Pros

  • Moderately good gaming performance
  • Looks good, with a gorgeous LCD

Cons

  • Audio quality could be better
  • Terrible trackpad configuration

At A Glance

Acer's digital media powerhouse delivers a bright screen, but makes a few too many compromises.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Aspire Series offers a diverse range of notebooks that give you the performance, graphics and communication tools to step up your digital entertainment, complete your daily computing tasks, and stay in touch with everyone you know, whether you're at home or away.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://us.acer.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number LXRCN02040
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2000.0 MHz
Cache size 6.0 KB
Processor count 4
Display
Display size 18.5 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 750.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Firewire 1
Available Interfaces eSATA
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n/b/g
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Audio Interfaces RCA Digital Coax (S/PDIF)
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Memory
Memory size 8000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Memory max 16.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 17.3 inches
Depth 11.6 inches
Height 1.8 inches
Weight 8.3 pounds
Weight with Accessories 9.9 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
XD picture card 1
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Subwoofer
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Fingerprint Reader
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 128.0
Battery
Battery Life 4:41   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 239.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 342.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 184.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 324.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 313.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 230.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 176.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 255.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 183.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 181.29   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 146.59   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 73.88   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 115.12   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 117.64   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 65.95   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 50.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 40.05   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 22.21   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 97.47   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 82.33   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 50.02   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 53.79   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 43.91   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 25.96   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 115.82   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 92.26   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 50.76   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 25.46   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 19.55   Frames per second (higher is better)
Stalker 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 23.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 20.5   Watts
Sleep power usage 1.5   Watt hours
Off power usage 1.1   Watt hours
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 269.0