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Monday, 17 January 2011 15:55

Acer and eMachines show off two new netbooks

Written by Nick Farell
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AMD dual core under the bonnet
Acer and sister brand eMachines have unveiled two new products powered by new, high-speed AMD dual-core processors and chipsets.

First up is the latest Acer Aspire One 522 netbook which is built from one of the new Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) from AMD. In this case it is the Dual-Core C-50 processor from AMD’s Fusion Family of APUs coupled with the AMD A50M Fusion Controller Hub. It comes with 2GB DDR3 which makes it fairly grunty for a netbook.

The Aspire One 522 has an AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphic card that supportsVideo Decoder 3 , OpenCL 1.1, OpenGL 3.1, OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 5.0, Microsoft DirectX 11. That makes for some nice images on a 10.1-inch 1280 x 720 TFT LCD screen.

It comes with an HDMI port, a 250GB SATA hard drive, Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Acer’s CrystalEye Web camera. It is claimed the Aspire One 522 can manage five hours on a full charge with its lithium-ion battery.

Also released was the eMD644 laptop from eMachines. It has an AMD Dual-Core E-350 processor and the AMD A50M Fusion Controller Hub chipset.

Its graphics are handed by the AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics card and which supports a slew of graphics technologies such as Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD3), OpenCL 1.1, OpenGL 3.1, Open EXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, ShaderModel 5.0 and Microsoft DirectX 11, among others.

It has a 14-inch high-resolution, high-brightness LED-backlit TFT LCD with glare panel display screen and HDMI port enforcing High-Def output complement the eMachines eMD644’s graphics power. It has a 2GB DDR3 memory module, a whopping 500GB SATA hard drive, a built-in 8x DVD-SuperMulti double-layer optical drive, as well as network interfaces and wireless LAN capabilities.

No word on price, but it does seem sad that netbooks are starting to get killed off by tablets. The spec is just about getting useful.


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