Acer Blue laptop revealed

Acer Blue laptop revealed

Summary: It turns out Acer's Blue is a desktop replacement laptop with a bunch of entertainment-oriented features. The marketing department got a bit carried away, but there's nothing wrong with the Aspire Gemstone Blue. In fact, it has several interesting features.

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It turns out Acer's Blue is a desktop replacement laptop with a bunch of entertainment-oriented features. It's also not a "concept PC," as the invitation to today's press event suggested, but an actual product that will be available in about a month. The marketing department got a bit carried away, but there's nothing wrong with the Aspire Gemstone Blue. In fact, it has several interesting features.

Aside from the blue color, the most distinctive feature is the display. The Aspire 6920G has a 16-inch display and the Aspire 8920G has an 18.4-inch display. Both are widescreen 16:9 displays with a full HD 1080p (1,920-by-1,080) resolution for viewing HD content from the internal Blu-ray drive or other sources. Though these aren't the first notebooks to employ capacitive touch media controls, the design of the so-called CineDash Media Control is unique.

Both models have Intel Core 2 Duo (Penryn) processors, up to 4GB of memory, hard drives up to 320GB, and Nvidia GeForce 9500M GS graphics with 512MB memory. The 8920G can also be upgraded to the Nvidia GeForce 9650M GS, also with 512MB. The 6920G has 2.1 surround-sound speakers and the 8920G has 5.1 surround-sound speakers.

Even without exact specs for the starting configurations, the prices also look pretty compelling. Acer says they will range from $900 for basic models to $1,700 for well-equipped systems.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Processors

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  • How does the 5.1 sound work?

    Are there detachable speakers that you put behind you?
    roaming
    • How does 2.1 "Surround sound" work?!?!

      I am more interesting in how the 2.1 'surround sound' works...
      Stuka
      • Re: How does 2.1 "Surround sound" work?!?!

        http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/virtual-surround-sound4.htm

        regards
        MKind
        mKind
  • RE: Acer Blue laptop revealed

    the computer looks impressive, but buckie looking. go to the site to look at the specifics.
    http://us.acer.com
    cmegkp
  • RE: Acer Blue laptop revealed

    Well, looks nice if you like blue, I suppose! Too shiny though, quickly gets covered in fingermarks!

    Anyway, I am still waiting for that perfect RED laptop!

    m
    webmasteraaa1
  • RE: Acer Blue laptop revealed

    They finally moved the audio jacks from the front to the side. It wasn???t very practical having headphones plugged into the front when you had it on your lap.
    strieper
  • Nice, very nice...

    If the prices are compelling, it's about time to bring better laptops to market. Most other laptops seem to be stagnating for features and new changes.

    I'd prefer a 1920x1200 screen though. Multimedia is nice, but screen real estate on a computer is a whole different world.
    Narg
  • Operating system.

    What operating system are they going to make available for it.

    Interested in more reviews and details of specs.
    neil.delorito
    • Vista

      Just finally got through to the site's tech specs. Vista Ultimate or Premium is going to be on it.

      Not a fan of the OS especially work related wise.
      neil.delorito
      • Not really aimed at the business user

        Doesn't really appear to be a laptop aimed at the business user with all these multimedia applications. Then of course, I don't like Vista for home use either. Aside from that its pretty nice.
        kcnole1
  • RE: Acer Blue laptop revealed

    Va Voom...
    epptopno
  • RE: Acer Blue laptop revealed

    Will.
    It.
    Play.
    Far Cry?
    geedavey1
  • RE: Acer Blue laptop revealed

    Will we find any XP / Ububtu drivers for this toy?
    eric_s9
  • What blue color?

    That laptop looks quite black to me...

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach
  • RE: Acer Blue laptop revealed

    $900 is not bad at all for a laptop with GeForce 9500 and an HD screen. And the color blue is a nice touch :)

    http://www.blue-laptop.net
    b_lamarr