Mid-range and budget smartphones from Acer offer mixed results
Last week, Acer launched the mid-ranged Liquid E3 and the entry-level Liquid Z4 smartphones, successors to the Liquid E2 and Z3 respectively. Both appeared to be low-cost devices for light or intermediate use, and unusually for the price bracket, offered a rear-mounted button for taking images. Electronista headed to the devices at Mobile World Congress to test both of them out.
Value Android devices include rear-mounted camera button
Acer has unveiled a pair of budget Android smartphones heading to Europe in the coming months, following on from the earlier Liquid Z3 and Liquid E2. The Liquid E3 offers a 4.7-inch IPS in an 8.9mm-thick (0.35 inches) case and a 2-megapixel front camera with LED flash, while the Liquid Z4 houses a smaller 4-inch display, with both offering a rear-mounted AcerRapid button to take images even if the screen is turned off.
Lenovo score drops
Amazon has shot to the top of Rescuecom's latest annual Computer Reliability Report, according to a press release. The company achieved a score of 7,590, vastly outdoing Samsung, which came in second with 768. Rescuecom determines reliability rankings by comparing computer and tablet vendors' marketshares with the numbers of repair calls its Level 3 technicians handle.
MicroSD, USB ports provide additional connectivity for 700 lumen device
Acer today announced the availability of the "palm-sized" K137 LED portable home theater projector for US customers. Outfitted with two 3W speakers and SRS Wow HDTM stereo enhancement, the new projector delivers high-fidelity sound coupled with in a practical way to project movies, videos, and games both in and out of the home.
Executives to take 30 percent pay cut
Acer has posted a worse-than-expected loss of $254 million in the fourth quarter as the company continues to struggle in the consumer PC market. In a press release, the company blames resource-allocation "missteps" and poor sales of ultrabooks and touchscreen notebooks as contributing factors to the lackluster quarter.
RealSense will use embedded 3D cameras to allow for NII interface
Intel's CES press conference on Tuesday focused on the interaction between man and machine, thanks to an embedded 3D camera the company has developed in conjunction with a number of hardware partners. The devices Intel will integrate the technology into include 2-in-1 tablets, ultrabooks, touch-enabled all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices.
Mobile OS paired with big screen
Acer has introduced the TA272 HUL, bringing Google's Android operating system to a traditional desktop all-in-one. The device is powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra processor-like many tablets and other mobile devices-but inside a much larger housing featuring a 27-inch touchscreen with 2560x1440 resolution.
Iconia W4 ships with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013
Acer has allegedly started shipping its Iconia W4 tablet in the United States, months after its initial expected shipping time in October last year. Though the computer producer states the eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet will be available later this month in both the US and Europe, it has apparently been listed by a number of online retailers as available to purchase.
Updated budget Acer Android tablets will appear at CES 2014
Acer will be adding to its Iconia tablet range with two updated models, the company has revealed. The revised Iconia A1-830 and Iconia B1-720, upgraded from the earlier Iconia A1and B1 respectively, will be joined at CES next week by the revised C720P Chromebook, an updated model of the touchscreen noteboook the company revealed in late November, though with some slight changes.
Acer reshuffles with Chen at the top
Acer on Monday announced the appointment of Jason Chen to the role of Corporate President and CEO, replacing J.T. Wang, who left the company in November in the face of plummeting PC sales for the company. Chen steps into the leadership position from his old role as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and he will be charged with reversing the manufacturer's sinking fortunes as it struggles to adapt to a new computing paradigm. He will take over the CEO role beginning January 1, 2014.
Ten-point multitouch, gesture control in budget monitor
Acer has launched a new budget-friendly, 19.5-inch, Windows 8-compliant touchscreen display in the United States. Sharing a similar appearance and construction to the Aspire Z3-600 all-in-one desktop computer the manufacturer launched earlier this month, the FT200HQL has a resolution of 1,600x900 and features 10-point capacitive touch with gesture recognition.
Large AIO desktop can be used as large portable tablet with 2.5-hour battery
Acer has updated its Aspire range of devices with an all-in-one system, instead of another notebook. The Aspire Z3-600 differs from other releases in the range by being a desktop-based system with a 21.5-inch Full HD display, one which sits on a floating hinge that allows it to be propped up for normal use laid down flat and used as an oversized tablet.
10-point touch adds multitouch, Windows 8-like gestures to line
Acer America today announced the availability of its first touchscreen Chromebook, the new Acer C720P -- a new model in the Acer C720 Chromebook line that debuted last month. The new C720P provides the benefits of touch on the device's 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display to take advantage of the Chrome interface.
