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Acer Bows Sub-$300 eMachines Mini Desktop

10/10/2008 02:56:00 PM Eastern

Irvine, Calif. — Acer today introduced the latest addition to its budget-friendly eMachines line of PCs, the EL1200 Desktop series PCs, said to weigh one-third less than a traditional desktop PC. Depending on the model, pricing can start at under $300.

“The extreme value of the eMachines EL1200 is undeniable,” said Glenn Jystad, senior manager, desktop products, Acer. “The ability to purchase a powerful, well-equipped PC for less than $300 is sure to be a welcome option for consumers tightening their budgets in today’s tough economic climate.”

The company said the EL1200 is forty percent smaller and 55 percent lighter than the smallest eMachines tower PC. The device is being positioned as one that can be integrated into many areas of the home.

The EL1200 features a 64-bit AMD Athlon processor, 1GB or 2GB of memory and Nvidia GeForce graphics.

Depending on the model, it has either a 160GB or 320GB hard drive and features a built-in eSATA port for connection to external drives.

Each device features an optical drive hidden by a flip-down door, a 14-in-one media card reader and seven USB ports. It also comes standard with an HDMI port, and a set of amplified stereo speakers is included.

The manufacturer said the device has a 15 watt CPU.

The EL 1200-05w has the smaller hard drive and comes with Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3; it is available at a suggested $298. The EL 1210-01e has a 320GB hard drive and comes with Windows Vista Home Premium; it is being offered at a suggested $349.