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Acer rolls out new touch-enabled products running Windows 8

Microsoft may be brewing up a bit of controversy with its Metro interface for Windows 8, but that train has already left the station and there's no stopping it. With Computex 2012 getting underway in Taipei, Taiwan, hardware manufacturers are already showing off their latest products that run Windows 8.
Acer is plowing forward with three distinct product lines running Windows 8; the first of which are brand new touch screen-based all-in-one desktop PCs. The Aspire 7600U is a 27-inch machine that is capable of 64-point, simultaneous touch. It is 35mm thick and includes a 1080p display and Dolby Home Theater surround sound.

Acer Aspire 7600U
The Aspire 5600U is its 23-inch counterpart and is said to be the thinnest all-in-one PC available. It too brings with it a 1080p display and Dolby Home Theater surround sound.
Stepping into the mobile sector, Acer also announced the new 11.6" and 13.3" Aspire S7 touchscreen ultrabooks . Acer is being rather mum on hardware specs (processor/memory/storage/etc.) for the time being, but it is known that both models have screen resolutions of 1920x1080. Seeing as how most notebooks in the 13.3" and under class seem to get the shaft when it comes to high-resolution displays, it's nice to see Acer push the segment forward.

Acer Aspire S7 Series
Acer says that the Aspire S7 ultrabooks are the thinnest and smallest in their respective size classes and both feature an aluminum unibody design. Other features include a light-sensing keyboard, Acer's Twin Air cooling system, and relatively long battery life (9 hours for the 11.6" model, 12 hours for the 13.3" model).
And last but now least; Acer is continuing the 1080p theme today with the introduction of the 11.6" Iconia W700 tablet. The $999 Iconia W700 features a 11.6" 1080p display, Dolby Home Theater sound, three USB 3.0 ports, and comes with a multipurpose cradle that can be tilted up to 70 degrees.

Acer Iconia W700 with optional cradle
The final piece to Acer's Computex puzzle is the $799 Iconia W510 tablet that comes with a 10.1" display (the screen resolution is unknown at this point). It can be used as a traditional tablet or paired with a keyboard dock that boosts battery life to an impressive 18 hours.

Acer Iconia W510 with Keyboard Dock

Sources: Acer, The Verge

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Wrong! Wrong! Wrong, Acer!
By Arsynic on 6/4/2012 9:38:54 AM , Rating: 2
$1,000 Windows tablets? Why are they pretending like this has never been done before? What a disaster!

RE: Wrong! Wrong! Wrong, Acer!
By Helbore on 6/4/2012 12:13:20 PM , Rating: 5
There will be ARM tablets for those who want a cheaper tablet. For those who want a full x86-compatible PC-in-tablet-form, you can spend a bit more and get something like this.

I work in IT and have seen a few iPads make their way into business. They're there because there really isn't an alternative. Most of them are barely used by those who bought them for work now, as there are so many limitations. Pretty much everyone who bought one asked me if they could run their bespoke company Access database on it. They were all disappointed the answer was no.

When they see a Windows tablet that has a decent touch interface AND can run their normal Windows applications, too, I guarantee the iPads will be going to their kids and they will be buying something lie this, regardless of it being more expensive. I know people who will buy them just because they have USB connectivity, too. Enterprise IT departments will love x86 tablets because they can secure them with group policy.

There's a large, untapped segment of the market waiting for useful tablets. It really is down to the manufacturers to simply build good hardware.

RE: Wrong! Wrong! Wrong, Acer!
By B3an on 6/4/2012 12:35:51 PM , Rating: 3
I agree. The W700 also seems to be aimed more for work and performance anyway, so i'm not surprised it's more expensive. If the rest of the hardware matches the price (already has a great display) then i'd consider buying something like this.

People have to remember that these new tablets can completely replace your laptop, or even desktop. I wouldn't be surprised to see Win 8 tablets from $500 - $1200. Just like with Windows laptops i expect hardware and features to vary significantly. They'll be a lot of choice which is always good.

