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Acer debuts Aspire AS8950G laptop with updated Intel CPU

Laura June

Acer's just announced its newest addition to the Aspire laptop lineup, the AS8950G. The latest Aspire packs the just announced Intel Core i7 2630 QM CPU, an ATI Mobility Radeon 6850 GPU with 2GB of dedicated video memory, 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM (which is upgradeable to 16GB), and a 750GB SATA drive (with support for up to 1.5TB). The 18.4-incher also boasts and LED backlit full HD display, BluRay drive, and five built-in speakers and a subwoofer for surround sound. Other than that, it's got an HDMI port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Gigabit ethernet, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The Acer Aspire AS8950 is set to be available on January 9th at a starting price of $1599.99. Full press release is after the break.

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Acer Unveils the Ultimate Portable Entertainment Center with the New
Aspire AS8950G Notebook Computer

Acer's highest-performing notebook partners the new Intel i7-2630QM processor with next generation ATI graphics, edge-to-edge display, Blu-ray and Dolby sound to deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theater experience

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 – Acer America, part of the world's second largest manufacturer of notebook PCs (1), today announced its highest performing model in its flagship notebook line with the introduction of the Aspire AS8950G-9839.

Combining elegant style with killer technology and usability features, the Aspire AS8950 Series delivers an unparalleled high-definition personal theater experience, and is the notebook of choice among enthusiasts who demand the best in design, performance, multimedia and graphics capabilities.

Featuring the new Intel i7-2630QM processor, the latest ATI Mobility Radeon 6850 graphics processor with 2GB of dedicated video memory and 8GB of DDR3 dual-channel memory (upgradeable to 16GB), the new Aspire AS8950G delivers the advanced performance and incredible system response needed for demanding multimedia content creation, photo and video editing, or hard-core gaming and online entertainment.

The 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor is designed to handle HD and 3D, multitasking and multimedia. Its top-of-the-line speed is complemented by Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0(2), which adapts and increases processor speed for more performance when it's needed most. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology(3) allows each processor core to work on two tasks at the same time for more responsive multitasking. Its unique set of graphics and media features delivers a better visual experience without sacrificing battery life.

"The new Acer Aspire AS8950G is the ultimate portable entertainment center," said Preeta Anil, Acer product marketing. "The new 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor delivers approximately a 20 percent overall performance gain, while its graphics subsystem delivers performance comparable to an entry level discrete graphics card. This allows the Acer Aspire 8950 to process video and play Blu-ray better than ever."

In addition, realistic high-definition video and a full-throttle immersive computing experience define the Aspire AS8950G-9839. Enthusiasts will covet the enhanced home theatre capabilities delivered through its superior display and high-quality surround sound. Its brilliant CineCrystal™ 18.4-inch edge-to-edge glass LED back-lit display with full high-definition (1080p) resolution delivers razor sharp visuals, while a Blu-ray drive delivers clarity, precision and extraordinary detail. The advanced visuals are perfectly partnered with a Dolby® optimized Acer CineSurround sound system that includes five built-in speakers and a dedicated subwoofer. Lastly, an HDMI port allows quick and easy hook up to a large screen high-definition television.

Additional high-end features include a 750GB(5) SATA hard drive, dual-hard drive support (providing up to 1.5TB of total possible storage), a firewire port for moving videos quickly from a digital camcorder, and an eSATA port for fast data transfer.

Its unique dual-mode touchpad enables switching between multi-gesture mode and media console mode, and the flick of a finger launches favorite movies or music. A convenient scrolling volume wheel directly under the touchpad makes it easy to control volume levels.

Connecting to the Internet is fast and easy, with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ wireless for the road and Gigabit Ethernet for fast connection at home.

A 1.3 megapixel HD webcam and digital microphone provides clear high-quality online chat sessions, and can also take still pictures and videos for sharing with friends. The notebooks also include a bio-protection fingerprint reader, preventing unauthorized use of the PC.

Configurations, Pricing and Availability
With MSRP starting at $1,599.99, the Acer Aspire AS8950G-9839 will be available next week (Jan. 9) at leading retailers.

About Acer
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has achieved the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to the company's continuing growth, while its multi-brand approach effectively integrates Acer, Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands in worldwide markets. Acer strives to design environmentally friendly products and establish a green supply chain through collaboration with suppliers. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 7,000 people worldwide. 2009 revenues reached US$17.9 billion. See for more information.

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(1)Source: Gartner data, FY2009.
(2)(TURBO) Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology capability. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 is the next generation of Intel Turbo Boost Technology and is available only on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software and system configuration. For more information, visit
(3)(HT) Available on select Intel® Core™ processors. Requires an Intel® HT Technology enabled system. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, visit
(4)(Built-in Visuals) Available on the 2nd gen Intel® Core™ processor family. Includes Intel® HD Graphics, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology, and Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions. Also optionally includes Intel® Wireless Display depending on whether enabled on a given system or not. Whether you will receive the benefits of built-in visuals depends upon the particular design of the PC you choose. Consult your PC manufacturer whether built-in visuals are enabled on your system. Learn more about built-in visuals at
(5)Accessible capacity varies: MB =1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes.

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