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Acer Details Two New US-Bound Laptops

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Acer has released details on two of the laptops its bringing to America in the near future.

Last week, Acer announced a plethora of eMachines, Gateway, and Acer laptops. Now, the world's number four computer maker is bringing some details to light on two of Aspire models coming to the U.S. The new laptops certainly represent opposite ends of the laptop spectrum, regarding both size and performance.

The Aspire 3935 will retail for $899 and recently went on sale in the U.S. The $900 price point gets you a 13.3-inch LED display with a 720p resolution (1366 x 768, to be exact). Under the hood, the 3935 features a Intel Core 2 Duo T7350 processor (2.0 GHz, 1066 FSB, 3 MB cache), 3 GB of DDR3 memory, 250 GB of storage, integrated Intel 4500MHD graphics and a 4-cell battery. As for extra features, the 3935 is barren, with only three USB ports, Ethernet and audio in/out. eSATA and HDMI are nowhere to be seen. For the sake of comparison, you can nab an 13.3-inch, AMD/ATI powered HP laptop, complete with eSATA, HDMI, six-cell battery and the better performing ATI HD3200 for $100 less than the Acer 3935.

On the opposite side of the Acer lineup, we find the Aspire 8935g. This 18.4-inch giant is the scheduled successor to the current Acer 8930 series, and sees a variety of spec bumps. The 8935 gets the same CineCrystal LED display tech featured in the 3935, but features 18.4-inches of screen and an impressive 1920 x 1080 display. The 8935g will also sport 4 GB of DD3 memory, an ATI Radeon 4670 with 1 GB of VRAM, a Blu-ray burner, an eight-cell battery. The CPU will be an Intel Core 2 Duo, and while no specifics on the processor or hard drive are available, the older 9830 is available with a T9400 (2.53 GHz, 1066 FSB, 6 MB cache), and a 320 GB, 7200rpm drive. Again, going off older models in the line, the 8935g will likely ship with HDMI, DisplayPort, and an eSATA/USB combo port. Expect the 8935g in June of this year with a price tag of at least $1,150.

The 8935g is undoubtedly be an impressive machine, especially considering the price range it will likely fall in. However, keep in mind that this behemoth is 18.4-inches and weighs in at over 10 pounds... not an ideal machine to be carrying around in a laptop or backpack. If portability is more your thing, the 13.3-inch 8935 may be right up your alley -- if you're willing to give up HDMI and eSATA. Both laptops come with Windows Vista Home Premium SP1.

Do you find yourself spending more and more time on your laptop, if you've got one?

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    bustapr , April 15, 2009 8:34 PM
    I think the cheap one should have been cheaper and the big one should have been more expensive(not that that would be good in any way for me, but its worthy for a higher price).
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    royale606 , April 15, 2009 8:56 PM
    yea. def cheaper on the first one. Being as I bought a better laptop than that for about 600 at Christmas time. I have to root for Toshiba on laptops now, they simply have the best price to performance ratios...
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    tacoslave , April 15, 2009 9:00 PM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152073
    it wayyy better for the same price.
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    dconnors , April 15, 2009 9:56 PM
    tacoslavehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6834152073it wayyy better for the same price.


    That is a better laptop spec-wise, but its also a 15-inch offering with a pretty low-rez screen. The HP alternative is the same size as the Acer (13.3) with better specs.
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    RazberyBandit , April 16, 2009 10:19 AM
    I've been tempted to get a new laptop for quite some time now, and the 8930 was one I was considering, despite it's bulk. Should the new 8935 pack in more power at a similar price, I think I might have finally found my new laptop. However, the one thing I don't like is having no option for a 64-bit OS. There's no sense packing in 4GB of RAM with a 1GB video card. The system would only see < 3GB as usable.
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    Anonymous , April 16, 2009 7:10 PM
    It probably is a 64-bit Vista version, my wife has the Acer 6930 with 4gb of ram and it came with Home Premium 64-Bit edition, an Intel t6400 (I'm pretty sure that's the chip, either way it's 2.0ghz / core) and a 9600 GT 512 vga. It's a pretty slick pc, bulky, but fast. She can nearly max out most current games and still run 30+ fps. Over all we've been satisfied. Most manufacturers are conscious of the 32bit memory limit and keep machines with 32bit OSes, configured with no more than 3 gigs worth.
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    eXeC_26 , June 9, 2009 5:56 PM
    On this page you can find a short review about the Acer Aspire 8935G http://www.blueshore.de/ ... :)