The Good Big, 18-inch, 16:9 screen; surprisingly good battery life.
The Bad No Blu-ray drive; touch controls not as responsive as they should be.
The Bottom Line With a true 1080p display, the 18-inch Acer Aspire 8930 is a capable HD-content playback machine, but we'd spend a bit more for a Blu-ray-equipped version.
Acer Aspire 8930-6448
The original Acer Aspire 8920 was the very first 18-inch laptop we had a chance to review, and the follow-up Acer Aspire 8930-6448 is similar in terms of its essentials, with only a handful of component upgrades.
The display has the same native resolution as a 1080p HDTV; that coupled with a unique set of touch-sensitive media controls (although we weren't crazy about the volume slider), make it an impressive package for movie watchers. That is, at least as long as your HD content is downloadable, because for $1,599 you don't get a Blu-ray drive. We'd probably shell out the extra $200 for the 8930-7665 version, which includes a BD drive as well as a quad-core CPU.
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