Hinge enables four different modes
Acer's Aspire R7 convertible 15-inch notebook has been overhauled just in time for holiday shoppers. The refresh brings a Core i5 or i7 Haswell processor, more RAM, improved battery life and an optional active stylus, among other upgrades. The company has given us a chance to spend some hands-on time with the new build before it arrives on the market next month.
Stan Shih heads up PC manufacturer as it tries to save itself
Acer founder Stan Shih is taking control of the company, just weeks after CEO and Chairman JT Wang revealed his resignation following stagnating PC sales. The changeover, with immediate effect, effectively eliminates the role of CEO at the PC manufacturer, and changes the leadership over a month before the expected transfer on January 1, 2014.
Notebook with floating Ezel-Hinge has improved processor, RAM, storage
Acer has upgraded its distinctive notebook, the Aspire R7. The new Aspire R7-572 notebook, which sports a 15.6-inch 1920x1080-resolution touchscreen display on a floating "Ezel-Hinge", now includes a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, as well as increases to its memory and storage capacity, and an extension to its battery life that allows for up to 6.5 hours of usage.
Apple positioned as biggest computer maker
Samsung continues to hold top place in RescueCom ranking of the most reliable computer brands. The firm's scores are determined by balancing each company's US marketshare versus the number of repair calls handled by Level 3 RescueCom technicians. In Q3 figures, Samsung holds a score of 694; coming in a distant second is Apple at 259, which RescueCom notes is less than half of what it managed in Q2.
Reduction in price caused through lowering RAM in Acer Chromebook
Just one month after it launched the C720 Chromebook, Acer is introducing a marginally cheaper model. The C720-2848 is externally similar to the C720, with its internal specifications matching its stablemate too, except that the 4GB of RAM in the original has been lowered to just 2GB, with the price also dropping from $250 to $200.
Acer loses $446 million as PC sales slow
J.T. Wang, the at times outspoken CEO and chairman of Acer, will step down from the CEO spot on January 1, 2014, Engadget China reported on Tuesday. Wang will retain his position as chairman with the company until 2014 in order to fulfill remaining commitments. Wang will be succeeded by Acer president Jim Wong, who will look to reverse the company's recent struggles with stagnating PC sales.
New Ultrabook brings Haswell, extended battery life, cosmetic redesign
Acer has established itself as a player in the ultrabook market. Acer's S7 line has been refreshed, and has added energy-sipping Haswell processors alongside some other improvements. We reviewed the 2012 version of this laptop earlier this year, and found it to be finely finished, but with some caveats, which prevented us from recommending it without reservation. While we're still running tests and using the machine day-to-day prior to our final review, this first look at the new S7 -- which can now actually call itself an ultrabook without running afoul of Intel's definitions -- will give you our initial impressions of the machine.
Acer offers free Microsoft Office for purchasers of new device
Acer today debuted the new eight-inch Iconia W4 tablet that features an IPS display and Zero Air Gap technologies for a sharper display with enhanced clarity and brightness. In addition, the Iconia W4 is also equipped with the Windows 8.1 operating system and a fourth Generation Intel Atom processor, offering faster tablet performance than its predecessor as well as battery life up to eight hours for video playback and up to 10 hours for web browsing.
Acer all-in-one for $649, 16GB iPad 2 for $349, more
This week, the Microsoft Store is offering a steep price break on the Acer Aspire touchscreen all-in-one computer, which has been cut from $1,149 down to $649. That $500 discount makes this the lowest price we've seen on this computer by about $200. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This computer features a 2.5GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, along with a 23-inch touchscreen with 1920x1080 resolution. Windows 8 is pre-installed, and will be automatically updated to Windows 8.1 for free after October 17.
New entry-level Chromebook starts at $250
Acer America today has launched its new Acer C720 Chromebook line that features fourth-generation Intel Core-series Haswell processors for faster performance and up to 8.5 hours of battery life. The new model features an anti-glare display, and has a design that is 30 percent thinner than its predecessor.
New model features 2127U Pentium-class processor, 1TB hard drive
Acer America today announced its low-cost Acer Aspire ZC-605 Series, combining a 19.5-inch LED display and the convenience of an all-in-one PC. The new AIO line contains the Intel Pentium Dual Core 2127U processor, Intel HD Graphics, and 4GB of DDR3 dual-channel memory in the chassis.
Updated Windows 8 tablet surfaces months after Iconia W3 launch
An updated version of the months-old Acer Iconia W3 has been shown off in a new video. The Iconia W4, said to be running on the recently-revealed quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 clocked at 1.33GHz and supported by 2GB of RAM, appears to just be a basic upgrade to its internals rather than a complete product overhaul.
Transitional PC industry period could prompt Acer, Asus merger
Taiwan-based computer producers Acer and Asus could potentially merge in the future, according to a new report. Asus chairman Johnny Shih, responding to a query relating to a possible merging of the two companies, suggested that the industry is currently in a transitional period, and that everyone involved should "keep an open mind" about such a prospect.
