Acer has developed a brand new notebook concept that fuses elements of the original Gemstone series – exclusive design, innovative textures and materials, Dolby audio enhancements – in a market-exclusive form factor with a high-def 18-inch monitor.

The Acer Aspire AS8920-6257 Notebook PC series is designed to deliver a high-quality HD experience that engages all the senses.

Watch Blu-Ray and Standard DVDs on this Model

Acer’s Aspire AS8920 model is one of the best notebook options out there for those looking at a high performance notebook that also has true high definition multimedia support.

 Acer Aspire As8920-6257 Notebook PC This notebook PC drops 17-inch screens for a much larger 18.4-inch Full HD CineCrystal LCD panel display. This high definition display is great for watching Blu-ray movies or working with multiple applications.

In terms of performance, the AS8920-6257 is certainly one of the more powerful systems available on the market. It uses the new Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor that with its high clock speed and cache levels gives it desktop-level performance. Acer also includes 4GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory that lets it run applications in Vista without any problems.

The Aspire AS8920-6257 sets itself apart from the other 6920 models because it comes equipped with a Blu-ray compatible drive. This combined with the 18.4-inch widescreen display that features a 1680 x 954 resolution means it is a true high definition mobile movie platform. Of course, you can also connect the PC to an HDTV using the HDMI interface.

The notebook uses a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS graphics processor along with 512MB of memory. This provides it with solid overall performance for 3D applications. Overall, 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 multimedia controls built into the chassis, found on the left portion of the keyboard.

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Generous HDD space of up to 320GB meets the needs of multimedia collectors. For the optical drive, the Aspire 8920 model has a Blu-Ray/DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive. In addition, for easy and speedy data transfer, the series features a comfortable 6-in-1 card reader that supports the most common card formats.

The Aspire Gemstone blue sits on the leading edge of a new era in Acer notebook design. Dynamic and sophisticated, it reveals its true identity through eye-catching features like the multi-layered, shimmering 3D finish, contrasting textures, a chic blue, black and silver color scheme, and interior/exterior lighting effects. It looks solid for a notebook and the construction feels strong enough to handle being tossed around inside a bag without much concern for its safety apart from the glossy surfaces. The screen cover feels especially strong, which is important for protecting the relatively fragile LCD panel.

Acer Aspire As8920-6257 Notebook PC

The Acer Aspire AS8920-6257 Notebook PC chassis really stretches the definition of thin and light laptops. The large 18.4-inch screen means that this system really has more in common with desktop replacements than most thin and light notebooks. Acer offers a powerful Aspire notebook to effectively compete with other desktop replacements. It holds great value for your cash.

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Contributed by Joseph Espirida, Product Reviewer