Acer 8920G: 18.4″ Notebook PC

Acer 8920G Specifications

Display Size: 18.4″
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920×1080
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GS 512MB
CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 320GB (160GB x2)
Optical: 2x Blu-ray
Input: USB 2.0 (4), 6-in-1 Card Reader, ExpressCard/54
Video Output: HDMI, VGA
Connectivity: Ethernet, 802.11b/g
Weight: 8.8lbs

Laptop: The first thing that jumped out about Acer’s 8920G notebook PC is the use of a 16:9 LCD with a pixel format of 1920×1080, the same that you see on LCD TVs. I believe the 8920G is one of the first notebook PCs to sport a 18.4-inch Full HD LCD. This is somewhat interesting as a 17-inch notebook PC with 1920 x 1200 will give you more pixel real estate. Will most people miss the 120 extra horizontal lines of pixels? Those who arrange dual windows (like I do) when doing work would probably miss them. But I think the 8920G is geared toward the average consumer that browses the Internet, listens to music, watches some movies and works on documents one window at a time. For watching Blu-ray titles that are formatted in 16:9 a LCD with 1920×1080 is perfect. But that’s the catch. Most movie titles are not formatted in 16:9. On the other hand, 16:9 would be ideal if you were watching HDTV shows. Unfortunately, I don’t think the 8920G has a built-in ATSC receiver.

The 8920G sports the company’s Gemstone blue design that mixes blue, black and silver and has a NeoWeave palmrest and touchpad texture. On the left of the keyboard is a touch panel that allows multimedia controls: volume, forward, backward, etc. Often when there is a separate numeric keypad to the right, the keyboard is shifted to the left: a terrible design! Thankfully, the keyboard is centered.

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