Acer Aspire 8942 Notebook

Revel in the full cinematic splendor of the Aspire 8942G! The massive 18.4″ edge-to-edge screen presents enthralling visuals while the latest surround sound technologies blast enveloping acoustics. Superb media performance is complemented by a captivating design, making this desktop-replacement your first-class ticket to digital entertainment and computing.


Sophisticated design
The shimmering Acer logo on the cover flashes different degrees of brightness, depending on your viewing angle. A look inside this gorgeous notebook reveals the edge-to-edge glass display and unique Neoweave-textured palm rest.

First-class performance
Featuring a top-brand processor and lots of fast DDR3 memory, the Aspire 8942G delivers extreme performance for noticeably smoother multitasking. You also get a choice of one or two hard drives with loads of room to store all of your digital files. And, protect your files and personal data from unwanted access with the Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader, which doubles as a convenient navigation tool.

Incredible entertainment
Top-of-the line graphics and optional Blu-ray optical technology deliver amazing entertainment on the large, 16:9 Full HD display. Dolby -optimized audio and the Acer Tuba CineBass booster immerse you in huge sound. Also, customize your multimedia settings using the Acer MediaTouch controls or with the optional Acer Media Center remote control, and watch your favorite shows anywhere via the optional TV-tuner.

Connect now!
Use your Aspire 8942G to get online from anywhere in the world and surf the Internet with fast Wi-Fi  connectivity. Communicate with family and friends face-to-face via the Acer Video Conference software, built-in high-def webcam, and two stereo microphones.

Technical specifications:

Operating System

  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium

Processor & Chipset

  • Intel® Core™ i7-820QM processor (8 MB L3 cache 1.73 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.06 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 45 W), i7-720QM processor (6 MB L3 cache 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.80 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 45 W), i7-620M processor (4 MB L3 cache, 2.66 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.33 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
  • Intel® Core i5-430M/ i5-520M/i5-540M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.26/2.40/2.53 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.53/2.93/3.06 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
  • Intel® Core i3-330M/i3-350M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.13/2.26 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
  • Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset


  • Dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM support
  • Up to 8 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, using two soDIMM modules

Optical media drive

  • 4X Blu-ray Disc™ Writer/DVD SuperMulti double-layer combo drive
  • 4X Blu-ray Disc™/DVD SuperMulti double-layer drive
  • 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive


  • One or two 160/250/320/500/640 GB or larger hard disk drive
  • Multi-in-1 card reader, supporting Secure Digital™ (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick® (MS), Memory Stick PRO™ (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card™ (xD)


  • 18.4″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, high-brightness (220-nit) Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit TFT LCD, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista™
  • Frameless design
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 8 ms response time
  • 60% color gamut


  • ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5850 with up to 4901 MB of HyperMemory™ (1024 MB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM, up to 3067 MB of shared system memory), supporting Unified Video Decoder (UVD), OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 5.0, Microsoft® DirectX® 11, OpenGL® 3.1, OpenCL™ 1.1
  • ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 with up to 4091 MB of HyperMemory™ (1024 MB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM, up to 3067 MB of shared system memory), supporting Unified Video Decoder (UVD), OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 5.0, Microsoft® DirectX® 11, OpenGL ® 3.1, OpenCL™ 1.1

Dual independent display support

  • MPEG-2/DVD decoding
  • WMV9 (VC-1) decoding
  • DisplayPort™ support
  • Acer Arcade™ Deluxe featuring Acer CinemaVision™ and Acer ClearVision™ technologies


  • Dolby®-optimized Acer CineSurround sound system with five built-in speakers and Acer Tuba CineBass booster supporting low-frequency effects
  • Optimized 3rd Generation Dolby Home Theater® audio enhancement, featuring Dolby® Digital Live, Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx, Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass, Dolby® Sound Space Expander, Dolby® Inverse Filtering, Dolby® High Frequency Enhancer technologies
  • True5.1-channel surround sound output
  • Digital TV-tuner supporting DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial) standard (6 to 8 MHz)
    (manufacturing option)

