Really Big Laptop

By Deane Barker on June 8, 2006

Acer Aspire 9800 20in Notebook: Wow.

You see the machine in front of me right now measures 490 x 380 x 60mm (WxDxH) and weighs in at a mammoth 7.8kg! The reason for the immense size and weight is that the Acer Aspire 9800 has a larger screen than any notebook I have ever seen — 20.1in to be precise.

[…] quite simply, Acer has bolted one of its desktop monitors onto a notebook. Whereas most notebook screens and consequently lids are getting slimmer and slimmer, the lid on the Aspire 9800 is 30mm thick — it’s therefore a safe bet that it’s exactly the same panel that Acer sells in it’s 20.1in desktop monitors.

So the lid on this notebook is over one inch thick, for those of us in the U.S. And get your rulers out, because it’s over 19-inches wide. I have a big Dell Latitude that people would consider a desktop replacement, and it’s only 13 inches wide.

On page two of the review, there’s a picture of a set of hands typing on the keyboard. They look small.



  1. I like how the writer doesn’t even evaluate the mobile performance, because he assumes that no one with this machine is actually going to use it without plugging it into a wall outlet.

    Battery life must be dismal on something like that. I have a desktop replacement Vaio that’s decently large, and my battery life is significantly less than two hours (I’ve had it go down in 45 minutes from a full charge while rendering some video at an event). I can’t imagine that Acer doing any better.

  2. … quite frankly, I can?t believe that anyone would ever be using this machine on the move. There simply isn?t a circumstance where I could ever imagine someone taking this machine out with them and opening it up to check their email in a coffee shop or train station. I think it?s safe to say that the Aspire 9800 will spend the vast majority of its operational life tethered to a power socket.

    Funny. 7.8kg (17 plus pounds)? This is a laptop, correct? Does it come with it’s own external frame backpack and gas-powered generator?

  3. I’m a daytrader and the size of the screen and the configuration of it make it ideal for me. Others might not see it that way but it’s replacing a desktop that was pretty good size and portability… was just not there, So now if I want to go somewhere I just take my trading computer with me…..

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