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Acer America Launches New Design Concept for Prestige Line LCD’s; New and Innovative Design Features and Lifelike Imagery Highlight Newest Monitor Offerings


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SAN JOSE, CA -- March 17, 2005 -- Acer America Corporation, one of the leading worldwide suppliers of IT solutions, today introduced three new offerings to the Prestige line of LCD monitors. Initially shipping a 17“, 19” and a 20“ widescreen model, these newest high-performance LCDs target users with an appreciation for innovative design but don’t want to compromise connectivity or lifelike images. The 17” AL1732d, 19“ AL1932d and 20” AL2032wd LCDs feature a streamlined form with smooth curves and sheer elegance derived from crafted geometric lines and finely polished finish. The new design concepts of the Prestige line are the result of in-depth global market research and customer surveys and present an elegant and sophisticated outlook that enhances modern office decor and high-tech digital lifestyle environments.

“The newest additions to Acer’s Prestige line of LCD’s combine great performance in a sleek industrial design which is a great complement to any work environment,” said Maarten de Haas, vice president, Notebook/Monitor Business Unit, Acer America. “With the leading LCD brand in Western Europe, these new offerings advance our efforts in industrial design as we aim to further strengthen our position in the United States and global markets. Our goal is to create a signature design for Acer products while distributing them through our channel partners at a price that is accessible to everyone.”

The Acer AL2032wd LCD was recently awarded the prestigious “iF Design Award 2005” (International Forum Design) which is considered one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions. As one of the best-known design contests in the world, the iF design award has become a notable trademark for outstanding design and a symbol of a company’s commitment to innovation. The iF award jury, composed of top international designers, judged approximately 1,900 products from 740 participants from 31 countries this year on criteria that included design quality, workmanship, material choice, degree of innovation, environmental friendliness, functionality, ergonomics, safety, brand value, and branding.

Priced starting at $329, the newest members of Acer’s Prestige line deliver up to a 600:1 contrast ratio for photo-like image quality and three video inputs (VGA, AV and DVI-D) additional flexibility. The AL1732d, AL1932d and AL2032wd LCDs display a sharp and clear resolution of up to 1680 x 1050 (SXGA+) and a response time of as fast as 12 milliseconds for superior clarity of moving images. The Acer Prestige LCD’s feature premium contrast ratios for sharp colors, wide viewing angles for easier viewing, fast response times to run and view DVD’s and video games and brightness levels that result in brilliant images and rich colors.

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Features of the Acer AL2032wd include:

-- 20" TFT Widescreen LCD
-- 1680 x 1050 Native Resolution
-- 300 cd/m2 Typical Brightness
-- 600:1 Contrast Ratio
-- 16.7 Million Display Colors
-- VGA, DVI-D and AV Video Input
-- 16 Millisecond Response Times
-- 2 x 5W Speakers
-- 178 degrees (H) x 178 degrees (V) Viewing Angle
-- Kensington Lock Slot
-- 100mm VESA Mounting

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Features of the Acer AL1932d include:

-- 19" TFT LCD
-- 1280 x 1050 Native Resolution
-- 400 cd/m2 Typical Brightness
-- 500:1 Contrast Ratio
-- 16.7 Million Display Colors
-- VGA, DVI-D and AV Video Input
-- 12 Millisecond Response Times
-- 2 x 2.0W Speakers
-- 140 degrees (H) x 140 degrees (V) Viewing Angle
-- Kensington Lock Slot
-- 100mm VESA Mounting

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Features of the Acer AL1732d include:

-- 17" TFT LCD
-- 1280 x 1050 Native Resolution
-- 400 cd/m2 Typical Brightness
-- 500:1 Contrast Ratio
-- 16.7 Million Display Colors
-- VGA, DVI-D and AV Video Input
-- 12 Millisecond Response Times
-- 2 x 2.0W Speakers
-- 140 degrees (H) x 140 degrees (V) Viewing Angle
-- Kensington Lock Slot
-- 100mm VESA Mounting

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Acer offers a complete range of 15-, 17-, 19- and 20-inch LCD monitors, from entry level to high-end product offerings. Acer’s LCD product lines demonstrated wide market acceptance across Europe during 2004(1) where Acer ranked number one, with 15% market share, in units shipped in Western Europe. This market leadership included leading marketshare in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Acer maintains second place in Denmark, Holland and Germany.

Pricing

The new Acer LCDs are available through Acer authorized resellers throughout North America starting at $329 for the 17“ AL1732d, $489 for the 19” AL1932d and $649 for AL2032wd.

Service and Support

All Acer LCD’s come with a standard one-year parts and labor limited warranty including toll-free service and support from Acer’s U.S.-based call center. Online support is available at www.acerpanam.com.

About Acer America Corporation

Established in 1984 as a subsidiary of Acer Inc., Acer America Corporation designs and markets client and server solutions for professionals who require reliability, enhanced productivity and greater value of ownership. As one of the largest global suppliers of PCs, more than 50 million Acer systems have been purchased throughout the world, solutions for living, learning and working. Acer America’s award-winning products include tablet PCs, desktop PCs, notebook computers, servers, displays and peripheral solutions for business, government, education and home users. The pan Acer Group employs 39,000 people supporting dealers and distributors in over 100 countries. For more information about Acer America, please visit the website at www.acer.com/us.

(1) Bryan Norris Associates

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