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Acer America Announces Major Price Reductions on Popular Texas Instruments Extensa Notebook Computers

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Further demonstrating its commitment to lead the mobile computing industry in price/performance value, Acer America today announced dramatic price reductions across its line of
award-winning Texas Instruments Extensa notebook computers. Reductions in estimated street prices range from 15 to 31 percent. All pricing is effective immediately.

"Merging Acer and TI's mobile computing product lines allows us to pass on extraordinary value to our customers. These substantial price reductions are designed to position Acer/Texas Instruments mobile computing solutions as the choice for small and mid-sized businesses and corporate volume buyers," said Steve Lair, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Acer America's Commercial Systems. "Spanning the range from complete desktop replacement performance with MMX technology to ultra lightweight for the frequent flyer, these new price/performance systems make Acer the best overall value --whatever the mobile users requirements may include, whether they are mobile on the road or mobile around the office."

New estimated street pricing (ESP) for the Extensa notebook computers is as follows:
 Former New
 Model Processor ESP ESP % Change
 Extensa 660CD 166MHz Pentium w/MMX $3,299 $2,799 -15%
 Extensa 660CDT 166MHz Pentium w/MMX $3,999 $3,299 -17.5%
 Extensa 900 133MHz Pentium $2,799 $2,299 -17.8%
 Extensa 900T 133MHz Pentium $3,799 $2,599 -31%
 Extensa 900CDT 133MHz Pentium $4,299 $3,099 -28%

The Extensa 900's companion Mobile Productivity Base, which can be detached quickly from the notebook computer for more convenient travel down the hall or across the country, has been reduced from $599 to $499.

Extensa 660 Series -- High-Powered, Mid-Range Mobile Computers with MMX Technology

The Extensa 660 Series includes extraordinary advanced features such as a high-performance 166MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology, PCI bus architecture, 16MB of EDO RAM (expandable to 80MB), a removable 1.35GB HDD (660CD) or a removable 2.1GB HDD (660CDT), and a brilliant 12.1" DSTN (660CD) or an 11.3" TFT (660CDT) color display. Both models feature a NeoMagic 128-bit graphics controller for faster refresh rate and reduced power consumption. The Extensa 660 Series is fully modular and, with one quick step, customers can switch between a high-capacity disk drive, floppy drive or a 10X CD-ROM.

"The Extensa 660 Series is the perfect choice for mobile professionals who need a lightweight but full-featured notebook with powerful multimedia performance for sales and business presentations," Lair said. The ideal customers for the Extensa 660 Series include real estate brokers and agents, educators and sales professionals.

Extensa 900 Series -- Ultra Slim, Lightweight Notebooks

For the corporate executive who requires desktop replacement power including network connectivity in the office and ultra lightweight portability for business trips, the Extensa 900 Series now provides incredible value. The Extensa 900 Series features a 133MHz Pentium processor, a 1.35GB HDD and 16MB EDO RAM (expandable to 48MB). Weighing only 5.1-pounds, the Extensa 900 model sports a vivid 12.1" DSTN display, with the Extensa 900T model weighing in at 4.9-pounds and featuring a 11.3" TFT color display. Designed to remain in the office or attach to the notebook, a companion 2.2-pound Mobile Productivity Base features a modular 8X CD-ROM drive, a secondary battery with weight-reduction module, standard interfaces and a 32-bit Advanced PCI Card expansion slot.

Warranty & Availability

The Extensa notebooks are backed by a one-year limited Desk-to-Desk warranty. The TI Extensa notebooks can be purchased through Acer America's nationwide network of distributors and resellers. Corporate accounts can contact Acer's corporate sales division to bid volume sales. For more information on product, pricing, availability and configurations, call 800-558-ACER or visit

Acer America Corporation

Acer America Corporation (, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., designs and manufacturers a broad range of computer systems and peripherals. Award-winning product offerings include AcerNote, TI Extensa, and TI TravelMate notebooks, Acer Aspire PCs for the home, AcerPower and AcerEntra business desktop computers, the AcerAltos line of open servers, AcerView monitors, AOpen and Acer Components. The Acer Computer Explorer and Out of Box Experience (OOBE) demonstrate Acer America's commitment to make PCs as easy-to-use as other consumer products. Acer America Corp., a member of the Acer Group posted revenues of $1.3 billion in 1996.

NOTE: Acer is a registered trademark and AcerNote, AcerPower, AcerView, AcerAltos, Aopen, AcerEntra, Acer Components Division, OOBE, Acer Computer Explorer and Acer Aspire are trademarks of Acer Inc. All other products, brand names or companies are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

SOURCE Acer America Corp.
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/CONTACT: Sheri West, 972-664-1536, or, or Traci Renner, 972-664-1536, or, both of Maples Communications, for Acer America/


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