SOURCE: Acer Canada

Acer Canada

July 06, 2011 08:00 ET

Acer's Consumer Desktop Models and Touch Screen Display Sport Savvy New Aesthetics and Smart Ergonomics

Acer M3 and X1 Series Desktops Offer Power, Performance and Expansion in Clever Chassis Designs for Customers in Canada; T231H 23-Inch Multi-Touch Monitor Features Leading Technologies and Easily Adjusts From 5 to 60 Degrees for Ideal Viewing and Comfort

MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwire - Jul 6, 2011) - Acer, the number two provider of computing products in Canada(1), has unveiled its new M3 and X1 Series desktops and T231H 23-inch multi-touch display that offer more power, practical features and attractive new aesthetics designed to make a versatile addition to a home office, bedroom or dorm. Consumers wanting the power of a desktop and an intuitive touch screen display to serve as a hub for fun, productivity and entertainment will appreciate Acer's latest models.

Acer's refreshed consumer desktops tout a contemporary black design with smooth lines and a glossy finish. They're available in two sizes to address specific customer needs. The M3 Series is built for those wanting a powerful desktop with expansion. Offering plenty of room for upgrades, it's a workhorse to leverage for years to come. Sleek and compact, the X1 Series is designed for those looking to conserve space. Both desktops maximize desktop real estate, while providing all the essentials for personal productivity and digital entertainment. Acer's T231H monitor is an ideal companion for computers with Windows 7. Integrating Microsoft Touch Pack, it frees users from their mouse by enabling them to interact directly with the PC in an intuitive and fun way.

"Our newest desktop models and touch screen display provide our customers with leading technology in very practical form factors that can serve as an entertainment center for the entire household," said Frank Chang, director of product management, Acer Canada. "With the power and performance to deliver beautiful visuals, excellent playback of high-def video, games and audio, they provide maximum entertainment value for years of enjoyment."

Acer M3 Series -- Powerful Performance, Excellent Expansion
Featuring leading technology, components and performance, the new Acer M3 Series excels at handling the most advanced applications, including rich HD entertainment. The new chassis design has a convenient storage tray on top for easy access to microphone and headphone jacks as well as four USB 2.0 ports for charging smart phones and cameras and backing up data on flash drives. There are another six USB 2.0 ports on the rear of the system for added convenience.

The handsome all-black Acer M3 Series desktops tout powerful features, including up to an Intel® Core™ i7 2600 (3.4GHz) processor for harnessing speed and efficiency. Combined with up to 8GB DDR3 memory, these systems deliver excellent system response for multitasking and running the latest multi-threaded applications. The series also boasts large SATA hard drives -- up to 1.5 TB(2) -- for archiving a vast library of applications and digital data.

Some models come with discrete graphics, delivering power and functionality for superb playback of high-definition video and games. In addition, high-definition audio with 5.1 channel surround sound delivers crystal clear acoustics for a theater-like experience from the comfort of home. The convenience of a SuperMulti optical drive is provided for movie viewing, burning DVDs and CDs of favorite music, digital photos and videos.

Plenty of expansion for upgrades is afforded by up to three open PCI-E x1 slots for adding a sound, graphics or RAID card and an available PCI-E x16 slot for a video card. This series also offers up to two open bays for a 3.5-inch hard disc drive another for a 5.25-inch optical disc drive.

The M3 Series is available now in Canada with manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) beginning at $499.99 CAD.(3)

Acer X1 Series -- Sleek Size, Super Smart
Just one-third the size of a traditional PC
, the Acer X1 Series desktops take up little space while providing flexibility and scalability. Perfect for home computing and entertainment, the Acer X1 desktops offer a space-saving form factor and excellent ergonomics. This series sports a mesh black finish for a contemporary look and feel. Frequently used ports, such as audio jacks, USB ports and a multi-in-one card reader, are easily accessible on the front of the machine for transferring photos, music and video from popular digital devices. They're also concealed and protected from dust and potential damage by a translucent door when not in use.

Outfitted with up to an AMD Athlon II X3 450 (3.2GHz) processor and up to 6GB DDR3 memory, the Acer X1 Series delivers quick system response for fast multitasking during work and play. High definition audio with 5.1 channel audio support brings the power of theater to the home. Select models tout discrete graphics, delivering power for excellent high-definition video playback.

A SuperMulti optical drive enables users to backup data, load software and burn discs of favorite music and up to 11 USB 2.0 ports are provided for connecting digital devices. The Acer X1 Series also offers up to a 1TB(2) SATA hard drive for storing a wide collection of applications and data. Providing room for expansion, this series comes with an available PCI-E x16 slot and some models also have an open PCI-E x1 slot.

The Acer X1 Series MSRP begins at $349.99 CAD.(3)

Acer T231H 23-inch Ergonomic Touch Screen
As the number one provider of LCDs and LEDs in Canada,(1) Acer is offering a new T231H 23-inch multi-touch display, the ideal monitor to pair with Acer's desktops. Windows® 7 compatible, the T231H enables users to rotate images, flip pages, pinch and draw on the screen with simple hand gestures. Acer also remains the number one provider of LCDs and LEDs in Canada for the 25th consecutive quarter according to Partner Research Corporation (PRC).(4)

Ergonomically designed, the monitor can be tilted backward and adjusted from 5 to 60 degrees, ensuring an ideal viewing angle and maximum comfort whether simply viewing content or when using its touch capabilities. The backward tilt capability makes this display ideal for collaborative use, including working on presentations with other people, viewing maps, creating and editing photo albums as well as playing touch-based games. A specially designed hinge mechanism makes the adjustments intuitive and hassle-free. In addition, the monitor's crystal gray stand can be folded in and tucked out of sight, so the monitor can be easily mounted on a wall.

Packed with leading technologies, the T231H is perfect for today's most popular applications, such as Blu-ray Disc™ console gaming and widescreen cinematic playback. Its 1920 x 1080 resolution makes it ideal for advanced 1080p full HD gaming, and its HDMI interface delivers the highest-quality video and audio currently available. DVI input maximizes connectivity quality between the monitor and other digital sources, such as PC graphics cards and High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) support that allow playing of full-quality DRM-protected entertainment. And with an 80,000:1 contrast ratio and rapid 2ms response time, it delivers a high level of clarity and detail for stunning picture quality.

The Acer T231H will be available in Canada in July for a MSRP of $299.99 CAD.(3)

Handy, Intuitive Software
All Acer desktops come with Windows 7 Home Premium and Clear.fi, Acer's new media sharing system. Clear-fi automatically detects Clear.fi-enabled devices connected to the wireless home network and allows all stored digital content to be shared seamlessly using the Clear.fi media interface.

About Acer
Acer is the number two PC provider in Canada(1) and has held the number one Canadian market share position in LED and LCD displays for 25 consecutive quarters.(4)

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has achieved the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks.(5) A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to the company's continuing growth, while its multi-brand approach effectively integrates Acer, Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands in worldwide markets. Acer strives to design environmentally friendly products and establish a green supply chain through collaboration with suppliers. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 8,000 people worldwide. Revenues for 2010 reached US$19.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

© 2011 Acer America Corp. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all sales channels. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail prices and may vary by retail location. Applicable taxes extra.

(1) Gartner Quarterly Statistics: Personal Computers, Worldwide by Region, 1Q11 Update
(2) Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes
(3) MSRP may depend on configurations or specifications
(4) Source: Partner Research Corporation (PRC)
(5) Source: Gartner data, FY 2010

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