Aces up Acer’s sleeve

ACER Inc gave a sneak preview of a number of its upcoming and exciting gadgets at its Source Home 2010 event in Beijing, China.

The Taiwan-based company showcased a new smartphone, AIO (all-in-one) PC and notebook as well as a media console.

The console is designed to “open up” the home network and simplify the integration and sharing of all types of digital content across different platforms and systems.

For example, the components of the media console can consist of the company’s upcoming Revo family of devices. This includes the Revo all-in-one multimedia centre, RevoView HD media player and RevoCentre home storage appliance.

The Revo all-in-one multimedia centre offers a personal theatre experience in your living room, the company said. This slim and elegant device comes with a wireless remote control called the RevoPad, which has a touch-sensitive backlit Qwerty keyboard.

At the heart of your digital home is the RevoCentre, which allows you to store, protect and share your growing digital library. It has up to four hot-swappable SATA hard disks for storing pictures, movies, videos, games and documents.

With the RevoCentre, you can stream media to multiple devices that support the DLNA (digital living network alliance) standard.

DLNA is a popular standard used by manufacturers of consumer electronics to allow devices to share their content with each other across a network.

Pictures, video or data files can be easily uploaded to the RevoCenter from portable devices. All you need to do is connect the device via the USB port and press the one-touch backup button. This product is already selling in Malaysia under the brand name of Acer easyStore.

The console is in the design process and upcoming Acer devices such as notebooks, desktops and smartphones will come preisntalled with software.

Stream smartphone

Acer’s new smartphone, called Stream, runs on Android 2.1 and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM.

The Stream, which comes with a 3D user interface, has a status bar that shows all the important information and shortcuts to frequently used settings.

It comes with applications such as Nemo multimedia player and UrFooz which allows you to create a virtual avatar of yourself.

Facebook and Twitter features have also been integrated into the address book, and the phone also allows you to post updates to the social networking websites.

This smartphone is optimised for watching 720p HD movies and uses Dolby Mobile for better sound to ensure a pleasant viewing experience.

Furthermore, the Stream has a 3.7in WVGA touchscreen that uses AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) technology for increased brightness, wider viewing angles and lower power consumption.

Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, 2GB internal memory, HDMI port and a micro-SD card slot.

New notebook and PC

The company also showcased its AIO (all-in-one) PC, the Aspire Z5710, and its latest notebook, the Aspire 5745P.

The Z5710 has a 23in display with full HD (1,920 x 1,080- pixels) resolution and features Dolby Home Theatre 3 which supports 5.1-channel surround sound. There is also a slot-in optical drive, card reader and HDMI port.

The 5745P, on the other hand, comes with a 15.6in LED-backlit touchscreen to ensure that visuals appear sharper and crisp.

It will be powered by an Intel Core processor and also feature Dolby Home Theatre 3 for better sound.

At the time of writing, Revo all-in-one multimedia centre, RevoView HD media player and Acer Stream smartphone are not yet available in Malaysia.


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