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Acer launches mobile entertainment centre

  • 22 March, 2004 08:40

<p>Acer launches mobile entertainment centre</p>
<p>·Ultimate take-anywhere entertainment centre
·Innovative Aspire Arcade software supports playback Video Editing and DVD Burning
·Superbright 15.4” widescreen screen plus DVD Burner at $2,500</p>
<p>Sydney, 22 March 2004 - Acer Computer Australia has today announced the introduction of a new mobile entertainment centre, the Acer Aspire 2000. The combination of power, extended battery life and multimedia capabilities make the Aspire 2000 the ideal entertainment traveling companion.</p>
<p>The Acer Aspire 2000 features innovative software developed to enhance the user experience. The Acer Aspire media suite, the entertainment hub of the notebook, supports DVD playback, picture viewing, music playback, CD &amp; DVD burning as well as video editing. “Instant-on” mode allows users to play DVDs and music without requiring the notebook to be booted into Windows, saving time and making the Acer Aspire 2000 perfectly at home in the lounge room.</p>
<p>“The Aspire 2000 notebook stands out from other widescreen notebooks because of the compelling and unique features of the Acer Aspire media suite. ‘Instant On' is supported for DVD and music playback as well as picture viewing. In Windows mode, Aspire Arcade integrates these and other functions such as DVD Burning and Video Editing, making the product advanced but very easy to use,” said Lindsay Tobin, Product Manager.</p>
<p>The stylish and easy to use Acer Aspire 2000 features a 15.4-inch wide screen with 16:10 wide-aspect viewing ratio providing 60% to 120% wider viewing angles than standard notebooks. With a screen display 25% brighter than regular notebooks (a minimum of 185 nits ultra brightness), the Aspire 2000 is ideal for users wanting a true cinematic experience and panoramic views. The widescreen enables the viewing of multiple documents simultaneously to enhance work productivity and ease of use. Moreover, the ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9200 graphics chipset featuring 64MB of dedicated video memory adds brilliant graphics to the panoramic view.</p>
<p>The Acer Aspire 2000 comes complete with virtual surround sound to earphones as well as built-in 2.1 speakers and subwoofer to further enhance users’ entertainment experience.</p>
<p>The Acer Aspire 2000 utilises Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology with the 855PM chipset, and a high-capacity Li-ion battery pack to deliver up to 6 hours of battery life. Meanwhile, ‘anytime, anywhere’ wireless connectivity is made easier with integrated WLAN and Bluetooth technology.</p>
<p>As with all Acer products, users are able to upgrade and customise the Acer Aspire 2000 using Acer’s online BuildYourOwn configurator at The Acer Aspire 2000 is covered with Acer’s unique 2 Hour Warranty Express Service.</p>
<p>Acer Aspire 2000 specifications
· Intel Pentium® M 1.4GHz processor
· Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology
· 1MB L2 cache
· 15.4" WXGA TFT LCD Screen 16:10 viewing ratio
· 1280 x 800 @ 16.7 million colours WXGA
· Simultaneous LCD and CRT display with 2040 x 1536 pixel resolution at 75 MHz
· 512MB DDR SDRAM PC-333MHz (upgradeable to 2GB)
· ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9200 with 64 MB of external DDR video RAM
· 40GB 4200rpm Hard Disk Drive
· Integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b wireless networking
· Slot-Loading DVD-RW Burner Drive
· 4-in-1 card reader supporting MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD), SmartMedia, and Memory Stick
· Lightweight at only 3kg
· MS Windows XP Home or Professional</p>
<p>Product Availability
The Acer Aspire 2000 has a recommended retail price of $2,599 and is available from leading retailers including Dick Smith Powerhouse, Harvey Norman and Betta Electrical.</p>
<p>About Acer 2 Hour Warranty Express Service
Acer's unique 2 Hour Warranty Express Service comes standard with any Acer notebook purchased. This Australia-wide service guarantees that all Acer notebooks within the warranty period are repaired within 2 hours, upon delivery. In the event that the notebook cannot be repaired within 2 business hours, we will provide customers with a courtesy notebook until the repair is completed. The current program has been running successfully since its introduction, with completed repairs running at a 99% success hit rate.</p>
<p>About Acer Build Your Own Facility
As with all Acer products, users are able to customise the Acer Aspire 2000 using the online BuildYourOwn configurator at Upgrade with ease the processor speed, hard drive, and memory capacity.</p>
<p>About Acer Computer Australia
Established in 1990, Acer Computer Australia has 320 employees, a head office in Sydney and sales and service offices in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart. Uniload, an award winning build-to-order facility located in Sydney, enables Acer to efficiently deliver high-quality customised systems including desktop computers, notebooks and industry-leading servers and storage directly to its customers.</p>
<p>In line with its commitment to the Australian market, Acer operates from a purpose built AUD$15 million facility in Homebush Bay. These premises include a 1,200-sqm-assembly plant, which has a current capacity of 29,000 PCs per month and a 3,000-sqm-warehouse facility.</p>
<p>Acer ranks among the world's top ten branded PC vendors, designing and marketing easy, dependable IT solutions that empower people to reach their goals and enhance their lives. In 2000, Acer spun-off its manufacturing operation to focus on globally marketing its brand-name products: desktop and mobile PCs, servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business solutions for business, government, education, and home users. Established in 1976, the pan Acer Group employs 39,000 people supporting dealers and distributors in more than 100 countries. Revenues reached US$15.6 billion in 2003.</p>
<p>Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks. Other product/brand names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies.</p>

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