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