updated 10:15 am EDT, Mon September 27, 2010
Joined by AS5745DG, AS5742G, AS5745, AS7745
Acer has announced raft of product refreshes headlined by a new desktop replacement model, the AS8943G. The 18.4-inch notebook is powered by a range of Core i7 chips up to the quad-core i7-740QM clocked at 1.73GHz, with support for up to 8GB RAM. The CPU is paired to ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5850 with a rare 2GB of dedicated video memory.
Other notebooks are smaller and focus on NVIDIA graphics with Optimus live switching between the power-saving Intel hardware and faster NVIDIA video. The AS5745DG notebook incorporates a GeForce GT 420M matched with a 15.6-inch display and active 3D shutter glasses. Processing power is supplied a by a range of Intel Core i5 chips depending on the trim level.
In addition to the 3D model, the Aspire today refreshed the AS5742G, AS5745 and the AS7745 lines. The AS5742G and AS5745 can be chosen in configurations that include Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. NVIDIA Optimus technology, Blu-ray drives and quad-core chips are all options. The Aspire AS7745 also offers users a maximum 16GB of RAM through four 4GB separate sticks.
The Acer Aspire AS8943G starts at $1,500. The smaller notebooks start at $750 for the 15.6-inch Aspire 5742G, $650 for the Aspire AS5745 and $800 for the 17.3-inch AS7745.