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Oh no he didn’t take the 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8940G notebook to the local coffee shop. Oh yes he did, and it’s been an adventure from the get-go. First up, I had to find a bag at Mobile Tech Manor that the giant laptop would fit […]

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Oh no he didn’t take the 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8940G notebook to the local coffee shop. Oh yes he did, and it’s been an adventure from the get-go. First up, I had to find a bag at Mobile Tech Manor that the giant laptop would fit in and close. I must have tried 5 or 6 bags before I realized that if I ignored the special laptop pouch within a giant Targus backpack I have and put it in the main compartment, that it would then fit and close.

Then I had to haul the 10+ pound notebook to the car, and to the coffee shop without breaking my shoulder. Once inside the shop, I had to pass over many tables until finding one that was big enough to actually handle the giant laptop. Once that was done I was all set, and I’m working away with this gorgeous screen. Battery life is looking to be between 2.5 and 3 hours, not bad for such a powerhouse with an 8-cell battery.

The keyboard is delightful, it is a cross between a chiclet style and a “real” keyboard. The keys are flat, but have full travel unlike chiclet keys. Having a 10-key on board is taking me back to the old desktop keyboards, and it’s useful as can be. I am successfully fighting the urge to fire up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, that would be too much for the crowded shop. It sure would be fun, though.

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  1. jkonthestagger: using mobile devices now that they weight more than 30 lbs again

    1. Not quite, but it is hard to pull out of a bag one-handed.

  2. I’d say now James can get an appreciation of why I’ve stuck with a 17″ notebook as my workhorse for so many years – great screens, top-end performance, very useful keyboards, feature packed, decent audio, impressive graphics and, most importantly, MAXIMUM FUN.

    Other than the weight/size, which can be managed, these are just as useful as all the other smaller notebook out there. True, the battery life many only be an hour on gaming, but an extra battery or two will easily fit in a 17″ backpack. Sit next to an outlet, though, and you can “work” carefree all day long – I’ve done that many times.

  3. @James: I’d love to hear a mini-review of COD:MW2 from you. Everything I’ve read is that it’s just a PC port of the console version – every unusual in the regard, right? – and that there are some serious issues with the servers in multiplayer. Care to share your thoughts?

  4. James you should looking to backpacking packs. They have a waist level strap to put weight on your hips – a real back saver. ;)

    1. Backpacks?
      I think you need one of those with little wheels like the one my niece uses for elementary school. This is too much JK. I think a slim tower with a monitor and keyboard would weigh less than this…hahaha
      Thumbs up JK!

  5. James, lucky you didn’t have to use 2 tables for this out of office work. :)

  6. Hilarious!

    What in the world made you take this rig to the coffee shop?!

    1. For fun of course! :-)

      I suspect any COD shenanigans would result in a 10 minute battery life however!

  7. where can I buy acer aspire 8940G in india & how much the price

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