Computer maker Acer is looking to raise the performance bar for its Aspire notebook line, introducing the new Aspire AS5740 and AS7740 based on Intel’s Core i5 and Core i3 processors. The systems also pack HD capable displays, ample memory and storage, Acer’s well-regardless Gemstone design…and starter prices that won’t put off many buyers looking for high performance rigs. Gamers and media fans will appreciate that select models are available with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 or HD5470 graphics.
“As games become more lifelike and movies push the limits on special effects, more powerful and intelligent performance is required for a truly dynamic computing experience,” said Acer America senior product marketing manager Preeta Anil, in a statement. “Consumers wanting to enjoy all the latest digital media in a mobile platform will appreciate the AS5740 and AS7740 Series.”
The Aspire AS5740 features an Intel Core i5 processor running along at 2.26 GHz, with a 15.6-nch LED-backlit 1,366 by 768-pixel display. Options include up to 500 GB of hard drive storage and AT Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory; the 5740s also pack a multi-in-one media card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethernet, an integrated webcam, and an 8× Super-Multi DVD drive. The Aspire 5470s also pack built-in stereo speakers and support for 5.1 surround sound audio output, HDMI output, four USB 2.0 ports, and a 6 cell battery that should run for up to four hours. The Aspire AS7740 jumps up to a 17.3-inch display with a 1,600 by 900-pixel resolution and offers an Intel Core i3 processor running at 2.1 Ghz; the 7740 will be available available with a Blu-ray drive as an option and sport 4 USB 2.0 ports; of course, they also weigh a little more than their 15-inch brethren, coming in a little over 7 pounds.
Acer says the new Aspires should be available January 17, with configurations starting as low as $599.99; they ship with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. A configuration of the AS5470 with 4 GB of RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5640 graphics, and 500 GB of hard drive storage should retail for $749.99; that same price will pick up an Aspire AS7740 with Intel GMA HD graphics, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and a Blu-ray optical drive. Both models come with Acer’s one-year International Traveler’s warranty.