New hardware much more powerful than Atom, ARM models
At Intel's IDF 2013 keynote in San Francisco, Google and Intel have introduced four new Chrome-based computers, all running the Intel Core "Haswell" family of processors. Acer, HP, and Toshiba have demonstrated Chromebooks, with Asus rolling out a Chromebox, a desktop-oriented implementation of Google's Chrome OS.
Aspire R7 upgraded with Haswell, Acer Active Pen support
Acer is adding a large touchscreen monitor and upgraded versions of notebook lines to the manufacturer's IFA showcase, alongside a selection of Android devices. The Aspire R7 with its floating "Ezel mode" gains an Acer Active Pen as alternative input, the Aspire E1 range gains new processor options, and a 27-inch WQHD multi-touch display will be introduced at the event later this week.
Liquid S2 boasts 4K video recording on rear, 1080p video on front
Acer has revealed three new Android devices it will be showing off at IFA this week, alongside extra options for current tablets. The Iconia A3, complete with a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 IPS LED display, is accompanied by a 24-inch all-in-one for desktops, the 6-inch Liquid S2 smartphone, and new color choices for the Iconia A1 and Iconia B1 tablets.
Acer Aspire Touchscreen notebook for $450 and more
This week at Newegg.com, save 25 percent on the refurbished Acer Aspire touchscreen notebook, which has been cut from $600 down to $450, a savings of $150. That price break makes this the lowest price we've seen on this notebook and configuration by $112. The Acer Aspire features a 1.8GHz Intel core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive with Intel HD Graphics 4000, a touchscreen display (1366x768) and Windows 8 64-bit is pre-installed.
Apple-related troubleshooting calls fall by more than half
Apple's score has almost doubled quarter-to-quarter -- to 503 -- in a Q2 Rescuecom survey of computer reliability. The data is based on a mix of manufacturer marketshare and the number of calls Rescuecom's Level 3 technicians have to handle. Between Q1 and Q2, the number of Apple-related calls dropped by more than half, even though Mac marketshare has remained largely unchanged.
27, 29-inch monitors offer WQHD resolutions, 178-degree viewing angles
Acer is offering three new LED monitors with ultra-high resolutions in the United States. Both the consumer-oriented T272HUL and the prosumer-aimed B276HUL offer 27-inch displays with a WQHD 2560x1440 resolution, while the larger 29-inch B296CL for professionals possesses a marginally smaller resolution of 2560x1080.
New model of Acer ultrabook available now at retail
Acer has detailed specifications and pricing available for its S7 Ultrabook line. The 2.87-pound device has a retooled case and has been upgraded to the fourth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 "Haswell" processors, which has resulted in what the company calls a 33 percent boost in battery life over the previous generation.
Hopes to grow non-Windows business 'as soon as possible'
Acer is looking towards producing more Android devices and Chromebooks, potentially at the expense of its Windows device business. Company president Jim Wang advised in a conference call that the company is "trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible," after Acer posted a second quarter loss driven by reduced sales and higher costs.
Low-cost Liquid Z3 offers dual-SIM option, Android 4.2 installed
Acer has launched the latest budget device in its Liquid smartphone line. The low-cost Liquid Z3 provides a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, though it is thought not to be a high-resolution panel, along with a dual-core 1GHz processor from an unnamed manufacturer, and 4GB of storage packed into a relatively lightweight 120-gram (4.2-ounce) case.
Acer clearing Iconia W3 inventory ahead of hasty redesign
Acer has slashed $80 off the price of its recently released 8.1-inch Windows 8-based Iconia W3-810, taking its price down to $299. It is the latest notable price cut for a high profile Windows 8 tablet in recent weeks. Microsoft's own Surface RT has had $150 slashed off its price, while the Surface Pro received a $100 price cut over the weekend.
iPad still controls biggest individual share
Non-Apple tablets have collectively surpassed the iPad for the first time in terms of worldwide marketshare, claims research firm Canalys. During the June quarter, Apple achieved a share of 42.7 percent, giving it dominance in terms of individual tablet makers. Together, however, Amazon, Acer, Samsung, Lenovo, and other tablet makers scored a 57.3 percent slice. In Q2 2012, Apple held 71.2 percent of the market versus the remainder's 28.9 percent.
Updated tablet could have IPS display, go on sale in September
Acer is looking towards updating its Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet, within months of launching the original version. The new model of tablet will apparently be thinner and lighter than the current model, and it is rumored that the company will also be replacing the disappointing display following complaints by customers and device reviewers
New unit configurable with up to a Haswell i5 processor
Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire Z3-605 series All-in-one desktops are now available for consumers in the United States. The new 23-inch AIO includes two three-watt front-facing Harman Kardon speakers, in addition to up to a Core i5 processor. The unit can be configured with as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory, and a 1TB hard drive.
