I was looking on the Acer website, and got the following details, still no detailed specs, here is the article.www.acer.com
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (31 May, 2004) - Acer launches the Aspire 1800 and TravelMate 3200 notebooks targeting home and SOHO professional users, and the commercial market. The new notebooks feature a streamlined form following the concept of the folio, with pure functional simplicity, smooth curves and subtle elegance. The shades of metallic finish blend in effortlessly with home and business environments, while a unique Empowering Key (eKey) enables users to operate their notebooks in the smartest and most productive way.
Breaking the barrier between people and technology is Acer's long-term mission, enabling everyone to experience and benefit from the freshest technologies. Customers are becoming increasingly image conscious, and demanding products that are designed without unnecessary clutter, for intuitive and trouble-free use. The new Aspire 1800 and TravelMate 3200 make a bold design statement, pronouncing Acer's commitment in designing products to fulfill customers' needs.
"Acer has built a solid foundation for a profitable and sustainable PC business." Said J.T. Wang, President of Acer Inc. "As the world's top five PC brand, it is the right time to advance our efforts in industrial design as we aim for the number three position. Our goal is to create a signature design for Acer products, distinguishing ourselves among the many other PC brands."
"The purpose of technology is to empower people, not to intimidate them." Jim Wong, President of IT Products Business Group, Acer Inc., addressed. "Acer is the first to incorporate the eKey, to help users of all technical levels of understanding interact with their PCs easily. It also marks a step forward in our commitment to empowering people through technology."The new notebook design is based on the folio, which delivers what customers are looking for in a notebook: a discreet and agile form, soft curves, with an inviting feel just like a very personal belonging, and reflecting a sense of self-assurance and innate ability exuded by successful professionals.
The folio concept is the result of in-depth global market research and customer surveys. Meanwhile, the unique shades of metallic colors present an elegant and sophisticated outlook to complement well with both home and business environments.In full consideration of customers' needs, the Aspire 1800 and TravelMate 3200 feature front cluster access ports and controls, maximizing user friendliness. Smooth planes with soft curves create a modest and expressive feel, while integrated I/O ports and a wrap configuration encompassing the LCD screen and body, create a clean and streamlined effect. Furthermore, textured surfaces enhance the elegant feel, and an inventive non-slip carry grip improves frequent handling for people on the move.
Seji Peng, Head of Industrial Design Division, Acer Inc., elaborates, "Industrial design is the initial means of communication between product hardware and customers, and clearly reflects a company's brand identity."
Acer's unique eKey further exemplifies the company's care for customer needs. At the press of the key, Acer's eManager, a friendly user interface is launched, combining frequently used settings such as the ePowerManagement, eSetting and ePresentation. eManager offers users the choice of recommended or customized PC configurations to maximize their battery life, improve security and productivity.
Wang continues, "The new design concept symbolizes our long-term commitment in the brand-name PC business, it also represents Acer's beginning into new stage of life."
The new designs took almost two years of research and development, including cooperation with world-class consultancy, Smart Design. The consultancy is one of top five design companies in the US, and brings extensive knowledge in branding and design implementation.
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN (1 June, 2004) - During the world's third largest IT show - Computex Taipei - Acer is proud to showcase its full range of IT products, under the theme Empowering Technology - Making Your Life Easier. This year's highlights include a range of digital home products, the next generation of Ferrari notebook - the Ferrari 3200, new look notebooks - TravelMate 3200 and Aspire 1800, and more.
The first opportunity to see Acer's range of digital home products since the initial announcement last November, they emphasize Acer's commitment to user empowerment through technology - represented by the designation 'e' in the product names. On display are the Aspire ePC, eBox (a hub that allows digital content to be played on home appliances), and 26-inch screen eTVD (an intelligent, multi-purpose LCD TV).
A striking symbol of Acer and Scuderia Ferrari's collaboration, the flawlessly designed Ferrari 3200 instills exceptional performance, brilliant graphics, and lightning-fast connectivity. At this year's Best Choice of Computex awards, the Ferrari 3200 was selected winner for outstanding product design.
New Design Concept NotebooksThe freshly launched Aspire 1800 and TravelMate 3200 sport Acer's new notebook design based around a folio concept. With their streamlined form, pure functional simplicity, and smooth curves, the new notebooks in light and dark shades of metallic finish blend in effortlessly with home and business environments. To improve the user experience, Acer's unique Empowering Key (eKey) launches a friendly interface, enabling users to operate their notebooks in the smartest and most productive way, and truly enjoy the benefit of technology. The Aspire 1800 features the intuitive Aspire Arcade for mobile entertainment, and is the next generation Intel® Pentium® 4 processor desktop replacement for extreme multitasking and nonstop activity. The TravelMate 3200 is a first true commercial Intel® Centrino® 2-spindle innovation weighing at 2kg, and at 1-inch in thickness.
Full Range Product Lines
Acer products step out in force at the Computex show, visitors will also have the chance to see: the Altos line of dependable server and storage systems; Veriton commercial desktop PCs; LCD monitors including the RedDot award-winning 17-inch screen AL1731; projectors and other peripherals; and more.
At the Computex 2004 opening press conference, Acer Chairman and CEO Stan Shih, shared his thoughts on the convergence of PCs with digital home devices, and was honored for his life-time contributions to the IT industry.