RE: Wrong! Wrong! Wrong, Acer!
By ranran on 6/4/2012 12:51:30 PM , Rating: 3
Excellent Post Hellbore! Worthy of +10.

This is *exactly* my line of thinking..which is why I've been sitting on my hands, letting the "toys" pass me by so I can actually get something that will allow me to be productive. I'm not really much of a content consumer - and that's what all these IPads/ARM tablets really are right now....

RE: Wrong! Wrong! Wrong, Acer!
By superPC on 6/5/2012 10:08:46 AM , Rating: 2
well the 799 for W510 price would be justifiable if it has at least core i3 ULV (ivy bridge), 4GB RAM, and 64 GB of SSD. i can live with 32 GB SSD, but that's pushing it. if somehow this is an atom machine (even if it's dual core moorestown) with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB SSD, than it should be priced at 599$ max.

RE: Wrong! Wrong! Wrong, Acer!
By KrayLoN on 6/5/2012 3:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
100% Agree with you Helbore. I would not get caught up on the inital price tag for several reasons.

1) New items (i realize tablets and windows have been in the market for a while) usually have an intial high price tag. Want to be an early Windows 8 tablet adopter? Got to pay.

2) As competitive products role out from other manufacturers these prices come down

IMO this product is geared toward an enterprise market which can usually afford to pay a little more. Ipads are going to be for home use... for young kids and elderly. Any business that has a Windows based network will want this in their office rather than an ipad, desktops or laptops. Its the wave of the future until cloud technolgy really kicks off.

By fishman on 6/4/2012 8:11:37 AM , Rating: 2
I think that the tablets will be a hard sell considering that the ipad and android tablets are *much* cheaper.

RE: Pricy
By retrospooty on 6/4/2012 8:46:30 AM , Rating: 4
Not really. These are full on Windows laptops, not toys built on smartphone OS. Thus enterprise apps and and the apps home users have come to rely on over the years will work.

RE: Pricy
By Arsynic on 6/4/2012 9:40:24 AM , Rating: 2
Expensive Windows tablets aren't new. In fact, they have been massive failures.

RE: Pricy
By Zarsky on 6/4/2012 9:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
They have also not been running win 8, which is design with touchscreens in mind. The hardware is also much better now, which means thinner form factor and longer battery life.

RE: Pricy
By IntelUser2000 on 6/4/2012 10:10:37 AM , Rating: 3
That's true, but technology has never been at a level so its acceptable. "Tablets" and convertibles getting 2-3 hours of battery life is unacceptable, so are the ones with 1.5-inch thickness and OS that is NOT fit for touchscreen.

Conventional laptops now get 5-6 hours of battery life and Ultrabooks are super thin. Windows 8 also vastly improves touch functionality.

The netbook continues at triple the price point
By Uncle on 6/4/2012 1:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
"$799 Iconia W510 tablet that comes with a 10.1" display (the screen resolution is unknown at this point). It can be used as a traditional tablet or paired with a keyboard dock that boosts battery life to an impressive 18 hours."
What a way to rehash and brand a netbook and call it new and improved except for $225 you got a 500gig hard drive vs 64gigs max and 2 to 4 gigs memory vs 1gig. Someone is making good pocket change.

By Shadowmaster625 on 6/4/2012 8:28:25 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but what good is a 500GB drive if you end up tossing the thing out the window because it is so slow?

By MGSsancho on 6/5/2012 4:27:28 AM , Rating: 2
processor has not been mentioned, how do you know it will be slow?

By ritualm on 6/5/2012 3:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
500GB 5400rpm HDDs. Without a SSD this is useless for tablet use.

By B3an on 6/4/2012 12:47:00 PM , Rating: 1
It's hardly a netbook, and what makes you think this will have 1GB? Most Win 8 tablets will have atleast 2GB. This thing also probably has an IPS display like all other Win 8 tablets announced so far, and when has a netbook ever had anything but TN junk?? Often with extremely low res too (often under 1280x720). You know this thing will be atleast 1366x768 as it's the minimum requirement for Win 8 tablets.