Acer Iconia Tablet cut to $300
This week, OfficeDepot.com has the Acer Iconia 8.1-inch Windows 8 Tablet for the reduced price of $300, a savings of $80 off the original price. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this tablet by about $60. Free delivery is available, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. The Acer Iconia Tablet features a 1.5GHz Intel Atom processor, 32GB of Solid State storage, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator and a variety of connectivity options including micro-USB and microHDMI. A one-year limited warranty is included from Acer.
Flagship Acer Aspire S7 with Haswell found on Amazon, shipping to customers
As expected, the Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook, now updated to Haswell, has shipped. Spotted on Amazon, the redesigned flagship S7 ultrabook gains 33 percent increase in battery life, taking it out to 7 hours, and also incorporates a high resolution 2,560x1,440 (WQHD) IPS display. The S7 includes a backlit keyboard, WiDi, new quieter fan tech, as well as Gorilla Glass protecting the LCD panel.
Pair of devices optimized for gaming, multimedia
Acer America today announced the US availability of the Acer Predator AG3-605 Series of desktops offering power, performance and audio features for games, movies and more. Also released by Acer today is the Haswell-powered M5 notebook, available exclusively at BestBuy.
Acer puts onus on Microsoft to drive more sales, apps
Electronics manufacturer Acer won't be releasing smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform in calendar year 2013, according to executives from the company. Speaking with Pocket-lint, Acer vice president for the EMEA region said that the company doesn't yet see Microsoft's fledgling system as a safe bet. The company wants Microsoft to do a better job of laying out the benefits of its platform before Acer will commit to producing a handset for it.
Acer reveals Aspire S7 redesign, intros S3, both with Haswell onboard
Acer has debuted its first ultrabooks powered by Intel’s fourth-generation Core series processors. The Taiwanese notebook maker has also taken the opportunity to redesign the Aspire S7 based on user feedback, while also using its new styling cues in the new Aspire S3. Both notebooks also share Acer’s dual-torque hinge that allows users to open the lid to 180-degrees for sharing content, but eliminating wobble at the same time.
Iconia W3 first tablet to use relaxed Microsoft Windows 8 requirements
Acer has used Computex to reveal a new Windows 8 tablet and an Android smartphone. The previously leaked Iconia W3 is the first in the world to take advantage of Microsoft's relaxed Windows 8 tablet requirements by using an 8.1-inch display, while the Liquid S1 continues the Liquid range of mobile phones and is the first "phablet" from the company.
Finnish company site follows previous Amazon leak
The Acer Iconia W3 has been leaked yet again, but this time through Acer itself, and confirming it as having an 8.1-inch 1280x768-resolution display. The company's Finnish website shows the Intel Atom-powered tablet, complete with an optional keyboard dock and Windows 8 Pro pre-installed, after previously being shown by mistake on Amazon before being pulled from view.
Microsoft said to be responsive to OEM feedback on Windows 8
Acer Chairman J.T. Wang has said that Microsoft is starting to listen more closely to its OEM partners following the troubled launch of Windows 8, reports the Wall Street Journal. Wang indicated that he thought that that Microsoft has had its head in the clouds until recently, “But now the go down to earth and they start to learn how people living on earth think.” Acer President Jim Wong also added that Microsoft is becoming more “considerate” to its partners and has been baking in their suggestions into Windows Blue, the first major update to Windows 8 due later this year.
Acer first to market with sub-10-inch Windows 8 tablet
The leaked Acer Iconia W3, which first surfaced on the weekend has been confirmed for June 4 launch in Russia. The launch date was revealed by Acer’s general director of the Taiwanese company’s Russian office, and provides an indication for its global rollout. The device briefly appeared on the Amazon store, before it was quickly pulled.
Small form factor Windows 8 tablet set to go on sale soon
Acer is preparing to release an eight-inch Windows 8 tablet in the near future, according to a leak. A page listing the Acer W3-810 tablet on Amazon appeared far earlier than planned, revealing images of the mobile device as well as its internal specifications, shortly after the company presented a number of new notebooks and a 7.9-inch Android tablet to the media.
Aspire P3 includes keyboard cover, 5-megapixel camera
Aside from unveiling the Aspire R7 with the "Ezel" hinge, Acer also revealed a number of other mobile computing options at its media event. The Aspire P3 is billed as a slate computer that can convert to a notebook with its keyboard case, while the Aspire V5 and V7 notebooks are said to bring thinner and lighter designs to the company's notebook ranges.