Acer revs up Veriton All-in-ones and nettops

Computer maker Acer has announced updates to its Veriton All-in-one desktop computers and compact Veriton nettop models, adding increased processing power and media savviness to the pocketbook-friendly systems. Acer is aiming the systems at small- to medium-sized businesses looking to get the most bang for their buck in computers that don’t take up large amounts of desktop real-estate.

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First up, the Veriton Z410G all-in-one boasts a full-HD 1,920 by 1,080-pixel 21.5-inch display (driven by Intel GMA X4500 graphics) and an Intel Pentium E5700 processor running at 3.0 GHz. Acer says the display offers a 5ms response time, and the system isn’t lacking for expansion capabilities with 8 USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA port, along with DVI and VGA output for folks who want to connect up a secondary display. Stepping back a bit, the Veriton Z290G is built around a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor and an 18.5-inch display with a resistive touch panel, so users can interact directly with objects on screen: Acer is pitching it as perfect for kiosks and other public uses. The system also offers four USB 2.0 port for accessories and it’s Energy Star qualified. Both all-in-one Veritons come with a 320 GB hard drive, 2 GB of RAM (upgradable to 4 GB), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet. Both models will be available this month; pricing for the Z410G starts at $719, while prices on the Z290G should start at $599. Both systems ship with Windows 7 Professional.

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Acer is also offering a new pair of Veriton nettops for folks looking for something smaller—or who already have a display that can be paired up with a utility computer. Both nettops feature a compact, energy-efficient design with a screw-less chassis for easy upgrades; the systems can also be VESA-mounted or attached to the back of a flat-panel display to get out of the way. The Veriton N282G will sport a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor running at 1.8 GHz along with Nvidia Ion graphics that can handle full HD and Blu-ray content, while the Veriton N281G scales back to an Intel Atom D425 processor and Intel GMA 3150 graphics. Both systems sport 2 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, a PCI Express 1.1 ×1 slot, six USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, VGA output, serial ports, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet—the systems ship with Windows 7 Professional along with a padlock and Kensington lock slots. Both systems will be available from retailers this month; the Veriton N282G nettop will have suggested prices starting at $449, while the Veriton N281G will start at $399.

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