Acer launches affordable Blu-ray desktopBy Jose Vilches
Acer is hoping to make its way into consumers' holiday buying plans with its new Aspire X3200, a multimedia oriented system that packs a 2.1GHz AMD Phenom triple core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a Blu-ray drive into a compact desktop priced relatively low at $679.99. Just don't expect to run any demanding games, since graphics come courtesy of an integrated Nvidia GeForce 8200 graphics chip.
Still, the Aspire X3200 offers plenty of bang for the buck. Besides an integrated Blu-ray player, you also get a huge 640GB hard drive, Dolby Home Theater surround sound, HDMI output, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Other connections include nine USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire connection, eSATA link and multi-card reader.
Along with the X3200, Acer also introduced a 24-inch LCD widescreen monitor that is capable of displaying 16:9 ratio images. The Acer P244W display offers full 1080p HD support, two HDMI inputs and a VGA input, a 1920x1080 native resolution and a list price of $339.