Well aren’t we being busy Acer?
Acer is announcing a slew of devices at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. These include a new tablet, some new laptops, a smartphone and a Chromebook. The press releases are making the rounds on the internet. If on the other hand you want some edited highlights, then read on below..
Aspire V Nitro 15” & 17 “Black Edition
This is the new Acer gaming laptop specced out with 6th Gen Intel processors, NVIDIA graphics cards and PCIe SSDs. Immersive gaming is the name of the game here, and the machines look pretty sweet. 3D Scanning and printing is also a feature with Intel RealSense cameras Price? 1299 Euros
Acer Switch 12 S
This seems to be an attempt at competing with the Surface Pro. The Switch series has been around for a year or two now. In the US there is a wide variety of configurations of these devices, however over here they have been mainly budget Atom-based devices. Not any more, with the latest 6th Gen Core M and a 4K display, an aluminium body and a thickness of only 7.85mm it looks like the competition for the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book is increasing. To add to the geek-cred, it also has USB-C charging. It does have a price tag to match at 1199 Euros
Acer Liquid Primo
There have been quite a few Liquid phones, but this is the first with Windows 10. Powered by a Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM and 32Gb internal storage, this is also the first non-Lumia Windows 10 Mobile device. Acer are making a big deal of this being a “multi-tasking” device for professionals and mentioned both enterprise-grade security with BitLocker and Continuum. However it doesn’t look like a dock is included. The price seems competitive too at 569 Euros. For a closer look check out our Windows 10 aficionado Garry Clark’s in-depth take on it.
Acer Iconia One 8
Many people buy tablets for their kids. Acer seem to have cottoned on to this and have announced the Iconia One, an 8 inch device billed as been great for “families, children and novice users”. Running Android Lollipop on a 720p display with a 1GB RAM this is firmly in the budget category. However to distinguish themselves, Acer are biggin up their “Kids Center” featuring a simplified child-friendly user interface and pre-screen appropriate content with full parental controls. Price is a reasonable 129 Euros
Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131
Acer made probably the one of best budget chromebooks of all time with the C720. To this day it still comes in many “Best Chromebook” lists and has a wide user base in the public (with its Chrome OS) and within the linux community with multiple distros available for it with its “Haswell” Celeron processor. It has since upgraded the device to the C740 last year with Acer going down the ARM route. More and more varieties have come with convertibles and 15in form factors. Now a new 11 inch version has been announced which seems geared towards the education market with the press release highlighting its “Security” and “Collaborations” aspects. The ruggedness of the device is also played up. Acer have gone back to Celeron processors (could be 6th Gen but no further information was given). Other specifications vary with upto 4GB of RAM and 32GB in varying markets. Prices start at 329 Euros.
Acer Chromebase 24
Chromebases haven’t been as popular as the Chromebooks abut that isnt stopping Acer. They have announced their newest 1080p 24in device (the biggest till date) with a touchscreen. Other specs will vary. It is unclear whether that will come to Europe
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