Predator notebooks will have extensive cooling system, programmable buttons
Acer revealed more than its new device launches at yesterday's event, teasing to attendees some upcoming gaming devices. A collection of distinctive systems under the existing "Predator" name were unveiled, which will include high-specification notebooks and PCs as expected, but it will also count an Android tablet built for gaming as part of the same product range.
Budget Acer Chromebook boasts 11.5-hour battery life
Acer has added another model to its 15-inch Chromebook range, this time one focused on users with tight budgets. The Chromebook 15 CB3-531 keeps the same 15.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display as its stablemates, but Acer has managed to refine the specifications list enough to make the Chrome OS notebook cost a relatively low $200.
Iconia Tab 10, Iconia One 8 tablets launched at Acer event
Acer has revealed two new Iconia tablets as part of its device launches today, as well as bringing one smartphone to the United States for the first time. The Iconia Tab 10 is a tablet aimed at education, the Iconia One 8 offers advanced touch capabilities, and the Liquid M220 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 will be arriving in Microsoft Stores in the coming months.
New Acer monitor has 2560x1440 resolution, slim bezels
Acer has started to ship a new high-resolution WQHD monitor in the United States. The Acer H257HU IPS display has a resolution of 2560x1440, with the manufacturer packaging the 25-inch panel inside what it describes as a "zero-frame" design, namely using a slim bezel on the sides and top of the panel, and a thin brushed-metal strip at the bottom of the screen for controls.
Updated Nvidia mobile GPUs used in Aspire V Nitro upgrades
Acer is improving its Aspire V Nitro notebooks, by upgrading the Black Edition with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M mobile GPU, announced earlier today. The gaming notebooks now offer the option of combining a Haswell-based quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with the GTX 960M, with the variety of models including options for a 4K-resolution display and a 3D camera.
New Liquid smartphone collection includes entry-level, high-end devices
Acer has introduced three Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress, alongside the Liquid Leap+ and the Windows Phone-based Liquid M220. The Liquid Z220 and Liquid Z520 are entry-level devices, while the Liquid Jade Z follows on from the Liquid Jade S as a high-end smartphone, but slightly dialed back in specification to make it a more affordable mobile device.
The new Leap works with iOS, Android and Windows Phone
Acer has introduced an updated version of its fitness tracker, now known as the Liquid Leap+. The device offers all of the typical fitness features, in a water-resistant package that retails for less than $90. The company has upgraded the Leap Manager utility to work with all major smartphone platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Like other fitness trackers, the Leap+ allows users to monitor their daily activity, exercise routines and sleep cycles, or access basic notifications from their paired phones.
Phone features expandable storage, claims of Windows 10 upgrade possibility
At today's Barcelona Mobile World Congress, Acer unveiled the Liquid M220 smartphone, the company's first Liquid smartphone to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. The phone is a four-inch device, at 223 pixels per inch, and is aimed at the entry-level consumer.
Reinforced cases, hinges used in educational Acer Chromebooks
Acer has unveiled two Chromebooks aimed at the education market. The C910 and C740 Chromebooks are sturdy notebooks contained in reinforced covers capable of withstanding up to 60kg (132 pounds) of force, with the corners able to survive drops of up to 45 centimeters (17.7 inches) without damage, making the computers highly durable.
Existing Chromebook 13 gains touchscreen functionality
At CES, computer maker Acer introduced the largest Chromebook available to date, with the Chromebook 15 CB5-571. The 15.6-inch screen sports an optional 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution, and the Chromebook is also the first to be powered by fifth-generation Celeron processors. The larger chassis size also allowed the company to integrate larger, user-facing stereo speakers, and an HD webcam.
Myriad of announcements by Acer pre-CES brings EU-only computer
Adding to its litany of releases for CES, Acer has today announced the launch of the Revo One RL85. The Revo One was designed to be the home entertainment hub, powered by Intel Core i3 or i5 processors and supporting dual displays at Ultra HD (3840x2160) 4K2K video output resolution.
