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Acer ends '09 with a slew of new products

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By Alexander Villafania INQUIRER.NET

MANILA, Philippines -- Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer is ending the year with a bang. In its biggest launch yet, Acer last week launched seven new noteb ook and desktop computers.

Among the most notable of their product lines are the new Aspire G7750 "Predato r" gaming PC and the 5738DG, which is the first notebook in the market to have an iMAX-like 3D technology.

Acer Philippines General Manager Manuel Wong said the new products should cater to the same market of users as previous products, though he said there is also a growing segment of users who are into innovative technologies, particularly the 3D capabilities of the 5738DG.

"We're getting the market to be interested in these technologies not just as en thusiasts but also for business productivity," Wong said.

The Predator is a follow up to Acer's first official gaming PC, the G770. This time, the new Predator has nearly twice as powerful due to its use of an Intel Core i7 950 processor running at 3 Ghz. It also has 3 slots for DDR3 memory mod ules, an ATI Radeon HD5850 1 Gb graphics card, a 1 Terabyte drive, and a Blu-Ra y optical drive.

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The new Predator is also priced higher than its predecessor at P153,900.

Meanwhile, the Aspire 5738DG is another innovative product from Acer. Instead of a normal LCD monitor, this unit uses a combination of software and hardware specifications to create an iMAX-like experience. called TriDef 3D, the LCD hs a higher refresh rate than normal LCDs. Likewise, applications are converted in to 3D via the 5738DG's software. With the help of a pair of 3D eyepieces (polar ized eyeglasses), the result would be images that seem to "float" out of the LC D monitor.

With such technology in place, the Aspire 5738DG costs P74,000. Just the same, this model's specifications are just about the same as most laptops in the same category under the same price range.

Other devices that Acer launched include the touch-capable Aspire 5738PG, the A thlon 64 X2-powered Ferrari One FO200, the all-in-one PC Aspire Z5610, and the mid-level gaming desktop PC Aspire M7721.

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