Acer's Aspire E and ES Series are new and affordable Windows 8.1 notebooks

Acer will launch new and affordable Windows 8.1 notebooks this summer, under the Aspire E and ES Series branding, for the "back to school" shopping season.

Here's what Acer had to say about the Aspire E series line-up:

"The new Aspire E Series notebooks come in a variety of color options in 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inch displays. They feature a textile-pattern on the cover and underside which has been manufactured through a brand new process, involving 3D scanning of fabric samples, which are then replicated into molds with 3D printing technology and finished with a laser engraving process. The bold and colorful interior panels extend to an eye-catching ring around the machine visible even when the lid is closed."

Inside, the Aspire E Series notebooks will have Intel processors and the choice of either NVIDIA's GeForce 940M series graphics chips or AMD's Radeon R8 and R6 dual graphics chips. They will also support up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of hard drive space, or up to 1TB of Solid State Hybrid Drive storage. The notebooks will go on sale in July for prices beginning at $379.

Acer Aspire ES

As far as the Aspire ES Series, here's Acer's own description:

" Featuring the Acer FlowCurve design and five screen size options ranging in size from 11.6-inch to 17.3-inches, the versatile and ultra-affordable Aspire ES Series has all the features needed for everyday tasks. The Aspire ES Series includes the power-efficient Intel Pentium/Celeron processors1, up to 8GB RAM, 1TB of hard drive storage and an optional DVD-RW drive, meeting a variety of needs with ultimate value."

The Acer Aspire ES Series of notebooks go on sale in July for prices starting at $229.

Source: Acer

John Callaham