Acer Unveils Aspire Gemstone Blue Notebooks

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Acer today unveiled the Aspire 8920 18.4" screen notebook and Aspire 6920 16" multimedia notebooks. Together these notebooks are being called the Aspire Gemstone Blue series and offer 16:9 aspect ratio 1080p screens, Intel Penryn processors and Nvidia graphics.

Acer Aspire 8920G


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The Aspire 8920G will have the following basic specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor selection (Penryn)
  • Windows Vista OS
  • 1 or 2 hard drives with up to 320GB each
  • Blu-Ray Super Multi double-layer drive or 8x DVD-Super Multi double layer drive
  • 6-in-1 media card reader
  • 18.4" Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution 300 nits brightness screen
  • Nvidia GeForce 9650m Graphics or 9500m Graphics
  • 2nd generation Dobly Home Theater audio, 5.1 audio out, Five integrated speakers
  • Intel 4965 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless
  • ExpressCard 54 slot, 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Consumer IR, external monitor port, headphone out, microphone-in
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Weight – 9.04lbs


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Acer is touting the multimedia capabilities of this notebook, obviously the 18.4" viewing real estate with a 16:9 ratio 1080p screen is a major selling point for media mavens — with this aspect there’s no need for pixel compression. This is the first 18.4" screen notebook so Acer is definitely differentiating itself here. Also big news is the fact that they are using the Nvidia 9650m 512MB graphics card to handle the playback of Blu-Ray movies so the processor isn’t stressed out, this system is being dubbed "CineReal" by Acer.


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Acer adds a nice design touch with the "CineDash" control on the left side of the notebook. The CineDash is a touch sensitive media console that allows you to control such things as volume and media playback experience.


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Acer Aspire 6920G 

The Aspire 6920G is a 16" screen scaled down version of the Aspire 8920G. The specs will be essentially the same as the 8920G with the following spec differences:

  • 16" screen with 1920 x 1080 and 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Single hard disk drive up to 320GB storage
  • Nvidia 9500M GS
  • Weight 7.72 lbs

The starting price was quoted by Acer as being $900, but we’re scratching our heads as to how they’ll offer that price with a Penryn processor, dedicated graphics and all the other high-end options. We’re guessing the price actually rests more around $1,200 and scales up to $1,700 for a high-end configuration.

Either way, it’s good to see Acer pushing the envelope a bit here and backing up their words about the fact they want to be a dominant force in the notebook market by actually making some moves to do that.

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