Technology round-up: Acer Special

13 Feb 2010 by AndrewGough brings you the latest travel gadgets and accessories to make life on the road easier. This week’s round-up focuses on a raft of recent releases from Acer.

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Acer Aspire Timeline 1820P

Acer Aspire Timeline 1820PAcer’s latest 11.6” all-rounder claims to be not only a laptop, but also a photo frame, presentation tool and notepad. The Timeline 1820P makes use of the perpetually impressive swivelling screen which never fails to amaze as it converts from standard laptop to touchscreen tablet PC. As well as Windows 7, Acer ships the Timeline with its proprietary TouchPortal software which allows various day-to-day tasks to be performed more easily via the touchscreen interface. Like the iPhone, the Timeline recognises finger gestures that correspond to functions such as zoom, page turns and scrolling. Other features include built-in wifi, an Intel Core 2 Duo Centrino processor and a generous 8GB of RAM. Bluetooth and 3G connectivity is optional.

PRICE £529.99

Acer Aspire One 532

Acer Aspire One 532Acer has managed to squeeze more functionality into is Aspire One range with the addition of the 532 netbook. This tiny terror boasts ten hours of battery life, an Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, built-in wifi and optional 3G. An added bonus for the frequent traveller is the AC adaptor which comes with interchangeable socket adaptors as standard. The display has a respectable resolution of 1024×600 pixels in a 16:9 format. On top of all that, the 532 has a built-in webcam and microphone for all those late-night Skype chats.

PRICE £283 (best online price)

Acer H5360 3D Ready projector

Acer H5360 3D ReadyIf you want to spice up your presentation, why not get with the times and add in a little 3D magic? OK your Powerpoint production might not be the next Avatar, but with the latest 3D-ready projector from Acer you could dazzle your audience with pop-out pie charts, and watch as they dodge wayward bar graphs. The Acer H5360 uses NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, a compatible graphic card and special 3D shutter glasses (not included) to create the effect. The 3D image is projected in 720p HD resolution. At 27x19x8cm (or 11” at its longest side), it’s not the smallest projector out there but it’s certainly not the biggest.

PRICE £549.99 (not including glasses)

Packard Bell dot s2

Packard Bell dot s2While the dot s2 shouldn’t strictly be in this round-up, Packard Bell was acquired by Acer back in 2008 creating the third-largest PC company in the world. The 10.1” s2 comes at a very reasonable price, and in cherry red is a lot better looking than most of its rivals. A ten-hour plus battery life seems to be the standard these days, as with the s2’s distant cousin, the Aspire One 532 (see above). Like the 532, the s2 has built-in videoconferencing (hi-res webcam and microphone), and optional Bluetooth or 3G. As well as Windows 7 Starter edition , the s2 comes shipped with the full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. Other features include a 250GB hard drive and a 5-in-1 card reader.

PRICE £299.99

Andrew Gough

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