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Acer's ships new Gemstone Blue laptops

Acer releases the Aspire 6920 and the Aspire 8920 laptops, which feature the company's new Gemstone Blue design

The Aspire 8920 features Acer's new Gemstone Blue design and an 18-inch screen. Acer

Your desktop replacement options expanded today, with Acer announcing its 16- and 18-inch Aspire Gemstone Blue notebooks are now available. The 16-inch Aspire 6920 starts at $849, and the 18.4-inch Aspire 8920 starts at $1,299. Both models have an Intel Core 2 Duo chip, Nvidia GeForce graphics, and a display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920x1080-pixel screen resolution for full HD goodness. The 18-inch model finds room for 5.1 speakers; the 16-inch model serves up 2.1 sound. Blu-ray is an option on higher-end configurations.

The Gemstone Blue design is a new look, which Acer unveiled earlier this year at a media event in New York. Though it may be overstating it a bit, according to Acer, "the unique style of the Gemstone Blue is expressed through a distinctive color, one that reflects the power, performance and control the Aspire 8920 gives to everyone who uses it." Aside from new color scheme, the Gemstone models introduce a touch-sensitive media control called CineDash.

The touch-sensitive CineDash Media Console Acer

Dan Ackerman has been tracking these two models and is currently at work on the Aspire 8920 review. Check back next week for his full review. In the meantime, you can get more information from Acer's news release here, and visit the product pages on Acer's site for the 6920 and the 8920.