Acer had what must be the mother of all press conferences in New York yesterday, announcing a long, long list of new products. These are new 2-in-1s, notebooks, desktop, gaming systems, monitors and more that may appeal to your customers.
Here’s your solution provider’s roundup:
Acer expanded its 2-in-1 line with 2 models, the Switch 3 and Switch 5. Both run Windows 10, both feature Intel processors, and both have keyboards that attach with magnets.
The Switch 3 offers what Acer calls “flexibility on a budget,” which means an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, a 12.2-inch FHD display, up to 128GB of eMMC memory, and up to 4GB of SDRAM. The device weighs just under 2 pounds. Shipments will start in June, with retail prices set at about $400.
The Switch 5 is more robust, powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 or i5 processor. It also includes a 12-inch-wide FHD touchscreen display, built-in fingerprint reader, and up to 10.5 hours of battery life. A USB Type-C port is optional. The device supports up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage and up to 8GB of SDRAM. It weighs 2.8 pounds. Shipments are set for June, with retail prices set at about $800.
Acer introduced 4 devices it calls “everyday notebooks,” the Aspire 1, Aspire 3, Aspire 5 and Aspire 7. All 4 notebooks are designed to run Windows 10.
The Aspire 1 is the low end of the line, designed for home and family use. There’s a 14-inch display, Intel Celeron or Pentium CPU, up to 64GB of storage and and 4GB of memory. A purchase includes a 1-year subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal service and up to 1TB of OneDrive Storage. Shipments are set to start in June, with a retail price starting at about $220.
The Aspire 3 is similarly configured, but offers a choice of 14-inch HD, 15.6-inch HD or 15.6-inch FHD displays. Shipments are also set to start in June, with a retail price of about $300.
The Aspire 5 steps things up with a 7th Gen Intel Core processor, up to 20GB of memory, and up to 2TB of storage. Shipments are again set to start in June, with a retail price of about $450.
The Aspire 7 is the new top of the line. It’s configured like the 5, but with more memory (up to 32GB), HD camera, and a choice of 15- or 17-inch display. Shipments are set to start in June, with a retail price of about $800.
Gaming notebooks & monitors
Gaming is hot, and Acer has a new gaming notebook, the Predator Helios 300. There are 2 models: one with 15.6-inch display, and the other with a display of 17.3 inches. Both devices ship with Windows 10. Under the hood you’ll find a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, an overclockable GPU, up to 32GB of memory, and 1TB of storage. Retail prices range from about $1,300 for the smaller display to $1,400 for the larger, and shipments are set to begin in July.
Also for gaming are Acer’s 2 new 27-inch monitors, the Predator X27 and Predator Z271UV. Both offer Quantum Dot tech, which Acer says offers a wide range of colors and superior brightness, and Tobii eye-tracking tech, which automatically rotates the game (and some 100 games now support this technology) as the player focuses their gaze on different parts of the screen. The real attraction is the Z271UV, which offers a curved screen. Acer hasn't yet released pricing or shipping info on either monitor.
Acer added two new models to its Swift line of notebooks, the Swift 1 and Swift 3. Both devices run Windows 10, and both include fingerprint readers to support Windows Hello security.
The Swift 1 is designed for students to use in the classroom. It weighs just under 3 pounds, and promises up to 10 hours of battery life. There’s an Intel Pentium or Celeron CPU running things, along with 4GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage. The FHD display measures 13.3 inches. Shipments are set to begin June, with retail prices starting at about $330.
The Swift 3 is aimed at business pros who travel. It weighs just under 4 pounds and ups the game with a 7th Gen Intel Core processor. There’s a choice of 14- or 15.6-inch FHD display. You also get up to 10 hours of battery life, a USB C port, up to 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage. This device will also ship in June, with retail prices starting at about $600.
And even more…
Also yesterday, Acer introduced 2 Aspire all-in-one desktops aimed at home users, the Leap Ware fitness smartwatch and a series of 4K projectors for home cinema enthusiasts. This company certainly doesn’t do things by half measures!
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