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Tempted by today's home-theater laptops? That's fine, according to Acer -- until you want to watch HDTV or Blu-ray movies on one, and discover that the display has a resolution ratio of 16:10 (such as 1,440 by 900 or 1,920 by 1,200 pixels). That prohibits full enjoyment of high-definition content, which has an aspect ratio of 16:9.
Enter the Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue notebooks -- two models with 16:9 (1,920 by 1,080) screens, ideal for hi-def viewing in all its 1080p glory, with wider color gamuts than other notebook displays. What Acer calls a Full HD CineCrystal LCD also moves away from the familiar 15.4- and 17-inch laptop screen sizes: The mobile-multimedia Aspire 6920's measures 16 inches, while the desktop-replacement and home-theater-replacement Aspire 8920G's is a panoramic 18.4 inches.
Both have HDMI ports with HDCP support for displaying video on an bigger HDTV screen. The larger laptop has a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9650M GS graphic controller for high-speed gaming (screen refresh rate: 8 milliseconds) and handling video-coding chores without involving from the Core2 Duo CPU. The 6920 relies on a slightly tamer GeForce 9500M.
This article was first published on Hardware Central.