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Acer Bows Three HD DVD Notebooks

5 Jun, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Acer Inc. June 5 at the Computex Taipei 2006 unveiled three PC notebooks equipped with HD DVD drives.

The Aspire 9110 and 9510 feature 15.4- and 17-inch displays, respectively, while the Aspire 9800 sports a 20.1-inch screen. The notebooks also are equipped with HDMI and HDCP support for projecting HD movies and video games to LCD televisions.

No retail prices were immediately available from the Taiwan confab that runs through June 10.

Acer, a format-agnostic consumer electronics manufacturer, reportedly plans to unveil a series of Blu-ray Disc compatible notebooks later this year.

“Our goal was to create notebooks with HD DVD movie playback quality that rivals living room players,” said Campbell Kan, head of mobile computing business unit at Acer.

Sony Corp. previously announced it would offer a Blu-ray Disc drive in a notebook PC this month — about a month after Toshiba Corp. unveiled a laptop PC with the rival HD DVD drive.

Sony's Vaio notebook PC would reportedly retail for $3,600; a desktop PC with Blu-ray would retail for less than $4,000.

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