Acer will debut a laptop next month with the high resolution of HDTV, a Blu-ray disc drive and six speakers that will come as close as possible to surround sound. The laptop targeting movie lovers, the first to have a 1,920-by-1,080 screen, will retail for $1,999.
Dell CEO Michael Dell says the company will increase its investments in China, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and one with a low penetration of personal computers. Dell's investment includes $70 billion for hardware-component purchases last year and this year from Chinese firms.
New electronics-buyback programs are giving consumers cash or store credit for turning in old electronics devices, which can be refurbished or used for parts. TechForward sells its plan at retail stores at point of purchase, EcoNEW uses an online survey to determine the value of products it buys and Apple offers same-day, in-store discounts when iPods are turned in.
Canton has added the Movie 80 CX and Movie 120 MX home-theater speakers that provide 5.1 surround sound to its offerings. Both systems feature four silver or black satellite speakers and a horizontal, center-channel speaker and subwoofer.
Many consumers are weighing their desire to "go green" at home against the cost of eco-friendly appliances and products. Sharp's Aquos LCD television requires less power and electricity than a plasma display, and it is priced at the same level as its competition.