Acer M5800 Desktop Debuts, but Aspire One D250 Steals the Show
Acer has added the M5800 desktop tower to its summer lineup, which includes the 2.44-pound Aspire One D250 netbook and the Aspire Timeline notebook series. All three have Intel inside.Acer seems to have a new desktop tower, the M5800-though you'd never guess it from the Acer Website, which is splashed with images of its Aspire One D250 netbook.
Acer intends the M5800 for consumer home use, and it features a handsome brushed-metal exterior. Inside is a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor with 6MB of Level 2 cache and 1,333MHz FSB, or a dialed-down 2.50GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor with 4MB of L2 cache and 1,333MHz FSB.
The chip set is an Intel G43 Express, and users have a choice of Nvidia GeForce GT230 graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4650. There's 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 750GB SATA hard drive, VGA and HDMI ports, and PCI Express 2.0 x16 graphics card support.
In the interest of ease of use, the top of the M5800 is a covered storage compartment for cables and other items, according to Acer, and ports are positioned toward the top for easy access.
And for a more dramatic appearance, the tower-which measures 14.7 inches wide by 17.4 inches deep by 7.1 inches high-features a transparent vertical side strip, which colored LED lights shine through.
Engadget reports that the M5800 will sell for $800, but good luck finding that information on the Acer site.
As for that show-stealing netbook, Acer introduced the Aspire One D250 in Milan earlier this month. It features a 10.1-inch display with CrystalBrite LED technology and a resolution that's 1,024 by 600 pixels.
Included is a microphone and Crystal Eye Webcam, an Intel Atom processor, and the option of a Mobile Intel 945GSE Express or 82801GBM chip set. There's a 160GB internal hard drive and a multi-in-one card reader, and memory is up to 2GB of DDR.
Connectivity options include 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet and wireless 3G, and the operating system is Microsoft Windows XP Home.
To personalize beyond the chip sets, however, and show off this 2.44-pound number, users can choose from high-gloss finishes in seashell white, sapphire blue, ruby red or diamond black. Pricing begins at $295.99. Additionally, on June 2 Acer introduced the U.S. market to its thin-and-light Aspire Timeline series of notebooks. Featuring ultra-low-voltage Intel processors, they're said to offer "all day computing."