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Acer Aspire 2920 budget laptop

The notebook for your kids?

There are five shortcut buttons on the top right of the keyboard for Arcade Deluxe, Wireless LAN, Internet Explorer, Email and Bluetooth. At the top left is an Acer button that launches the short cuts for the various Acer tools and utilities and there’s a webcam in the top edge of the screen bezel.

Acer Aspire 2920

Nice and shiny

The list of ports and connectors is stadard, with three USB 2.0 ports, a five-in-one card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, modem, VGA and s-video output. On the front edge of the Aspire there are headphone and microphone jacks along with a volume control wheel which you might hope the kids will use for listening to music or watching movies but you can bet your boots they’ll be on Skype and MSN.

Battery Life Results

Acer Aspire 2920 - battery results

Continuous use measured in minutes
Longer bars are better

In our testing, the performance was exactly in line with similar Core 2 laptops which is all that you can ask of a laptop. The 4800mAh battery life is good for one hour 20 minutes of continuous use which is about two hours 40 minutes of regular use but let’s face it, you won’t be using the Aspire 2920 on the move too often so the battery life isn’t critical.

Verdict

The Aspire 2920 is a decent compromise of weight, size and features. While it’s not perfect, the price makes it incredibly tempting.

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Acer Aspire 2920 budget laptop

Acer's 'gemstone-design' Aspire 2920 lacks sparkle, but its price tempts...
Price: £550 RRP