Acer M5800 Desktop Debuts, but Aspire One D250 Steals the Show
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
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."