Choice, you say? Acer's newest laptop duo is offering that in spades. At a gala this morning in New York City, the company rolled out quite the arrangement of new kit -- not the least of which was a revamped Aspire V5 and Aspire V7. The two lines ship with a 14- or 15.6-inch display, giving users the option of a 1,366 x 768 panel or a (highly recommended) 1,920 x 1,080 IPS panel; those seeking something even smaller will also find an 11.6-inch option in the V5 range, weighing just three pounds and measuring under an inch thick. The whole lot can be selected with dual- or quad-core chips from AMD and Intel, while select configurations are equipped with NVIDIA's GeForce GT7XXM series or AMD's Radeon HD8750 discrete graphics.
In essence, the V7 only differs from the V5 by adding a "silky touch" finish on the bottom, the "latest Intel CPUs," optional SSDs and Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) technology. Both ranges offer the new Acer Converter Port, which aims to make the act of connecting to an external display, HDD, router, etc. a lesson in simplicity. The newfangled V series will ship at the end of the month with prices starting at $499, but you can bet that the model you're really after will land far north of that.
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Acer Brings Thinner, Lighter Designs to Mainstream Notebooks With Versatile Aspire V5 and V7 Series
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 03, 2013) - At a press event held today in New York, Acer unveiled an updated and slimmed down Aspire V5 Series of notebooks and also introduced the powerful new Aspire V7 Ultrabook. The new V Series represents Acer's largest and most versatile line of mainstream notebooks with numerous models available in a variety of colors with varying screen sizes, resolutions, with or without touch and with varying performance and graphics capabilities.
"The new Acer Aspire V5 and V7 Series are all about giving our customers a wide range of performance and entertainment features from which to choose," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president, product marketing, Acer America. "In addition to adding full high-definition panels, more powerful graphics and solid state drives to the V Series, models are up to 9 percent slimmer than the previous generation."
The new Acer Aspire V Series was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook and Acer Iconia Android tablets. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company's focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design. #AcerTouch.
Based on lifestyle and performance needs, consumers can choose models featuring large 15.6-inch displays, more portable 14-inch displays, or highly transportable models with 11.6-inch displays.
Because One Size Doesn't Fit All - Diverse Options with 14- and 15.6-inch Displays to Fit Your Personality
All models are available with a choice of touch or non-touch screen. To make typing easier and more comfortable, all V5 models include a full size keyboard with an 8 percent larger key cap area than previous generation V5 notebooks. All notebook configurations with a touch screen will also include backlit keyboards.
For crystal clear viewing, the new V5 notebooks featuring a 15.6-inch or 14-inch display are available in either high definition (1366x768) or full high-definition (1920x1080) with IPS technology(1), which provides an amazingly vibrant and wide viewing angle. These models also include four speakers and are supported by Dolby Home Theatre for crystal clear cinematic surround sound with less distortion. It also makes it easy to connect to a home theatre system, and provides total control over the PC's audio settings with a few simple clicks.
Models are available with the next generation AMD dual core or quad core processors, or the latest Intel CPUs. Select configurations are equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GT7XXM series or AMD Radeon HD8750 discrete graphics for fast casual gaming and rich responsive multimedia.
Touch, Mobility and Affordability in Models Featuring an 11.6-inch Display
The smallest Aspire V5 models featuring an 11.6-inch high-definition (1366 x 768) include touch screens and are ideal for anyone wanting an affordable thin and super light notebook to take wherever they go. Just 3 pounds and less than an inch thick, they are ideal for a frequent traveler, child or for student use. Models are available with the next generation AMD dual core or quad core or the latest Intel CPUs. They also feature a full size keyboard, while backlit keyboards will also be available in some regions.
When Performance is Critical - V7 Series Ultrabooks
The new V7 Series Ultrabooks offer the same stylish and thin design found on the V5 models, but adds a "silky touch" finish on the bottom. In addition, the V7 models include a variety of the latest Intel processors, solid state drives, Acer Theft Shield, the new Acer converter port and WiDi, Intel's Wireless Display technology, which makes it easy to connect directly to a big screen HDTV for watching movies, viewing photos or videos or playing games.
Acer Converter Port Makes Connecting Easy
For maximum convenience, all V5 models include an Acer Converter Port, making it easy to connect to an external display, hard drive, router, etc. Some models include a converter cable, which supports VGA, USB and RJ45 connections.
Availability and Pricing
The Aspire V Series will be available at the end of May. The V Series has a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $499 USD(2).
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