Acer Reworks Aspire Desktop Line

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— Acer revamped its Aspire desktop PC line recently with the introduction of new all-in-one models, more gaming PCs and a new net-top.

The two new all-in-one models are the Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and the AZ3100-U3072.

The first model carries a $1,099 suggested retail, while the latter comes in at $599.

The AZ5700 has a 23-inch multi-touch HD display and a TV tuner, enabling it to operate as an entertainment center, the company said. It is powered by an Intel Core i5 3.2GHz processor, has 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 1TB hard drive, 5.1 audio and a DVD burner. Other features include an HDMI port and six USB ports.

The AZ3100 has a slightly smaller 21.5-inch HD display. It uses an AMD Athlon II 170u processor with 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM, 5.1 audio, a 500GB hard drive, and integrated webcam and mic.

Both are available starting Sept. 28.

In the gaming area, Acer has added the AG5900 and the AG7750 to its Predator gaming computer line. Both models are now available with respective suggested retails of $1,349 and $1,999.

The AG7750 is Acer’s flagship gaming platform. It sports an Intel quad-core i7 930 processor with Turbo Boost technology. The graphics are run by an Nvidia GeForce GTX470 graphics card, and the PC has a three-way SLI certified graphics motherboard capable of running three GPUs. When combined with Acer’s 3D monitor, the GTX470 can also run 3D games using Nvidia’s 3D Vision that can turn a conventional PC game into 3D.

The AG7750 has 12GB of DDR3 SDRAM, liquid cooling, 7.1-channel audio and 2TB of hard-drive storage, with a total hard-drive capacity of 8TB when the three empty hard-drive bays are filled to capacity with 2TB drives.

The AG5900 has an Intel Core i7 870 processor with Intel Turbo Boost technology. It features ATI’s Radeon HD 5858 graphics with 1TB of dedicated wmemory, and the unit itself has 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM and a 1.5TB hard drive.

The unit comes with one empty 5.25-inch optical- drive bay, three open 3.5-inch hard-drive bays and two open PCI Express slots. There are a total of 12 USB ports, an HDMI port and three audio jacks. For gamers heading out to LAN parties, it comes equipped with a handle for easy transporting.

Closing out the new introductions is the AspireRevo AR3700 net-top. The company said it has increased the performance of this hardcover-booksize computer with the addition of an Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor and Nvidia Ion graphics that is capable of playing back 1,080p video and PC games.

Other features include 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 250GB hard drive, HD audio support, six USB drives, built-in Wi-Fi and a wireless keyboard.

It is now shipping with a $349 suggested retail.


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