updated 11:25 am EDT, Thu April 16, 2009
Acer outs new Veriton PCs
Acer on Thursday announced the release of three new Veriton business desktops that focus on longer-lasting design and easier access. The Veriton M265, Veriton M421G and Veriton M670G sport new open air vents for better ventilation and cooling. Servicing the PCs has been made easier thanks to a hinged and cable-less front bezel and a modular design that makes the optical, floppy and hard drives directly accessible. Internal cable management has also been cleaned up, allowing for tool-free power supply, PCI card and hard drive access.
Some of the models can be positioned vertically or horizontally, while others are designed for a specific orientation. Often used connections such as speaker and microphone connections and USB ports were placed on top of the case for easy access. Acer also integrated its One-Button Recovery (OBR) function in the new PCs, which allows for a quick way to restore factory settings or the last system backup in the case of lost or damaged files.
The Veriton M265-ED2220C ships with a 2.4GHz Pentium dual-core, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB SATA hard drive preloaded with Windows Vista Business, though an XP Downgrade is optional. A DVD burner with Labelflash technology is included, as is one each of PCI Express 2.0 x1 and x16 slots as well as two PCI v2.3 slots. Pricing for this PC starts at $419. Another model, the Veriton M265-BE1400C has a slower 2GHz Intel Celeron dual-core CPU and otherwise identical specs, though it includes a 19-inch LCD and is priced at $499.
The Veriton M421G-ED5000C has a 2.6GHz AMD Athlon X2 processor with the corresponding AMD 780G mainboard and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics chipset, but otherwise the same specs as the M265 models. In basic form, its price is set at $439.
The most powerful of the new business desktop PCs, the Veriton M670G-UQ9400C, uses Intel's 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad CPU and 3GB or RAM. A discrete ATI Radeon HD 4350 Pro graphics card with 512MB of VRAM provides faster video. Its 320GB SATA hard drive comes with Windows Vista (the XP downgrade remains), and other basic specs are shared with the rest of the range. Pricing for this model starts at $899, and all three new models are currently available for purchase.