Acer adds Core i7 to its desktop replacement

Acer adds Core i7 to its desktop replacement

Summary: Another laptop has been added to the Core i7-Windows 7 roster. Acer's Aspire AS8940G is an update to the company's desktop replacement with a massive 18.4-inch display.

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Another laptop has been added to the Core i7-Windows 7 roster. Acer's Aspire AS8940G is an update to the company's desktop replacement with a massive 18.4-inch display. Like most desktop replacements, the Aspire AS8940G is barely portable, weighing in at nine pounds and measuring 17.4 by 11.8 by 1.7 inches. But that leaves room for high-end components. The Aspire AS8940G-6865 is $1,350 with a 1.60GHz Intel Core i7-720QM quad-core processor, 4GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M with 1GB, a 500GB hard drive and a Blu-ray player.

Not every PC maker pushes things as far as 18.4-inches. But there are several competitors. The HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition starts at $1,300 with the 1.60GHz Core i7-720QM, 3GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GT 230M graphics with 1GB, a 250GB hard drive and a Blu-ray player.

Toshiba has two options. The Toshiba Satellite P500 is a lower-end model with both Intel- and AMD-based configurations. The Satellite P500-ST6822 is currently $721.65 with a 2.20GHz Core 2 Duo T6600, 2GB of memory, Intel integrated graphics, 320GB hard drive and DVD burner. The $749 Satellite P500D-ST5805 has an AMD Turion II M500, 4GB of memory, ATI Radeon 4100 integrated graphics, a 500GB hard drive and DVD burner. The Qosmio X505 starts at $1,450, putting it in direct competition with the Aspire AS8940G and Pavilion dv8t. This configuration (the X505-Q830) includes the Core i7-720QM, 4GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M graphics with 1GB, a 320GB hard drive and Blu-ray player.

Like the Satellite P500, Sony's AW series sticks with a dual-core processor. The VAIO VGN-AW450F/H is $1,150 with a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo P7450, 4GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics with 512MB, a 320GB hard drive and a Blu-ray player. One big drawback to the Satellite P500, Qosmio X505 and Sony AW series is the 720p display resolution (1680x945); the Aspire AS8940G and Pavilion dv8t offer full 1080p (1920x1080) displays. Dell and Lenovo top out at 17 inches (though the ThinkPad W700ds also has a slide-out 10.6-inch display).

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  • humm

    "Desktop replacement"s are interesting.

    I suppose for gamers and real power users they are good, although I do worry about overheating by placing so much power into the notebook form factor. Even in a tower unit, you have to be careful and make sure it's cool if you're gonna dump that much power into it. I suppose that's why they have it at a 1.6 GHz clock instead of something like 3 GHz.

    Personally, I'm fine with a regular notebook. Maybe something with a nVidia/ATI logo on for some decent gaming, but I think I'll save the real power for a tower, where there's plenty of space for fans.
    CobraA1
    • Humming Along

      I suppose the question is raised: when does a large screen laptop with
      top-end processor become an all-in-one.

      Well, that and does it run Linux.
      DannyO_0x98