PC Show 2008 - The Full Coverage (Part 1)

Acer's Booth

PC Show 2008 Commences

Unlike previous years, this year's PC Show opened a tad later, closer to the middle of June. That however doesn't change the fact that the yearly PC Show and it's great mid-year bargains are here to grab your attention. Perhaps with the extra week of time, you might have had more time to deliberate on what you might want to gun for during the show, or if you were among the lucky attendees of our inaugural PlayTest event held last Saturday on the 7th of June, you would have had the privilege to meet our editorial staff for the best industry advice/consultation on what to grab during the PC Show and of course a chance to try some of the latest gizmos and showcases we've had set up.

For those of you who are ready to dash for PC Show 2008, it's happening at the Suntec City Convention Center from 12th June to 15th June, open from 12 noon to 9pm. And to give you a good overview before you head down, we've got some of the hot bargains covered in this article. So read on and happy planning.

Acer's Booth

 Now the third largest PC vendor in the world after acquiring Gateway and Packard Bell recently, Acer looks to continue its success at the PC Show with a broad selection of desktops, notebooks and monitors.

 19-inch LCD monitors have fallen in price rather drastically, with this Acer X193W widescreen display going for only $269. It has a decent 5ms response time, analog/DVI inputs with HDCP and a contrast ratio of 2000:1.

 This Acer 24-inch LCD monitor has a full HD display, HDMI and DVI inputs and uses Acer�s glossy CrystalBrite screen. It's also going for an attractive $499 only for the first 50 sets.

 The Acer 4520G series ($1298 - $1398) of multimedia notebooks are powered by AMD�s Turion 64 X2 dual core processors (TL-60 & TL-62) and come with similar amount of memory (2GB DDR2) and the same NVIDIA GeForce 8400M graphics chipset. This series uses a 14.1-inch widescreen CrystalBrite LCD with Dolby certified audio. The first 30 customers will also get a free I-Cube speaker with any purchase.

 One of the cheapest notebooks available from Acer at the PC Show is this Extensa 4620Z-4A2G16Mi, which is a 14.1-inch wide model using a Pentium Dual Core processor (T2390). With its $1198 price tag, expect only integrated graphics (GMA X3100) and 2GB of DDR2 memory.

 This is the Acer Aspire 4920-6A2G32Mn, which is slightly more expensive than the Extensa shown above by $100. For that, you'll get rather similar specifications, though with a better Core 2 Duo T5750 processor and twice the hard drive capacity at 320GB.

 The Acer Aspire 6920G-833G32Mn is part of the company�s new Gemstone Blue line of multimedia entertainment notebook and is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 with 3GB of DDR2 memory and a 320GB hard drive. Most importantly, its 16-inch screen has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, meaning you'll get full HD capability. For that, expect to pay $2398, though Acer does include a free 20GB portable external hard drive.

 This Acer Extensa 5620-601G16Mn is a 15.4-inch Core 2 Duo powered notebook (T7500) at an affordable $1198. Only 1GB of DDR2 RAM is included and it uses an Intel GMA X3100. Besides the 160GB hard drive, it also comes with a Super Multi DVD drive and 5-in-1 card reader.

 Acer's Aspire X3600 series is available in up to four system configurations, ranging in prices from $1299 to $2299. Whatever the configuration, they will all be housed in a slim and attractive black chassis. The higher end model even comes with quad core processor and a Blu-ray drive. It even includes a 22-inch LCD monitor.

 This Aspire M5620 is equipped with very decent specifications, including a Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5GHz), NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT, 3GB of DDR2 memory and a 500GB SATA hard drive. Included too is a DVD writer, card reader and wireless LAN, keyboard and mouse. Acer will even include a free 24-inch LCD monitor and it will only set you back $1999.