Acer and Gateway one big, happy family at CES

Just a few months after Acer's purchase of the American PC maker, the two companies are functioning as one.

LAS VEGAS--Acer and Gateway don't have a whole lot of news here at CES--aside from a few new gaming desktops and a laptop--but it is new that they are here as one. Their combined logos were everywhere in their displays.

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Acer and Gateway are officially one company, two brands here at CES. Erica Ogg/CNET News.com

The transition since Acer's purchase of Gateway late last year for $710 million is nearly complete, the company says. The same person--Rudi Schmidleithner--now runs both Gateway and Acer's American business unit.

While Acer declined to give many details about the coming year, it did hint that it's going to be a busy one. While it will continue to focus on industrial design, company spokesman Rich Black did say that we shouldn't expect to see any ultra-small portable form factors from the Taiwanese company this year. Much more likely is the opposite, he said: a focus on heftier media and entertainment-oriented notebooks with bigger screens and souped-up features.

Also noted: Some Acer laptops come with HD DVD drives. In light of the recent development with Warner Bros. choosing Blu-ray as its high-definition format of choice, would Acer be pulling HD DVD from its repertoire of features? Nope. Acer is "platform agnostic," said Black and will continue to support both Blu-ray and HD DVD on its machines.

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