Acer Unveils the Ultimate Portable Entertainment Center with the New Aspire AS8950G Notebook Computer

Acer’s highest-performing notebook partners the new Intel i7-2630QM processor with next generation ATI graphics, edge-to-edge display, Blu-ray and new Dolby audio technology to deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theater experience

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Acer America, part of the world’s second largest manufacturer of notebook PCs (1), today announced its highest performing model in its flagship notebook line with the introduction of the Aspire AS8950G-9839.

Combining elegant style with killer technology and usability features, the Aspire AS8950 Series delivers an unparalleled high-definition personal theater experience, and is the notebook of choice among enthusiasts who demand the best in design, performance, multimedia and graphics capabilities.

Featuring the new Intel® i7-2630QM processor, the latest ATI Mobility Radeon 6850 graphics processor with 2GB of dedicated video memory and 8GB of DDR3 dual-channel memory (upgradeable to 16GB), the new Aspire AS8950G delivers the advanced performance and incredible system response needed for demanding multimedia content creation, photo and video editing, or hard-core gaming and online entertainment.

The second generation Intel Core™ i7 processor is designed to handle HD and 3D, multitasking and multimedia. Its top-of-the-line speed is complemented by Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0(2), which adapts and increases processor speed for more performance when it’s needed most. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology(3) allows each processor core to work on two tasks at the same time for more responsive multitasking. Its unique set of graphics and media features delivers a better visual experience without sacrificing battery life.

“The new Acer Aspire AS8950G is the ultimate portable entertainment center,” said Preeta Anil, Acer product marketing. “The new 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processor delivers approximately a 20 percent overall performance gain, while its graphics subsystem delivers performance comparable to an entry level discrete graphics card. This allows the Acer Aspire 8950 to process video and play Blu-ray better than ever.”

In addition, realistic high-definition video and a full-throttle immersive computing experience define the Aspire AS8950G-9839. Enthusiasts will covet the enhanced home theatre capabilities delivered through its superior display and high-quality surround sound. Its brilliant CineCrystal™ 18.4-inch edge-to-edge glass LED back-lit display with full high-definition (1080p) resolution delivers razor sharp visuals, while a Blu-ray drive delivers clarity, precision and extraordinary detail. The advanced visuals are perfectly partnered with the new Dolby Home Theater v4 and Acer CineSurround sound system that includes five built-in speakers and a dedicated subwoofer. Lastly, an HDMI port allows quick and easy connection to a large screen high-definition television.

Additional high-end features include a 750GB(4) SATA hard drive, dual-hard drive support (providing up to 1.5TB of total possible storage), a firewire port for moving videos quickly from a digital camcorder, and an eSATA port for fast data transfer.

Its unique dual-mode touchpad enables switching between multi-gesture mode and media console mode, and the flick of a finger launches favorite movies or music. A convenient scrolling volume wheel directly under the touchpad makes it easy to control volume levels.

Connecting to the Internet is fast and easy, with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless for the road and Gigabit Ethernet for a fast connection at home.

A 1.3 megapixel HD webcam and digital microphone provide clear high-quality online chat sessions, and can also take still pictures and videos for sharing with friends. The notebook also include a bio-protection fingerprint reader, preventing unauthorized use of the PC.

Configurations, Pricing and Availability

With MSRP starting at $1,599.99, the Acer Aspire AS8950G-9839 will be available next week (Jan. 9) at leading retailers.

About Acer

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has achieved the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks(1). A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to the company's continuing growth, while its multi-brand approach effectively integrates Acer, Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands in worldwide markets. Acer strives to design environmentally friendly products and establish a green supply chain through collaboration with suppliers. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 7,000 people worldwide. 2009 revenues reached US$17.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

© 2011 Acer America Corp. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all sales channels. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail price and may vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra.

(1) Source: Gartner data, FY2009.

(2) (TURBO) Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology capability. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 is the next generation of Intel Turbo Boost Technology and is available only on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors. Refer to the specs of your particular model. Performance varies depending on hardware, software and system configuration. For more information, visit http://www.intel.com/technology/turboboost.

(3) (HT) Available on select Intel® Core™ processors. Requires an Intel® HT Technology enabled system. Refer to the specs of your particular model. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, visit http://www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading.

(4) Accessible capacity varies: MB =1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes.

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Contacts

Acer America
Erin Davern, 949-471-7785
erin_davern@acer.com

Acer's newest high-performing notebook, the Acer Aspire AS8950G, partners the new Intel i7-2630QM processor with next generation ATI graphics, edge-to-edge display, Blu-ray and new Dolby audio technology to deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theater experience. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Acer America’s newest high performance notebook, the Aspire AS8950, includes the new Intel i7-2630QM processor, latest ATI Mobility Radeon 6850 graphics & edge-to-edge 18.4”.

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Acer America
Erin Davern, 949-471-7785
erin_davern@acer.com