Today Acer becomes the second Australian vendor to announce a HD DVD capable notebook, dubbed the Aspire 5675WLMi. The unit will be available exclusively at Dick Smith Electronics stores for an RRP of AU$5499.
Toshiba was first out of the starting grid with its Qosmio G30 notebook, which sells for AU$4299. However, despite the disparity in announcement dates, actual availability schedules for both notebooks are identical -- late May 2006.
Full specifications are listed below but, aside from the HD DVD support, some notable features include a 15.4-inch widescreen display that boasts an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam, an Intel Core Duo 2.16GHz processor, an Acer Bluetooth VoiP phone and a 100GB hard drive.
- Intel Core Duo processor T2600 (2 MB L2 cache, 2.16GHz, 667 MHz FSB)
- 2 x 1GB of DDR2 533MHz memory
- 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 16 ms response time, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista
- ATI Mobility RadeonÃƒ,Ã‚Â® X1600 with 512 MB HyperMemory
- 100GB SATA hard disk drive 5400 rpm
- Intel High-Definition audio plus S/PDIF support
- Next Generation HD DVD Optical Drive
- 5-in-1 card reader, supporting Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card
- Acer BluetoothÃƒ,Ã‚Â® VoIP phone
- Acer Orbicam 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera (LCD panel-mounted)
- 364 (W) x 274.75 (D) x 28/36.3 (H) mm
- 2.95 Kg
- 3.5-hour battery life (approximate)
- Express Card + DVI-D port
Alas, we're still waiting on content for either of the next generation DVD standards to reach our shores.