Acer has much to show off in Vegas, after taking the wraps off of notebooks, Chrome OS devices, mobile devices, and monitors, all featuring a bevy of goodies, including triband 802.11ad Wi-Fi.
First off is the Aspire Switch 12 S 2-1in-1 Windows 10 notebook. It touts Acer’s third-gen Snap Hinge Gold, a latch-less magnetic docking mechanism that enables 6Gbps data streaming between tablet and the backlit keyboard. Under the hood, the notebook is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core M processor. Connectivity gets a boost to speeds as fast as 40Gbps with the inclusion of USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3.
The Switch will come with a 12.5-inch IPS display built of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 that buyers can get in either 4K or Full HD resolution. Also included is a rear-located Intel RealSense camera for 3D scanning. Acer’s proprietary ExoAmp antenna, which is said to deliver a more responsive and stable Wi-Fi connection, is built right into the notebook’s aluminum chassis (read: more sleek, less geek). The Aspire Switch 12 S will come with either 4GB or 8GB RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage.
Also arriving is an updated version of the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition, Acer’s top-line notebook with its 360-degree hinge. The revamped notebook includes a short range Intel RealSense 3D camera, which Acer says gamers can leverage to record and broadcast their games in 2D or 3D. Gesture control and object tracking is also enhanced. Additionally, the camera can perform background removal in video chat, and captures video at 60fps in 2D mode. The notebook is powered by 6th-generation Intel Core processors and supports NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M graphics with up to 4GB GDDR5 graphics RAM, and NVMe PCIe SSDs. The notebook will be available in 15- or 17-inch.
In the commercial notebook category is the TravelMate P648, which Acer claims is capable of achieving wireless speeds 10 times faster than 802.11ac. These are the industry’s first commercial notebooks to include Qualcomm Atheros tri-band 802.11ad. Rapid data transfer is made possible through the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.1 Type-C), which also allows for connection to 4K displays.
Separate from ultra-fast speed, Acer is emphasizing the durability and portability of the TravelMate P648, which weighs 3.5 pounds and is protected by a carbon and glass fiber lid. The backlit keyboard is full sized and spill resistant. Specs show the notebook is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core processor, which can be upgraded to an i7.
Further upgrades can get buyers a Full HD IPS display and NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics with 2GB VRAM. Baseline RAM starts at 4GB DDR4 and can be expanded up to 20GB. Storage can be had at 512GB SSD or 1TB standard hard drive.
Seekers of multi-purpose desktop monitors will find something to of interest in the Acer H7 series, which in addition to enabling data transfer and mobile device display also marks the arrival of the first monitor with the ability to charge a diversity of mobile electronic devices (smartphones and tablets included) by way of a type C USB 3.1 port. The monitor also includes ports aplenty for USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI and VGA. Connectivity aside, the H7 offers high WQHD resolution (2560×1440). Monitor sizes come in 25 or 27 inches. Other regions outside the U.S. will see the release of the R1 Series and XR342CK displays. The R1 series will come available stateside later.
Chrome OS desktops get a significant boost in size with the announced release of the Acer Chromebase 24 (CA241). With a display size of 23.8 inches, it officially becomes the largest screen available for Chrome OS all-in-one desktops. Resolution comes in Full HD (1920×1080) and includes IPS technology. The screen also supports a 10-point multi-touch and VESA mount option, which makes it usable at kiosk stations. The Chromebase 24 also distinguishes itself as the world’s first Chromebase to come built with an Intel Core processor, which promises souped-up performance courtesy 8GB of DDR3L. Improved network connectivity is enhanced by 802.11ac wireless or Gigabit Ethernet. For added audio quality on video conferencing, the Chromebase 24 packs four digital mics with noise cancelling capabilities.
Improved durability is the motif with Acer’s refreshed Chromebook 11 (CB3-131) model, which is an updated iteration of their existing model, only with a tougher outer shell. It comes designed with a nano-imprinted cover aimed at commercial and educational users seeking a device more capable of withstanding rugged use without sacrificing premium aesthetics. It’s also lightweight, weighing 2.42 pounds and measuring 0.73 inches thick.
The 11.6-inch display offers 1366×768 resolution and comes with Acer’s non-glare ComfyView. It includes a built-in HDR web cam for video chat or photos. Options for the Chromebook 11 include 2GB or 4GB RAM, and 16GB or 32GB eMMC storage. High-speed Wi-Fi comes by way of dual-band 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac. Battery life is estimated at 9 hours.
Affordable tablet hunters may well gravitate to the newly announced Acer Iconia One 8 (B1-850), which appears to offer a combination of low cost and long battery life. Operating on Android 5.1, the tablet can reportedly achieve 9 hours of battery life on a full charge and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor. It has 1GB DDR3L RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
An 8-inch HD IPS display offers 10-point multi-touch. Acer describes web browsing and video playback performance as “ample,” and indicates gaming capabilities are ideal for casual (not hardcore) use. The tablet’s rear-facing camera captures images in 5MP; the front-facing camera in 2MP. Bonus parental controls come by way of Acer’s proprietary Kids Center app.
Acer Liquid Jade Primo
Acer rounds out its first-day product offerings by way of the Liquid Jade Primo, a 5.5-inch smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. Among the Primo’s more impressive features is the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector port, which can be used to connect the smartphone to a compatible monitor. The inclusion of Continuum allows the user to get a PC-like experience from the smartphone when connected to a monitor and running Windows 10 Universal Apps. The Primo can also be connected to a keyboard and mouse for an even more fluid experience.
Its Full HD AMOLED screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. The smartphone also comes with a 21MP AF rear camera with dual LED flash and video recording up to 4K. The front-facing 8MP wide-angle camera supports video at Full HD 1080p. The Primo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, offering 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. It supports LTE Cat. 6 and 802.11ac MIMO connectivity.
Pricing & Availability
We’ll find out more about these devices when we get a chance to test them out at CES 2016.
The Aspire Switch 12 S 2-1in-1 Notebook starts at $999.99. The Aspire V Nitro Black Edition will retail at a base price of $1099. Pricing for the Acer TravelMate P648 also starts at $1099. The Acer H7 series monitor begins at $499.99 for the 25-inch model. All will be available in the U.S. in February.
No price or release dates have yet been set for the Acer Chromebase 24 (CA241), so stay tuned for further details. The company’s Chromebook 11 (CB3-131) will be available for purchase in the U.S. in February with a starting price tag of $179.99.
Acer Iconia One 8 (B1-850) Tablet is scheduled for release throughout the U.S. and North America in February with a sticker price of $99.99.
Acer has yet to announce any dates or prices for U.S. release of the Acer Liquid Jade Primo.