Acer announces small form factor PC, 23-inch LCD


Look out marketplace, here comes some more Acer stuff. The company has lifted the decorative kerchief that’s been draped over a large, mysterious box to reveal a new 23-inch 16:9 HD monitor and a small form factor PC known as the Aspire X1700.

The monitor is called the H233H and features something Acer’s calling “SensorTouch technology” which is described as “a touch-sensing solution with effortless settings for one-touch convenience.” Basically, there are no buttons on the LCD – instead, you’ve got touch-sensitive zones where the buttons would normally be located.

Contrast ratio is a respectable 40,000:1, while brightness falls in line at 300 cd/m2 alongside a 5ms response time. Inputs include HDMI, DVI, and VGA, pushing out 1920×1080 resolution and there are two 1.5-watt speakers to boot. MSRP is $229.99, available now.

The Aspire X1700 desktop features a 2.4GHz dual core Pentium CPU, Vista Home Premium (64-bit), 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7100 chipset with a 512MB integrated NVIDIA G100 card, 640GB hard drive, DVD burner, card reader, nine USB ports, HDMI out, and eSATA port. It’s all available today in a pretty miniscule SFF package with an MSRP of $479.99 – not bad at all.

Full press release:

Acer Introduces Sleek 23-Inch Display with Sensor Touch; Enhances Desktop Line

New Display Features 16:9 Aspect Ratio, Glossy Bezel and Speakers; Desktops Range from a Pentium-Powered Small Form Factor to Radical Gaming Rig

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acer, the third largest vendor in the PC market,(1) today announced the slick new Acer 23-inch widescreen display and Acer Aspire desktop PC line-up for customers in the United States. The Aspire desktops range from several compact models to an aggressively designed, power-packed gaming system.

Featuring a new form factor, the Acer H233H bmid 23-inch display offers cinematic quality with sleek styling. This new display provides excellent picture quality, boasting a 16:9 aspect ratio for maximum HD support, a high contrast ratio and fast response time. The glossy black bezel adds an extra design element that looks attractive in any home or office.

The desktop PC line features the compact, yet powerful Acer® Aspire X3200, X1700 and X1200 small form factor (SFF) PCs outfitted with 3 to 4GB of memory. The newest member is the Aspire X1700, which boasts an Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor and 4GB DDR2 memory, for extremely fast system response.

“The new 23-inch display offers users the best HD support available with a sleek new form factor and advanced features, making it ideal for a variety of viewing needs,” said Stephanie Eggert, Senior Manager, Retail Desktop Product Planning for Acer America. “Boasting NVIDIA® GeForce® G100 graphics with DirectX 10 support, the new Aspire X1700 delivers stunning performance in a compact chassis. The powerful processor and graphics combination on our SFF desktops and Predator gaming PCs infuse games, movies and photos with rich, lifelike images.”

Sleek Display Provides Cinematic Quality for Entertaining and Productivity

Combining form and function, the Acer H233H bmid 23-inch widescreen high-definition LCD display offers consumers superb high-definition picture quality in a sleek design. The display also features SensorTouch technology, a touch-sensing solution with effortless settings for one-touch convenience. The LED illuminated controls replace the buttons that are standard on many displays. These intuitive controls maintain the product’s streamlined look, while automatically sensing contact with the lightest touch.

Whether playing games, watching movies, creating digital content or working, the Acer H233H bmid provides excellent visual quality. It delivers the maximum level of HD support with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920×1080 resolution, making it ideal for viewing the latest high-definition video, movies and digital content.

To further enhance visual performance, the Acer H233H features a 40,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms response time. It also offers 160-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles for an improved viewing experience. Additionally, the display supports VGA and HDMI as well as DVI (with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) for viewing digital movies, digital photos, PC files and copy protected content.

To boost the visual experience of movies and games, the Acer H233H bmid also comes with two premium speakers for high-performance sound.

Feature Rich, Compact Desktops

For ease and practicality, the Aspire X1200, X1700 and X3200 SFF desktops as well as the Aspire Predator gaming PC are designed with the card reader, audio jacks and ports located conveniently on the front of the chassis to provide easy access. The Aspire X1200, X1700 and X3200 towers measure just 10.4-inches (H) x 4-inches (W) x 14.4-inches (L).

Newest Model: Aspire X1700 – Power-Packed SFF

Packed with power and performance, the newest model in the line, the Aspire X1700 features an Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E2200, which enables users to enjoy crystal-clear digital media, create advanced graphics, and handle productivity tasks with ease and speed. The 4GB DDR2 memory provides ultra-fast system response, critical for multitasking and power hungry applications. Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics enhance multimedia performance with support for the latest DirectX games. Connect directly to an external LCD or flat-screen TV with HDMI for crisp, high-quality visuals and high-fidelity audio using only one cable.

With nine USB 2.0 ports and a multi-in-one card reader, users can easily bring multimedia devices together. The huge 640GB SATA II hard drive (2)provides enough room to store a vast library of music, movies and games. Watch movies and burn DVDs and CDs with the SuperMulti Drive. With Labelflash™ technology, personalize CDs by laser burning unique, high-resolution transparent images directly on the label side of discs right after they’re burned.

Gaming PC: Radical Design, Ready for Combat

The Aspire Predator G7710 desktop PC series was designed to fire up gamers with its aggressive design, performance and price. This striking gaming rig pushes performance limits. It boasts a very powerful Intel i7-940 processor, a whopping 6GB DDR3 memory and an entire terabyte of storage for housing even the most graphic intensive games and movies. It’s also outfitted with a cutting-edge cooling system and RAID 0, 1, 5, 1+0 modes for keeping data secure. Action packed, this feature-rich machine comes armed with accessories, including a specially designed gaming mouse and a multimedia keyboard with keys that light up for play in the dark.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

Acer’s newest display and Aspire desktop PCs are available at technology and electronics retailers. The display is available for $299.99 and the Aspire desktop PCs prices start at $409.99. The Aspire Predator gaming PCs are available with prices starting at $2,299.99. Following are a couple of featured configurations.

Acer® H233H bmid 23-inch LCD display: Available now for a MSRP of $229.99

  • 23-inch Widescreen
  • 0.265mm Pixel Pitch
  • 1920×1080 (Native and Maximum) Resolution
  • 75Hz (Maximum) Refresh Rate
  • 5ms Response Time
  • 40000:1 Max (ACM) Contrast Ratio
  • 300cd/m2 Brightness
  • 160° (H)/160° (V) Viewing Angles
  • 16.7 Million Colors
  • 6 + Hi-FRC Bits
  • 1x HDMI, 1x DVI (HDCP), 1x VGA Inputs
  • (2) 1.5 W Speakers
  • Vesa 100MM Wall Mount
  • Internal Power Supply
  • Energy Star Compliant

Acer® Aspire X1700-U3700A: Available now for a MSRP of $479.99

  • Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E2200 (2.4GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
  • Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-Bit with SP1
  • 4096MB DDR2 Memory
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7100 Chipset and nForce® 630i
  • Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® G100 with 512MB Discrete Graphic Card
  • 640GB SATA 7200RPM Hard Drive (2)
  • Super Multi Double-Layer DVD+RW, DVD-RAM Drive Featuring Labelflash™ Technology
  • 14-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
  • 9 USB 2.0 Ports (5 Front, 4 Rear)
  • HDMI Port
  • eSATA Port
  • Amplified Stereo Speakers (USB Powered)
  • Acer USB Keyboard
  • USB Optical Mouse