Acer aspires to have fun

Acer Computers has launched a new generation of Aspire desktop PCs at Gitex today. The PC is meant to meet the needs of people who want their home computer to be more than just a work-station.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 20, 2003

Acer Computers has launched a new generation of Aspire desktop PCs at Gitex today. The PC is meant to meet the needs of people who want their home computer to be more than just a work-station.

The company has positioned the consumer PC market at the forefront of its agenda, based on an expected slow down in spending on desktop PCs from the corporate sector next year.

"As Acer aims to continue expanding business at a strong rate, we are now focusing attention on the next hot sector - the home entertainment market," commented Krishna Murthy, general manager, Acer Computer Middle East. "Acer's market analysis indicates that the next big trend to open up in the region is going to be PCs that provide an entire range of home entertainment options," he added.

The Aspire RC500 - which is the company's first-generation model from its "enjoyment center" concept - will enable users to watch films and television , play or listen to the radio.

Murthy commented that sales for the Aspire RC500 will be strong in the Middle East based on its all-in-one design and its reasonable price. He said: "The Aspire RC500 is an economical solution that rolls all the requirements of home entertainment into one platform. The solution cuts down costs and also helps to save space in the home."

The Aspire RC500 features five entertainment modes - including video, television, photo album, music and radio - and powerful PC functionality. It also features a wireless keyboard and mouse that eliminates cable clutter. All Acer Aspire RC500 models are based on Intel Pentium 4 processors with an Intel 865G chipset supporting FSB at 800 MHz with support for Intel Hyper-Threading technology. The PC3200 DDR-SDRAM memory can be expanded up to 4GB, and the ATA 100 hard disks up to 120GB. Graphics cards in AGP 8x slots are latest generation to ensure maximum performance.

The Acer Aspire RC500 has a practical seven-in-one memory card reader supporting the latest digital file formats such as PRO, CompactFlash Type I, CompactFlash Type II, Smart Media, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card. The computer also has two USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE 1394 Fire Wire port as well as speaker and microphone jacks.

This PC can also be connected to a LAN or the Internet with a built-in LAN card and modem, and users can connect a range of peripherals including headphones, microphones, digital cameras, scanners or digital video cameras to download images.

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