Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

Jan 6, 2010
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Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

Acer have announced a new range of Aspire notebooks packing Intel's new Core i3 and i5 Arrandale processors.  The 15.6-inch AS5740 and 17.3-inch AS7740 notebooks kick off from $599.99 and have a choice of Core i3-330M 2.13GHz or Core i5-430M 2.26GHz CPUs, optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 or HD 5470 graphics, and optional Blu-ray drives.

Those optional GPUs are enough to tip the Acers into DirectX 11 support, making them potentially capable gaming machines too.  Alternatively, when battery life is more important, you can switch to integrated graphics; even so, Acer reckon you'll see 4hrs runtime at most on the 15.6-inch machine, or 3.5hrs on the 17.3-inch model.

Elsewhere there's WiFi b/g/n, gigabit ethernet, hard-drives kicking off at 500GB and HDMI.  The 17.3-inch AS7740 is also 1080p-ready, and both support Dolby surround sound.  Sales begin on January 17th, priced from $599.99 for the AS5470 and from $749.99 for the AS7740.

Press Release:

ACER(r) ASPIRE SERIES OFFER ENHANCED HORESPOWER WITH NEW INTEL CORE i3 AND i5 TECHNOLOGY

Stylish 15.6- and 17.3-inch Acer Aspire AS5740 and AS7740 Series
notebooks boast high-performance Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 and Core(tm) i5
processors; Select models offer advanced ATI Radeon(tm) HD graphics and
Blu-ray, transforming the notebook into a mobile theater

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2010 - Delivering state-of-the-art performance
in a stylish package, Acer America today offers the new Acer(r) Aspire
AS5740 and AS7740 Series of notebook PCs. These mobile powerhouses
feature the new Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 and Core(tm) i5 processors,
widescreen HD displays, first-rate graphics and Acer's acclaimed
Gemstone Blue design with prices beginning at just $599.99.

"As games become more lifelike and movies push the limits on special
effects, more powerful and intelligent performance is required for a
truly dynamic computing experience," said Preeta Anil, senior product
marketing manager for Acer America. "Consumers wanting to enjoy all the
latest digital media in a mobile platform will appreciate the AS5740 and
AS7740 Series. Featuring extremely fast processors and in select
models, discrete ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD graphics and Blu-ray disc
drives, these notebooks truly bring digital entertainment to life."

Multi-Core Processors Match Workload

With faster, smarter multi-core technology, the new AS5470 and AS7740
Series fueled by Intel(r) Core(tm) i3-330M (2.13GHz) and Core(tm)
i5-430M (2.26GHz) processors, are designed to please some of the most
demanding computer users. Whether it's composing digital music, editing
photos, or playing casual games, the new Aspire AS5740 and AS7740
notebooks enable users to enjoy the best in digital media and be more
productive with the ability to multitask quickly and easily. With an
intelligent design that accelerates to accommodate demanding tasks, both
new series of notebooks are offered in many different configurations
that allocate power where it's needed most.

Powerful ATI Radeon(tm) Graphics Maximize the HD Experience; Accelerate
Multitasking Select models boast ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 5650 or ATI
Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 5470 graphics, providing performance and
portability for entertainment and productivity on the go. The ATI
Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 5650 with 1GB Dedicated VRAM features the most
advanced technology that offers a host of advantages from playing the
hottest Blu-ray movies and other HD content at full 1080p resolution to
accelerating the most demanding applications, such as video editing. It
also provides superior multi-monitor support that includes expanding the
field of view across up to six displays and exceptional optical clarity
for a truly immersive entertainment experience.

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 with 512MB dedicated memory produces
quality images for viewing HD content and playing popular games as well
as the speed necessary for accelerating everyday applications. Both
discrete graphics leverage ATI Stream technology, which enables the CPU
and GPU to work together more efficiently for a significant increase in
system performance. With DirectX(r) 11 support, users can play the
latest HD games with superior image clarity and striking 3D visual
effects for astonishing realism. In addition, both GPUs enable users to
dynamically switch between integrated and discrete graphics to optimize
the notebook for maximum performance when desired and long battery life
while on the go.

Beautiful "Gemstone Blue" Design; 15.6- and 17.3-Inch HD Widescreen
Displays Elegantly crafted, all of the new notebooks are encased in
Acer's eye-catching Gemstone Blue design, known for its glossy sapphire
blue exterior and smooth rounded edges. A backlit power button and
textured NeoWeave palm rest enhance the look and feel. The systems
offer a full keyboard and a front access card reader for convenience.

The AS7740 Series boasts a widescreen 17.3-inch Acer CineCrystal
LED-backlit TFT LCD with a true cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio. Full HD
resolution reveals beautiful picture quality for enjoying entertainment
created in the 1080p format. The large display is ideal for those who
prefer a bigger screen for viewing movies or playing games as well as
being able to scroll less when looking at websites or spreadsheets.

