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April 9, 2006

Acer announces 20″ HD DVD notebook

Acer Aspire 9800

If you have always wanted a Paul Bunyan sized notebook PC, Stuff Magazine has some news for you about the Acer Aspire 9800 series:

Team HD-DVD has just extended its lead over Blu-Ray Utd thanks to a piledriver from Acer; it’s just made the second HD-DVD-playing laptop, following Toshiba’s G30 last month.

If anything, the Aspire 9800 is even more accomplished than Tosh’s world first. We may be guilty of over-using the word ‘cinematic’ to describe screens, but not here – it has a 20in, 1680×1050, which is good enough for 1080p high-def.

20″ sure isn’t going to fit on an airline tray table. This seems to be a Europe-only announcement so far:

Acer, the leading vendor in the notebook sector for EMEA – Europe, Middle East and Africa, today presents the new Aspire 9800, a new notebook series with a spectacular 20-inch LCD screen, delivering enough power, functionality, flexibility and presence to rival the very best desktop PCs.

Equipped with the largest screen size currently available in a notebook an Acer 20.1″ CrystalBrite colour TFT LCD display (WSXGA+ resolution of 1680 x 1050) featuring Acer CrystalBrite technology for maximum screen brightness in all lightning conditions and powered by the high-end NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics card with up to 256MB dedicated video memory, the Aspire 9800 guarantees an altogether immersive multimedia experience. In addition, the DVI-D* connectivity provides faster and higher-quality images for high-definition entertainment on external monitors.

Storage-wise, a generous HDD of up to 240GB meets the needs of multimedia file collectors. For the optical drive you can choose between the excellent slot-loading DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive or an HD-DVD drive (when available – ed.).

And there’s more including a Intel Core Duo processor, memory card reader, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Dolby sound, TV tuner, video camera, and some models include a Bluetooth connected VoIP phone/speakerphone. Stuff says it is coming to the UK in May and starts at £1500 ($1800), but somehow I expect that most will end up pricier than that. I also haven’t seen anything on weight or battery life and it probably doesn’t make much difference – this is more of a portable PC than a laptop. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I wonder at what point it isn’t preferable to have a separate keyboard and monitor.

Posted at 11:07 pm. Filed under Acer, Companies, HD DVD, Laptop, Notebook, Storage

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