PRODUCTS: latest from Acer and ASUS

PRODUCTS: latest from Acer and ASUS

Acer adds the A510 to its tablet range and releases a 15.6-inch notebook, ASUS unveils multimedia notebook

Acer adds A510 to tablet range

PC manufacturer, Acer has extended its tablet arsenal with the launch of its Iconia Tab A510, a 10-inch multi-touch device that offers a 1280x800 resolution.xc

The device comes with the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and its 9800mAh battery promises up to 15 hours’ useability.

A510 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor for workload distribution which consumes less power, thus preserving battery life.

Other features include 32GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, 1MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and an HDMI port.

The device weighs in at 385g, and features a special Acer Olympic logo as part of the vendor’s partnership with the Olympic movement.

Additionally, the tablet comes with Polaris Office 3.5, and has Acer Print preinstalled for wireless printing.

As a bonus, customers can take advantage of Acer’s e-Gift Voucher redemption program, allowing them to claim up to $100 worth of e-books and music downloads.

A510 is available from JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, and Radio Rentals for $549.

Acer goes past 15 inches with new Ultrabook

PC vendor, Acer, has released the fourth generation of its Aspire Timeline series, the Ultra M3. It is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook designed for day-to-day computing.

The Ultrabook comes in two versions, i5 and i7, which refers to the 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Both contain an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics card, and a 500GB hard disk plus hybrid 20SSD. The i5 version offers 6GB DDR3 RAM, whereas the i7 comes in at 4GB.

“Our latest Aspire Timeline M3 Ultrabook features an optical drive for DVD enjoyment,” Acer consumer notebook product manager, Aaron Jambrovic, said. “It also comes with entertainment improvements like Dolby Home Theatre v4 and premium speakers. This professionally-tuned sound system delivers high volume, clear dialogue and virtual surround sound.”

As with previous series, this Timeline offers eight hours of battery life, with up to 80 days in standby.

Additional features include a full size keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, Ethernet port, HDMI out, headphone/microphone jack, multi-in-one card reader, and a 1.3MP HD webcam.

The device weighs in a 2.3kg, and its chassis is 20.7mm thick. Both versions come with Windows 7 Home Premium.

The i5 version is available for $1399, and the i7 for $1499. The M3 is distributed by Ingram Micro in Australia, and is exclusive to JB Hi-Fi in retail.

ASUS releases multimedia notebook

PC vendor, ASUS has launched its R501, a multimedia notebook built with SonicMaster Premium technology.

SonicMaster premium sound was developed alongside the expertise of Bang and Olufsen ICEpower thus offering optimised audio hardware and bundling a dedicated external subwoofer. R501 comes equipped with Waves MaxxAudio 3 tools which allow users to personalise their listening.

The device is powered by an Intel 3rd generation Core i7 processor based on Ivy Bridge technology, and offers a wide-view screen panel that provides 150 degree horizontal and 120 degree vertical viewing angles at a minimum of 720p HD, with optional panels that support 1080p. Graphics are powered by an Nvidia GeForce GT 630M.

Additional features include a backlit keyboard, and Super Hybrid Engine II power consumption management which allows two-second instant-on resume from sleep mode.

The notebook comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit standard. It has a 750GB hard disk which operates at 5400RPM, and 4GB DDR3 RAM.

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