updated 10:55 am EDT, Fri June 26, 2009
Acer redesigns Aspire PCs
Acer on Friday announced it has redesigned its Acer Aspire M5, M3 and X3 Series of consumer desktops, including the high-end Aspire M5800 with its brushed metal chassis, the value-oriented Aspire M3800 and the small form factor Acer Aspire X3810. The Aspire M5800 sports a silver chassis that matches the keyboard, speakers and mouse, with all featuring chrome and dark gray accents. The card reader, audio jacks and USB ports are on behind a hinged door on the front of the chassis.
Processing power comes from a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad CPU with RAM that can be optioned up to 8GB. The largest hard drive available straight from Acer is a 750GB unit, preloaded with Windows Vista Home Premium. Graphics are handled by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 230 card with 1.5GB of dedicated video memory and 7.1-channel, high-definition audio support. Otherwise there is a DVD burner, eight USB ports and a Wi-Fi connection in addition to an Ethernet port. An HDMI port lets users connect both audio and video to HDTVs.
The Aspire M3800 sports a black chassis with a media dock on the top that allows users to plug in their portable music players, cameras and other devices. The top of the tower features an illuminated 3D power and optical drive eject button. Intel's 2.5GHz Pentium dual-core powers the PC along with 4GB of RAM, while Windows Vista is preloaded onto the 640GB standard hard drive or optional 750GB disk. There is again a DVD burner, and graphics are handled by an onboard Intel GMA 4500 chipset. In addition to the 8 USB ports, an Ethernet port and HDMI connection, there is a PCI Express x1 slot and an open PCI Express x16 slot.
The small form factor Aspire X3810 comes in a high gloss black and hides the card reader, audio jacks and USB ports on the front panel behind an access door. There is 5.1-channel surround sound support and 9 USB ports. Intel's 2.5GHz Pentium powers the PC, there is 4GB of RAM, and an Intel GMA 4500 its only video option. A 320GB hard drive contains Windows Vista Home Premium. A 20-inch Acer LCD is included with the PC. Ethernet, HDMI and an eSATA port round out the connections.
All three new PCs ship with a mouse and keyboard. The Acer Aspire M5800 starts at $800, and is available now, along with the other new PCs. The M3800 costs $450, while the X3810 is priced at $530.