High-definition audio support

  • S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers
  • MS-Sound compatible
  • Acer PureZone technology with two built-in stereo microphones featuring beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise suppression technologies


  • Acer Video Conference, featuring:
    • Integrated Acer Crystal Eye high-def webcam, featuring 1280 x 800 resolution image capture, supporting enhanced Acer PrimaLite™ technology
    • Acer Video Conference Manager software, featuring Video Quality Enhancement (VQE) technology with H.264 video compression, supporting 640 x 480 resolution online video calls with drag-and-drop Picture-in-Picture (PIP) interactivity
    • Acer PureZone technology
  • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100/5300 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, featuring MIMO technology, supporting Acer SignalUp™ with Nplify™ wireless technology, or
  • Gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
    (manufacturing option)

I/O Interface

  • 1x ExpressCard™/54 slot
  • 5x USB 2.0 ports *
    1 shared with eSATA port
  • 1x eSATA port *
    shared with 1x USB port
  • 1x IEEE 1394 port
  • 1x HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) support
  • 1x Display port
  • 1x Consumer infrared (CIR) port
  • 1x external display (VGA) port
  • 1 x RF-in jack
    (only on models with TV Tuner)
  • 1x Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
  • 1x Microphone-in jack
  • 1x Line-in jack
  • 1x Ethernet (RJ-45) port
  • 1x DC-in jack for AC adapter


  • Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution, featuring Windows® log on, computer protection, FingerLaunch, ProfileLaunch, MusicLaunch, password bank, MyLaunch, Acer FingerNav
  • Slot for Kensington lock
  • BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords
  • Power Supply & Battery
  • ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes
  • 71 W (8-cell) Li-ion battery pack

Up to 3-hour battery life

  • Acer QuicCharge™ technology:
    • 80% charge in 1 hour
    • 2-hour rapid charge system-off
    • 3-hour charge-in-use
  • 3-pin 120 W AC adapter
  • Energy Star®

Keyboard & Special Controls

  • Backlit 103-/104-/107-key keyboard, with inverted “T” cursor layout
  • Multi-gesture touchpad pointing device, supporting:
    • Circular-motion scrolling
    • Pinch-action zoom
    • Page flip
  • 10 function keys, four cursor keys, two Windows® keys, hotkey controls, standard numeric keypad, international language support, independent US and Euro dollar sign keys
  • Easy-launch keys: WLAN, Bluetooth®*, Acer Backup, Acer PowerSmart
    (* manufacturing option)
  • Acer MediaTouch capacitive human interface device, including:
    • Acer Arcade™
    • Volume meter (volume up/down)
    • Media control (play/pause, stop, previous, next)
    • Mute and hold keys

Weight & Dimensions

  • 440 (W) x 295 (D) x 31/43.8 (H) mm (17.34 x 11.62 x 1.22/1.73 inches)
  • 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)

Quality & Reliability Tests

  • Temperature & humidity test
  • Free drop test
  • Acoustics test
  • Weight and Pressure tests
  • Spillage test
  • Shock and Vibration tests
  • Electrostatic discharge immunity test
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) test
  • Hinge life test
  • Keyboard-switch life test


  • Acer Arcade™ Deluxe featuring Cinema, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia
  • Acer InstantOn Arcade
  • Acer Bio-Protection
  • Acer Crystal Eye
  • Acer GridVista™
  • Acer Launch Manager
  • Acer Backup Manager
  • Acer PowerSmart Manager
  • Acer eRecovery Management
  • Acer GameZone
  • Acer Video Conference Manager featuring Video Quality Enhancement (VQE)
  • McAfee Internet Security Suite 60-day trial version
  • Adobe® Reader®
  • NTI Media Maker™
  • Microsoft® Works with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial
  • Microsoft® Windows Live™ Essentials


  • Acer Media Center remote control
  • Memory expansion modules
  • Additional battery
  • Additional AC adapter


  • One-year International Travellers Warranty (ITW)

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