Hoping to get your hot little hands on those brushed metal keys and gorgeous LED touchpad? You're in luck, as the 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8943G (aka Ethos) has finally arrived stateside. $1,549 buys you a 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM and 4GB of RAM, plus a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 and Blu-ray drive to power that 1080p LED-backlit screen.

If you'd rather not lug around a 10.1 pound desktop replacement, though, or if the 8943G's a little too rich for your blood, Acer's got some other machines that might better match your style. The Acer Aspire AS7745 and AS5745 -- incremental updates to these puppies -- bring home Core i5 and Core i7 processors, with the $1,399 17.3-inch AS7745G boasting Radeon HD 5650 graphics and Blu-ray while the $899 AS5745PG comes with a 15.6-inch multitouch screen. There's even a budget lineup starting at $429 next month if you're looking for a netbook alternative. No matter which you choose, you'll find details in the press releases after the break... but since you know you really want that 8943G (see the gallery below) you might as well hit Amazon at our more coverage link. You didn't need that rent money, right?
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New Acer Aspire AS8943G Notebook Computer Turns Any Room into the Ultimate Personal Theatre

Sleek new industrial design personifies elegance and performance; Unique dual mode touchpad/media console puts movies and music at your fingertips

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22, 2010 – Acer America, part of the world's second largest manufacturer of notebook PCs (1), today announced the immediate availability of new models in its top-of-the line multimedia notebook series, the Acer Aspire AS8943G. With a completely new modern and bold industrial design, the AS8943G notebook PCs are defined not only by their advanced capabilities, but by a dramatic, simplistic industrial design befitting a notebook so powerful.

Packed with leading technologies and world-class entertainment and usability features, the new models are sure to please the most demanding power user. Whether they are used for creating multimedia content, watching movies or dominating the latest PC games, the Aspire AS8943G notebooks deliver high-end styling and world-class performance for a wide range of productivity and entertainment applications.

On the exterior, the new Aspire notebooks sport an aluminium cover that not only looks sharp, but also protects the seamless, frameless display. Upon opening the lid, consumers will be wowed by sharp design lines that scream precision and performance. A host of well balanced contrasts, including glossy and matte finishes and silver and black accents, surround the new chiclet style keyboard (keys with straight edges vs. slanted sides) which extends to a dedicated numeric keypad.
"The Acer Aspire AS8943G Series of notebooks are first-class multimedia centers that deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theatre experience," said Ray Sawall, Acer product marketing. "Designed for the most discriminating and style-conscious consumer, these new notebooks combine an elegant, simplistic design with top-of-the line technologies and usability features, taking PC-based entertainment to a whole new level."

Stunning High Definition Visuals
These multimedia powerhouses deliver the ultimate high-definition personal-theatre experience. Featuring a brilliant CineCrystal™ 18.4-inch edge-to-edge glass LED back-lit display with full high-definition (1080p) resolution, consumers have a front row seat to all their entertainment and computing needs. Delivering stunningly rich lifelike audio and visuals, the Dolby® optimized Acer CineSurround sound system with five built-in speakers and a dedicated subwoofer deliver clear tones and deep bass beats, while a Blu-ray drive delivers razor sharp visuals on the display's 16:9 aspect ratio.

For those connecting to PC speakers, headphones or a home audio system, Dolby® Home Theatre® Audio immerses you in the action, making TV shows, movies, sports, music, and video games sound amazing. An HDMI port allows for quick and easy hook up to an even bigger high-definition TV for movie nights.

Only the Best for Power Users and Gamers
Designed for hardcore power users, the Aspire AS8943G Series notebooks are powered by the Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, delivering advanced performance and incredible system response. Already loaded with 4GB or 8GB of memory, the notebooks can support up to 16GB for extraordinary speed.

Boasting the world's fastest and most powerful mobile GPU ever designed(2), gamers looking to lose themselves in an ultimate fantasy world will thrill to the intense video computing power delivered by the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD5850 Graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory. Full DirectX® 11 support enables incredible gaming and stunning
3D visual effects. Photographers, videographers and graphic designers will see their creative ideas spring to life with increased visual detail and stunning realism.

