The two new models are the Aspire Ethos 8943G and 5943G models, both running Intel’s mobile quad-core Core i7 processor and feature AMD Radeon HD 5850 graphics.
The 8943G features a huge 18.4-inch widescreen LCD panel and 1500GB of hard drive space thanks to two 750GB units. The 5943G features a single 750GB drive.
What’s disappointing about the announcement is that the 5943G comes as a 15.4-inch widescreen chassis for its $2499 price tag but the screen resolution is only 1366×768-pixels – Acer’s PR might have announced these models as a “technological breakthrough” but 1366×768-pixels doesn’t sound “breakthrough” to us.
Both models may come with an integrated digital TV tuner and the option – yep, option – of Blu-ray playback but it mostly seems pointless when the screen display of a $2499 notebook isn’t 1080p.
To get a 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution panel, you have to go to the $2999 Ethos 8943G model, which is a bit over the top in our view.
But what makes this even worse is that these models have been common knowledge around the world since April. US website Engadget first reported on them back in late-March and had hands-on previews in June. Reviews elsewhere have been around since July.
It’s great to see the Australian notebook market is so on the cutting edge of product releases… Oh, wait a minute…