Acer has launched a quad-core laptop based on an Intel chip at a price that may appeal to buyers on a budget.

The Acer Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop is designed as a gaming laptop or desktop replacement and is powered by Intel's Core 2 Quad mobile processor. The Core 2 Quad has four cores and runs at up to 2.0GHz. It also includess 6MB of cache.

With a starting price of $1,799 (£1,240) in the US, the Acer Aspire 8930G-7665 could be a bargain compared to expensive quad-core laptops from the world's top PC vendors. HP and Dell both offer quad-core laptops as either gaming laptops or mobile workstations with prices starting at over $2,000. Acer is the world's third-largest PC vendor behind HP and Dell, according to analyst firm IDC.

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The laptop includes an 18.4in screen that can display high-definition images and video. It also includes 4GB of RAM, Nvidia's GeForce 9700M GT graphics card with 512MB of video memory, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray Disc drive and Wi-Fi wireless networking. It comes preloaded with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Premium OS.

The laptop is now available in the US through retailers, the company said. Acer could not be immediately reached for comment on worldwide availability.