Acer, Maingear Unveil Summer PC, Laptop Models

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NEW YORK — A slew of desktop, laptop and PCs with ultra-small form factors were introduced at the end of June.

The new entries include high-end gaming towers from Maingear and Acer, along with the company’s Minie in its eMachines’ brand.

Maingear

added a 17-inch high-end gaming notebook to its product mix.

The eX-L17 Custom notebook can be configured with a variety of processors, up to an Intel Core i7 820QM, with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. It has a Blu-ray reader/writer. Th e harddrive selection includes up to a 512GB solid-state drive or 750GB traditional hard drive.

For graphics, Maingear is offering ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB dedicated memory or an Nvidia GeForce GTX480M with 2GB of GDDR5 dedicated memory.

The notebook has a built-in seven-inone media card reader, integrated highdefi nition audio and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

For an extra level of customization, Maingear has five different laser-engraving designs to choose from.

Wallace Santos, Maingear’s CEO and founder, said, “With the multitude of options available on this notebook, we are offering the performance and quality of our outstanding desktops in the convenience of mobility.”

Pricing starts at $1,899.

Acer

’s gaming PC is the 3D-ready Aspire Predator AG7750, now available for $1,999. It comes in a bright orange and black, gamer- friendly chassis that is ruggedized, and it comes with a handle so it can be transported. The casing also features LED special-effects lighting.

The Predator is powered by an Intel Core i7 930 quad-core processor. The PC comes with a 1.5TB SATA hard drive with three empty drive bays, each capable of supporting a 2TB drive, giving the unit a potential of 8TB of storage, Acer said.

The computer’s graphics are based on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX470 GPU with Nvidia’s SLI technology, which allows for multiple GPUs to be installed in the computer. The Predator’s SLI motherboard has two empty GPU slots, enabling the owner to upgrade as desired.

Other options include several empty bays, including a 5.25-inch optical drive slot, two PCI Express x16, two PCI Express x8 and a standard PCI slots. There are 11 USB ports, two DVI-D ports and two Ethernet ports.

On the notebook front, Acer announced additions to its Aspire line, including a new family of Aspire notebooks known as the TimelineX.

The TimelineX series has four models: the 11.6-inch 1830T, 13.3- inch 3820T, 14-inch 4820T and the 15.6-inch 5820T. The models weigh from 3 to 5.5 pounds and measureless than 1 inch thin.

Specs for the TimelineX series vary depending on the model, but all can include Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors, Windows 7 Home Premium, LED-backlit displays, 1.3-megapixel webcams, multi-gesture touchpads, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet LAN connectivity.

The 5820T and the 4820T have integrated optical drives and come configured with 320GB or 500GB hard drives and 4GB of memory. The starting price for these models is $749.

The 3820T, which begins at $729, comes in two configurations with an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB or 500GB internal hard drive. The 1830T ($699) has an Intel Core i5 ultra-lowvoltage (ULV) processor with Intel Turbo Boost, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard drive. A version of the 1830T is also available for $599 — it features Core i3 ULV confi gurations with 3GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive.

In addition to the TimelineX models, three Aspire series were introduced: The AS5745, AS7745 and AS8943G. The first two series feature quad-core processing, 500GB hard drives, four memory slots, second hard-disk-drive support, Nvidia or ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, multitouch screen technology, LEDbacklit displays and/or Dolby Home Theater v3, Windows 7 Premium, Acer Nplify 802.11 b/g/n wireless and a digital media reader.

The AS5745 has a 15.6-inch HD widescreen display (1,366 by 768), while the AS7745 has a 17.3-inch HD widescreen display (1,600 by 900). Both displays are LED-backlit. Battery life is listed at 3.5 hours for the former series, with a weight of 5.72 pounds; the latter is listed at 2.5 hours, and it weighs 7.1 pounds.

Prices for these models begin at $699.

Finally, the AS8943G, which is meant for multimedia users and gamers , features an aluminum cover, CineCrystal 18.4-inch LED backlit display with 1080p HD resolution, Dolby-optimized Acer CineSurround sound system with five built-in speakers and a dedicated subwoofer, Blu-ray Disc drive and an HDMI port.

Specs of the AS8943G series include Intel Core i7 quad-core processors, 4GB or 8GB of memory (with the ability to support up to 16GB), ATI Mobility Radeon HD5850 graphics support, and 1GB of dedicated video memory. Additonally, they include full DirectX 11 support, a 500GB SATA hard drive, dual-hard-drive support, eSATA and Firewire ports, dual-mode touchpad, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi- Fi and Gigabit Ethernet.

A 1.3-megapixel HD webcam and digital microphone are also included. Pricing starts at $1,549.

All of these lines are currently available.

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Acer

’s eMachines line is the new ultra- small form factor desktop computer.

The $299 Mini-e ER1402 is about the size of a book, weighs 9 pounds and has the capability of being a home HD entertainment center, the company said.

In home entertainment mode, the Mini-e can be attached onto the back of a TV or computer monitor or it can be used as a stand-alone PC.

The Mini-e uses an AMD Athlon II Neo processor, has NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics with 2GB of discrete memory, a 160GB hard drive and includes a mounting kit so it can be used with a TV.

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