Digital packrats with massive amounts of photos, videos, music, documents and emails will find the 500GB(3) SATA hard dive provides plenty of room for their digital data. With dual hard drive support, consumers can add another drive for backups or to increase their overall storage capacity. And to make data transfer painless, both models include an eSATA port to speed up large file transfers, while a FireWire port moves videos quickly from the latest digital camcorders.

User Friendly Features for Today's Digital Lifestyle
In addition, a new dual-mode touchpad with integrated, capacitive touch media controller icons allows you to switch between multi-gesture mode to media console mode. At the flick of a finger, consumers can go straight to their favorite movies or music. Integrated into the touchpad, the backlit media console icons glow underneath the pad, providing a clean simplistic design. In addition, a convenient scrolling volume wheel directly under the touchpad makes it easy to control volume levels.

Connecting to the Internet on the road or at home is fast and easy. The Aspire AS8943G Series includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ wireless for the road and ultra-quick Gigabit Ethernet for those who want an even faster connection at home. In addition, Bluetooth® makes it easy to connect cordlessly to smartphones and printers.

For those who like to stay in touch face-to-face, a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam and digital microphone provides clear high-quality online chat sessions. It also takes still pictures and videos that can easily be shared with friends.

Providing top-notch security for consumers' digital data, the notebooks also include a bio-protection fingerprint reader, preventing unauthorized access to or use of the PC.

Configurations, Pricing and Availability
With prices starting at $1,549.99, the Acer Aspire AS8943G-6190 and the Acer Aspire AS8943G-6782 are available now at leading retailers.

All models come with a standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service. Additionally, some models have longer warranties offered through specific channel partners. All Acer notebook PCs are backed by toll-free service and support.

About Acer
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. 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 and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 7,000 people worldwide. 2009 revenues reached US$17.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

© 2009 Acer Inc. 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.

(1) Source: Gartner data, FY2009.
(2) As of January 7, 2010, the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5870 3DMarkVantage score is 6568 which is the highest score achieved to date.
3) Accessible capacity varies: MB =1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes.

New Acer Aspire AS5745 and AS7745 Notebooks Offer True HD Playback of Movies and Videos for Cinematic Entertainment On the Go

Select systems boast multi-touch technology, Blu-ray and discrete graphics


SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22, 2010 – Acer, the world's second largest vendor of notebook PCs,(1) today announced its new line of Aspire notebooks geared toward consumers looking for more than just essentials. These notebooks are a cut above entry-level notebooks offering a range of features including quad-core processing, four memory slots, second hard disk drive (HDD) support, branded discrete graphics, multi-touch screen technology, LED-backlit displays and/or Dolby® Home Theater® v3. The new Acer Aspire AS5745 and AS7745 notebooks are available for customers in the U.S. at select retailers with prices beginning at just $699.

Both lines of notebooks come in a handsome, thin-and-light industrial design with a glossy black cover. With display options to suit entertainment needs, the AS5745 Series sports a 15.6-inch high-definition (HD) widescreen display (1366 x 768 resolution), while the AS7745 Series touts a 17.3-inch HD+ widescreen display (1600 x 900 resolution).

Featured models include the Aspire AS5745PG offering multi-touch screen capability for a natural, intuitive way of interacting with applications and digital data; the Aspire AS5745G delivering blazing Intel® Core™ i7 power and discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M graphics for a first-rate multimedia experience; and the Aspire AS7745G, a mobile powerhouse outfitted with Intel® Core™ i7, discrete ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 graphics, second HDD support and Blu-ray.

"Acer continues to deliver on its promise to bring to market leading technology with a superb blend of quality, performance and portability," said Preeta Anil, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. "The AS5745 and AS7745 Series pack plenty of power and convenient features to suit the gamut of consumers wanting to enjoy cinematic entertainment, including HD movies and casual games."

Acer Aspire AS5745 and AS7745 Benefits
Both the AS5745 and AS7745 Series tout HD widescreen LED-backlit displays (true 16:9), designed to provide an extraordinary visual experience. The 15.6- and 17.3-inch LED-backlit displays are super slim and use less energy than traditional cold cathode fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) displays.

In addition, Dolby® Home Theater® v3 combined with S/PDIF support for digital speakers delivers extraordinarily clear audio. Every notebook is outfitted with Microsoft Windows 7 Premium, Acer Nplify™ 802.11 b/g/n wireless and a digital media reader.