And if it's x86 based it will likely use the new Intel Clovertrail SoC.

W700 seems like yet another near miss
By Visual on 6/4/2012 4:40:07 AM , Rating: 3
The W700 seems so close to what I've been wanting for years now... Unfortunately the videos I've seen of it show no sign of a stylus.

I want it with an active digitizer, at least a HD4000 GPU, and they get my money. But do they want to get my money...?

By leviathan05 on 6/4/2012 8:56:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'm looking for the same things in a tablet. Hopefully some company will come out with one before school starts up in September.

By B3an on 6/4/2012 7:37:54 AM , Rating: 5
I know there will be atleast ten Win 8 tablets with keyboard docks this year. Will be interesting to see what else is coming.

Cant wait to have a tablet that is the only thing i have to take with me being as it has a fully capable OS. All Win 8 tablets are required to have USB 3.0 as well. Apparently most of them will also have HDMI, so once i get home i can just connect it to my 30" 2560x1600 monitor, then connect a keyboard and mouse with bluetooth, switch over to desktop mode and i have a full PC for work :)

I'll also installing 8 on my desktop though because this OS just flies. The Release Preview is even faster than the Consumer Preview. Easily more responsive/faster than Win 7 and miles ahead of Vista, with lower RAM usage than both.

BTW heres some of the more interesting requirements for Win 8 tablets...

Required hardware buttons on all Win 8 tablets:

•Rotation lock
•Windows Key
•Volume up
•Volume down

Minimum component set for tablets and convertible PCs:

•Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes
•System firmware: UEFI
•Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
•Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver
•Resolution: 1366×768
•Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests
•Camera: atleast 720p
•Under 2 second resume
•A proper headphone jack (standard-issue 3.5mm)
•No reboot driver upgrades
•Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K
•Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz
•USB 3.0: At least one controller and exposed port
•Windows RT devices must not exceed a surface temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). (Not sure about x86).

Backlight power optimization:

Laptops and devices must now support the adjustment of backlight power consumption based on new cues from Windows 8.

For example, if you’re viewing photos or typing a document, the backlight will remain bright and optimized for readability. But when watching a movie or playing video game, tasks with lots of motion, the backlight should dim a bit and instead opt for enhancing pixel colors as a smart power saving alternative. Your PC will anticipate what you’ll do next and adapt.

Wow Acer...
By HackSacken on 6/4/2012 1:13:51 AM , Rating: 3
I must say, from the surface I am impressed. Build quality reads good. If specs are there I'll keep my interests on em.

Could this be the start of them to be more like Apple?

Acer's AMD Trinity tablet
By encia on 6/6/2012 11:57:21 PM , Rating: 2

Acer's AMD Trinity tablet replaces Iconia W500.

"Acer" short for "A CERtain piece of #$**"
By MrWho on 6/4/12, Rating: -1
By retrospooty on 6/4/2012 8:44:20 AM , Rating: 3
"Bought a laptop from them and it was crap. Worst part was that I tried to return it and they denied my request saying that "Not liking the product is no reason to return it"."

What was crap exactly? I assume it fintioned, as they wouldnt take it back. What was the issue?

By Ristogod on 6/4/2012 9:19:12 AM , Rating: 2
Don't Lie.

I've owned at least 5 of their laptops and they've all been quite good for their cost.

By AmbroseAthan on 6/4/2012 11:03:33 AM , Rating: 2
Similiar to Ristogod I have owned multiple US Acer products and had very few problems. I started with an Acer Ferrari 3200 way back when (which I still wish they made more of in that style), and than a 24" IPS monitor from them a few years ago. The power switch inside ended up dying and they replaced it no problem for me after shipping it to them.

Several family members now have Acer TimeLine(x)s and no one has had any issues in the last 2+ years.

For the price you normally get their products, they are great machines as compared to competitors at the price level.

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