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. (continued...)