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Acer developing new flagship notebook with DirectX 11 graphics

By Matthew ยท 35 replies
Dec 3, 2009
  1. Acer is reportedly developing a new flagship notebook that will incorporate various high-end technologies, and might very well be the first portable PC to market with a DirectX 11-capable graphics chip. The Aspire 8942 will boast an 18.4" 1080p LED display, a 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, an AMD Mobility Radeon HD5850 with 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM, dual 640GB HDDs, and a Blu-ray drive.

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  2. Moltar

    Moltar TS Rookie Posts: 55

    holy aspires Batman, that's a big "notebook." Are you even allowed to call them notebooks when they weigh over 10lbs? Sounds like a pretty hefty pc, but man, i never want to be the guy hauling that thing around.
  3. Space_Cowboy

    Space_Cowboy TS Enthusiast Posts: 34

    I can't understand why they keep using the slower i7 processors. You would think they would move up to the 950 or even the 850 at best.
  4. dellz

    dellz TS Rookie

    thats not a notebook thats a monster in a big portable case , which needs a high voltage eletricity generator with it :p
  5. pomonasi

    pomonasi TS Rookie Posts: 32

    notebook? this thing is a portable desktop. heck, the specs on this thing blows my desktop out of the water. would love to have one but im sure the price will be too much for my taste.
  6. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    I think I could handle this. I've been carrying around my Dell Inspiron E1705 five or more times a week between school and wherever else I go. This thing weighs a little under 8.5 pounds, what's another 1.5lbs? On a side note, I decided to weigh my cat also, he's just about 20 pounds :)
  7. jgvmx

    jgvmx TS Rookie Posts: 45

    18.4"? 4.6kg? That's not a notebook, it's a desktop on wheels!

    The price should be as off-the-roof as its specs.
  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Looks like Acer are really trying to take over the portable computer market, they've got a very large range from netbooks to desktop replacement notebooks.
  9. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    That thing is absolutely insane. It'd crush my desktop.
  10. UglyChild

    UglyChild TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Is it me, or many companies now days are jumping on the "Modern War" games bandwagon one after another?
  11. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I can think of several instances where a machine like that would have come in handy in the past for me
    A. Shield to block bullets with
    B. Nice table stand
    C. Friggin awsome desktop replacement for people in war zones or hard to reach places where a desktop just wouldnt do.
  12. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 285

    Ha, my latest gaming PC just barely measures up to that thing.
  13. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Haha you got to be kidding me 10lbs? That the heaviest laptop I have heard of, I would never thought of traveling with that thing, haha, well I must say that the specs are really impressive, a movility 5850? that's for serious gaming, this would be much better with a SSD.

    I don't think i would buy this laptop anyway, i had had bad experiences with Acer, i don't know if they are reliable, anyone can share experiences with this brand?
  14. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    what's the point of making such a big and high performance notebook? there are almost no advantage compared to a desktop
  15. muljator

    muljator TS Rookie

    the point is to show it off when you go out, so you can attract girls
  16. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Eh, just get a desktop and save yourself a lot of money & trouble.
  17. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    This is going to have like 30 minutes of battery life. Why spend so much extra money on a portable form factor when it's going to be tethered to your desk all the time? You can probably spend half or less and build a much faster and upgradable desktop gaming system.
  18. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 786   +173

    Everything else is nice but why a 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM, they must want to get rid of that over stock of old i7 chips. Oh and 10 lbs is way to heavy for a notebook unless your a body builder or it's going to remain stationary. You'll be suprised the big difference having to lug around a notebook thats 5lbs and one thats 10. Im assuming its going to be thicker than most newer notebooks aswell?
  19. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 523   +15

    That is an amazing laptop. The price must be astronomical
  20. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    This indeed seems like a portable desktop instead of a laptop. My desktop doesn't match it. And the price will be enourmous. So I'm not going to be able to afford it, though when I will, I'd rather buy a new desktop, because it's cheaper or faster.
  21. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,437   +1,894

    I already consider my 3kg laptop (also from acer) heavy and they want me to carry a 4.6 kg one? I will most likely avoid laptops that are heavier than 3kg. It's no longer portable at that weight.
  22. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Its not a laptop. Its a desktop with an integrated monitor.
  23. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    I think this opens up a new segment in the market, it should be named "Portable PCs"... those who weigh over 4KG!
    It's like taking a couple of bricks with you wherever you go.. sheesh!
  24. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 513

    hello ...

    i'm big enough to carry this thing around ... price please? thank you ...

    do you think this will be better for me instead of a desktop gaming monster, i do need to have a minimum mobility though, yet not really that important.

    i'm planning to buy some new IPs & a few old like Crysis pack!

    thank you in advance for the replies ...

  25. Hyperian

    Hyperian TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Sounds like a very expensive desktop replacement to me, probably around 3000 bucks
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