Aspire 5942G - 4GB - 320GB - Win 7 - 15.6" - W/Cam - B/Tooth - BluRay - £559.99 Delivered @ Acer Outlet - HotUKDeals
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This seems like a very good price, retailing at £800+ elsewhere. BluRay and dedicated graphics are a big plus. Also with free delivery.

Key Features:
Intel Core i3 330QM (2.26Ghz)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
15.6" HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED LCD
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 (1GB DDR3 Memory)
4096mb (2*2048mb) RAM
320gb Hard Drive
Blu-ray / DVD Re-Writer Dual Layer ComboDrive
Multi-in-1 Memory Card Reader
6 Cell Battery
1.0mp Crystal Eye Webcam
Acer Nplify 802.11b/g Draft-N Certified Solution
Bio-Fingerprint Security
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
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1 Like #1
Can be had for a little over £600 at Amazon anyway, so people can disregard the £800+ part.
It IS still a great price though.


Hang on, I can hear the Acer knockers charging........
1 Like #2
deek72

Hang on, I can hear the Acer knockers charging........


lol, yep... all those people who have never actually owned an acer. Ive had a 6930 for a couple of years, get used for work and play. 17 hours a day sometimes. Not had a single problem with it. Still looks mint.
#3
Wish it was i5 :|
#4
This does look like a pretty good spec for the money!

But could a techie help me out here and suggest which one of these 2 laptops is better for gamming?

Median P6642 i5-460M using GeForce GT425 M - http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/sol/shop/technology/computing/121046734_medion_akoya_p6624_intel_core_i5460m_4gb640gb_156_laptop.html?hnav=4294960198

Or the

Acer Aspire 5942G i3 330QM using ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 - http://www.aceroutlet.com/PRD_ProductDetail.aspx?cid=0&prodid=4662&Product=Aspire-5942G---4GB---320GB---Win-7----15.6---WCam---BTooth---BluRay



From what I can gather the ATI card is slightly better, but would it still perform faster than the GeForce GT425 M when stuck in an i3 machine (vs the i5 of the Median)?
1 Like #5
spaceinvader
deek72
Hang on, I can hear the Acer knockers charging........
lol, yep... all those people who have never actually owned an acer. Ive had a 6930 for a couple of years, get used for work and play. 17 hours a day sometimes. Not had a single problem with it. Still looks mint.

Maybe we could be acer fanboys haha.
Had a 8930G for a couple of years, great spec for the price and no problems.
#7
I'm not a brand knocker by nature and even bought an Acer netbook recently after my Acer laptop died after about 3 years of light use. The netbook was fault,y apparently a known fault on that model they have not dealt so I returned for a refund. After two failures I will never buy an Acer again even though Im looking for a replacement now and these deals keep popping up.
#8
golfyboy, go for HP or Sony, then you will really regret
#9
It's the cheap acers that fail and give them a bad name, anything mid range and above should be as reliable as most other brands...
#10


Looks like a really good laptop. Could anyone else comment on the specs of this one?
#11
GlenSoulfracture
It's the cheap acers that fail and give them a bad name, anything mid range and above should be as reliable as most other brands...


+1 on that, although the same can be said for most brands. People like to buy the cheap builds to save on money, but its not always such a good "deal" when the build quality ain't as good and the thing ends up breaking down. I've found this to be the case for most peoples complaints about laptops.

I know not everyone likes to spend a fortune (or can afford it), but in most cases you tend to get what you pay for.
#12
The problem with laptops is the more you pay the more the laptop depreciates in value and I like to replace my laptop every year and not lose more than £100 which I can see happening were I to buy this even if it does have dedicated graphics etc. I reckon anything more than £400 and it's not worth it if you want to replace later.

Edited By: sotomonkey on Jan 22, 2011 13:37
#13
MrClemente
This does look like a pretty good spec for the money!

But could a techie help me out here and suggest which one of these 2 laptops is better for gamming?

Median P6642 i5-460M using GeForce GT425 M - http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/sol/shop/technology/computing/121046734_medion_akoya_p6624_intel_core_i5460m_4gb640gb_156_laptop.html?hnav=4294960198

Or the

Acer Aspire 5942G i3 330QM using ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 - http://www.aceroutlet.com/PRD_ProductDetail.aspx?cid=0&prodid=4662&Product=Aspire-5942G---4GB---320GB---Win-7----15.6---WCam---BTooth---BluRay



From what I can gather the ATI card is slightly better, but would it still perform faster than the GeForce GT425 M when stuck in an i3 machine (vs the i5 of the Median)?

The Medion looks like it. It's got a better processor, but the limiting factor in gaming is normally the graphics card and it's scores slightly higher on benchmarks - but both will be more than capable.
I don't know the difference in quality/reliability and the Acer does have the blue ray player.

Edited By: mkins99 on Jan 22, 2011 15:26
#14
not that good a deal,

you can get a dell 15r with an i5 processor and the same gfx card (iirc) for about £360-400 from the dell outlet albeit without bluray

Edited By: yus786 on Jan 22, 2011 15:32
#15
spaceinvader
deek72

Hang on, I can hear the Acer knockers charging........


lol, yep... all those people who have never actually owned an acer. Ive had a 6930 for a couple of years, get used for work and play. 17 hours a day sometimes. Not had a single problem with it. Still looks mint.


Yep, totally agree. I've had an 8930 bought off Ebay 3 years ago. It's on almost all the time and still works fine - I'd be more than happy to buy another Acer. One thing to note though, Acer have loads of bloatware with their machines, so what I did (and recommend) is to buy Windows 7 and load that onto your new computer. Mine works at great speeds with Win7, huge performance jump from the original Vista supplied with the machine. Voted HOT ;)
#16
Voted hot - great price for the spec 8)
#17
have some heat, and acer is good
#18
andybrock
spaceinvader
deek72
Hang on, I can hear the Acer knockers charging........
lol, yep... all those people who have never actually owned an acer. Ive had a 6930 for a couple of years, get used for work and play. 17 hours a day sometimes. Not had a single problem with it. Still looks mint.


