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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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Pricy
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.


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