When most of us talk about desktop replacement notebooks, we generally turn our eyes to the notebooks from Alienware, Eurocom, Hypersonic, and Voodoo. Widescreen 15.4" notebooks with desktop P4s, P4 EEs, and A64s are the "norm" of this group, it seems lately. This is a bit in contrast to some of the earlier DTRs that used Centrino technology as the basis for a platform (i.e. Dell's Inspiron 8600).

While we should be reviewing more DTRs of the first group, a Centrino DTR is something refreshing, since it allows for a slimmer, thinner, and lighter profile mobile system. Desktop replacement notebooks that use desktop components are normally mobile in the sense that you move it from one desk to another to use. They aren't exactly systems that sit well in an airplane or in your lap (though, a few people seem to have a knack for adapting).

Desktop replacements that use Centrino parts, on the other hand, take up a smaller real estate profile compared to their big brothers, due to the size of the components and thermal emissions, and allow for a much leaner desktop replacement. Acer did just that with the Aspire 2020, a lightweight 15.4" widescreen desktop replacement notebook.

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  • pjyeoh - Friday, November 12, 2004 - link

    Hello. Is this model available in the US?
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    5 - that would make sense, as the contents of RAM are written to the hard drive when in hibernation mode. If you have a 7200 RPM laptop drive, it would probably help out with 1 GB of RAM, but on a standard 4200 RPM drive, pulling 1 GB of data off of the drive is going to take almost 50 seconds, I bet. Yowza!
  • NinjaPirate - Monday, August 30, 2004 - link

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  • glennpratt - Monday, August 30, 2004 - link

    I suppose I could be wrong on that looking at the Voodoo 855s time, but I noticed my machine takes much longer with 1GB then it did with 512...
  • glennpratt - Monday, August 30, 2004 - link

    You definately shouldn't compare hibernation times when machines have different amounts of memory.
  • Aosh - Sunday, August 29, 2004 - link

    Where can we buy this?
  • skunkbuster - Sunday, August 29, 2004 - link

    looks nice
  • InuYasha - Sunday, August 29, 2004 - link

    1st post~!

    been looking @ one of these for a long time, just da review i needed~!

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