The Aspire AS5745 Series offers up to a 500GB(2) HDD for storing a vast library of music, video, images, movies and games. These notebooks are also powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i3, Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors, which enable even the most demanding users to multitask quickly and easily. Notebooks featuring Intel® Core™ i5 or Core™ i7 processors boast Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, which automatically speeds up the processor when the PC requires extra performance. The AS5745 with Intel Core™ i7 quad core processors offer four instead of two memory slots allowing users to economically configure 8GB of system memory via four 2GB memory modules or maximum system memory with 16GB via four 4GB slots. The systems in this series weigh about 5.72 lbs. with a 6-cell battery and offer up to 3.5 hours of battery life.(3)

The Aspire AS7745 Series touts discrete ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD5650 graphics, which infuse videos, movies and games with dramatic detail, vivid color and realism. Powered by Intel® Core™ i7, a giant 500GB(2, 4) HDD and support for a second HDD, these multimedia monsters can fuel and store some of the most power-hungry applications with up to 1TB of storage capacity. These systems come with a 6-cell battery providing up to 2.5 hours of battery life(3) and weigh about 7.1 lbs.

Featured Models
Acer® Aspire AS5745PG: Multi-Touch Screen Technology With Prices Starting at $899.99
In addition to a standard keyboard for traditional data input, the Acer Aspire 5745PG offers a multi-touch screen display and Microsoft Windows® 7 multi-touch support, designed to make entertainment and multimedia experiences more intuitive, interactive and just plain fun. As it frees users to interact with their PC in a natural way, the multi-touch screen gives users an exceptional level of flexibility and control. Customers can touch anywhere on the screen using one or two fingertips to play movies and music, zoom in and out on websites, edit photos and video, handwrite notes, resize windows, launch entertainment applications and more.

Complementing the HD display, the system's Intel® Core™ i5-450M processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, provide the horsepower to fuel casual games, videos and movies with vivid color and crisp detail. The system also comes with Acer Backup Manager for backing up important files and information and the PowerSmart button for maximizing battery life.

Acer® Aspire AS5745G: Discrete NVIDIA and Core i7 With Prices Starting at $1,049
Fueled by fierce Intel® Core™ i7 720QM power with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.8GHz and discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, the Aspire AS5745G-6538 displays true home theater entertainment with crystal clear images and brilliant color. Users will be riveted by the superb image quality and clarity of movies and other visuals showcased in up to 1080p when connected to a 1080p display via HDMI®. The optical drive lets users burn CDs and DVDs of their favorite music, photos and files, while four SODIMM slots enable them to upgrade to 8GB memory economically.

The system comes with a built-in 1.3 MP HD webcam that presents vivid images even in low light situations, so users can go face-to-face in online chats and capture still pictures and videos for sharing with family and friends. A bundled keyboard touts practical features, including a dedicated numeric keypad.

Acer Aspire AS7745G: Second HDD Support, Discrete ATI and Blu-ray With Prices Starting at $1,399
A digital dream, the Aspire AS7745G-6214 offers Intel® Core™ i7 720QM quad-core processing power with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and 8GB memory for incredibly fast and efficient multitasking. Discrete ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 graphics and a Blu-ray drive showcases the latest Blu-ray movies and games in brilliant color and realistic detail. Outfitted with 5.1 channel output, users can enjoy intuitive surround sound through speakers or headphones.

This mobile powerhouse provides plenty of room for expansion. It has four SODIMM slots, enabling users to upgrade to 16GB memory and a second hard drive bay, which allows storage capacity to be increased up to 1TB(2,4) for archiving a giant library of applications and data. The 17.3-inch HD+ display with a high 1600 x 900 resolution increases the enjoyment of movies, casual games and videos with a large viewing area and fantastic picture quality. In addition, the system features HDMI®, a 1.3 MP HD webcam and Bluetooth® technology, enabling users to wirelessly connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices, including phones and printers.

Useful Software Suite
The systems come loaded with Acer Arcade™ Deluxe 2010, an all-in-one media portal for managing today's digital media. Acer Arcade archives songs, photos, movies and videos; Arcade Photo optimizes graphics acceleration for fast photo sorting and creation of memorable slide shows; Arcade Video converts videos quickly for playback on a favorite media player and uploads videos to YouTube and Facebook; and Arcade Music browses and organizes music collections.

