginal.

Its a suprisingly quiet laptop - you can barely hear the fans.

It has great speakers. screen is the only minor downer as viewing angles are poor. Keyboards a little bit bouncy but these are minor criticisms compared to the overall solid build quality

processor is definately the T6400 - bot as lower power consumption than previous intel T processors.

BARGAIN!!
#15
I thought this was a real bargain when i first saw it aswell, cant understand why its stuck on 34 degrees.

Acer perhaps?
#16
JadeFox
I thought this was a real bargain when i first saw it aswell, cant understand why its stuck on 34 degrees.

Acer perhaps?


could be argos as well its so hard trying to find one in stock loads of argos stores around my area dont seem to have it and at the time of writing its out of stock for home delivery.i live in SW london the nearest store (still quite far) to me only has 1 in stock and im going to reserve it as soon as i have enough money.
#17
Yeah i live in Gloucester and none of the stores near me had any. They have JUST released the new catalogue which means new stock has to be shipped. also i doubt they sent laptops out to every store just in case so i can understand any lack of stock.

I did resrve mine for collection in store to pick up and they sent three :P one went to a completely different store :p
#18
can some1 please tell me what frame rates are you getting in modern games such as crysis and call of duty world at war. i was going to buy the laptop today but it snowing too heavily.

edit: i got this laptop today, its my first laptop i bought so far it is very good. truely beautifiul design and well built. note to all this model does not have the touch sensitive media controls as shown in the argos picture the media controls are above the keyboard and keypad, i think the picture on argos is of the 6920g. the sound is very very good for a laptop. The keys are quite nice to type with but the touchpad is slightly to the left. the 0.3mp is very good aswell the colours produced were very accurate more accurate than my logitech pro 5000 and its still quite clear for a .3mp cam.

The 9600gt did not do as well as i would of hoped but it can still handle most games so far i tried call of duty on max resolution and hi detail which was playable. i then tried the fear 2 demo which ran at maximum resolution with medium detail at a slightly slow rate of 20-30 and crysis was only playable on low detail at max resolution achieving around 20 frames. i guess the difference between ddr2 and gddr3 was bigger than i expected. however for the price you pay for the laptop you cant really complain.


edit 2: can some1 please tell me what the connnector located between the vga and rj-45 connector is?
#19
I installed XP on mine, getting 25-40 FPS with Crysis on MAX detail (all but shadows on low and shader on med, AA off) using a 'Crysis unlocker'. Vista is too power hungry and eats up everything on laptops. If youre going to play games on it, id recommend XP BUT keep the current OS as you wont get the sound quality and other things becuase Acer dont do anything for xp on this or similar laptops which is and utter waste.

If you going to use it for movies/multimedia id suggest stick with Vista premium. im really bummed about the subwoofer not working on xp. Im not surprised you got low FPS on crysis, even high spec PCs struggle to play it and i think this laptop does a cracking job especialy at this price.

Ive tried other games such and trackmania with max detail (shadows low and AA off) runs smoothly. I'd hate to sound like one of those people to shun vista but it just doesnt do laptops justice, not these days anyway, it just wastes too much power. If your super keen on FPS you could always get or make a 'stripped out' XP which runs extremely little background processes.
#20
ok after some googling i found the connector is something called Acer EasyPort IV connector. " The Acer EasyPort IV connector offers easy expansion through quick connection to external devices. " http://store.acer-euro.com/acer/acer-uk/Port-Replicator/ACER-EasyPort-IV-with-90W-AC-adapter.html?_n_=catalog&_t_=factsheet1&articleid=312982
#21
JadeFox
First off id get either Driver Checker and/or Driver genius pro and make a backup of all the existing drivers. Vista Premium 32bit is installed I dont know if they will work on 64 bit OS's but worth keeping them.

I then used both of the above programs mentioned to find and download drivers for ultimate 64, but still i didnt have them all (something like 21 still missing). Next i found this website http://komku.blogspot.com/2009/01/acer-aspire-6930-6930g-windows-xp-and.html which links to XP and Vista drivers (use the mirrors, regular links are slow...) but most of these are links to the Acer webstie, some drivers are soo large and slow that they 'kick out' after about an hour so i was never able to get hold of some. One driver i would recommend getting is the touchpad as i couldnt get this elsewhere.

For the rest goto Start -> Computer (Right click) -> Properties -> Device Manager (Left hand side) -> Find all drivers with 'Attention' on them Right click and update manually. Again i used the driver programs mentioned above at this point and im still missing 21 drvers. Ive only installed Ultimate 64 at this point, will soon try XP *gulp*

There is also a Second HDD bay, one with a regular SATA connector, you will have to do some 'modifying with a hacksaw' should you want to use this and even then the cover will not go back on as it should (i learnt this the hard way). The currently installed HDD has some kind of 'fin' connector i have never seen before http://www.sherwoodxc.com/personal/P1150040.JPG and is an absolute nightmare to remove. I have a service manual which is of no help at all should you want it PM me, Acer helpline is just as useless althougth one guy was fairly helpful, the others... not soo much.