High end and entry-level phones to be shown at Las Vegas expo
Acer today unveiled a pair of smartphones for the international market. Updated is the Liquid Jade S, which brings additional speed and performance into the Liquid Jade smartphone series. Also revealed is the Liquid Z410 smartphone with LTE 4G, 64-bit processors, and a battery that the company claims will last for up to 400 hours in standby mode.
High-end monitor features Nvidia G-SYNC
As part of its pre-CES announcements, Acer has released a pair of gaming monitors. The Acer XB270HU is the world's first Nvidia G-Sync gaming monitor equipped with IPS technology, and the Acer XG270HU is the world's first gaming monitor with an edge-to-edge frameless display. Both of these 27-inch displays come with WQHD (2560x1440) resolution, and a 144Hz refresh rate.
monitors, printers and more
This week at Newegg.com get a great deal on a bundle that includes a 28-inch Acer widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor and a Canon ImageClass MF3010 monochrome laser printer. These items carry a retail cost of $700, but are only $400 when purchased in this bundle. That's a savings of more than $150 over buying these items individually anywhere else.
HP, Dell still in charge
Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year.
Availability date, pricing not yet known of new Aspire Switch model
Computer maker Acer has announced the Acer Aspire Switch 12. The convertible computer has what the company calls "five modes of usage in one notebook," coupled with a 12.5-inch display. The new model uses an Intel Core M processor, improving performance over the older models in the line. The use of Intel's processor helps the unit attain up to eight hours of battery life, as claimed by the company.
Notebook line gets a 15.6-inch UHD model, free game download offered on select models
Acer announced today that it is expanding offerings in its line of gaming and professional graphics notebooks. The Aspire V Nitro series gets another high-end Black Edition, this time with a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) 15.6-inch screen. Where the previous models offered topped out at Full HD (1080p) options with resolutions up to 1920x1080, the new UHD model bumps the screen up to 3840x2160.
Nvidia Shield LTE gaming tablet ships in United States
The LTE-equipped version of the Nvidia Shield gaming tablet has gone on sale in the United States. The tablet, which is able to stream gameplay from a gaming PC over a network as well as being able to locally play Android titles, is available at $399 as an unlocked device, though it can also be acquired via AT&T on-contract for $299.
Mid-range convertible tablets improve on durability, transformability
Acer today announced the Aspire R 13 and Aspire R 14 series, two new convertible notebook lines that can transition between various notebook and tablet style modes of operation. The R 13 series features Acer's Ezel Aero hinge, that allows the display to rotate into six different positions. The R 14 series of convertible notebooks features a 360-degree, dual-torque hinge that allows it to be used in four different modes.
Identical Iconia Tab 8 W and One 8 run Windows 8.1, Android respectively
Acer today announced two new tablets, and expanded the Iconia One series. Shown at today's IFA show in Berlin were the Windows with Bing-driven Iconia Tab 8 W, and the Android-based Iconia Tab 10, and Iconia One 8. All three models are expected in the US in October and November, with slightly earlier launches in Europe.
Small Chromebox CXI runs Chrome OS, mountable behind monitor
Acer has revealed a new Chromebox, just over a week after the computer manufacturer unveiled a new Chromebook. The Chromebox CXI is a compact Chrome OS-based desktop computer small enough to be hidden behind a monitor on VESA mounts, with the device having a footprint of 6.5 inches by 5.1 inches, and a thickness of 1.3 inches.
Aspire V Nitro range topped by high-specification Black Edition notebooks
Acer is expanding its range of Aspire notebooks with a new collection of gaming systems, named the Aspire V Nitro. At the same time, the company revealed a collection of monitors for gaming and business, with the three new ranges including screen sizes between 27 inches and 32 inches, and with WQHD and 4K resolutions to choose from.
Tegra K1-powered Acer Chromebook 13 boasts 13-hour battery life
Acer has launched its first Chromebook using Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip and a 1080p display option. Aside from opting for a Tegra chip instead of the Core i3 the C720 uses, the new Chromebook 13 with a 13.3-inch display is claimed to have a hefty 11-hour battery life for the 1080p model, while the 1366x768-resolution version can last for up to 13 hours on a single charge.
