Acer AS8943G Notebooks Does DirectX 11, 1080p

Consumers looking for a meaty notebook should take a look at Acer's two new models in the Aspire AS8943G series. Acer went all out with these new portable rigs, offering top-of-the -line features geared for the demanding power user with the likes of the Intel Core i7 CPU and DirectX 11-capable graphics. However these notebooks won't come cheap: the series starts at $1,549.99 USD.

A listing on Newegg shows the Acer Aspire AS8943G-6782 sporting the 1.60 GHz Intel Core i7 720QM processor, 8 GB or DDR3 RAM, a 5400 RPM SATA 500 GB HDD, and a Blu-ray combo optical drive. On the graphics front, the notebook uses the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 GPU with 1 GB of DDR3 video memory, and a CineCrystal 18.4-inch LED backlit screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Although it's not (yet) listed on Newegg, Acer also mentioned the Aspire AS8943G-6190 notebook. It's assumed that this version will offer only 4 GB of memory, however both models can provide up to 16 GB if needed. They also share the same traits for the most part including an additional eSATA and FireWire Port, Dolby Home Theater Audio enhancements, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, Gigabit LAN and WLAN connections, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and more.

"The Acer Aspire AS8943G Series of notebooks are first-class multimedia centers that deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theatre experience," said Ray Sawall, Acer product marketing. "Designed for the most discriminating and style-conscious consumer, these new notebooks combine an elegant, simplistic design with top-of-the line technologies and usability features, taking PC-based entertainment to a whole new level."

Both laptops are supposedly available now, however as mentioned above, the 6190 has yet to appear online.

  • Pyroflea
    1.6GHz doesn't seem very powerful to me, especially for $1500..
  • warezme
    1.6Ghz is the standard speed for mobile i7. Also it looks gigantic in size.
  • babachoo
    This should compete very well for top end gaming notebooks. It's got 1080p, bluray, good graphics, plenty of RAM, etc... If they should change anything it would be a 7200 RPM HDD instead of 5400. But at that price point, I think they made the right hardware choices for the most part.
  • victomofreality
    looks a little lack luster next to the G series... for $50 less I can get one with a 5870m and a 7200rpm hdd.
  • wotan31
    1080p. Sigh. When will these peecee manufacturers wake up and realize that 16:9 aspect ratios are terrible for a computer screen? I'd take 1280x1024 any day, over 1080p.
  • falchard
    I heard this model has a very long battery life for a system with the top range components.
    BTW, thats a Core i7 version. It offers a Turbo Mode up to 3.33ghz. Its downclocked on notebooks to save juice and turns on when needed.
  • chickenhoagie
    good price n specs if u ask me. customize alienware with those specs and tell me how THAT turns out
  • jerreece
    wotan311080p. Sigh. When will these peecee manufacturers wake up and realize that 16:9 aspect ratios are terrible for a computer screen? I'd take 1280x1024 any day, over 1080p.
    I'll stick with 1920 x 1080 lines of resolution over 1280 x 1024 lines thank you VERY much.

    By the way, you can give up your rotary phone now. They have really cool wireless ones with buttons and digital signals!!!
  • scifi9000
    lol, i agree about widescreen being here to stay, and the high rez is impressive, I just have to wonder if 1080p on an 18" screen is just overkill though... still better more than less i sez
  • jacobdrj
    Desktop replacement, unless they up that battery life...
    But still, nice.

    Those i5 and i7 chips seem much more efficient per clock cycle in terms of raw performance. 1.6 Ghz seems right in line with a nice mid-powered system, and that isn't taking into account the hardware acceleration afforded by the GPU...