Damn Acer! They really are throwing in so many good stuffs for budget buyers this year which is why they are still the best selling brand in Brunei. I was having a good opportunity to have a first look on one of the budget Acer model that has comfortable viewing screen and powerful enough for everyday used at work or home. The model I will be looking is Acer Aspire 4935 (-641G32Mn). Mind you, that is not mine.
Before I start, here is the specification list:
- 14.0” HD Acer CineCrystal LED with built-in Webcam
- Intel Core 2 Dou Processor T6400 (2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache)
- Mobile Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 4500MHD
- 1GB DDR2
- 320GB HDD SATA
- DVD-RW Super Multi DL
- Intel Wireless 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N WLAN
- 100/1000 Gigabit-LAN
- 56K Onboard
The Acer Aspire 4735 I received for my first look review is just the hard disk has much more bigger size compare to the size of 250GB SATA. I somehow believe Acer is trying to clear their remaining stock by rolling out a same limited model with a bit better spec to fight off their competitors. Which are why this time the eSATA is included and offer only two USB slot rather than three. Don’t be disappointed over minus one USB slot because eSATA is also a nice good feature for supporting future portable storage with twice the transfer rate compare to USB 2.0.
Other specifications are remaining the same as previous model except two additional changes in the hardware. Though 1GB DDR2 memory ram is totally out of question if you planning to run Window Vista. But this is what the today value notebook could offer and enough to run Window XP or Ubuntu or the upcoming Window Seven if you prefer to wait this year. Well, you can upgrade the extra memory ram anytime.
If you wonder the 14.1 inch wide LCD is too small for you, I say it’s not at all. But I believe some of you might have difficulty to read due to optimize wide resolution. Unless you are talking about Aspire One notebook that I have to say it is. I would prefer having 14.1 inch size notebook rather having a smaller one because it makes my eye very uncomfortable. If you travel a lot, Aspire one notebook is better carrying around and less complains on how heavy it was.
But my dissatisfaction is why Acer wants to separate the two USB and put them on separate side? If the eSATA slot is located on the left, they should just put two of them together. I find annoying because you might not know encountering with some of the portable 2.5” storage require extra USB cable to power up properly. With such a distance on side, you may have a hard time reaching that. Pray that you don’t really need it and hopefully you received a longer USB cable to reach its other side. So far I only know Seagate supply such USB cable.
The performance tested in Window XP is great. Getting another 2GB memory ram upgrade will indeed improved the performance. You only need some trouble finding the Empowered Technology utility from the internet because Acer did not include it on the original DVD. This is another reason why I don’t understand them not providing the Empowered Technology utility. Even I can’t find Vista version on the DVD is much funnier. Well, you can get it from the Acer official download, at least, but not XP version.
Acer Aspire 4735 could set you back around for B$1,098.00 (License Vista) and B$958.00 without Window Vista. Just note that, the price may include the bundle items total up the amount showing above. Check with your local seller shops for more information and remember, the model you sees here may be different from the brochure too.