The AS5740 Series comes with a 15.6-inch Acer CineCrystal TFT LCD with a
16:9 aspect ratio and full HD resolution, large enough for mobile savvy
customers to easily view web pages, documents, email, digital media and
more.

Affording easy, intuitive PC navigation, the new Aspire notebooks have a
multi-gesture touchpad. Users can scroll, rotate, zoom in and out and
quickly flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets, long lists of
files, music playlists and more by pinching, flicking and swirling their
fingers across the touchpad. The touchpad can also be disabled with a
one-touch button, eliminating accidental cursor movement with palms and
wrists when using an external mouse.

Dolby-Optimized Surround Sound, Blu-ray and More High quality graphics
and Dolby(r) -optimized surround sound enhance movies and games with
dynamic, realistic images and audio. Select models come with a Blu-ray
disc drive at a very affordable price point. The Blu-ray drive delivers
high def music and movie effects with true-to-master precision and
enables users to burn CDs and DVDS of their favorite music, photos and
videos.

A webcam and digital microphone make it fun and easy to get virtual face
time with friends and family via live video streaming and video chat.
Both the AS5470 and AS7740 Series notebooks come with integrated media
readers and offer up to 650GB hard drives(2) with ample room for storing
a vast library of applications, files and digital media.

A wide array of ports including HDMI, enable the laptops to support any
PC or TV video format via a single cable, while four USB 2.0 ports
connect to the latest peripherals and digital devices. Integrated
802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless and Gigabit Ethernet LAN provide fast
access to email, the web and social networks.

The systems are Energy Star(r) qualified and outfitted with Genuine
Windows(r) 7 Home Premium, enhancing the user experience with an easier
to use interface and more reliability and responsiveness.

Pricing/Configurations/Availability

The Acer(r) Aspire AS5740 and AS7740 Series notebooks will be available
for U.S. customers at leading retailers beginning on Jan. 17, 2010. A
sample configuration as well as specifications and pricing follow.

Acer(r) Aspire AS5740G-6979 Notebook PC - Prices begin at $749.99

* Intel(r) Core i5-430M(r) Processor (2.26GHz, 1066MHz FSB,
3MB L3 Cache)

* 15.6-Inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal(tm) LED-Backlit Display
(16.9 Aspect Ratio; 1366 x 768 Pixel Resolution)

* 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz Dual-Channel Memory

* Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

* ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 5650 with 1GB Dedicated VRAM

* 500GB SATA Hard Drive(2)

* 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive

* Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader

* Acer InviLink(tm) 802.11b/g/Draft-N+ WI-FI CERTIFIED

* 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

* Built-in Webcam

* Two Built-In Stereo Speakers and Dolby(r) Home Theater Audio
Enhancement

* True 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Output

* Multi-Gesture Touchpad

* Four USB 2.0 Ports and HDMI

* 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to Four Hours Battery
Life(1)

* 6.16 Pounds

* Measures 15.1 (W) x 9.9 (D) x 1.03/1.05 (H) Inches

* One Year International Traveler's Warranty

Acer(r) Aspire AS7740-5142 Notebook PC - Prices begin at $749.99

* Intel(r) Core i3-330M(r) Processor (2.13GHz, 1066MHz FSB,
3MB L3 Cache)

* 17.3-Inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal(tm) LED-Backlit Display
(16.9 Aspect Ratio; 1600 x 900 Pixel Resolution)

* 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz Dual-Channel Memory

* Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

* Blu-ray Drive

* Intel(r) Graphics Media Accelerator HD With 128 MB Dedicated
System Memory

* 500GB SATA 2.5 Hard Drive(2)

* Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader

* Intel(r) Centrino(r) Wireless-N 1000 b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Acer Nplify

* Dolby(r) Optimized Surround Sound System with Two Built-In
Stereo Speakers

* Built-in Webcam

* Multi-Gesture Touchpad

* Four USB 2.0 Ports and HDMI

* 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to 3.5 Hours Battery
Life(1)

* 7.05 Pounds

* Measures 16.18 (W) x 10.78 (D) x 1.58/1.77 (H) Inches

* One-Year International Traveler's Warranty

About Acer

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of
breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on
marketing its brand-name IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the
world's No. 3 vendor for total PCs(3) and No. 2 for notebooks,(4) with
the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and
sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer's continued
growth, while the successful mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell
complete the company's global footprint by strengthening its presence in
the U.S. and enhancing its strong position in Europe. The Acer Group
employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US$16.65
billion. See www.acer.com for more information.

(c) 2008 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.

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1. Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1
billion bytes

2. Battery life varies depending on product specifications,
computer settings and applications or features launched. All batteries'
maximum capacity diminishes with time and use.

3. Source: Gartner data, FY 2008

4. Source: Gartner data, FY 2008


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