New Acer Aspire notebooks crank up graphics and multimedia

Acer has revved up its Aspire line of notebook computers going into the end-of-year holiday buying season, emphasizing entertainment, multimedia, and performance in a bevy of new system designed to appeal to everyone from every day consumers and entertainment fans to serious hard-core gamers. Acer’s updated Aspire AS5742G, Aspire AS5745, and Aspire AS7745 focus on both mobility and premium entertainment—featuring displays with 120 Hz refresh rates and Nvidia 3D vision graphics—while the new Aspire AS8943G notebooks aim to blow away gamers with Core i7 processors and ATI Mobility Radeon graphics with 2 GB of video memory.

new acer aspire notebooks crank up graphics and multimedia as8943g  sept 2010

Starting with the big guns, the new Aspire AS8943Gs are unabashedly aimed at gamers and multimedia fiends: the systems sport Intel Core i7 740QM quad-core processors, from 4 to 8 GB of memory (upgradable to 16 GB), and pack a mammoth 18.4-inch edge-to-edge glass LCD display that can handle 1080p output. But it’s what’s powering that display that wil attract some attention: the system pack ATI Mobility 5850 graphics with 2 GB of dedicated video memory, meaning the systems are capable of running even the most demanding DirectX 11 gaming titles in full HD at maxed-out settings. Movie fans will appreciate the HDMI output for connecting to a bigscreen TV, along with the optional Blu-ray drive and integrated Ace CineSurround 5.1 sound system. The Aspire AS8943Gs also boast two hard drive bays (a 500 GB drive comes pre-packed into one of them), eSATA and Firewire ports, along with a bevy of standard equipment: gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and a fingerprint reader so only authorized users can bask in the epic glory. The AS8943G units are available now from selected retailers with prices starting at $1,499.99.

However, Acer isn’t only targeting gamers: the Aspire AS5742G, Aspire AS5745, and Aspire AS7745 series are aimed at folks who like their multimedia and a little more portability than a mega-notebook with an 18-inch display. Leading the pack, the Aspire AS5745DG is built around an Intel Core i5 processor, a 15.6-inch display (with 1,366 by 768-pixel resolution), and Nvidia GeForce GT4210M graphics with 3D Vision technology: pop on those shutter glasses and 3D content can jump off the screen. Acer also rolls in Acer Arcade Deluxe to convert 2D content to 3D with one click. The Aspire AS5745DG also boasts four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, a multi-in-one media reader, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, gigabit Ethernet, and a 500 GB hard drive: the Aspire AS5745DG system should land at online retailers in late October with prices starting at $999.99, although other AS5745 models will have suggested prices as low as $649.99.

new acer aspire notebooks crank up graphics and multimedia as5742  sept 2010

Acer is pitching the Aspire AS5742G and larger AS7745 to folks looking for productivity and mobility: the AS5742G features a 15.6-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel display while the AS7745 steps up to a 17.3-inch 1,600 by 900-pixel display. The Aspire AS5742G systems will be available with a selection of Core i3, i5, or i7 processors and 500 GB hard drives, along with Nvidia Optimus technology for transparently switching between discrete and integrated graphics (improving battery life when you don’t need significant graphics performance). The 17-inch AS7745s will feature ATI Mobility Radeon 5650 graphics, a Core i7 processor, support for up to 16 GB of system memory, and space for a second hard drive. Blu-ray drives will also apparently be in option on all the new systems: Acer hasn’t said exactly when they’ll be available, but suggested pricing for the 15-inch Aspire 5742G will start at $749.99 while the 17-inch AS7745 will start at $799.99.


Prices of some components on the Alienware Area-51m will melt your wallet

Some of the most top-end components for the Alienware Area-51m laptop are expensive, pushing up the final costs for gamers looking to purchase the latest parts and experience the best performance.

Don't spend a fortune on a PC. These are the best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending a fortune. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails, and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop at a great price. These are the best laptops under $300.

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for January 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.

Chromebook 13 vs. Google Pixelbook: Acer model takes on the king

Acer's Chromebook 13 is throwing tons of speed at the Chrome OS market, to go with a midrange build and traditional clamshell design. Is that enough to challenge the Google Pixelbook?

Keep your laptop battery in tip-top condition with these handy tips

Learn how to care for your laptop's battery, how it works, and what you can do to make sure yours last for years and retains its charge. Check out our handy guide for valuable tips, no matter what type of laptop you have.

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

If you recently picked up a new MacBook, you’ll want something to protect its gorgeous exterior. Here, we've gathered the best MacBook cases and covers, whether you're looking for style or protection.
Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.

Watch out for these top-10 mistakes people make when buying a laptop

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Asus Zenbook 13: In battle of champions, who will be the victor?

The ZenBook 13 UX333 continues Asus's tradition of offering great budget-oriented 13-inch laptop offerings. Does this affordable machine offer enough value to compete with the excellent Dell XPS 13?

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.

The Asus ZenBook 13 offers more value and performance than Apple's MacBook Air

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333 is the latest in that company's excellent "budget" laptop line, and it looks and feels better than ever. How does it compare to Apple's latest MacBook Air?

AMD Radeon VII will support DLSS-like upscaling developed by Microsoft

AMD's Radeon VII has shown promise with early tests of an open DLSS-like technology developed by Microsoft called DirectML. It would provide similar upscale features, but none of the locks on hardware choice.

You could be gaming on AMD’s Navi graphics card before the end of the summer

If you're waiting for a new graphics card from AMD that doesn't cost $700, you may have to wait for Navi. But that card may not be far away, with new rumors suggesting we could see a July launch.

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

With a reported launch in 2019, AMD is focusing on the mid-range market with its next-generation Navi GPU. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.