Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and while we described Acer's Predator PCs as looking "hot," we meant it figuratively, not literally. As it turns out, it didn't matter how me meant it, because according to Acer, who has issued a recall, the high-end gaming rigs are prone to overheating posing a potential burn hazard.
"Acer has received two reports of computers short circuiting, resulting in melted internal components and external casing. Neither incident occurred in the U.S. No injuries have been reported," Acer wrote in its recall notice.
Acer said the problem occurs when insulation on the affected machines' internal wiring becomes bent or stripped, causing the wires to overheat. The recall includes model numbers ASG7200 and ASG7700, which Acer says were sold by computer and electronic stores nationwide from May 2008 through December 2008.
If you have one of these models, Acer says you should stop using it immediately and contact them at 866-695-2237 or visit Acer's website.
This looks to be a good year for the Network Attached Storage (NAS) market. Western Digital this week announced its new WD ShareSpace NAS with a massive 8TB capacity, and at CeBIT, Acer's showing off its Atom-based Altos easyStore NAS box with support for four hot swappable hard drives, meaning it too should be able to hold 8TB.
Inside the little box sits an Intel Atom 230 embedded processor using Intel's 945GC chipset. Other specs include a single PCI-E x4 slot, five USB 2.0 ports, a LAN port, and a single eSATA port.
Not much else is known about Acer's upcoming easyStore, including when it will be available or at what price point(s). However, Engadget has a bunch of pictures for you to ogle at, which you can view here.
For some time Nvidia has been telling us that we’d be looking at an Ion based desktop sometime this Spring, but we hadn’t had any reason to believe this given that it has yet to show up in any consumer hardware. That is until recently, when some leaked slides displaying an Acer nettop, were released.
The slides tell us very little about the machine, but what we will know is that it’ll be based off of Intel’s Ion, have HDMI output, will have a wireless controller/mouse, and will supposedly be able to hang from the back of a LCD TV. As for substantial information goes, there wasn’t anything to be found.
Now, none of this has been confirmed by any sources, but there are plenty of convincing slides. So, if you want to take a gander at them and be the judge, check them out here.
Acer’s 8.9-inch Aspire One has largely been accepted as the sales leader in the netbook market. It’s been so hot that Acer, trying to fix what’s not broken, is looking to release a larger Aspire One AOD150, which will boast a 10.1-inch screen and a doubled battery life for the same $350.
The new Aspire One will have an Intel Atom N270 under the hood with integrated 945GSE graphics, 1GB of DDR2, a 160GB HDD and Windows XP Home edition. And to power it all, there will be a six-cell, 4,400mAh lithium-ion battery that will keep it all moving for up to six hours.
The AOD150 is currently available; so if you’re looking to upgrade the diminutive computer in your life, don’t hesitate to check it out.
Reportedly, Acer is looking to become the number one notebook supplier by 2011. The current king, Hewlett-Packard has a lead on both Acer and Dell who are “neck-and-neck” with a12 percent market share.
Acer’s Chairman, J.T. Wang, suspects that an opportunity now exists that will catapult him to this success. He states that their goals are aggressive, but they have increased PC shipments by 31 percent in Q4 2008, and all the while in the midst of a struggling market.
According to reports, Acer now owns 12 percent of the overall PC market, compared to Dell’s 13 percent and HP’s 19 percent. Wang states that both American and Japanese computer makers have “underestimated the demand for netbooks,” which account for 30 percent of their sales.
Can't afford an Ferrari that goes vroom vroom? Maybe you can get the same experience from one that goes ______(insert Vista's startup sound here). Acer says it's new Ferrari 1200 notebook "conveys the look and feel of a F1 racecar" with a "unique ventilation design that echoes the exhaust pipes of F1 cars." Plenty more comparisons are made in the press release, which you can read here.
Underneath the hood (or inside the chassis - it doesn't ship with a real hood) Acer opted to go with an AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core processor with 2MB cache and an AMD M780G chipset. Graphics are fueled with ATI's Radeon HD 3200, and the portable rig supports up to 4GB of DDR2 memory. A SATA hard drive, Acer's Bio-Protection fingerprint reader, and a 12.1-inch LCD display with LED backlighting round out the notable features.
Aesthetically, the Ferrari 1200 comes with a carbon-fiber cover with a wave pattern, "while the soft-touch coating and the velvety texture of the interior ensure ergonomic comfort." Even the touchpad comes decked out, constructed of anodized-metal to resemble the brake and acceleration pedals of the real deal.
February's turning out to be a busy month for gadget gurus. There's been talk of Amazon unveiling the Kindle 2 on February 9, and one week later, Acer said it will debut its first handheld smartphone. It was less than a year ago that Acer acquired smartphone maker E-Ten.
Barring a typo that says "smartphones launch" on Acer's invitations to a press event next month during hte Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it appears as though the launch will consist of multiple handhelds, and not just a single model.
Not much else is known about Acer's upcoming smartphone(s), including price points or availability. However, Acer will have to contend with Asus, who recently said it plans to make a bigger push into the smartphone market in 2009, promising at least 10 new models, most of which will support 3G and sport a touchscreen. Dell is also expected to get in on the smartphone game at some point, but has remained vague on when that might be.
Acer, who made good on its promise to outship the competition in the netbook market despite only offering a single netbook model, will soon add to its Aspire One line with a new D150 series.
Engadget reports the Aspire One D150-0B will first debut in France in early February, with the D150-1B slated for a March release. Both models are expected to ship with the Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 10.1-inch 1024x600 display. The only difference between the two is that the 0B ships with a 3-cell battery, versus a 6-cell battery on the 1B, Endgadget says.
Also in March, a D150-2BG model will make its debut. Specs include an Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz) CPU, integrated 3G quandband UMTS/HSDPA mobile broadband, and a 6-cell battery.
The Aspire One D150-0B, D150-1B, and D150-2B are expected to sell for €329 ($425), €349 ($450), and €449 ($575) respectively. Prices will likely be lower in the U.S., but no word yet on U.S. availability.
In many ways, the Acer Aspire One is like the little sibling of MSI’s Wind. Besides sporting the same Intel Atom N270 processor running at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, and Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics, the two netbooks share a similar look and feel.