Acer will launch a laptop computer with HD DVD drive later this month, it said Tuesday at Computex, but it will weigh almost 8kg.
The laptop will be a new model in Acer’s high-end Aspire 9800 range and will feature an impressive 20.1in LCD screen. The screen is a monitor-class panel of a type not usually found on laptops, so it delivers an image equivalent to a desktop monitor, said Trisha Pan, a product marketing director at Acer.
The downside to using such a large panel is the computer’s overall weight. It’s close to 8kg, which is several times that of a standard laptop. It additionally pushes up the size: The machine measures 48 centimeters by 35cm by 6cm.
“It’s definitely not for portable use,” said Pan.
The computer also features twin 120GB hard drives, NVidia GeForce 7600 graphics, a TV tuner and support for various audio technologies including Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect.
A version of the Aspire 9800 without HD DVD support has already gone on sale and costs around US$2,700, said Pan. Adding HD DVD support will increase the price by between $200 and $300, she said.