Acer Eyes the SMB Market

Taiwan PC vendor Acer, which has been focusing on the consumer market and fighting for space in retail stores, is turning its attention back to the North American small- and midsized-business market. The company announced today that it would begin selling its low-cost Extensa 4620 notebook into the North American market for the first time; these 14.1-inch laptops come equipped with either an Intel Core 2 Duo or a Pentium dual-core processor, and Acer has done its best to keep the prices down for the notebooks. The Pentium-based laptop starts at $699 and the Core 2 Duo machine starts at $799.

The aggressive pricing of these SMB notebooks should allow Acer to continue competing against the bigger names in the market—in particular, Hewlett-Packard and Dell—as well as against other Asian-based PC vendors, such as Toshiba. In October, Toshiba launched its new Satellite Pro series, which is based on Advanced Micro Devices processors, with starting prices of about $699.

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