Acer Embraces Windows 8 with New Tablets, Ultrabooks, and All-in-Ones
June 3, 2012 11:29 PM
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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 $799 Iconia W510 tablet that comes with a 10.1" display (the screen resolution is unknown at this point). It can be used as a traditional tablet or paired with a keyboard dock that boosts battery life to an impressive 18 hours.
Acer Iconia W510 with Keyboard Dock
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RE: "Acer" short for "A CERtain piece of #$**"
6/4/2012 11:21:10 AM
I had one Acer laptop with gamer-level specs that ran way hot and became unstable...had it replaced, no problem, and the replacement has been great for a couple years now. I've also provided many Acer laptops to friends, family, and customers over the past couple years - also no problems.
They seem to have a real knack for putting great specs in an inexpensive package. Their margins probably suck, which is why the CEO wants to be "more like Apple" - but their products are pretty sweet, especially when you look at them from a price/performance standpoint.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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