Computer-maker Acer will be supporting both Blu-ray and HD DVD high definition disc formats in its new PC and notebook offerings, which will be released to the Australian market in time for the Christmas gifting period.
The company did not reveal if there would be a dual-drive model of its ultra-small form factor notebook.
Acer senior product manager, Henry Lee, spoke today at the Influence Forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and revealed the brand’s views on today’s forum topic, ‘The Evolving PC’.
“Notebook growth is very strong, but still the PC is not dead,” he said, in reponse to discussions that the consumer demand for notebook computers would eventually reveal the PC as an outdated model.
“The PC market is still growing, though not as quickly as the the notebook market, just in different ways,” said Lee.
According to Acer, the key to providing momentum in the PC market is to “evolve” the model, with both new technologies and new designs.
“The PC is moving closer to the main area of the household, where the sound technologies and the aesthetics of the unit matters more,” said Lee.
“Consumers still want desktop performance, but they also want an all-in-one device with a TV tuner, photo and video editing software, and all the capabilities of the home theatre.”
Acer views the movement of the personal computer into the loungeroom as an entertainment ‘hub’ as key to the evolvement of the medium, but rather than hedge its bets on one or the other high definition disc format, the computer giant is incorporating both Blu-ray and HD DVD disc drives into its new Christmas models.
“The evolvement of the desktop is becoming a ‘home server’. Hard drives are becoming bigger, and optical storage is hugely important. This year we’ll see Acer computers with both HD DVD and Blu-ray drives becoming strong before Christmas. Acer will have a number of products supporting both formats,” said Lee.
“Consumers want widescreen capacities in their notebooks and their PCs and this is pretty much becoming standard. Windows Vista operating system is more friendly to widescreen formats as well.
“Consumers enjoy using the PC and the notebook with varying degrees of usage — watching movies is big and will continue to be so in the future.”