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New Aspire X1200 SFF desktop - a small yet mighty package

By Jos
Jul 8, 2008
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  1. SAN JOSE, CALIF., July 8, 2008 – Acer America, the third largest vendor in the PC market,(1) today announced the Acer® Aspire X1200, a truly dynamic and sleek entertainment center with prices beginning at just
    $450.

    Offering powerful desktop components and expansion capabilities in a small box, the Acer® Aspire X1200 desktop enables users to enjoy high-definition movies, games and theater-like sound while maximizing
    space in the home. Featuring AMD dual-core processors, NVIDIA®
    GeForce® 8200 on-board graphics and PCI Express® 2.0, it’s ideal for entertainment enthusiasts and space-conscious consumers desiring phenomenal performance in an environmentally-friendly design.

    “Our innovative, low energy consumption desktop is a no-compromise solution providing desktop power, performance and value in a compact form factor,” said Stephanie Hatchel, Senior Manager, Retail Desktop Product Planning for Acer America. “Aspire X1200 was designed to be an appealing, easy to use media hub for making the most of entertainment.
    From broadcasting MP3s in crystal clear acoustics to showcasing HD movies, this sleek system is a multimedia powerhouse and available at a price today’s budget-minded consumers will appreciate.”


    Expandable and Elegant Space-Saving Design

    Measuring just 10.6-inches (L) x 4.0-inches (W) x 14.4-inches (H), the stylish, compact chassis maximizes desktop real estate. Its high gloss coating and recessed venting sport an elegant look and feel.
    Translucent plastic knobs on the speakers are attractive and make it simple to adjust volume. Peripherals including the keyboard and mouse showcase subtle color differences that enhance the overall design appeal.

    Providing room for expansion, the system offers two PCI Express slots
    (X1 and X16). For easy access and reach, five USB 2.0 ports, a
    multi-in-1 card reader, IEEE 1394 port and audio jacks are conveniently located on the front of the PC. Four additional USB 2.0 ports are positioned on the back for connecting to a wide array of peripherals and digital devices.


    Dynamic Digital Media Powerhouse

    Unlike similar small form factor PCs that leverage mobile components with higher costs and lower performance, the Aspire X1200 offers a choice of models that scale up to an AMD Athlon™ X2 5000 processor and up to 4GB DDR2 memory for taking on advanced multitasking. The AMD processors support downloadable AMD Live! applications for optimal recording, transferring, sharing and organizing of photos, videos, music and media. The energy-efficient designs employing the AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 4850e processor, consume less power, resulting in less wasted energy, lower operational cost as well as cooler and quieter operation.
    Boasting the NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 Chipset with PureVideo HD Technology, the Aspire X1200 supports the hottest games with Microsoft® DirectX 10 for realistic, life-like images. The system also promises high-definition movie picture quality with supported formats including H.264, VC1 and MPEG2. Fully integrated high-definition audio with 7.1-channel audio support provides dynamic sound for games, music and movies. In conjunction with an HD display, the Acer Aspire X1200 delivers a superb home theater experience.

    HDMI makes it easy to hook the PC to a big screen TV and gives users a full range of support for any high-definition format via a single cable.
    A high-performance 14-in-1 digital media card reader makes it easy to transfer video, music and movies from a host of digital devices. The mini-desktop also come with a large SuperMulti Double-layer drive, which provides enough room to record significant data, hours of DVD-quality video and thousands of songs.

    Front- and rear-access audio jacks speed up connection of headphones, microphones and other audio peripherals. PCI Express 2.0 optimizes computer components, such as high-end discrete graphics cards and network cards for the fastest performance available.


    Specifications, Pricing and Availability

    The Acer® Aspire X1200 desktop PC is available now at major retailers nationwide. Prices range from $449.99 to $699.99 depending on configuration. See following for available models.


    Acer® Aspire X1200-U1520A: Available now for $449.99

    * AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 4850e Processor
    * NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 On-Board Graphics
    * 4GB DDR2 Memory
    * 320GB SATA II Hard Drive
    * 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive
    * 14-in-One Media Card Reader
    * Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1


    Acer® Aspire X1200-U1510A: Available now for $459.99

    * AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 5000+ Processor
    * NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 On-Board Graphics
    * 4GB DDR2 Memory
    * 320GB SATA II Hard Drive
    * 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive
    * 14-in-One Media Card Reader
    * Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1


    Acer® Aspire X1200-B1581A: Available for $699.99 starting on July 13

    * AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 4850e Processor
    * NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 On-Board Graphics
    * 4GB DDR2 Memory
    * 500GB SATA II Hard Drive
    * 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive
    * 14-in-One Media Card Reader
    * 22-inch Widescreen LCD Display
    * Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1


    Practical Software Simplifies Management of Data and Applications

    The Acer® Aspire X1200 comes with Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium, Microsoft® Office 2007 Trial with Microsoft Works 8.5, Adobe® Reader®, CyberLink PowerDVD and Arcade™ Live, a powerful software package for editing, viewing, burning and managing media content.

    Acer Empowering Technology, a suite of management applications, is also bundled. These feature eRecovery back-up and recovery and eSettings for viewing system information, changing boot options and monitoring components.

    Acer® Aspire X1200 is the perfect platform for taking advantage of Acer GameZone that provides an array of casual games available for purchase and downloading at http://acer.oberon-media.com <http://acer.oberon-media.com/> .
  2. Cinemagic

    Cinemagic TS Rookie

    Great if you like Vista. But don't try to load Windows XP. There are no drivers for the AHCI controller and you'll get a Blue Screen. Acer tech support will not talk to you about anything other than Vista. They have a Format utility on the X1200 download, but it doesn't work either. Acer doesn't tell you what chipset they use for the AHCI controller. No specification sheet available from Acer for download. No original installation disks.
  3. Julian86

    Julian86 TS Rookie

    Problem with Ethernet controller driver plz help !

    Guys, plz help :'( I really don't know what to do, i tryed everything !
    So i Bought an Acer ASpire X1200 !
    After few days my network started to give me some problems (network icon shoed that network cable is unplugged), i check cable, everything was ok, i put my old PC- the same network worked great ! ; when i plugged my Acer X 1200 pc shoed network cable unplugged :( !
    So i though the problems is the bad drivers, i unistall the ethernet controller driver, and when i tryed to put the new driver, the Acer PC can't find drivers to first Acer CD, and the same problems to the second ACer CD :( , i was shocked ! now it's my 3rd day when i am tryuind to find a ethernet controller driver for Acer Aspire x1200 :(
    Plz guys help me ! who can !
    i need Acer Aspire X1200 - ethernet controller driver for Windows Vista HOme premium (standard one)

    thx a lot !
  4. surfincwby2

    surfincwby2 TS Rookie

    julian - did you ever figure out what was wrong? i'm having the same problem. i read that this happens in sleep mode. I'm very sure it is a windows vista problem - what a piece of junk. did anyone find xp drivers for the x 1200? or is there a list of what i would need to download? i guess to switch to xp i would have to go down the list of my hardware and find the driver individually for each device...

    any help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. thecaptain

    thecaptain TS Rookie

    In another thread, a BIOS update seemed to fix the network problem but the disabled the audio through HDMI.
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