Feeds

Acer turns to nature to inspire Aspire

A gem of a machine?

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Acer yesterday parted the seas to reveal the first of a new line of "nature inspired" consumer-friendly laptops, the Aspire 5920 with its "gemstone" design, a curvy casing with a pebble-like shine.

Acer Aspire 5920

Under the hood, the 5920 range packs in Intel's 'Santa Rosa' Centrino Duo platform. The series includes a variety of Core 2 Duo processors, Intel's 802.11n-compatible Wi-Fi card and up to 2GB of DDR 2 memory clocked to 667MHz rather than the 800MHz Santa Rosa enables.

Some models feature Intel's TurboMemory Flash cache for faster start-up and application load times, and they all have 80-200GB of hard drive storage, a five-in-one card reader, ExpressCard 54 slot, Firewire port, four USB ports, and a choice of HD DVD drive or DVD burner.

The 5920's 15.4in 1280 x 800 widescreen display is driven by Nvidia's GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory, though it can grab a further 512MB of main memory if it needs it for games and the like. The laptop has an HDMI port so it can be connected to an HDTV.

That's vision sorted - what about sound? The 5920 has two stereo speakers and an on-board sub-woofer for extra welly. All three are fed by Dolby Home Theater chippery. The machine also sports two microphones arrange in an array to aid noice reduction - handy for the screen-mounted webcam.

Acer did not say how much the 5920 series models will cost.

Acer Aspire Gemstone gallery

Acer Aspire 5920

More pics on page 2

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Will BlackBerry make a comeback with its SQUARE smartphones?
Plus PC PIMs from company formerly known as RIM
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files
DTS and Sonos sing out but not off the same hymnsheet
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.