Acer brings true blue HD to notebooks thru Gemstone Blue
Other specs include Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 2.4Ghz, Intel PM965 Express Chipset, 802.11 a/g/b/draft-N network, Windows Vista Ultimate or Home Premium, up to 4GB of DDR2 667 RAM, 1 320GB hard drive - with space for a second 320GB drive for a maximum total of 640GB, a 6-in-1 memory card reader, the aforementioned 18.4-inch 1920x1080p screen, Dolby-almost-everything and 6 speakers with ‘true 5.1 channel surround sound output’.
There’s also two built-in stereo microphones featuring beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise suppression technologies, an Acer ‘Crystal Eye’ webcam, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a 56kbps modem, an ExpressCard 54 slot, 4 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port (with HDCP), infrared, VGA, RF-in, headphone/speaker/line-out with S/PDIF, microphone in, line in, fingerprint reader, media controls, a Kensington lock slot (among other things) and a 1 year warranty.
Although listed as ‘optional’ items in the specifications, both models come with, Acer’s VoIP phone, an Acer Media Center remote control, and a digital TV tuner – as standard items in the box.
There’s also a series of media controls called “CineDash media console”, situated on the left of the keyboard. It’s a touch sensitive control panel that lets users “easily navigate all media menus such as volume, music, and movies” – letting you control media from the console or the remote as you please.
The 8920G has an RRP of AUD $2699, available now from major retailers, and comes with the Blu-ray drive as standard, and has a 3D ‘holographic cover with starlit Acer logo’ to add a bit of extra sparkle and shine to the new Gemstone Blue models.
So, what’s in the Aspire 6920G, the 16-inch model with 3 speakers, and what else does Acer have to say? Please read onto page 3.
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