updated 01:07 pm EDT, Tue April 29, 2014
Acer brings Haswell, touch screens to some entry-level models
At today's Acer release announcement event in New York City, the company has added to its notebook and all-in-one computer families aimed at families and entry-level purchasers. Newly released are the Aspire U5-620 and Z3-615 all-in-one computers, as well as the Aspire V11, E11, E14, and E15 notebooks.
Both new all-in-one computers are 23-inch Full HD IPS displays. The Acer Aspire U5-620 offers a fourth-generation "Haswell" Intel Core processor with optional Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics driving a 10-point capacitive touch screen. It also offers up to a 1TB hybrid drive with up to 16GB memory, 802.11ac networking, and comes with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. The Z3-615 also offers Haswell processors and Nvidia GeForce graphics, but eschews the touch screen.
The Acer Aspire U5-620 will be available in late June with prices starting at $999. The Acer Aspire Z3-615 will be available at the same time with prices starting at $600, depending on configuration.
Acer Aspire U5
Acer Aspire Z3
The V11 and E11 notebooks are driven by Pentium quad-core and Celeron CPUs, depending on configuration. The displays are 1377x768, with the V11 boasting a touch screen. Up to 8GB of memory can be installed, supported by up to 1TB of hard drive space. The Aspire E11 is available in four colors, Cool Silver, Rhodonite Pink, Tiger's Eye Brown, and Quartz Blue. The Aspire V11 comes in two color options: silver and pink.
Acer Aspire E11
Both the Aspire E11 and V11 will be available in June, with the E11 retailing for $270 and up, with the touchscreen V11 selling for $370 and up.
The 14-inch and 15.6-inch displays on the Aspire E14 and E15 laptops vary, and can be touch-enabled, Full HD (1080p) or HD (720p), and with a glossy or matte display. The Aspire E Series notebooks with Windows 8.1 come with Haswell series processors, up to 16GB memory, and a 1TB hard disk. Nvidia GeForce 800M series chipsets or AMD Radeon R-Series discrete graphics drive the display.
The Aspire E14 is available in six colors -- Piano Black, Pearl White, Glossy Copper, Ruby Red, Topaz Blue, and Jade Green all with a geometric pattern on the cover. The Acer Aspire E15 offers five colors -- Midnight Black, Titanium Silver, Tiger's Eye Brown, Sapphire Blue, and Garnet Red with an hairline pattern.
Both the Aspire E14 and E15 will ship in June with prices starting at $300.