Acer shows off compact new 64-bit PC
Acer unveils the Aspire X1200
Like, Acer's new Aspire X1200 small-design PC looks like an all-64-bit affair. Three models come out this month, at $450, $460, and $699 (with a 22-inch LCD), and both the pricing and the distinct design separate them from Gateway's traditional midtower desktops.
The Aspire X1200 looks similar to HP's SlimLines, so much so that their dimensions are nearly identical. At 10.6 inches high, 4 inches wide, and 14.4 inches long, the new Acer chassis is only about half an inch longer. Unlike the more compact (and overripe)
All of these systems will come with dual-core Athlon CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 64-bit Windows Vista. Our expectation is that by going the 64-bit route, which can use all of that memory, these little PCs will deliver some uncommonly fast performance for this price range, especially in digital media editing apps.
Other features include media card readers, dual-layer DVD burners and HDMI outputs on all three models. The $699 system gets a 500GB hard drive, while the other two get 320GB drives. None of them has a Blu-ray drive (which, along with aggressive pricing, won us over on HP's