At a press briefing last week for the launch of four new notebooks, Acer took the opportunity to inform the gathered journalists that it is now placed fourth in the notebooks sector in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) with a 10.8 market share. This represents a year on year growth rate of 22.6 per cent per cent. Acer also now enjoys third place in EMEA is the desktop PC market, with an impressive growth rate of 57.5 per cent since last year. Acer puts its success down to its focusing close attention on the needs of its customers, rather than pushing technology to market for its own sake.
In terms of products Acer announced the Aspire 1360 and the Aspire 1520, based respectively on AMD’s Sempron and Athlon64 processors.
The Aspire 1360 is based on a Mobile AMD Sempron rated at either 2800+ or 3000+ speeds. It’s available with either a 14.1in XGA LCD, a 15in LCD, or a 15.4 widescreen LCD providing WXGA resolution (1,280 x 800). Graphics are provided by nVidia’s GeForce Go5200 with 64MB of RAM.
The Aspire 1520 range is offered with either a 3000+ or 3400+ Athlon64, with 1MB of Level 2 cache. Choosing an Athlon64 notebook not only brings improved performance in current applications but also provides future proofing for when 64-bit Windows and applications arrive.
The Acer TravelMate 380 is a new ultra-portable based on Intel Centrino mobile technology that weighs only 1.6Kg. It’s available at speeds of up to 1.6GHz and up to 2GB of RAM, though 512MB of RAM is provided as standard. The display offers XGA resolution, and uses the Intel 855 chipset with integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 technology.
Finally, Acer has updated its red painted Ferrari 3400 notebook. This is now upped from a 2800+ to a faster low voltage Athlon64 3000+. The 15in display offers 1,400 x 1,050 resolution, and boasts a slot loading super multi-drive with can read and write all DVD formats, including DVD-RAM.