High-resolution Acer Ultra HD display available in United States
Acer has put a Ultra HD monitor on sale in the United States, aimed at the professional market. Measuring 28 inches, the B286HK has a native 3,840x2,160 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, is said to offer sharp pictures and high color accuracy courtesy of its included six-axis color adjustment system, and has a maximum contrast ratio of 100 million to one, with a response time of 2ms.
Apple, Samsung give up share to Lenovo, ASUS, others
Although Apple's iPad is still the leading tablet globally, the company is continuing to lose marketshare, according to new IDC shipment data. Year-over-year, Apple's June-quarter tablet share fell from 33 to 26.9 percent, based on shipments of 13.3 million iPads this quarter versus 14.6 million in Q2 2013. The company's next closest competitor, Samsung, saw its share slip from 18.8 percent to 17.2.
C720 Chromebook has 1.7GHz processor, 32GB storage
Acer has unveiled its first Chromebook running on a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 processor, in the form of an upgraded C720. Two models of the Chromebook have been launched, with both using the Haswell-based Core i3-40005U processor clocked at 1.7GHz, with the C720-3404 model having 4GB of RAM and the C720-3871 using 2GB and enjoying a lower price point.
Corsair launches palm-sized 1TB wireless hard drive
Technology company Corsair has announced the release of its palm-size wireless hard drive, the Voyager Air 2. Featuring 1TB of storage, the Voyager Air 2 offers additional file storage for tablets, phones and computers. Its rechargeable battery removes the need for cables, and its latest version software includes close synchronization, simplified media browsing and AirPlay streaming to Apple TV. The Voyager Air 2 functions with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections, and can be partitioned if desired. Priced at $180, the drive will be available this month.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
Bright projector good for business use, requires many adjustments at home
Since the arrival of PowerPoint into the business landscape, projectors have become increasingly important to have for fiscal reports and pitch meetings to add a multimedia aspect that holds the viewer's attention. Having the right tools for the job is important for a traveling presenter: carrying around a full-sized projector for a presentation is not terribly practical. Adding an entry to the field of "travel projector" offerings, Acer has released the K335 LED projector. Is it up to the task for a busy traveler?
Change in fortune stems from Acer improving inventory and costs
Acer has reported a profit after three successive quarters of losses, but only just. After enduring a loss of $254 million in the previous quarter, the computer manufacturer bounced back, defeating its expected NT$1.17 billion ($38 million) loss and achieving a NT$1 million ($37,000) profit, though this still pales against the T$514.55 million ($17.1 million) it reported in the same period last year.
Average selling prices of tablets falling
Apple has taken the top spot in a JD Power satisfaction survey of US tablet customers. The iPad brought Apple a score of 830 out of 1,000, and a full five stars on the company's Power Circle ratings. Samsung managed a score of 822, but just three stars. ASUS and Amazon also received three stars, with slightly lower scores of 820 and 817, respectively. Overall consumer satisfaction has dropped from 853 points in 2012 to 835 in 2014.
Aspire Switch 10 features detachable keyboard for maximum flexibility
Acer today unveiled its new consumer product portfolio at a global launch event in New York. Themed "A Touch More Connected," the event showcased Acer's latest two-in-one device, the Aspire Switch 10, as well as the Acer Iconia One 7 tablet, and emerging market-targeted Iconia Tab 7 devices.
First Acer smart watch could launch in next few months alongside smartphone
Acer is adding two more devices to its Liquid range, including the company's first wearable device. Both the Liquid Jade smartphone and the Liquid Leap smart watch were briefly shown at the New York City event, though unlike the tablets and computers it also featured, the company has offered little in terms of detail for either of the two devices.
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.
Unusual trade volume before CEO departure cited
Taiwanese officials are searching the Acer headquarters as well as homes of some employees in an ongoing insider trading investigation. Ten people, some of whom are Acer employees, were arrested in the probe, and are being questioned by the New Taipei District Prosecutor's Office in conjunction with the investigation, suspected of violating the Securities and Exchange Act of the country.
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.