Acer unveils Aspire M5 with Haswell, makes it Best Buy exclusive

Haswell is the latest catch-phrase in Intel processor architecture, designed as a successor to Ivy Bridge. A low power processor that is made with today's Ultrabooks in mind, the chip debuted early last month and is finding its way into today's hardware. Now Acer announces it will be powering the latest Aspire notebook.

The Aspire M5 (technically the Aspire M5-583P-6428) will be a Best Buy exclusive and packs a Core i5 processor, Intel Wireless Display technology (WiDi), four speakers, 15.6-inch display and multi-touch.

According to the company's announcement, "the new M5 features Acer's audio technology package, Acer Purified.Voice. This takes voice input to the next level with a combination of hardware (dual-array mic) and software (voice recognition and audio processing). It ensures webcam/video chats, conference calls, VoIP calls and voice commands are always crystal clear. It can track and recognize the voice of the speaker wherever they are and makes sure there is no volume reduction of their voice as they move away from the notebook. It also eliminates background noise including keystrokes, so the speaker's voice transmits clearly while voice recording or speaking, even while typing. It improves and exceeds the requirements for voice control programs".

Acer has taken the unique step of partnering with Best Buy for this release, and the M5 is available now at the big-box stores across the U.S. with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $699.99.

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