As mentioned earlier, the Acer Aspire 8935G packs a whole load of upgraded hardware for much better performance at almost the same price. This time around, the 8935G sports a beefier hardware lineup, mostly in its processor. While the older stocked a pretty zippy Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53GHz), the Aspire 8935G has twice the cores with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 (2GHz). Clock speed has gone down somewhat though, but the extra cores should help crunch those numbers easier. Memory and storage both remain the same at 4GB DDR3 and 1TB respectively, while the discrete graphics have been given a slight bump in terms of a slightly faster ATI Mobility Radeon HD4670 compared to the NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT of the older model. We'll see how this holds up later on the next page.
Notebook Comparison Table
It wouldn't be a fair comparison if we didn't include the older Acer Aspire 8930G after all the mentions we've made of the notebook, so here it is. We've also included a gaming rig that we reviewed awhile back - the Dell XPS M1730, which was a beast of a machine. This should provide some comparisons on how this notebook fares against its older cousin and a powerful gaming machine.
|Specifications / Notebook||Acer Aspire 8935G||Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue 8930G||Dell XPS M1730|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q9000 (2.0GHz) with 6MB L2 cache||Intel Core 2 Duo processor T9400 (2.53GHz) with 6MB L2 cache||Intel Core 2 Extreme processor X7900 (2.80GHz, 4MB L2 cache)|
|Chipset||Intel PM45||Intel PM45||Intel PM965|
|Memory||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR2|
|HDD||2 x 500GB SATA 5400 RPM||2 x 320GB SATA 5400 RPM||2 x 200GB SATA 7200 RPM|
|Video||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670||NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT||NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT SLI|
Battery Life and Portability Index
There's something to be said about massive notebooks like the Acer Aspire 8935G - it's not likely you'll be lugging it around. There's nothing to stop you doing so however unlike a gaming desktop. Doing exactly that will net you around 93 minutes of DVD playback. It's still 24 minutes less playback time compared to the older 8930G, but the difference is really moot when you're comparing DTRs that are not really meant to be portable.
Then again, the lower battery life is probably due to the Intel Core 2 Quad processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670 which does require more power. The Portability Index scores also reflect this, with the Aspire 8935G scoring just 0.069, though again, we stress that as a DTR, you won't be lugging this around too much anyways, unless you are a sucker for punishment.