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Dell Adamo, meet your budget-friendly competition

Acer announces U.S. availability of the Aspire 3935-6504, a thin-and-light notebook series combining "distinctive style with cutting-edge technologies." The 18-inch Aspire 8935 was also announced.

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At about half the cost of a Dell Adamo and with better components, Acer's Aspire 3935-6504 is the ultraslim, ultralight laptop you can maybe afford. However, in my estimation, it's about half as attractive as the Dell Adamo, or the MacBook Air for that matter. (I'm only comparing with the Adamo and Air because Acer has been playing up its appearance. In reality, it has more in common with a plain ol' MacBook or Dell's XPS M1330.)

Encased in a golden brown brushed-metal chassis, the 4.2-pound laptop features a 13.3-inch frameless, wide-screen LED-backlit display with a 1,366x768 resolution and an Acer FineTip full-size keyboard with large key caps and increased key gaps. The touch pad supports multitouch gestures, too. Unfortunately, it still looks like a $900 laptop.

More specs:

  • 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7350
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 13.3-inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED display
  • Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
  • 3GB DDR2 1,066MHz memory
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • 250GB SATA hard drive
  • DVD burner
  • Acer Crystal Eye Web cam
  • Multiformat media card reader
  • 802.11a/g/n
  • Acer Bio-protection fingerprint solution
  • 3, USB 2.0 ports
  • Acer Touch-sensitive hot keys
  • Convenience buttons
  • 4-cell lithium ion battery
  • 4.2 pounds
  • 12.8 inches wide by 9.3 inches deep by 1 inch thick
  • MSRP $899.99

Acer also announced the anti-Aspire 3935-6504: the 18.4-inch Aspire 8935G.

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Coming in June, the Aspire Gemstone 8935G is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (which one is still up in the air, I guess), supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, and has room for dual hard drives with a maximum capacity of up to 1TB.

Its 18.4-inch wide-screen LCD has a resolution of 1,920x1,080 and the initial specs Acer provided promise it'll have a Blu-ray drive (a writer, no less), and graphics courtesy of an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670 desktop graphics board.

Other goodies include the multitouch touch pad, one-finger volume and media playback controls, and a backlit keyboard.

Read the full news release.