The Acer Gemstone Blue model Aspire 8920G comes with it’s own set of nifty multimedia software and handy applications such as AcerArcade Deluxe, Acer HomeMedia, Cinema, Music, Album, Acer InstantOn Arcade, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer Bio-Protection, Acer Launch Manager, Acer GridVista, and Acer GameZone just to mention a few of the pre-installed apps.
This is one of the blue colored laptops which are powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with support for Intel 64 architecture, and Centrino Technology along with the Mobile Intel PM965 Express Chipset. Ultimately this combination effectively means that this is a nicely responsive laptop computer even under heavy multi-tasking usage.
The factory option of 1 or 2 hard disk drives, up to 320 GB each, comes with a choice of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate or Windows Vista Home Premium each with the latest Service Pack.
Additional storage features include a choice between a 2x Blu-ray Disc Super Multi dual-layer drive or an 8x DVD-Super Multi dual-layer drive.
Included is a 6-in-1 card reader supporting Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard Plus, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and XD-Picture Cards as well which we found to be awesome as far as overall versatility goes.
The Acer Gemstone Blue laptop model Aspire 8920G we reviewed had 4GB of DDR2 667MHz memory. Isn’t 4GB of memory in a personal laptop computer great! The wireless laptop networking connection is supplied by what appeared to be a very reliable Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN.
Looking at the laptop graphics we did find once again a nice choice being offered. The NVIDIA GeForce 9650 GS with up to 1280 MB of TurboCache (512MB of dedicated GDDR3 VRAM, and up to 768MB of shared system memory) and the NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology, OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 4.0, with Microsoft DirectX 10 support.
The screen size of the Aspire 8920G is larger then that of the Aspire 6920G; it is available in a whopping 18.4″ Full HD Screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. High-brightness and the Acer CineCrystal TFT LCD with multiple lamps and 8ms high-def response time along with a 16:9 aspect ratio round out the impressive graphics features offered exclusively on the Aspire 8920G.
Staying with the spirit of the Gemstone Blue colored laptops, there is a highly impressive attention to audio cpaability which is perfect for those wondering how to record on a laptop right out of the box, and achieve crystal clear powerful recording results.
True 5.1-channel surround sound, High-Def audio support, S/PDIF support for digital speakers, and Acer Pure Zone technology with two built-in stereo microphones featuring beam forming echo cancellation and noise suppression technologies only begin to scratch the surface when trying to simply picture how good it sounds.
In a multimedia environment this laptop gets right down to business. We found the Optimized 2nd Generation Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement featuring Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Headphone and Dolby Natural Bass and Dolby Sound Space Expander technologies sounded awesome as we watched DVD movies through the HDMI port going into a huge plasma TV.
Of course this is a laptop computer, and to go along with a mobile lifestyle is the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (dual-band quad-mode 802a/b/g/Draft-N) and Bluetooth 2.0+ Enhanced Data Rate WPAN (Wireless Personal Area Network) for those on the move.
Acer Aspire One ZG5
Today there are quite a few options among the colorful netbook computers. Software as well as hardware options have become increasingly advanced.
Acer Aspire One ZG5 Blue
The Acer Aspire One ZG5 is a good example of a colored laptop which offers a choice between an 8GB to 16GB configuration in a solid state drive, and a 160GB SATA hard drive. When we recently compared each style, we thought this model was actually a good opportunity to look at the benefits of each technology as well as some of the other features.
The Aspire One ZG5 is one of the Acer netbooks which comes with an 8.9 inch display screen size consequently it is not only one of the smaller laptops, but one of the more affordable ones as well. Several laptop manufacturers offer very similar models which have similar benefits and price points. Many manufacturers produce netbooks which come in an increasing variety of colors. The netbooks offer ultra portability to students and business professionals alike, and they often weigh just over two pounds depending on the make, model and features. The solid state configuration however is not only lightweight, but capable of handling extended rough treatment outdoors, or lots of motion and movement while using the laptop.
Ultra portability is the main draw for most netbook users, yet added benefits such as rugged stability are a real perk for those with exceptionally active lifestyles. These are often used by those who need to be in environments where a good deal of motion or physical activity will be regularly performed, and the SSD technology is designed to handle these situations much better than traditional drives. The down side is that they do not offer as much storage space without becoming rather expensive.
In the SATA example is the 160GB drive installed in the netbook still weighing just over two pounds, offering what many consider to be the perfect companion for travelers who need a reliable mobile computer. Powered by the 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor with special circuitry which works in conjunction with the operating system to conserve energy, the colorful Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbooks provide varying amounts of time away from electrical sources depending on whether the 3 or 6 cell battery is installed.
Typically this model will be configured from the factory with 512MB to 1GB of system memory (RAM), and will have Windows XP, or Linux as the installed operating system each of which is capable of providing reliability, security and ease of use. As is typical with netbooks these days, there are several ways to get connected to the Internet. There is the built-in 54g wireless LAN which uses the Acer InviLink for more advanced features which works with 802.11b as well 802.11g. Acer also implements the SignalUp technology which attempts to enhance the actual signal reception as a subset of the basic technology involved. There is also the standard Ethernet port allowing for connectivity directly through the cable or DSL service.
The Acer ZG5 offers many standard features found on colorful netbook computers within this subcompact notebook class offered by most computer manufacturers these days. As a great alternative to more traditional standard sized laptops, the Acer netbooks remain strong in the marketplace, know world wide for their laptops.
Acer Aspire One Review
Acer began producing the Aspire One netbook in mid 2008 as the marketplace began to show a very positive response to the netbook computers. These small laptops are often called netbooks, mini laptops and subcompact notebooks while each name is technically correct, and essentially a matter of preference. The focus on these devices is on the ultra portable solution to larger, heavier portable computers. The small form factor is an ideal choice when size is a limiting factor.
The early Acer Aspire One netbooks came in several colors including:
There several models within the Acer Aspire One line, and there have been many upgrades in both hardware and software options over the years.
Currently, the factory installed operating systems available include XP Home, Vista, Windows 7 (Starter and Home Premium) and Linux. Our review of the Aspire One ZG5 provides more details about how the basic features among any of these can provide a good degree of flexibility for portable computing needs today. While the OS may vary, the overall boot time can be exceptional especially when using an SSD drive within the laptop. This is the result of advanced solid state technology which is also less susceptible to damage when being being moved around.
New and Used Acer Aspire One Deals
With the focus being on portability, netbooks tend to have a high focus on utilizing a variety of technologies including 802.11b/g and 3G as well as Bluetooth in some models today. In the reviews which we have conducted with a variety of Aspire One models and configurations, surfing the web was a breeze with the built-in 802.11 b/g great for picking up hotspots and wireless networks virtually anywhere they are available for access. Also included on each model is the standard 10/100 Ethernet port for accessing hardwired networks.
Today there is also a broader selection of sizes in the Acer Aspire One line. Initially these netbooks were produced in the 8.9″ design with a 1024×600 resolution. This progressed to the 10.1″ design at 1024×600 and more recently an 11.6″ version at 1364×768.
Today the Acer Aspire One has definitely made its place in the history of netbook computers, and is one of the more recognized lines in this genre of small colored laptops as well.