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.
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.