Pricing and Availability
Acer's newest notebook PCs are now available at leading technology and electronics retailers with prices beginning at $699.99.

About Acer
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.(1) 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 and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 7,000 people worldwide. 2009 revenues reached US$17.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

© 2009 Acer Inc. 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.

1.Source: Gartner data, FY 2009
2.Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes
3.Battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and applications or features launched. All batteries' maximum capacity diminishes with time and use.
4.The system comes with a 500GB HDD and requires another 500GB HDD to comprise 1TB of storage. capacity

Acer Enhances Value-Based Mobile Computing Category with New Aspire Line
of Attractive, Feature Rich Notebooks

With prices starting at $429.99, new affordable Aspire notebooks deliver practical features for staying productive and connected

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22, 2010 – Acer America today expanded its Aspire® notebook line with new value-based models that deliver a nice balance of performance, features, attractive design and affordability for consumers on a budget.

The new Aspire® notebooks offer mobile users the power of next-generation Intel® or AMD® processors, a choice of robust graphics solutions, ample memory, large hard drives and a choice of large 15.6- or 17.3-inch screen sizes, with prices starting at $429.99.

"Acer's newly redesigned line of value-based Aspire notebooks gives consumers with basic computing needs all the performance, features and mobility they need at an outstanding value," said Preeta Anil, Acer product marketing. "This new notebook line is ideal for anyone who needs a full-function notebook PC to keep them connected and productive while working, studying or enjoying digital media and casual games."

Power Packed for Efficient Multitasking
The new Aspire notebooks offer new Intel® Core i5 and i3 processors as well as new AMD Phenom II, AMD Athlon II, and AMD Turion II, and AMD V Series processors that delivers a fast and responsive computing experience by speeding up multitasking performance. Additionally, the 4GB of DDR3 memory is significantly faster than DDR2 memory, ensuring faster, more efficient performance on applications.

The latest communications technologies keep users in touch at all times. Internet access is provided through the 802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED® wireless or fast Gigabit Ethernet LAN connectivity, making it easy to browse websites, check email, enjoy online entertainment, and stay in touch with social media networks.

An integrated Acer Crystal Eye™ 1.3MP (1280 x 1024 resolution) webcam delivers smooth video streaming and high quality images for online chats and business video conferences, even in low-light situations. The built-in digital microphone conveys superior voice quality, keeping background noise levels low and minimizing echoes. Consumers can also enjoy music and video sound with the high-definition audio support and two built-in stereo speakers.

High-Definition Support for Striking Visuals
The high-definition, LED-backlit Acer CineCrystal™ widescreen display delivers crystal-clear images and color with a true 16:9 aspect ratio that increases the viewing area. Users can choose from several models with either 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch screens.

Next-generation graphics solutions offer users excellent visual quality for the latest games, movies, photos or videos. The new Aspire notebooks come with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 or 5650 discrete graphics, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 or Intel® HD graphics. Taking the visual experience one step further, the Aspire notebooks also come with an HDMI port for connecting to a HDTV, providing crisp, high-quality visuals and audio through a single cable.

Cool Styling and Features Boost Mobile Computing Experience
The Aspire notebooks are available in black or silver and feature rounded edges and smooth lines highlighted by a textured mesh cover that brings an attractive appearance while preventing fingerprints and scratches.

To protect media files, photos and video while on the go, the Acer Aspire notebooks include MyBackup functionality that gives customers a way to quickly and easily back-up all important files. Easily accessible with the integrated software, customers can conveniently back up files to another location such as a USB drive, external hard disk drive, or another hard drive partition. The notebook line is incredibly easy to use with a multi-gesture touchpad, touchpad lock, and dedicated numeric keypad.

The new notebooks come with 250GB to 500GB large-capacity hard drives with generous storage for work and multimedia files. Several models also include a Blu-ray Disc™ drive for the ultimate entertainment experience while watching high-definition movies.

Price and Availability
The new Aspire notebooks will be available later this month at leading U.S. retailers with prices ranging from $429.99 to $899.99.

About Acer
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. 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 and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 7,000 people worldwide. 2009 revenues reached US$17.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

© 2009 Acer Inc. 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.

Source: Gartner data, FY 2009