ZR1 is an alternate model number for the Aspire 3680, a series of laptop PCs that Taiwanese technology maker Acer Inc. debuted in 2007 under its flagship line of personal computers. Designed as a basic, no-frills portable computer primarily for home use rather than a technical powerhouse, the Acer Aspire 3680 is based on the Microsoft Windows Home Basic operating system.
Processor and System Memory
Each Acer Aspire ZR1/3680 has an Intel Celeron M (or Mobile Intel Celeron) processor with processing speed choices of 1.46, 1.6 and 1.73 gigahertz. Regardless of such variance, each processor can connect to the motherboard for data transfer using the front-side bus interface at a speed of 533 megahertz. Also, the Celeron M on the Aspire 3680 has 1 megabyte Level 2 cache. The chip relies on this secondary memory bank for faster access of the computer's most frequently used data than the system memory, which usually consists of 256 MB or 512 MB and is expandable to 2 gigabytes.
Each Acer Aspire 3680 has a hard disk drive that offers no less than 40 GB. Also included is a 5-in-1 digital media adaptor: compatible with Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD Picture Card flash memory brands. The optical drive is either a CD-RW/DVD-ROM, which plays and records CDs and plays DVDs; or an 8x-speed SuperMulti drive, which plays and records CDs and DVDs and provides dual-layer disc support.
The Aspire ZR1's audio specifications consist of a motherboard-integrated Intel high definition audio driver with a pair of built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers and built-in microphone. A motherboard-integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which uses up to 224MB of the system memory for video, provides the graphics. Audio/video connectors include microphone and headphone jacks, video graphics array output for an external monitor, S-video output, and a Sony/Philips Digital Interface.
The modem of the Acer Aspire ZR1 has a peak data transmission rate of 56 kilobits per second, adheres to the International Telecommunications Union's V.92 standard, and offers the accompanying RJ-11 jack. A 10/100 Fast Ethernet connection with up to 100 megabits per second in data transfer and a corresponding RJ-45 provides wired networking. The Acer InviLink network adaptor -- with Wi-Fi and IEEE 802.11b/g compliance -- provides the wireless networking. Acer supplied three USB 2.0 ports for additional data transfer.
Dimensions and Power
The Acer ZR1 has a 13.4-inch length, 9.88-inch width and 1.1- to 1.37-inch height from front to back. With its standard six-cell 44.4-watt 4,000-milliampere-hour lithium-ion battery, the laptop weighs 2.39kg. Accompanying the battery for the computer's power is a 100-to-240-VAC AutoSensing Adapter.