updated 10:00 am EDT, Tue June 22, 2010
Acer designer notebooks come Stateside
Acer today brought its 2010 high-end notebook designs to the US. The 18.4-inch Aspire 8943G carries the PC builder's new Ethos look with a minimal aluminum shell, a chiclet keyboard and a display panel that runs edge-to-edge. As a desktop replacement, it has five speakers plus a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray drive turns it into a home theater.
The system has more details with its American launch. Just one configuration is available in the US that comes outfitted with a 1.6GHz quad Core i7 and a Mobility Radeon HD 5850 to give it gaming-level 3D performance. The trim level further brings 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. It ships to stores now for $1,550.
Arriving at the same time is the upgraded TimelineX series. The new models all have low-power Core i3 or i5 processors but are still under an inch thick and range in weight from 3.1 to five pounds. Some models bring optical drives and dedicated graphics.
The Aspire 1830T is the smallest and lightest with an 11.6-inch screen. It starts out at as little as $600 for an ULV Core i3 model with 3GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive; a $700 model upgrades to a Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB drive. At 13.3 inches, the 3820T has similar configuration options that start at $730, but with 4GB of RAM on all models.
Both the 14-inch 4820T and 15.6-inch 5820T have internal DVD drives alongside their bigger screens. Both start at $750 with a Core i3, 320GB of disk space and 4GB of RAM, but the smaller model has a more advanced option, the 4820TG: it adds dedicated Mobility Radeon HD 5650 video that can switch to Intel's graphics to save power. It starts at $800 with the same specs as the regular version, but can climb to $900 with a Core i5 and a 500GB drive.
All of the TimelineX models should ship today.
Aspire TimelineX 1830T