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Acer announces the new Aspire 1640 and 1650 series

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Acer announces the new Aspire 1640 and 1650 series

Centrino mobility and multimedia have never been so affordable

Manno, (Switzerland) 24th October 2005 – Acer, the leading vendor in the notebook sector for EMEA – Europe, Middle East and Africa (source: Gartner Data 2Q 2005), presents the new Acer Aspire 1640 and 1650 series, a new family of notebooks for private users, SOHO professionals and small and medium-sized companies.

The high processing power provided by the Centrino platform makes the Aspire 1640 and 1650 series an ideal solution for users looking for a mobile PC that offers reliable performance, wireless connectivity and multimedia capabilities.

Reliable Performance

Both the Acer Aspire 1640 and 1650 models are based on Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology and take full advantage of its more advanced components: Intel® Pentium® M processors with 2MB Cache L2 and Intel® 915GM/PM Express chipset with 533MHz System Bus.

With Hard Disk capacity of up to 100GB and standard system memory of up to 1GB DDR2, upgradeable to 2GB, and a choice of DVD-Dual double-layer drive or DVD/CD-RW combo drive, the Aspire 1640 and 1650 series offer all the room you need to store your personal and professional data.

Reliability and long-lasting power. The Aspire 1640 allows up to 5 hours[1] battery life allowing users to fully enjoy the freedom of true portability.

Wireless connectivity

Integrating the Centrino platform, that features the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection for Wireless connections based on IEEE 802.11b/g standard, the Aspire 1640 and 1650 series are fully wireless-ready. Using your Acer wireless laptop at home and work expands your entertainment and work space, while the optional Bluetooth module provides effortless access to Personal Area Networks. In addition, Acer SignalUp™ technology guarantees stable reception and dependable connectivity.

Multimedia capabilities

The Acer Aspire 1640 and 1650 series express their multimedia potential through excellent graphics and a choice of bright displays. Graphic output of the Aspire 1640 series is managed by the Intel® 915GM integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 and up to 128 MB of shared memory while the Aspire 1650 features the powerful ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X300 with 64/128 MB of VRAM and ATI POWERPLAY™ 5.0, Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, PCI Express® and DualView™ support.

These multi-tasking multimedia notebooks offer a choice of 15.4" WXGA colour TFT LCD, with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution featuring Acer CrystalBrite technology, or 15" XGA colour TFT LCD, with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, and guarantee a stunningly versatile entertainment experience thanks to the exclusive Aspire Arcade suite which provides access to the most popular digital functions even when the PC is turned off. In addition, Acer CinemaVision™ and Acer ClearVision™ minimize picture distortion for a richer, smoother cinematic experience: Video DVD playing on the wide screen has never been so comfortable. Amplified sound effects and fantastic digital audio is provided by the S/PDIF support, available on the Aspire 1650 series.

Both the Aspire 1640 and 1650 series are designed around Acer’s proprietary Empowering Technology that allows users to get the most out of their PC investment by putting handy PC settings and functions just one-click-away. With just one touch of the Empowering Key on the notebook, users will be able to quickly and effectively manage power consumption through Acer ePower Management, connection profiles through Acer eNet Management, presentation modes through Acer ePresentation Management, system back-up and recovery through Acer eRecovery Management and PC settings through Acer eSettings Management.

The Acer Aspire 1640 and 1650 notebooks come with Microsoft® Windows® XP Home or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional preinstalled. Both series also feature a range of additional software including Acer Arcade, Acer Empowering Technology, Acer GridVista (on widescreen models only) and utilities such Norton Antivirus®, which can be updated directly over the Internet, PowerDVD and NTI CD Maker™.

The Acer Aspire 1640 and 1650 series come with a standard 1 year Carry–In Warranty (International Travellers Warranty - ITW) which can be extended to 3-year cover with the AcerAdvantage NewEdition service that also covers accidental damage to the notebook.