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Acer's Aspire 9800 is the second notebook to boast HD-DVD support

Acer is going all out with its new Core Duo based Aspire 9800 notebook. While the Aspire 9800 has some impressive hardware specifications to justify its estimated $2,600 price tag, the one feature garnering the most attention is its optional HD-DVD drive. This would make it the second announced HD-DVD notebook after the Qosmio G30.

While the HD-DVD drive is rather noteworthy, the Aspire 9800 has a lot more to offer. For one thing, it comes with a massive 20.1" TFT LCD display. Although it has such a large screen, the maximum resolution is "only" 1680 x 1050 -- the same as 20.1" desktop displays  like the Dell 2007WFP. It would have been nice to have seen a WUXGA (1920x1200) display offered as an option. Powering the 20.1" display is a GeForce Go 7600 GPU backed up with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory. The Aspire 9800 is able to support dual SATA hard drives up to 240GB in a RAID 0 configuration.

As for other odds and ends, the notebook features a built-in analog/digital TV tuner, 3-watt speakers backed up with a 4-watt subwoofer and Dolby Digital Live support, a bundled VoIP Bluetooth phone, 1.3MP digital camera, 802.11b/g, GbE and Bluetooth support.

The Aspire 9800 can be configured with either Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition and comes with a 1-year Carry In warranty. Impressive as this new notebooks sounds, there is no word on availability in North America yet.

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sweeeeet, another huge-as* laptop
By natewildes on 4/9/2006 7:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
mmmmmm, large screen....would like to see the battery life on this sucker, with a huge screen and all those goodies, I bet it won't be too good.....unless it uses cold fusion, then I would shell out $2,600 for it.

RE: sweeeeet, another huge-as* laptop
By ninjit on 4/9/2006 8:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, it probably ways a ton too.

Might just be easier to carry around the 20" iMac Core Duo.
I'm sure the nice curved metal base could double as a carry-handle too.

RE: sweeeeet, another huge-as* laptop
By Samus on 4/10/2006 2:08:32 AM , Rating: 2
yea, it will weigh a ton. this definately falls under the DTR category. i mean really, if i see one of these on an airplane, i'll probably slit my wrist in disgust.

besides, it isn't marketed as a business machine for obvious reasons, mainly the battery life (probably 1-1.5 hours) which acer has always lacked at (they make terrible battery's) and the fact that windows xp pro isn't even an option.

By timmiser on 4/10/2006 4:47:48 AM , Rating: 3
Wonder why they just didn't go all out and put a 7900GTX in it?

By Leafblighter on 4/10/2006 9:50:28 AM , Rating: 2
Put it on an airplane?? With one of these they'll make you buy the 2nd seat or risk the beverage cart smacking it a few times.

RE: sweeeeet, another huge-as* laptop
By poco153 on 4/9/2006 8:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
Battery life isn't the point of these. This is basically supposed to be an easy-to-carry desktop. If I'm not mistaken, these are more along the lines of a SFF PC than a road warrior notebook.

By BMWftw on 4/9/2006 8:36:46 PM , Rating: 2

By SunAngel on 4/9/2006 8:48:31 PM , Rating: 1

By rushnrockt on 4/9/2006 10:46:33 PM , Rating: 1
If its supposed to replace SFF PC than it would be good if the monitor was capable of being detached.
And is it me, or are laptop monitors playing catch up with bling-bling rims? We got ridiculous "deuces" on Escalades, now we got "deuces" on Acers. So I am guessing the maximum size for laptop monitor will be the same as max size for rims on cars, 30 inches. Something to look forward to.

Graphics chip?
By MDE on 4/9/2006 9:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
Any word on what GPU this beast uses?

RE: Graphics chip?
By Chapbass on 4/9/2006 10:17:06 PM , Rating: 2

Powering the 20.1" display is a GeForce Go 7600 GPU backed up with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory.

RE: Graphics chip?
By KorruptioN on 4/9/2006 10:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
Powering the 20.1" display is a GeForce Go 7600 GPU backed up with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory.

RE: Graphics chip?
By Xenoterranos on 4/9/2006 11:46:10 PM , Rating: 3
Powering the 20.1" display is a GeForce Go 7600 GPU backed up with 256MB of dedicated graphics memory.

...sorry, i just wanted to make it trippple retarded.

With Turion™ 64 X2
By Xajel on 4/10/2006 8:28:37 AM , Rating: 2
just waiting for the Turion™ 64 X2 65nm version with 2GB :D

In the Future......!!
By klingon on 4/10/2006 1:21:30 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose in the near future they might come up with a laptop which will be havin' a 40" HD TFT QXGA screen with integrated 10 megapixel Digital camera and with 1 TB HD.......Battery Life: 5 mins(approx).

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