With an oversized LED-backlit 18.4-inch display, Core i7 720QM processor, and Windows 7, the Aspire 8940 is set to face off with HP's Pavilion dv8 and Toshiba's Qosmio X500 in the uber desktop replacement stakes. And it'll probably cost less.
$1350 also gets you 4GB of 1066-DDR3 memory, 500GB storage, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M graphics, and a Blu-ray drive. Unfortunately, there's no integrated TV tuner, but you do get nice touches like Acer's touch-capacitive media control interface, and surround sound via 5 built-in speakers.
The series will be user configurable, and is expected to arrive "this holiday season".
Acer Aspire AS8940G-6865
• Intel® Core(TM) i7 Processor 720QM (1.60GHz, 6MB L3 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
• 18.4" Full HD Widescreen CineCrystal(TM) LED-backlit Display
(1920x1080 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio)
• 4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel 1066MHz Memory
• NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250M with 1GB dedicated DDR3 VRAM
• 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive (1)
• 4X Blu-ray Disc(TM)/DVD SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive
• Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
• Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 802.11a//bg/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
• Acer Crystal Eye(TM) Integrated Webcam
• Touch-Capacitive Media Control Interface
• 5 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 HDMI Port, 1 eSATA Port
• 8-cell Li-Ion Battery (4800mAh)
• Dolby Home Theater® Audio Enhancement
• Acer CineSurround Sound System (5 built-in speakers)
• Windows® 7 Home
• MSRP $1,349.99