With the Aspire 9800 Acer has taken the term desktop replacement to the extreme, by producing a notebook that’s almost as large as the desktop machine it’s replacing. For those of you out there who are looking to replace your PC, but find the thought of a notebook with a small screen unappealing, the 9800 could be the perfect solution, but I think there’s a more obvious market than that – university students.
Imagine if you will the prospect of living in a small room for three years while you party, I mean study. Space will be at a premium, and you’re not going to want to lug loads of electrical goods back and forth at the start and end of each term. The Aspire 9800 rolls pretty much everything into one box – it’s a TV, a DVD player, an MPEG 4 player, a music player, a games console and lest we forget, a fully functional and very powerful PC. You even get a remote control, so you can do pretty much everything from the comfort of your bed/sofa/futon/beanbag. And if you compare the 9800 to all of the equipment that it can replace, I guess it’s not so big and bulky after all.
Price wise the Aspire 9800 series will start at £1,399 including VAT for a machine similar to this one, but without the second hard disk. The price rises to £1,699 for a machine specced with two 100GB hard drives, a 2GHz dual core CPU and 2GB of RAM. That’s not bad value for money considering what you’re getting, but ultimately, you have to really want a machine that can handle all your computing and AV needs to consider this Acer.
There’s no doubt that Acer has created the ultimate desktop replacement notebook in the shape of the Aspire 9800. It’s powerful, feature rich, has a stunning screen and isn’t overly expensive for what you’re getting. It’s not really my cup of tea (if I drank tea that is), but if you need all of your IT and AV needs wrapped up into one, admittedly large box, the Aspire 9800 should suit your needs perfectly.
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