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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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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.


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