Acer IFA 2016 Announcements

A touchscreen Chromebook, first curved laptop, and everything else Acer unveiled at IFA

August 31st at 7:45 AM

A touchscreen Chromebook, first curved laptop, and everything else Acer unveiled at IFA

While you were fast asleep last night — or early this morning, as it were — Acer was busy in Berlin, Germany announcing not one, not five, but 18 different products ahead of the annual IFA 2016 trade show. IFA has always been focused on computing and if it’s computing you want, Acer has certainly got you covered. The company’s announcements covered everything from sleek new ultra-portable laptops and hardcore gaming notebooks to smartphones, monitors and even an ultra-mini desktop PC.

Highlights from Acer’s big IFA press conference include the Predator 21 X, a monster gaming laptop with a massive 21-inch curved display; the Chromebook R 13, a sleek new 13-inch convertible Chromebook with a touchscreen display; and the Swift 7, an aluminum Windows 10 laptop with a ridiculously thin case that’s less than 10mm thick.

Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Acer’s big announcements. More →

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Acer IFA 2016 Live Stream Video

Watch Acer’s IFA 2016 press conference live right here at 4AM ET

August 31st at 3:30 AM

Watch Acer’s IFA 2016 press conference live right here at 4AM ET

IFA doesn’t officially begin until September 2nd, but Acer is kicking things off early with a live stream press conference early in the morning on August 31st. If you want to tune in, just be sure to point your browser to this post at 4AM ET.

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Cheap Windows Tablet

How did Acer make these convertible laptops so cheap?

May 30th at 2:00 PM

How did Acer make these convertible laptops so cheap?

Touchscreen convertible ultrabooks used to be the preserve of people with thousands of dollars to blow — and hey, you can still spend three grand on a fancy Surface Book, if you really try. But for a little less than a tenth of that price, Acer will sell you something which, on the face of it, isn’t all that different.

The new Switch V10 and Switch One 10 are cute little 10-inch Windows convertibles that cost $250 and $200 respectively. They have some kind of magnetic hinge, so like the Surface Book, you can pull the screen off to use as a tablet, flip it around to use in “tent,” or just do some old-fashioned laptop computing.

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Acer Event Live Stream

Acer is about to unveil a wide range of new devices – watch live right here

April 21st at 10:55 AM

Acer is about to unveil a wide range of new devices – watch live right here

Did you know that Acer is hosting a big press conference at the World Trade Center in New York City today? Surprise! Acer hasn’t said much ahead of today’s event as far as what we might be able to expect, but the company did say that it will be unveiling new products across its entire portfolio. Considering how broad Acer’s product portfolio is, that means we should be in store for a pretty action-packed event today. More →

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Acer Jade Primo Windows 10

This crazy phablet is actually a full-fledged Windows 10 computer

September 2nd at 1:09 PM

This crazy phablet is actually a full-fledged Windows 10 computer

Next time you’re shopping for a portable Windows 10 computer remember this name: Acer Jade Primo. Announced at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, the Jade Primo is the world’s first smartphone that can be turned into a full-fledged Windows 10 computer. Brilliant idea? Ridiculous idea? You be the judge… More →

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Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Windows 10

This new $170 laptop might be the cheapest way to get your Windows 10 fix

August 4th at 4:55 PM

This new $170 laptop might be the cheapest way to get your Windows 10 fix

Not all the press surrounding Windows 10 has been positive, especially in regards to Microsoft’s tendency to watch everything you’re doing on your new operating system, but the software itself is an accomplishment.

I said as much in my first impressions piece, but if you haven’t had an opportunity to try out Windows 10 yet and you’re just dying to get your hands on it, Acer has a low-cost solution you might want to check out. More →

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Asus Acer Smartwatch Wearable Devices

Asus, Acer throw their hats into the wearables ring

January 29th at 7:00 PM

Asus, Acer throw their hats into the wearables ring

Asus and Acer have officially confirmed that they’re interested in the growing wearables market and will have such devices of their own in stores at some point later this year, Focus Taiwan reports. While there are no details on what these devices will look like or how they’ll work, Asus has big plans for its device. “We will put our entire design thought into it,” Asus Chairman Jonney Shih said on Tuesday at the company’s year-and party. “There are actually many challenges in this area, and I don’t think products that lack special features will be useful. We’ll try to replace your watch by all means.” Shih added. More →

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Acer Android Desktop Computer

Acer thinks the world needs a $1,100 Android desktop computer

January 3rd at 12:45 PM

Acer thinks the world needs a $1,100 Android desktop computer

Although PC OEMs as a whole did poorly last year, Acer seems to have been hit harder than most. According to numbers released by IDC last fall, Acer saw its PC shipments decline by a stunning 34.5% year-over-year while the rest of the PC industry saw its shipments decline by a much more modest 7.6%. After the collapse of its Windows-based PC business, Acer is now trying to revive its fortunes by thinking outside the box… as in way, way, way outside the box. More →

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Acer Liquid S2 4K Video

Acer shows off first smartphone with 4K video recording

September 2nd at 4:00 PM

Acer shows off first smartphone with 4K video recording

Acer phones typically aren’t all that exciting but the company has come up with a noteworthy addition to its latest flagship smartphone: The ability to record 4K video. The new Acer Liquid S2 has a camera that can record 4K video and features some other impressive specs as well, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core processor, a 6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 368 pixels per inch, a 3,330 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-device storage and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Acer says that the Liquid S2 will release in October but declined to give exact pricing information at this time. The company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Acer Android Smartphones Tablets Chromebooks

Acer backs away from Windows

August 9th at 10:00 PM

Acer backs away from Windows

Microsoft is having a tough time getting many of its PC manufacturing partners to use Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT for their new devices and now The Wall Street Journal reports that longtime Windows OEM Acer is trying to grow its “non-Windows business as soon as possible” by embracing Android for mobile devices. Acer’s goal is to generate 30% of its revenue from Android devices and Chromebooks by the end of 2014, up from the 10% of revenue that the company expects those devices will deliver this year. More →

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Microsoft iPad Mini Acer Iconia W3 Comparison

Video: Microsoft ad compares the iPad mini to Acer’s universally hated Iconia W3

August 8th at 2:55 PM

Video: Microsoft ad compares the iPad mini to Acer’s universally hated Iconia W3

Acer’s Iconia W3 has easily been one of the most poorly received tech products released this year, with critics hammering it for its “infuriatingly poor screen,” for hardware that “sucks,” and for being “a device that shouldn’t exist.” That isn’t stopping Microsoft from touting the Iconia W3 in its latest iPad-bashing ad by comparing the Windows 8 tablet with the iPad mini, the 7.9-inch Apple tablet that’s been a hit with consumers so far. The ad is a typical riff on other recent Microsoft ads, with Apple’s Siri expressing confusion and frustration because Windows tablets can multitask, can use Microsoft Office and can play Halo while the iPad can’t. While there’s nothing wrong with taking shots at the iPad mini, Microsoft might have wanted to wait until it had an 8-inch Windows tablet that really offered Apple some competition first. The full ad follows below. More →

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Microsoft Hardware Partners Criticism

Acer’s Iconia W3 shows why Microsoft was right to make its own hardware

July 25th at 3:20 PM

Acer’s Iconia W3 shows why Microsoft was right to make its own hardware

I’ve been critical of the ways that Microsoft has both sold and marketed its Surface RT tablet but I’ve never second-guessed the company’s decision to upset its own manufacturing partners by building its own hardware for its Surface tablets. If you’re curious why this is the case, look no further than the Acer Iconia W3, the world’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet that is getting positively savaged by reviewers this week. More →

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