Maybe we could be acer fanboys haha.
Had a 8930G for a couple of years, great spec for the price and no problems.



Ooh, Acer fanboy club, le'me in :-), On my TravelMate 5720 I bought in Sept '80 (£320, Misco) and very few issues (main one being is sometimes gets hot [mostly when it's on my lap/in bed - probably me covering the fan], a few little screws have fell out from underneath [anyone know where to get replacements?] erm that's about it),.

Got a Acer Aspire 5942[no letter] at home but I'm abroad and wont meet it until next Friday (bummer).

Not sure on the processor Passmark on this deal as it does not come up on http://www.cpubenchmark.net.

Differences to the only I ordered from Amazon for £379.99 is Blue-Ray, Bluetooth, 1GB extra RAM, dedicated graphics, (this has a slower processor I think), for £180 more. Not sure that gagetry is worth £180, what do others think?

(not voted either way as undecided)
#19
shaggydabbydo


Ooh, Acer fanboy club, le'me in :-), On my TravelMate 5720 I bought in Sept '80 (£320, Misco) and very few issues (main one being is sometimes gets hot [mostly when it's on my lap/in bed - probably me covering the fan], a few little screws have fell out from underneath [anyone know where to get replacements?] erm that's about it),.

Got a Acer Aspire 5942[no letter] at home but I'm abroad and wont meet it until next Friday (bummer).

Not sure on the processor Passmark on this deal as it does not come up on http://www.cpubenchmark.net.

Differences to the only I ordered from Amazon for £379.99 is Blue-Ray, Bluetooth, 1GB extra RAM, dedicated graphics, (this has a slower processor I think), for £180 more. Not sure that gagetry is worth £180, what do others think?

(not voted either way as undecided)


All depends what you want to use it for, not having a dedicated GPU would be an absolute deal breaker for me so, in my case, £180 well spent, but in yours, it doesnt sound like there would be any need.
#20
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-apire-5742g-15-6-tft-i5-460m-2-53ghz-4gb-ram-500gb-sata-nvidia-geforce-gt-4/857390

Twenty pounds extra for i5 and a
better Graphics card. No blue ray though so could be a better deal if you don't need Blu-ray.

Still doesn't beat that sainsburys deal though...
#21
DJF
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-apire-5742g-15-6-tft-i5-460m-2-53ghz-4gb-ram-500gb-sata-nvidia-geforce-gt-4/857390Twenty pounds extra for i5 and abetter Graphics card. No blue ray though so could be a better deal if you don't need Blu-ray.Still doesn't beat that sainsburys deal though...
not a better graphics card its weaker than the 425 which is weaker than the 5650
1 Like #22
brilly
DJF
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-apire-5742g-15-6-tft-i5-460m-2-53ghz-4gb-ram-500gb-sata-nvidia-geforce-gt-4/857390Twenty pounds extra for i5 and abetter Graphics card. No blue ray though so could be a better deal if you don't need Blu-ray.Still doesn't beat that sainsburys deal though...
not a better graphics card its weaker than the 425 which is weaker than the 5650


True, but what Im wondering is this. Which machine would give the best gamming performance/experience?

Median P6642 i5-460M using GeForce GT425 M vs Acer Aspire 5942G i3 330QM using ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650

The ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 is only very slightly faster than the GeForce GT425 M, BUT how much difference would it make with regards to the processoring power of each machine?

Can a better gaming exsperice be had with the slightly less powerful GeForce GT425 M card in an i5 machibe vs the slightly more powerful ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 card in the weaker i3 machine? Does that make sense? :P
#23
This Acer is a good deal but personally while I don't have a problem with the brand I wouldn't pay this much for one. You'll notice the high-end manufacturers using more metal alloys at these price points but Acer is all plastic - they look nice but long-term durability is always a consideration.

For me as others also said, AMD Radeon HD5650 graphics are very decent and I'd take the graphics hardware here with an i3 over a faster CPU and weaker or integrated graphics.
#24
MrClemente
brilly
DJF
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-apire-5742g-15-6-tft-i5-460m-2-53ghz-4gb-ram-500gb-sata-nvidia-geforce-gt-4/857390Twenty pounds extra for i5 and abetter Graphics card. No blue ray though so could be a better deal if you don't need Blu-ray.Still doesn't beat that sainsburys deal though...
not a better graphics card its weaker than the 425 which is weaker than the 5650


True, but what Im wondering is this. Which machine would give the best gamming performance/experience?

Median P6642 i5-460M using GeForce GT425 M vs Acer Aspire 5942G i3 330QM using ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650

The ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 is only very slightly faster than the GeForce GT425 M, BUT how much difference would it make with regards to the processoring power of each machine?

Can a better gaming exsperice be had with the slightly less powerful GeForce GT425 M card in an i5 machibe vs the slightly more powerful ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 card in the weaker i3 machine? Does that make sense? :P


It's worth noting that the median lacks an LED backlit screen. This will lower the value slightly of the median at resale. I also imagine an acer might fetch a higher price on resale, than a brand like median but who knows.

That said, personally I'd rather have an i5 over a better screen.

Edited By: sotomonkey on Jan 23, 2011 15:29
#25
Acer is just HP. Recently purchased the Aspire 5942G_i3_213ghz_blue ray_320GB HDD_4GB ram_finger print recognition_bluetooth. Sent it back for a refund. Wouldn`t fire up if the power cord was attached and kept shutting down,poor.

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