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Acer Bows WiMAX-Enabled Notebooks

Acer America has introduced its first WiMAX-enabled laptops, motivated by Xohm’s recent launch of the nation’s first WiMAX wireless broadband network, here.

WiMAX subscribers in the Baltimore area will now be able to access free-range wireless connectivity by using Acer’s Aspire 4930-6862 and the Aspire 4930-6771.

“With the launch of WiMAX in the United States, Acer is building on its commitment to deliver first-to-market cutting-edge PC technology for mobile customers,” said Sumit Agnihotry, notebook product management director for Acer America. “By leveraging Intel Centrino 2 mobile technology and the Xohm wireless network capabilities, users will have the availability for anytime, anywhere wireless connectivity. The Acer Aspire notebooks provide users with a perfect combination of mobile and multimedia functionality.”

According to Acer, the new Intel Centrino 2-based notebooks feature the combined WiMAX/Wi-Fi module previously codenamed “Echo Peak,” part of the Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series.

The 4930-6862 features a 14-inch widescreen, and the Aspire 6930-6711 has a 16-inch widescreen that offers a 16:9 aspect ratio. Both come with 3GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive. They each also feature a Super Multi double-layer drive, a five-in-one digital media card reader, an integrated Web cam, Dolby Home Theater sound and come packaged with Windows Vista Premium. According to a release, both models will carry suggested retails of $899.

The WiMAX-enabled models are said to be available through and