While Acer’s new Z3 all-in-one may not be the sharpest new PC design we’ve seen in recent months, it manages to offer some exciting possibilities. Inside of the new 23-inch PC is a 10-finger multitouch display, running at a resolution of 1920×1080. At the top of the screen is an adjustable HD webcam (+/- 20 degrees) as well as some nebulous promise of “optimized audio” (optimized for what? We aren’t sure).
The touchscreen display uses an IPS panel, which means you can expect up to 178-degree viewing angles in either direction. Regrettably, you won’t be laying the the Z3 flat to take extended advantage of the touch capabilities.
There’s an optical drive, USB 3.0 ports, a dual-purpose audio jack, Ethernet ports, and more. Acer also put an HDMI-in port on the rear of the new Z3, making it a good fit for those customers who lack the space for both an HDTV and a decent computer display (like college students). You’ll be able to play both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 just by plugging them in.
Perhaps most interesting is Acer’s new partnership with Harmon Kardon. Harmon Kardon is known for making pretty good stereo PC speakers, and as audio quality increasingly becomes a way for computer manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the competition, good speakers aren’t just a bonus – they’re a necessity. The Z3 soundsystem incorporates Dolby’s Home Theater v4 audio technology, as well.
The new Aspire will run on Intel Haswell Core processors as well as the accompanying integrated graphics. Every system ships with free access to AcerCloud, Acer’s Dropbox competitor and media management software.
The Acer Aspire Z3 will be out this June, for an as-yet unpublished price.