Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Acer launches laptop with Intel's quadcore chip

Acer on Monday launched a powerful quadcore laptop at a price that may appeal to buyers on a budget.

The company's Aspire 8930G-7665 notebook computer is designed as a gaming laptop or a desktop replacement. Powered by Intel Corp.'s Core 2 Quad mobile processor, it sports four cores, runs at up to 2.53 GHz and includes 12MB of cache, according to Acer.

With a starting price of $1,799, Acer's new offering could be a bargain compared to expensive quadcore laptops from the world's top PC vendors. Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. both offer quadcore laptops as either gaming laptops or mobile workstations with prices starting at over $2,000. Acer is the world's third-largest PC vendor -- behind HP and Dell, according to analyst firm IDC.

The Aspire 8930G-7665 includes an 18.4-in, screen that can display high-definition images and video. It also includes 4GB of RAM, Nvidia's GeForce 9700M GT graphics card with 512MB of video memory, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray Disc drive and Wi-Fi wireless networking. It comes with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Premium.

The laptop is now available in the U.S. through retailers, according to Acer. The company could not be immediately reached for comment about when the new Aspire model would be available worldwide.

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