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Acer Aspire 8920 High Definition Desktop Replacement Notebook

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Acer Aspire 8920

Acer Aspire 8920


The Bottom Line

Acer's Aspire 8920 drops the conventional 17-inch screen for a much larger 18.4-inch display. This has the advantage of giving it an easier to see high definition display that is great for watching Blu-ray movies or working with multiple applications, but the increased screen size also adds to the bulk making this a less portable laptop PC.
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  • Very Powerful Mobile Processor
  • Four Gigabytes of Memory
  • Large High Definition LCD Display


  • Larger Screen Makes System Less Portable
  • No FireWire Port
  • Fairly Expensive


  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader and Dual Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 18.4-inxh WUXGA+ (1920x1080) Wide LCD Display With 1.3MP WebCam
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS Graphics with 512MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Four USB 2.0, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • 17.4" x 11.8" x 1.7" @ 9 lbs.
  • Vista Ultimate, Works 8.5, NTI Media Maker, PowerDirectory, McAfee Internet Security

Guide Review - Acer Aspire 8920 High Definition Desktop Replacement Notebook

7/9/08 - Acer's Aspire 8920 uses a much larger 18.4-inch screen than the traditional desktop replacement. This adds an additional two inches to the width that reduces its ability to be carried easily. The larger screen though is superb for viewing high definition video content. The odd 1920x1080 resolution also works well with 1080p high definition video from the included Blu-ray compatible optical drive.

Beyond the graphics, the Aspire 8920 is an extremely powerful laptop computer. It uses the Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 dual core mobile processor. This is one of the highest performance mobile processors without going to one of the newer Extreme series. This combined with the 4GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory allow the system to blaze through about any computing task thrown at it.

The system is really built for multimedia. The chassis includes a 5-speaker setup to give it above average audio for a notebook system. It also has a unique set of mutlimedia controls built into the chassis to the left of the keyboard. It also comes with a relatively new GeForce 9500M graphics processor that is suitable for 3D gaming as well.

The Aspire 8920 isn't without its flaws though. As mentioned previously, this is more of a small desktop system than a portable. The large dimension and significant power consumption really limit it being carried frequently. In addition to this, the system fails to include a very basic FireWire port. This is a very standard interface used on pretty much all digital camcorder devices. And with the size of the notebook, it should have been relatively easy to fit such a port onto it. Finally, the price makes it a significant expense compare to many other desktop replacement notebooks.

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