Acer has announced the Aspire X3 and XC desktops for the Malaysian markets. These mini-tower designs are generally budget designs, but also features an interesting option for built in wireless charging.
Both new Acer Aspires share more of less the same specifications. Processors range from Intel Celeron 3900 all the way up to the Intel Core i7-6700. Naturally, these processors are all drawn from Intel’s sixth generation of desktop processors.
Memory can be customised up to 32GB DDR4, although the model on display was only fitted with 4GB. We assume that the baseline designs will start from this point. The Aspire X3 and XC can also be equipped with graphics cards ranging up to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 745 or AMD Radeon R7 340. Neither option is particularly overwhelming, but should be good enough for the intended market.
Storage options go up to a 4TB HDD, with the option of adding a 512GB SSD via M.2 connector. It also features an optical drive; something we don’t see very often anymore. Especially considering that the drive is mounted vertically.
Connecting to LAN is helped by the addition of support for 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi. Of course, there is still the gigabit ethernet port for those who would rather use a wired connection.
The real selling point of the Aspire X3 is the optional wireless charging pad. Built into the chassis of the desktop, the pad supports the Qi wireless charging standard. Of course, Qi is currently the most popular standard and will likely work with most devices that support wireless charging.
The Acer Aspire X3-780 has an RRP of RM3,499; while the Acer Aspire XC-780 will retail for RM1,599. The Aspire X3 will be available in August and the Aspire XC is already available in stores.