The Acer Aspire 5942G is a very powerful laptop for gaming and multimedia, featuring Blu-ray and DirectX 11 graphics, all for under £1000

Besides that sterling 106 point WorldBench 6 score, the Acer 5942G also performed remarkably well in graphics tests.

In our standard FEAR test at Maximum quality settings, it strolled through with a fearless 72 frames per second. So we challenged it with Crysis, noting 28fps in our 'low' test (1024x768, DirectX 9, High quality rendering).

At a high-definition resolution of 1280x720 and DirectX 10, it still sustained 24fps at High quality.

But, like the Mesh Edge DX, this Acer takes ATI's latest HD 5650 graphics card for mobile use, capable of DirectX 11 graphics.

We benchmarked it with the STALKER: Call of Pripyat test, where it ran at a mean average of 36.5fps at native, and 39.1fps at 1280x720 resolutions, both at default Medium quality settings.

Even at full native res and Ultra detail setting, the Acer could manage in excess of 32fps for all but the SunShafts test, dropping here to 14.8fps.

And throughout testing, the Acer Aspire 5942G remained cool and quiet in use.

Good performance, especially in the games room, rarely equates to good battery life. Yet the Acer Aspire 5942G proved to be usable off the plug for more than a few hours (215 mins) in a MobileMark 2007 Productivity test.

Just remember that with automatic processor cycling to reduce power consumption, you shouldn't expect quite the same performance from battery as when powered from the mains.

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Acer Aspire 5942G-524G64Bn: Specs

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M
  • 15.6in (1366 x 768) 16:9 glossy LED-backlit display
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM
  • 640GB 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 with 1024MB RAM
  • HDMI, VGA
  • tray-load BD-ROM/DVD±RW DL optical drive
  • gigabit ethernet
  • mini FireWire 400
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • multi-card reader
  • ExpressCard 54 slot
  • line-out, mic-in, and headphone/optical S/PDIF audio jacks
  • infra-red sensor
  • 48Wh lithium-ion battery, removable
  • 274 x 82 x 26-40mm
  • 3061g
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M
  • 15.6in (1366 x 768) 16:9 glossy LED-backlit display
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM
  • 640GB 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 with 1024MB RAM
  • HDMI, VGA
  • tray-load BD-ROM/DVD±RW DL optical drive
  • gigabit ethernet
  • mini FireWire 400
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • multi-card reader
  • ExpressCard 54 slot
  • line-out, mic-in, and headphone/optical S/PDIF audio jacks
  • infra-red sensor
  • 48Wh lithium-ion battery, removable
  • 274 x 82 x 26-40mm
  • 3061g

SHOULD I BUY ACER ASPIRE 5942G-524G64BN?

It’s chunky and covered in go-faster stickers to attract Dixons grazers, but at heart the Acer 5942G is a powerhouse of a laptop, and well suited to modern gaming and sundry entertainment purposes. Construction is heavy but solid, and there’s enough connectivity to cover almost every need. It’s pricier than the ATI HD 5650-wielding Mesh Edge DX, but is a better made and ultimately better specified laptop that's unmatched at the price.