Acer will introduce two new laptops before the end of this year, including an updated Tablet PC model and a widescreen notebook that is targeted at home users.
Aimed at consumers, the Aspire 2000 is based on Intel’s Centrino platform, which includes a Pentium M processor and a wireless LAN chipset, offering a 15.4-inch widescreen thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD).
The Aspire 2000 offers two modes of operation. In normal PC mode, the computer runs Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. However, users can choose the Aspire 2000’s instant-on mode, which is based on Linux, to access the laptop’s entertainment functions, including DVD playback.
While pricing for the Aspire 2000 has yet to be finalised, the notebook would be available worldwide during the fourth quarter for about $US2000, Acer said.
Acer also plans to release an updated version of its Tablet PC during the fourth quarter.
Like other Tablet PCs from Acer, the TravelMate C300 is based on Centrino and offers a convertible design that can switch from a notebook to a tablet by rotating the TFT LCD screen and folding it back, flat against the keyboard.
The C300 has a 14.1-inch screen, larger than the 10.4-inch offered by Acer’s C100 and C110 Tablet PCs, which can also be converted from a notebook into a tablet. Acer’s other existing Tablet PC model, the 250PE, also has a 14.1-inch screen but can only be used in a notebook format and does not offer the ability to swivel its screen.
The C300 also offers an internal CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, a feature that is not available with either the C100 or C110.
Pricing for the C300 has not been finalised, but should also be about $US2000, depending on the configuration, Acer said.