Thursday, March 13, 2008

Aspire Gemstone 8920G

Information Week reports: [edited]

The Aspire Gemstone 8920G is the first of what the company is calling its "Blue" series, which refers to the notebook's blue, black, and silver color scheme and interior/exterior lighting effects. Within the stylish design, Acer has added a variety of entertainment features that would appeal to people looking for more than a business notebook.

The new product has an 18.4" footprint (441 x 300 x 44mm) that includes a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen. It weighs 4.1kg with one hard drive. [For comparison, a 17" MacBook Pro measures 392 x 265 x 26mm and weighs 3kg, Ed].

Powering the machine is an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo processor and PM965 Express Chipset.

The 8920G is available with up to two 320 GB hard disk drives, and a Blu-ray disc drive. Buyers can choose between an Nvidia GeForce 9650M GS or 9500M GS graphics card.

The notebook includes an integrated TV tuner, six integrated speakers and support for Dolby Home Theater sound technology. There's a touch-sensitive media console for navigating menus and adjusting volume without going through the standard Windows menu.

Price: $900 to $1,700.

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