Aspire 5670 – Acer Joins the NAPA Club

Chalk another one up to NAPA. The new Acer Aspire 5670 has joined the elite country club of laptops that house the new Intel Centrino mobile technology nicknamed after that famous snooty wine region. NAPA in this case is a platform that leverages the new Centrino Duo dual-core processor with the Intel 945PM Express chipset, and for 802.11a, b and g wireless capabilities, the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connector.

Acer recently became a top 3 global laptop brand, and looking at the Aspire 5670 you can see why. Now only Dell and Hewlett-Packard have greater world market share. In the States Acer delivered a 202.6% growth in the laptop sector for the 4th quarter of 2005, that’s a phenomenal increase in sales, and testimony to the fact that folks are voting for aspire, Ferrari, and Travelmate notebooks with their wallets.

Anyway onto the dual core Acer Aspire 5670, it’s fast, it easy on the battery, and it may be smarter than us. “But, Muffy, what can we do with all that power?” you ask?

The newest member of the country club packs a heck of a lot along with the NAPA (and all for around $1,299 – $1,499-don’t tell the membership board!). First, you get proprietary software like: Acer GridVista, which allows you to use the screen for four apps at once; Acer CinemaVision and Acer ClearVision for maximizing your video viewing and creating pleasure; as well as the other programs in the Acer Aspire Arcade to meet all your multimedia needs.

To help you tap into this multimedia experience, the Acer possesses a wealth of port and peripherals: digital speakers, double-layer drive, 5-in-1 card reader, ExpressCard slot, IEEE 1394 port, S-video and TV-out ports, Ethernet, USBs, and a 15.4-inch CrystalBrite display to name a few.

Still not sure if the Acer belongs? How’s this for elite-the Acer has Video Conference and Video over IP capabilities thanks to a built-in camera and Bluetooth VoIP phone.

Oh, and this Aspire is loaded where it really counts: under the hood. The 5670 packs up to 120GB of hard drive space, 1024MB of DDR2 memory (which can be boosted to 2048MB), and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics card. And you just thought that it was a pretty nice dual-core processor laptop trying to live off the Acer name.

By Matthew Brodsky – Laptopical

Monday, March 27, 2006