The Acer 9800 is the first 20-inch screen notebook to hit the market, and quickly eclipses the new 19-inch screen notebooks that have just been introduced. The 9800 also features an HD-DVD drive. Availability is expected for May in Europe and is unknown for North America.
Below are the Specs for the Acer Aspire 9800:
- 20.1″ CrystalBrite colour TFT LCD display (WSXGA+ resolution of 1680 x 1050)
- Intel Core Duo Processor
- NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics card with up to 256MB dedicated video memory,
- DVI-D connectivity to provide faster and higher-quality images for high-definition entertainment on external monitors
- 3-Watt speakers and a 4-Watt subwoofer and Dolby Digital Live which allows the notebook to be hooked up via a single digital connection to a Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system,
- Acer Media keys, seven mirror-coated keys with LEDs: Acer Arcade, volume up/down, previous, next, play/pause and stop, offering convenient, one-button control over all your multimedia entertainment.
- Hard Drive storage of up to 240GB (with second HD)
- Choose between the slot-loading DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive or an HD-DVD drive
- 5-in-1 card reader that supports the most common card formats
- Integrated hybrid TV Tuner for both analog and digital broadcasts
- VoIP Bluetooth phone included
- Acer OrbiCam, a 1.3 megapixel camera mounted at the top of the LCD panel.
- WLAN (with Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED solution, supporting Acer SignalUp wireless technology),
- Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 module
- LAN connection with Gigabit Ethernet cards and standard connectivity through the integrated 56K ITU V.92 modem.
Price isn’t known exactly, but Stuff magazine reports that it will be about $2,600.
Obviously this is beyond being a “laptop”, it’s more like a TV replacement given the 20.1-inch screen size. The built-in TV tuner and HD-DVD drive that will eventually be available also suggests this is more entertainment center than laptop. The exact weight isn’t known for the 9800, but you could expect it to weigh around 15-pounds or possibly more. It’s a bit of a shame Acer did not include a higher end graphics card to make this a true gaming machine as well, but the nVidia 7600 graphics will be pretty decent nonetheless, and certainly better than integrated graphics, so you could have some fun with games.
No word on when or if this will be available in North America. My question is, if this is to be on display in stores anywhere, are they going to have to reinforce those shelves they usually display laptops on in retail stores?