Acer Unveils Inexpensive Gemstone Blue Laptops

Like other Gemstone PCs, the latest systems have wide screens and Dolby sound.

Acer Gemstone Blue Aspire laptop
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Acer Gemstone Blue Aspire laptop

Acer has added three inexpensive laptops to its Gemstone Blue Aspire line, which includes the company's high-end gaming PCs.

The latest laptops, introduced Monday, start as low as $480 for the AS5536 with a 15.6-inch screen and go to $750, the starting price for the AS5739G, also with a 15.6-inch display. In between is the AS7735Z, which sells for a starting price of $600 and sports a 17.3-inch display.

Acer's Gemstone Blue line includes gaming PCs, such as the 8930G-7665, which has an 18.4-inch display and starts at $1,800. With the latest laptops, Acer is going after the mainstream market.

Like other Gemstone PCs, the latest systems have wide screens, Dolby sound, and the line's distinctive sapphire design. All the new systems support Wi-Fi.

"As part of our highly acclaimed Gemstone Blue family, the latest Aspire notebooks feature excellent price/performance and mainstream entertainment in a mobile PC that delivers significant value for their investment," Ray Sawall, senior manager of product marketing for Acer America, said in a statement.

The AS5536, which costs as much as a high-end netbook, is powered by an Athlon 64 X2 QL-64 dual-core processor with a clock speed of 2.1 GHz. The system also includes 3 GB of memory, AMD's ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics processor, and a 320-GB hard drive. The laptop includes a DVD drive.

The AS7735Z includes an Intel Pentium T4200 2.0-GHz processor and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD chip. The system has 4 GB of memory, a 250-GB hard drive, and a DVD drive.

The most expensive model of the three, the AS5739G, packs far more processing power with a 2.1-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip and an Nvidia GeForce GT130M graphics processor with 1 GB of memory. The system also has a 250-GB hard drive, 4 GB of memory, and a Blu-ray disc drive.

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