Acer Z3 all-in-one launches in the US for $800 with touch, $700 without

Want a straightforward Windows 8 all-in-one that won't cost a pretty penny? Acer has you covered with the launch of its Z3-605 Series in the US. The 23-inch desktop isn't a performance champ when it carries up to a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a DVD burner. Don't dismiss it out of hand, however -- the 1080p IPS-based LCD should deliver a good-looking picture, and a touchscreen variant supports air gestures. If there's enough here to leave you intrigued, you can pick up the Z3-605 today for a modest $700 in base trim, or with touch for $800.

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Acer's New Z3-605: Comfort, Control and Crisp Audio All in One

Acer's First All-In-One Desktop With Harman Kardon® Speakers Sets a New Standard for AIO Sound Quality

* Front facing Harman Kardon speakers combined with Dolby Home Theater v4 deliver superb sound quality.
* A 23-inch Full HD IPS display provides stunning and realistic imagery.
* Select models offer 10-point touch technology for intuitive operation.
* Many configurations offer hand recognition software that enables gestures to execute common commands.
* An ergonomic frame that tilts from 10 to 30 degrees and an adjustable HD webcam maximize viewing comfort.

Frequently used ports and buttons are grouped together on the front for easy access.
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 17, 2013 – Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one (AIO) desktops delivering crisp sound and a clean design are now available for consumers in the United States. The new series includes two 3W front-facing Harman Kardon speakers that leverage thorough and precise scientific methods to accurately produce crystal-clear audio that's as close to the original recording as possible. In addition, Dolby® Home Theater® v4 audio features optimized digital output technologies for delivering music, movies and games in dynamic surround sound.

"Integrating Harman Kardon speakers is an important milestone and showcases Acer innovation and technology leadership," said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer America. "Acer is the first in the market to bring Harman Kardon premium sound to a mainstream all-in-one desktop, setting a new standard. The Aspire Z3-605 delivers a dynamic, high-quality audio experience for music and movie lovers and furthers convenience and comfort with an ergonomic and adjustable frame and webcam."

Boasting an ergonomic chassis, easy operation and optimized sound, this platform is built to offer an enjoyable computing experience and a digital centerpiece for the home. The Aspire Z3-605 Series comes with a 23-inch 1080p Full HD display. The understated look and feel provides a neat, uncluttered appearance and smart ergonomics ensure easy viewing.

Primed for Comfort

Thanks to the chassis'10 to 30 degree tilt adjustment, users can find the best angle for watching a film or playing a game. In addition, the integrated 1MP HD Webcam with 720p image capture can be adjusted between 0-20 degrees, affording users the ability to find the best position for comfortably chatting with friends or family.

Convenient Control Via Touch and Hand Gestures

Select models feature a Full HD IPS display with 10 point touch. The IPS technology delivers consistent images, colors and brightness from all viewing angles up to 178 degrees, a significant advantage for group viewing. These models also offer integrated hand recognition software that reads human gestures for easily controlling the Windows 8 user interface and cursor from a distance.

The unique capsule-shaped port bay on the front of the chassis groups together the on-screen display (OSD) button, SD card reader, USB 3.0 and 2-in-1 combo audio jack, for easy reach. To enhance the clean design, the stand has hooks to keep cables neat and the desk tidy, while Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n eliminate messy wires.

The Acer Z3-605 Series is primed for power with Windows 8, up to an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory and a 1TB(1) hard drive. Offering excellent connectivity, these AIOs come with an HDMI port for attaching a gaming console or television and two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports link the systems to peripherals and digital devices. An integrated SuperMulti optical drive enables DVD movie viewing as well as the burning of music and photos to CDs.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one desktops will be available at leading retailers with a limited one-year warranty(2) and a starting price of $699.99 without touch and $799.99 with touch.

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Acer's 23-inch Z3-605 all-in-one ships to the US, starting at $700