Acer unwraps 'hologram'-clad Blu-ray laptops
Acer has given its "gemstone-design" Aspire laptop line-up a polish and chiseled out two more machines. They're coloured blue, so it's no surprise perhaps that both offer optional Blu-ray Disc drives.
Acer's Aspire 6920G: iridescent, apparently
Acer touted the machines' "holographic 3D" covering that apparently "radiates true elegance". Ahem. Here's how it works: "Starlit backlight shines beneath the floating Acer logo, the focal point of the iridescent, midnight sapphire sub-layer, which sparkles with varying gradations of black and blue when viewed from different angles."
The 6920 comes with a range of Intel Core 2 Duo processor, all connected to the laptop's 965 chipset. The 6920 itself uses the chipset's integrated GMA X3100 graphics core, while the 6920G variant has a Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS chip with 512MB of GDDR 2 graphics memory.
Both GPUs drive the 6920's 16in display - 1920 x 1080 and 1366 x 768 versions are on offer. The laptops all come with HDMI ports. Both 6920s have a 10W sub-woofer on board - Acer calls it the Tuba CineBass - and a pair of stereo speakers. Together they pump out a virtual 5.1-channel sound.
Acer's Aspire 8920G: high-def
The laptop comes with up to 320GB of hard drive storage. The 6920 is fitted with an 8x multi-format dual-layer DVD burner, while the 6920G comes with that optical unit or a combo Blu-ray/DVD±R/RW drive.
Both models have 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, up to 4GB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory, a six-in-one memory card reader. There's a built-in webcam too.
Blue for Blu
The 8920 takes the same basic design but extends it to fit a 18.4in, 1920 x 1080 display drive by a GeForce 9650M GS with 512MB of GDDR 3 or a 9500M GS with 512MB of GDDR 2.
The bigger chassis means there's room for a second hard drive. Again there's a choice of 8x DVD burner or the combo drive, though this time it's a 2x Blu-ray unit rather than a 1x. This model also has a built-in digital TV tuner.
Acer didn't detail UK availability and pricing, but the 6920G and 8920G will go on sale in the UK within the next couple of weeks for $900 (£443/€577) and $1700 (£837/€1089), respectively.
• Acer Aspire 2920
Nice to see...
... A former HDDVD consortium member jumping ship soooo quickly!! Still in a year, one or two laptops from a whole range fitted with a HDDVD drive as a very expensive option is hardly a sign of a company particularly committed is it?!
How quickly my amusement at the HD format war turns to cynicism!
The 6920 looks like a real dog for video and games.....
Why on earth would Acer pair a decent CPU with the Intel G965 chipset that can't even run the Sims correctly? Check this video out on YouTube to see how good The Intel G965 graphics are.
Slow, buggy, incompatible, old video capabilities, but other than that, great!