Mar 13, 2008

[Computers] Acer unveils Gemstone Blue

Acer has just announced its Gemstone Blue, an upgrade to its Gemstone laptop series. It got the appelation blue due to the the distinctive shade of the shell, and the fact that it sports Blu-Ray drives.

The display comes in 16" and 18", full 16:9 widescreen, and maximum resolution of 1920x1080, with video delivered by INVIDIA GeForce GS processor. It also carries 5 integrated speakers for true 5.1 sound delivered by Dolby Home Theater, Tuba CineBass booster and True5.1 CineSurround.

At the core of the series is the processor, of course. These machines are driven by Intel Centrino processors, Penryn, of course, with up to maximum of 4GB RAM.



The CineDash is the Star Trek-like interface found at the left side of the keyboard. CineDash is just a specialized interface for controlling media apps. Unfortunately, there is no right-side version.

Two models have been announced: Aspire 6920G and 8920G, and both are due next month. Not sure about a Philippine release date. Of course, they won't come in cheap. The cheapest is priced around US$900 (that's Php 36900 at US$1=Php41 conversion rate).

Prices of Gemstone laptops should drop by the time these Aspires hit retailers' shelves.

Technical specifications below:





















































Aspire 6920GAspire 8920G
Processor and ChipsetIntel Centrino

Intel Core2 Duo

Mobile Intel PM965 Express Chipset

Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
MemoryDDR2 667 MHz, up to 4GB using 2 soDIMM modules (dual channel)
Hard disk1 or 2 HDD, up to 320GB each
Optical drive1X Blu-Ray Disc Super Multi double layer or 8x DVD Super Multi double layer2X Blu-Ray Disc Super Multi double layer or 8x DVD Super Multi double layer
VideoNVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS, up to 12808 MB Turbo Cache (512MB dedicated, up to768MB shared)NVIDIA GeForce 9650 GS or NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS, up to 12808 MB Turbo Cache (512MB dedicated, up to768MB shared)
Display16" Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio

16" 1366x768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
18.4" Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
SoundDolby Home Theater, Acer CineSurround with 5 integrated speakers, Tuba CineBass
PortsExpressCard, 4 USB ports, HDMI, infrared, VGA, RF-in, headphone/speaker/line-out with S/PDIF, mic-in, line-in
ConnectivityWiFi A/B/G/N

1GB LAN

56K modem
Weight3.5KG with 8-cell battery4.1KG with 8-cell battery
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate or Home Premium

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