SOURCE: Acer Canada

Acer Canada

July 29, 2011 08:00 ET

Acer's New 24-Inch All-in-One Multi-Touch Desktop: Simply Sophisticated

The New Sleek Design Comes With HDMI-in Ports for Connections to a TV or a Game Console; Touch Display Offers Backward Tilt up to 60 Degrees; New Wireless Keyboard Integrates Touchpad and Media Controls

MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwire - Jul 29, 2011) - Ushering in the back-to-school shopping season for customers in Canada, Acer is offering the Acer Aspire Z5801, a sleek all-in-one (AIO) with a 24-inch HD display made for productivity, fun and entertainment. It makes an appealing addition to dorms, lofts, living areas and dens and offers user-friendly multi-touch functionality, one of the easiest ways to interact with a PC. This new generation AIO touts an ample 24-inch HD display and graces any living or work space with a sophisticated look and feel.

Gamers will appreciate the two HDMI-in ports and HDMI-out port, which enable the system to be connected to a game console, cable box and external display simultaneously. This way, users can simply switch from game console to TV to PC mode with just a press of a button. The system's display offers backward tilt capability of up to 60 degrees, which makes the PC ideal for collaborative activities, such as playing games, working on presentations and viewing maps or photo albums with others. In addition, a wireless keyboard has a touchpad and multimedia controls for controlling the PC from a distance, an advantage when sitting on the couch, cooking in the kitchen or relaxing in bed.

"The simplicity and aesthetics of our all-in-one desktops have been well-received, so we're taking the platform a step further with a bigger display, more power and practical new features," said Frank Chang, director of product management, Acer Canada. "Our new 24-inch AIO leverages speedy Core i5 processing and is built entirely with desktop components for superior performance and value. Created for multimedia enjoyment, the 60 degree backward tilt capability combined with the multi-touch display, enable friends and families to more easily and comfortably play casual games and collaborate on travel plans, school projects and digital photography. Plus, the convenient ability to toggle between game console, TV and PC modes saves time and fuss."

Sophisticated Design, Dynamic Audio
Created to grace any decor with visual elegance, the Aspire Z5801 with an integrated 24-inch touch LCD features a sleek, contemporary aluminium frame. A wireless keyboard comes with an integrated mouse and media touch controls that can be used for controlling the PC from a distance. When not in use, the keyboard can be stowed underneath the PC, which contributes to the clean look and increases overall desk space.

The full 24-inch HD 1080p LCD touchscreen with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time delivers outstanding visual quality. Industry leading audio is provided by Dolby® Home Theater® v4, a set of technologies that provide high fidelity sound. By setting personalized EQ profiles, users can achieve exactly the sound quality they desire: more powerful bass, clearer dialogue, and crisp, consistent audio overall. Custom tuned, the PC provides cinematic surround sound through headphones, the built-in speakers, or a connected home theater system. Users can now watch movies, listen to music, or play games on the system while enjoying dynamic audio. It also comes with an optical audio port for those that want to use a separate speaker system.

Powerful Components and Connectivity
Unlike most competitive AIOs that leverage more expensive and lower performance mobile parts, the Acer Aspire Z5801 is built solely with desktop components for fantastic performance and bang for the buck. The system leverages a powerful Intel® Core™ i5-2400S processor (2.5GHz) featuring Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which can increase performance in response to the most demanding tasks such as editing videos and playing games. The system delivers optimal speed with 6GB DDR3 SDRAM for smooth multitasking and immersive entertainment.

The Acer Aspire Z5801 has an optical drive for backing up data and burning DVDs. In addition to an eSATA port for those that want to use an external hard disc or another optical drive, there are two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports for attaching printers, external storage, digital cameras and more. The media card reader provides a cable-less connection to digital devices and an enormous 1.5TB SATA hard drive(1) provides a ton of room for archiving personal files, games and multimedia applications.

The most advanced wireless and wired technologies include 802.11 b/g/n, Gigabit LAN and optional Bluetooth 2.1. There is also a built-in microphone and high-definition webcam for communicating via video chats.

Intuitive Software
The system comes with Clear.fi, Acer's new media sharing system that automatically detects the Clear.fi-enabled devices connected to the wireless home network. It allows all digital content stored to be shared seamlessly using the Clear.fi media interface.

The Acer Aspire Z5801 also leverages Windows® 7 Home Premium and thanks to the multi-touch functionality, it integrates all multimedia contents via the Acer TouchPortal, which provides an intuitive, hands-on experience, bringing together a full suite of touch-enhanced applications and gadgets for fun and entertainment. These applications include TouchBrowser for searching, retrieving and presenting information from the Internet; TouchCam with practical touch controls to add interesting video effects while chatting online; TouchMusic for managing and browsing favorite songs; TouchPhoto for photo sharing capabilities and TouchVideo for enjoying Blu-ray or DVD movies and videos, as well as browsing and sharing videos via YouTube.

The Acer Aspire Z5801-EB20P will be available at leading retailers in late July with a MSRP starting at $999.99 CAD. It comes with a one-year warranty.(2)

About Acer
Acer is the number two PC provider in Canada and has held the number one Canadian market share position in LED and LCD displays for 25 consecutive quarters. (3)

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.(4) 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.

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1. Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes
2. Limited warranties and service agreements apply. May not be available in all locations. Availability varies. Other conditions apply.
3. Source: Partner Research Corporation (PRC)
4. Source: Gartner data, FY 2010

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