San Jose (CA) – Acer has set its focus on Dell and Hewlett-Packard in 2009: Already the third-largest PC manufacturer in the world, the company reportedly wants to surpass Dell – and pricing appears to be main strategy to attract buyers.
Calling an $1800 notebook a bargain is a stretch by any measure. But put Acer’s new Aspire 8930G-7665 next to its very few rivals and it is clear that it is in a class of its own. The Aspire is Acer’s new flagship model and competes in a niche of 18.4” devices with a quad-core processor. The only other notebook that can be purchased in a similar configuration from a large manufacturer at this time is HP’s HDX18t, which is significantly more expensive.
For $1800, the Acer system includes an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 CPU (which is clocked at 2.0 GHz by default, but runs at 2.53 GHz in this notebook, according to Acer), 4 GB memory, Nvidia’s 9700 GT graphics chip, a 500 GB hard drive, a Blu-ray disc drive and Windows Vista 64-bit. HP’s 18-incher (with a 2.53 GHz QX9300 CPU) will cost about $2550 in a comparable configuration, Dell does not offer a quad-core processor with its 17” XPS series and the company’s performance unit Alienware offers a 17” model with a 2.53 GHz CPU and hardware similar to the Acer for at least $3550. However, Alienware offers more configuration options, including SSDs and dual-graphics, if you are willing to spend more than $4000 on a portable computer.
It is interesting to note that Alienware charges $1200 alone on the upgrade from a dual-core P8400 to the QX9300 processor, while HP takes $950 for the same switch. Intel charges a tray price of $1038 for the processor. The CPU specifications provided by Acer (12 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB) indicate that the Aspire 8930G-7665 uses the QX9300 CPU as well – which makes the notebook an interesting value, given the enormous cost of the processor. In comparison, a standard Q9000 CPU is priced at a tray price of just $348.