Should you use a second HDD it will not load. You must go into the BIOS settings and change one of the configurations (i forget which, something like ACPI...) then the SATA hdd will load leaving the other unusable and change back to acpi? when you want to use the orignal... hours of fun wasted.

if i was to upgrade the hard drive in the future what would u recommend?
did u manage to find details on the connector type the hard drive uses. And are u saying if we use the second hard drive bay the main one is rendered useless?
#22
belatedly hot stuff
#23
Ah maaan! I was all hyped up after taking a look at the GPU-Z + CPU-Z screenshots. If the processor was a P7350, then that would be so good for value. :roll:

Looking at the specification of the 2 CPUs (T6400 & P7350) I think the P7350 out performs it, in both speed and wattage efficiency... Correct me if I'm wrong.

P7350:

http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLB53

T6400:

http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLGJ4

Someone on another forum said this:

[COLOR="Black"]"[SIZE="2"]I saw the more important difference is P7350 has 3Mb L2 cache, 1066 FSB and 25 watts thermal design power.

and T6400 has 2Mb L2 cache, 800 FSB and 35 watts themal design power.

Has anyone has CPU benchmark test comparsion between these 2 . would that means at least 25% real improvement?"[/SIZE]
[/COLOR]

Can anyone actually answer that question in this thread? :thinking:

Would it make more sense to buy the [SIZE="3"][COLOR="Red"]P7350[/COLOR][/SIZE] with a 9600M [SIZE="5"]GS[/SIZE] (512MB i think) [SIZE="7"]OR[/SIZE] a [SIZE="3"][COLOR="Red"]T6400[/COLOR][/SIZE] with a 9600M [SIZE="5"]GT[/SIZE]



P.S - I wonder why CPU-Z displayed incorrect information about the cpu being a P7350? I mean BIOS can't lie can it...or can it... haha.
#24
opened up the laptop today to take a look at the hard drive connector and the internal layout of the laptop. didnt have a clue how to remove the hard drive from its bay, didnt wanna risk damaging it. such a shame cos i really wanna replace it with an ssd in the future.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h296/computerman_01/P010509_1134.jpg

Carlos_will

Can anyone actually answer that question in this thread? :thinking:

Would it make more sense to buy the [SIZE="3"][COLOR="Red"]P7350[/COLOR][/SIZE] with a 9600M [SIZE="5"]GS[/SIZE] (512MB i think) [SIZE="7"]OR[/SIZE] a [SIZE="3"][COLOR="Red"]T6400[/COLOR][/SIZE] with a 9600M [SIZE="5"]GT[/SIZE]


i think the P7350 is slighty faster however i dont think you will be able to notice the difference as they both have 2.0GHz clock speed.. i assume you need this laptop for gaming and games depend on graphics processing rather than central processing so it may make more sense to use a faster graphics card such as 9600MGT. But if u go with the P7350 opotion its still a good buy as they are good CPU and GPU.
here a comparison altho some might say notebookcheck isnt that accurate.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html
#25
Computerman
opened up the laptop today to take a look at the hard drive connector and the internal layout of the laptop. didnt have a clue how to remove the hard drive from its bay, didnt wanna risk damaging it. such a shame cos i really wanna replace it with an ssd in the future.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h296/computerman_01/P010509_1134.jpg



i think the P7350 is slighty faster however i dont think you will be able to notice the difference as they both have 2.0GHz clock speed.. i assume you need this laptop for gaming and games depend on graphics processing rather than central processing so it may make more sense to use a faster graphics card such as 9600MGT. But if u go with the P7350 opotion its still a good buy as they are good CPU and GPU.
here a comparison altho some might say notebookcheck isnt that accurate.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html


Hey computerman,

thanks for replying. Well the majority of time I'm looking to do graphical work, work involving 3d design, adobe photoshop etc. So maybe I should go for the P7350...Hmm.
#26
JadeFox

First off id get either Driver Checker and/or Driver genius pro and make a backup of all the existing drivers. Vista Premium 32bit is installed I dont know if they will work on 64 bit OS's but worth keeping them.

Most won't work - 64-bit Windows requires 64-bit drivers for most things.
However, you should be able to find the 64-bit versions from each component's manufacturer's website, if they aren't already on Acer's site.
JadeFox
I then used both of the above programs mentioned to find and download drivers for ultimate 64, but still i didnt have them all (something like 21 still missing). Next i found this website http://komku.blogspot.com/2009/01/ac...ws-xp-and.html which links to XP and Vista drivers (use the mirrors, regular links are slow...) but most of these are links to the Acer webstie, some drivers are soo large and slow that they 'kick out' after about an hour so i was never able to get hold of some. One driver i would recommend getting is the touchpad as i couldnt get this elsewhere.

