Acer is previewing a refreshed lineup of mobile
and desktop PCs that includes a new 11.6-inch netbook that tips the scales at just over one kilogram and is just one inch thick.
Like its 8.9- and 10.1-inch counterparts, Acer's substantially larger Aspire One model integrates an Atom processor and mobile chipset from Intel. However, the new machine will integrate a 160GB internal hard drive, a multi-card reader, and a six-cell 5200-mAh battery that offers up to eight hours of operation from a single charge versus the 5.5- to 6.5-hour maximum of Acer's older netbooks.
Featuring a high-definition (WXGA) back-lit LCD screen, the new netbook offers Dolby Pro Logic sound together with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth and 3G wireless options. And the new machine's touchpad is now multi-gesture, which means that users can zoom Web pages at a single touch or leaf through multiple Web pages in a manner similar to how people read newspapers, Acer said.
Acer's said its AspireRevo -- which combines a Intel Atom 230 processor with a Nvidia Ion graphics processor -- is capable of delivering 10 times faster graphics performance than other small desktop PCs. Sporting a mini-PCI Express slot and an HDMI port for high-definition video, Acer's book-size "nettop" -- a low-cost, space-saving desktop PC -- can play 1080p HD movies and DirectX 10 games as well as deliver 3-D capabilities when running Windows Vista Premium.
AspireRevo options include the user's choice of a serial ATA hard disk or a solid-state drive, gigabit Ethernet or 802.11b/g networking, and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory. Selected models also will offer a high-speed draft-n Wi-Fi option.
Additionally, Acer said it is developing a new Aspire Z5600 desktop PC that will offer touchscreen capabilities at an affordable price. The main design point that sets this machine apart from the pack is the placement of its internal components on the rear of the PC's 24-inch LCD display.
The Aspire Z5600, which is being designed to run Windows 7 on the latest generation of MXM graphic processors, is expected to offer up to two terrabytes of hard-disk capacity for multimedia storage. Also on tap are a TV tuner for watching and recording television programs and a combined DVD and Blu-Ray player/writer.
Sporting 13.3-, 14.0- and 15.6-inch form factors, Acer's new Aspire Timeline notebooks will incorporate several power-saving features that promise to extend maximum battery life to eight hours while simultaneously reducing chassis temperature. Acer has added louvers to the machine's inlet air vents that allow the cooling air flow to be redirected along the bottom of the notebook chassis. Additionally, the new notebooks offer a smart power key that makes it easier for users to reduce battery power consumption when required.
Powered by Intel's Core 2 Duo processor, Timeline notebooks offer support for up to 500GB of hard-disk capacity or 64GB of SSD storage. Wireless capabilities include built-in Wi-Fi/WiMAX radios and an optional embedded 3G module.
The new machines will ship with a multi-gesture touchpad that will enable users to navigate Web pages by making circular clockwise or counter-clockwise motions with a finger and zoom in by pinching two fingers together or zoom out by pulling their fingers apart. The keyboard's keys are larger and more widely spaced to enhance typing.
Concerning pricing and availability, stay tuned. Acer hasn't revealed when its latest machines will become available in the United States or what their retail prices will be.