At its global (virtual) conference, Acer unveiled a lot of products from smart home devices to Chromebooks. The list includes new Acer Swift 3X, Predator monitors, Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c powered Chromebook, a smart speaker and much more. Let’s check out everything in detail.
New Acer Swift, Spin and Aspire Laptops
The new Swift 3X is powered by Intel’s 11th generation processor, and company’s latest Intel Xe Max graphics. It’s got a 14-inch Full HD IPS screen, which boasts an 84% screen-to-body ratio. On the connectivity front, the company has included plenty of ports including USB-C, Thunderbolt™ 4 and USB3.2 Gen 2 ports. The laptop supports a maximum of 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. The laptop starts at $899 and will be available in North America starting this December.
Acer Spin 5, as the name suggests, is the latest 2-in-1 notebook from the company. The eye-catching device features a 360-degree hinge design that enables it to transform into a variety of different form factors, including a full-fledged tablet mode, a clamshell mode for typing and the normal notebook mode. The device features a Coring Corilla Glass up top and is powered by Intel’s 11th Gen i7 processor and Iris X graphics. The laptop also boasts dual front-facing speakers and will be available from $999 in the United States next February.
Acer also announced a small-er version of the Spin 5 — Acer Spin 3, that features a 13.3-inch display. It’s got the same set of processors and graphics card inside and will be available for $849 in the United States in March next year.
Acer Chromebook Spin 513
Along with a bunch of Windows products, Acer announced it’s first Chromebook. The new Chromebook Spin 513 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c processor, which is 8nm octa-core chip. It comes with Adreno 468 integrated graphics and an optional 4G LTE for an ‘always connected’ experience. The sleek Chromebook is light at 1.2kg and supports all the four hinge-modes as the Spin series. The Chromebook Spin 513 comes with up to 8 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM and up to 128 GB of storage.
There’s also an Enterprise edition of the Chromebook Spin 513, that brings security, enterprise capabilities and cost savings, to help businesses manage devices at scale. There’s a zero-touch enrolment system that’ll automatically enrol an employee into enterprise administration as soon as the end-user connects to the internet.
The company also announced a new Acer Chromebox CXI4 for families and school. The device is like a Mac Mini of ChromeOS world. It’s powered Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7 processor and integrated graphics.
Along with these laptops, Acer also introduced their new ConceptD desktop PC, and ConceptD 7 and 7 Pro. The desktop ConceptD comes with Intel 10th generation processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and 64GB RAM. the ConceptD 7 and 7 Pro are powered by the same Intel Core 10th generation processor, but come with less powerful GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs. The laptops start at at a price of $3,299, while the desktop PCs start at $1,534.
Acer also introduced its first-ever smart speaker — Acer Halo. It’s powered by Google Assistant and come with DTS sound support. There’s an optional LED display that lets users check the time or see what the weather is like outside. The $109 priced speaker has two far-field omnidirectional mics that distinguish between the music playing and voice commands. It will be available in the US starting Q1 2021.
Lastly, Acer also introduced some new gaming monitor under its Predator branding. The highlight of the show was Predator X34 GS which has a 34-inch Curved QHD panel. It boasts 180Hz refresh rate and supports Nvidia G-SYNC. It comes with integrated 7W speakers, too.
While all the products from the company are quite fascinating, it’s hard to say if any of these devices will make its way to India.