As above - note down the make and model of each component (you'll obviously need to be within a fully installed Vista 32-bit for Device Manager to display the correct names), and you'll find most have drivers available from their own manufacturer's sites.
JadeFox
For the rest goto Start -> Computer (Right click) -> Properties -> Device Manager (Left hand side) -> Find all drivers with 'Attention' on them Right click and update manually. Again i used the driver programs mentioned above at this point and im still missing 21 drvers. Ive only installed Ultimate 64 at this point, will soon try XP *gulp*

If XP drivers aren't supplied by Acer, you're gonna have all the same issues.
JadeFox
The currently installed HDD has some kind of 'fin' connector i have never seen before...
http://www.sherwoodxc.com/personal/P1150040.JPG

Erm, that's a perfectly normal SATA drive - just pull the "fin" off !
There's only a single connector today, and that's SATA.
Whilst it is still possible to buy 2.5" IDE drives, you won't find one in a new laptop.
JadeFox
Should you use a second HDD it will not load. You must go into the BIOS settings and change one of the configurations (i forget which, something like ACPI...) then the SATA hdd will load leaving the other unusable and change back to acpi? when you want to use the orignal... hours of fun wasted.

Not true - both drives will work together just fine. You shouldn't be switching the controller out of AHCI mode, or into AHCI mode - stick with whatever you used to install Windows.
Computerman
if i was to upgrade the hard drive in the future what would u recommend?

Any 7200rpm 2.5" SATA drive. Steer clear of the slower 5400rpm drives.
Computerman
did u manage to find details on the connector type the hard drive uses.

Standard SATA.
Computerman
And are u saying if we use the second hard drive bay the main one is rendered useless?

Nope - both will work together just fine. You may or may not need to adjust the controller settings within the BIOS.
1 Like #27
Computerman
opened up the laptop today to take a look at the hard drive connector and the internal layout of the laptop. didnt have a clue how to remove the hard drive from its bay, didnt wanna risk damaging it. such a shame cos i really wanna replace it with an ssd in the future.

Just lift the drive straight out vertically, starting with the connector-end. Be certain you have undone all the screws !

The purpose of the attached "fin" on the SATA connector, is so you can do exactly this. Without the 90-degree "fin" in place, the drive would need to be slid backwards to detach the SATA connector ... and there's obviously no space to do this.
#28
Nom
Just lift the drive straight out vertically, starting with the connector-end. Be certain you have undone all the screws !

The purpose of the attached "fin" on the SATA connector, is so you can do exactly this. Without the 90-degree "fin" in place, the drive would need to be slid backwards to detach the SATA connector ... and there's obviously no space to do this.


thanks i try do that when i eventually replace it with an ssd its my first laptop, i thought the fin connector was some kind of adaptar connecting it to the motherboard but it didnt look like it to me. Anyways thanks for your help rep added.
#29
Computerman
thanks i try do that when i eventually replace it with an ssd its my first laptop, i thought the fin connector was some kind of adaptar connecting it to the motherboard but it didnt look like it to me. Anyways thanks for your help rep added.

Be very careful with your choice of SSD - lots use a JMicron chipset that has *MAJOR* faults.

Safe drives are the Intel units (expensive, but the best), OCZ Vertex (cheap and good), and the new RunCore Pro IV drives - http://www.runcorestore.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=8000001C-1234904402

Steer well clear of any others, unless you *know* they're using a none-broken controller chip.
#30
Nom
Be very careful with your choice of SSD - lots use a JMicron chipset that has *MAJOR* faults.

Safe drives are the Intel units (expensive, but the best), OCZ Vertex (cheap and good), and the new RunCore Pro IV drives - http://www.runcorestore.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=8000001C-1234904402

Steer well clear of any others, unless you *know* they're using a none-broken controller chip.

thanks for ur advice like i said im not buying one yet but sometime in the future wgen they come down in price and when i have more £££.the ocz apex looks tempting as it was reviewed in custom pc showing just as fast as the intel one but much cheaper. it uses twin jmicron controllers. i will research more about jmicron and reliability when i decide to buy it. Thanks again for your advice.
#31
Computerman
thanks for ur advice like i said im not buying one yet but sometime in the future wgen they come down in price and when i have more £££.the ocz apex looks tempting as it was reviewed in custom pc showing just as fast as the intel one but much cheaper. it uses twin jmicron controllers. i will research more about jmicron and reliability when i decide to buy it. Thanks again for your advice.

Good luck :-D
#32
not bad

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Top of Page
Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!