Acer recently 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 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 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.
The Aspire AS7745 Series touts discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics, which infuse videos, movies and games with dramatic detail, vivid color and realism. Powered by Intel® Core i7, a giant 500GB 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 and weigh about 7.1 lbs.
- Acer® Aspire AS5745PG: Multi-Touch Screen Technology – $899.99
In addition to a standard keyboard for traditional data input, the Acer Aspire AS5745PG-3882 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 the PowerSmart button for maximizing battery life.
- Acer® Aspire AS5745G: Discrete NVIDIA and Core i7 – $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 – $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 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.