New Acer Aspire X1200 Desktop Is a Small Yet Mighty Package


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Acer America, the third largest vendor in the PC market,(1) today announced the Acer® Aspire X1200, a truly dynamic and compact entertainment center with prices beginning at just $450.

Offering powerful desktop components and expansion capabilities in a small box, the Acer® Aspire X1200 desktop enables users to enjoy high-definition movies, games and theater-like sound while maximizing space in the home. Featuring AMD dual-core processors, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 on-board graphics and PCI Express® 2.0, it’s ideal for entertainment enthusiasts and space-conscious consumers desiring phenomenal performance in an environmentally-friendly design.

“Our innovative, low energy consumption desktop is a no-compromise solution providing desktop power, performance and value in a compact form factor,” said Stephanie Hatchel, Senior Manager, Retail Desktop Product Planning for Acer America. “Aspire X1200 was designed to be an appealing, easy to use media hub for making the most of entertainment. From broadcasting MP3s in crystal clear acoustics to showcasing movies, this compact system is a multimedia powerhouse and available at a price today’s budget-minded consumers will appreciate.”

Expandable Space-Saving Design
Measuring just 10.6-inches (H) x 4.0-inches (W) x 14.4-inches (L), the compact chassis maximizes desktop real estate. Its high gloss coating and recessed venting sport an elegant look and feel. Translucent plastic knobs on the speakers are attractive and make it simple to adjust volume. Peripherals including the keyboard and mouse showcase subtle color differences that enhance the overall design appeal.

Providing room for expansion, the system offers two PCI Express slots (X1 and X16). For easy access and reach, five USB 2.0 ports, a multi-in-1 card reader, IEEE 1394 port and audio jacks are conveniently located on the front of the PC. Four additional USB 2.0 ports are positioned on the back for connecting to a wide array of peripherals and digital devices.

Dynamic Digital Media Powerhouse
Unlike similar small form factor PCs that leverage mobile components with higher costs and lower performance, the Aspire X1200 offers a choice of models that scale up to an AMD Athlon™ X2 5000 processor and up to 4GB DDR2 memory for taking on advanced multitasking. The AMD processors support downloadable AMD Live! applications for optimal recording, transferring, sharing and organizing of photos, videos, music and media. The energy-efficient designs employing the AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 4850e processor consume less power, resulting in less wasted energy, lower operational cost as well as cooler and quieter operation.

Boasting the NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 Chipset with PureVideo HD Technology, the Aspire X1200 supports the hottest games with Microsoft® DirectX 10 for realistic, life-like images. The system also promises high-definition movie picture quality with supported formats including H.264, VC1 and MPEG2. Fully integrated high-definition audio with 7.1-channel audio support provides dynamic sound for games, music and movies. In conjunction with an HD display, the Acer Aspire X1200 delivers a superb home theater experience.

HDMI makes it easy to hook the PC to a big screen TV and gives users a full range of support for any high-definition format via a single cable. A high-performance 14-in-1 digital media card reader makes it easy to transfer video, music and movies from a host of digital devices. The mini desktops also come with a large SuperMulti Double-layer drive, which provides enough room to record significant data, hours of DVD-quality video and thousands of songs.

Front- and rear-access audio jacks speed up connection of headphones, microphones and other audio peripherals. PCI Express 2.0 optimizes computer components, such as high-end discrete graphics cards and network cards for the fastest performance available.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The Acer® Aspire X1200 desktop PC is available now at major retailers nationwide. Prices range from a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $449.99 to $699.99 depending on configuration. See following for available models.

Acer® Aspire X1200-U1520A: Available now for a MSRP of $449.99

  • AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 4850e Processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 On-Board Graphics
  • 4GB DDR2 Memory
  • 320GB SATA II Hard Drive (2)
  • 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive
  • 14-in-One Media Card Reader
  • Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1

Acer® Aspire X1200-U1510A: Available now for a MSRP of $459.99

  • AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 5000+ Processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 On-Board Graphics
  • 4GB DDR2 Memory
  • 320GB SATA II Hard Drive (2)
  • 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive
  • 14-in-One Media Card Reader
  • Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1

Acer® Aspire X1200-B1581A: Available for a MSRP of $699.99 starting on July 13

  • AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core 4850e Processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8200 On-Board Graphics
  • 4GB DDR2 Memory
  • 500GB SATA II Hard Drive (2)
  • 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive
  • 14-in-One Media Card Reader
  • 22-inch Widescreen LCD Display
  • Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1

Practical Software Simplifies Management of Data and Applications
The Acer® Aspire X1200 comes with Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium, Microsoft® Office 2007 Trial with Microsoft Works 8.5, Adobe® Reader®, CyberLink PowerDVD and Arcade™ Live, a powerful software package for editing, viewing, burning and managing media content.

Acer Empowering Technology, a suite of management applications, is also bundled. These feature eRecovery back-up and recovery and eSettings for viewing system information, changing boot options and monitoring components.

Acer® Aspire X1200 is the perfect platform for taking advantage of Acer GameZone that provides an array of casual games available for purchase and downloading at http://acer.oberon-media.com.

About Acer America
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on marketing its brand-name IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the world’s No. 3 vendor for total PCs and No. 2 for notebooks, with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer’s continued growth, while the successful mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company’s global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S., and enhancing its strong position in Europe. Acer Inc. employs 5,000 people worldwide. Estimated revenue for 2007 is US $14.07 billion. For more information, please visit www.acer.com/us.

© 2008 Acer Inc. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners.

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1. Source: Gartner data, 1Q 2008
2. Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes




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  • Zach Jennings

    Well, I was thinking about switching to a Mac Mini for my HTPC (I’m a SageTV User); but this may keep me on the Dark Side. Way better specs for a little less.

    I wonder what the actual watts per hour are. I know the Mac Mini does around 17. My current Dell 400SC does between 75 and 160 (ouch!).

    One thing to note, those look like Half Height slots. That isn’t stated in the specs anywhere, but I’m guessing that they are.

    z