SYDNEY, JULY 23, 2008
(STAR) By Manny de los Reyes - Acer recently unveiled an array of sleek, new notebook and desktop computers, including a super-fast gaming desktop PC.

Leading the lineup is the all-new, Internet-centric Acer Aspire One mini-notebook. Weighing less than a kilo and measuring a super-compact 249 x 170 x 29 mm, the Aspire One still boasts a full-sized keyboard for easy typing, a bright 8.9” LCD screen and a 300k-pixel camera.

The Aspire One features the newest in processor technology with its Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512MB L2 cache) on top of a mobile Intel 945 GSE chipset.

It comes with either an 8GB Solid State Disc (SSD) with expansion capability using an extension SD card, or up to 80GB hard drive.

Another notebook launched was the Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue, which features full high-definition (HD) capability, a first of its kind among notebook computers in the market today.

Starting with the true high-definition Acer CineHD feature with its Acer CineCrystal full-HD 1080p display, the Aspire Gemstone Blue boasts of six times more impressive display capability than standard display features known today for a strikingly real multimedia experience.

The Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue 6920 comes with a 16” full-HD display with an 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio — perfect for business presentations and multimedia enthusiasts, as well as for both movies and gaming.

Acer also integrated second-generation Dolby Home Theater system with Dolby Pro Logic IIx to deliver a stunning audio experience via the proprietary Acer CineReal Sensation, a suite of fully optimized audio technologies composed of the CineSurround, the Tuba CineBass booster, and True5.1 audio output.

The Gemstone Blue 6920 sports a Star Trek-ish Acer CineDash Media Console, a striking, cool-blue, touch-sensitive entertainment interface with a slide-action menu selection access panel for more efficient media control and management.

But that’s not all. The Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue really lives up to its “blue” moniker by being the world’s first laptop with the revolutionary Blu-Ray ROM player.

More down-to-earth models are the Acer Aspire M1641 and M5641. The Aspire M1641 eyes the home users, particularly families and students, whose primary need is to have a basic desktop PC in their homes.

On the other hand, the Acer Aspire M5641 is targeted at young urban professionals who want a complete multimedia experience even from the comforts of their homes.

Its power buttons are located at the top of the CPU panel, while a concealed storage space for cables, a Media Deck for docking personal items and gadgets, and a convenient top port USB control panel are included.

An illuminated Acer logo in the Aspire M1641 and M5641 further lends them an elegant and sophisticated look.

The Aspire M1641 is powered by an Intel Pentium dual-core E2200 (2.2GHz, 1MB, 800 FSB) processor complemented by an NVIDIA GeForce 7050 and nForce 620i chipset.

It also has 1GB DDR2 (667MHz) memory for high-performance capability coupled with a 160GB SATA II 7200 rpm hard drive to accommodate heavy file storage requirements.

There is also a 16x Super Multi optical drive with Label Flash technology, modem, a 14-in-one card reader, and a 17-inch widescreen LCD monitor.

The Aspire M5641, on the other hand, packs an Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 (2.6GHz, 2MB, 800 FSB) processor on top of an NVIDIA GeForce 7100 and nForce 630i chipset for top-of-the-line computing performance.

It has a 2GB DDR2 (667MHz) memory plus a whopping 320GB SATA II 7200 rpm hard disk drive for worry-free storage.

The Aspire M5641 boasts of the same optical drive capabilities but comes with an NVIDIA 9300GE 256MB VGA card — all topped by a gorgeous 19” widescreen LCD monitor.

Acer also unveiled a stunning new gaming PC. Looking impressive in its cool, bright orange case, the Acer Aspire Predator G7700 eyes the higher-end gaming PC market, a niche area that is different from the usual target of traditional gaming PC manufacturers.

To be able to mount a serious challenge to existing gaming PCs, the Aspire Predator G7700 is designed to meet extreme graphics-intensive gaming requirements.

The fierce-looking Aspire G7700 is made even more muscular inside via a powerful Intel Core 2 Quad processor (2.66GHz, 8 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB) on an NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI chipset with DualNet technology that offers the fastest and most effective Internet connection by offering two Ethernet ports on a single chip.

Coupled with a whopping 4GB DDR2 RAM (2x2GB) memory and an NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX (512MB) dedicated graphics card, expect the Aspire Predator to give serious gamers something to look forward to.

An interesting feature of the Aspire Predator is its easy-swap hard-drive cage for its 640GB SATA II 7200-rpm hard drive for quick hard-drive expansion even when the PC is turned on, a must for really serious gamers who look for the ultimate in their PC’s storage capabilities.

Plus, it has two optical drives, a Super Multi optical drive with Label Flash Technology and a Blu-Ray ROM drive. It also has an optimized Dolby Home Theater system that makes the booms and blasts a truly vivid audio experience.

It boasts a 24-inch LCD monitor with the same bright orange color and a two-part liquid cooling design using a constant water flow and rear-mounted heatsink for cool system performance under the most demanding of playing conditions.

Last but not least is the space-saving Acer Aspire X3200, a dynamic PC powered by an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 + 940 2.6GHz chip, plus 1GB DDR2 667MHz memory.

It features a 160GB SATA II 7200 rpm hard drive, a tray-style Super Multi optical drive, multi-in-one card reader and external speakers.

The Acer Aspire X3200 also has Dolby Home Theater technology that supports 5.1-channel high-definition audio for theater-like experience. Its Acer Arcade Live feature enables users to edit, view, and burn content through its Play Movie, Slide Show DVD, DV Magician, DV Divine, and Video Magician applications.

And being an environment-friendly PC, the Aspire X3200’s design concept takes into consideration the protection of the environment via less waste from packaging, higher performance using low power consumption to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and a more efficient delivery scheme.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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