Acer introduces Aspire 5600U, 7600U all-in-one Windows 8 desktop PCs

Summary:The two new models can recline up to 80 degrees so users can take advantage of their touch screens with the new OS.

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Acer has already announced new tablets and laptops that will launch around the debut of Windows 8 at the end of the month, and now it has added a pair of all-in-one (AIO) desktops to that lineup.

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As with Windows 8 AIOs from competitors like Dell and Sony , the Acer Aspire 5600U and 7600U (pictured above) offer large touch screens that take advantage of the touch features of the new OS. In the case of the cheaper 5600U (right), that screen is 23 inches, while the 7600U gets a more spacious 27 inches. Both have 1,920x1,080 full HD resolution, though the 7600U lacks the higher resolution of the Dell XPS One 27. Each Aspire can recline up to 80 degrees to optimize the touch-screen experiece for users, though they don't lay competely flat like the Sony Vaio Tap 20. 

Inside, the 5600U includes Intel processor options up to a Core i5-3210M, up to 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports and three USB 2.0 ports. While you can get a version without touchscreen features starting at $999, the touch-enabled version starts at $1,149.

The base 7600U comes with similar specs for its base $1,899 price, though you also get an Nvidia GT 640M graphics card and an extra USB 2.0 port, and the optical drive is a Blu-ray reader/DVD burner combo unit. You can learn more about the 7600U at our sister site CNET, which has been doing some hands-on testing of the new AIO.

The 5600U will be available on the October 26 Windows 8 launch date, while the 7600U will debut in late November. How do you think these stack up against other Windows 8 all-in-ones? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: PCs, Hardware, Windows

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