In pursuit of giving users the best experience with the latest technology, Acer today has showcased its entire Windows 10 device portfolio in Taipei. It covers a variety of screen sizes including smart phone, tablets, laptops and desktops with Microsoft Windows 10 out of the box. Joining their list today are 2 new models – the convertible Aspire R 14 laptop and the Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one that doubles up as a tablet.
10 weeks after Microsoft’s roll-out of Windows 10, there are more than 110 million devices already running on the latest operating system. According to Acer, they are currently #1 in PC sales in terms of Windows 10 pre-loaded machines in Asia and Europe. With the latest OS, users can immediately take advantage of new features including Cortana, Xbox streaming and Windows Hello.
Acer Aspire R 14
Offering the best of flexibility, the Acer Aspire R 14 gives you a total of 4 modes to suit productivity, viewing and collaborative usage. The 14″ Full HD display can be flipped up to 360 degrees wobble-free thanks to its dual-torque hinge design. Apart from versatility, the Aspire R 14 is a also capable workhorse, with either Intel Core i5-6200U or i7-6500U processor from Intel’s 6th gen Core family, up to 8GB of RAM and a variety of storage options up to 512GB on SSD.
In terms of connectivity, it gets MU-MIMO WiFi technology for greater wireless transmission and there’s also a full USB 3.1 Type-C port at the side. Overall, the R 14 weighs 1.9kg and has a respectable thickness of 18.5mm. The Aspire R 14 will be available starting end of October, priced from US$699 (about RM2,895) in the US and 799 EUR (about RM3,765) in Europe.
Acer Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one
For the home users that may require some portable usage, the Aspire Z3 all-in-one is an interesting concept. With 17.3″ Full HD display and weighing just 2kg, this is an all-in-one desktop that can be carried away as a tablet. It even works without a direct power source with an in-built battery that’s rated to last up to 5 hours. Under the hood, it gets an Intel Pentium N3700/Celeron N3150/N3050 processor that’s mated with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM with storage options from 500GB HDD to 256GB SSD.
If required as a desktop, you can stand it with its 2 foldable kickstands at the back, or you can have it lie flat like a humongous tablet. The Aspire Z3-700 will be available in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region by end of this year from 599 EUR (about RM2,822).
Windows 10 Mobile Device
Initially announced during IFA 2015, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo with Windows 10 mobile has also made an appearance at today’s event. This is their flagship Windows smart phone with a 5.5″ Full HD display, a Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core processor and a 21MP main camera.
Similar to the new Lumia 950/950 XL, it gets Windows Continuum offering a desktop PC experience powered by your smart phone. So if you need to do work without a laptop, you can easily hook up the Jade Primo to a dock which is connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for full desktop mode.
Predator Gaming Series
For hardcore gamers, Acer has also showed off its new Predator gaming series that runs on Windows 10. This covers the Predator 15/17 Laptops that are powered by Intel Core i7/i5 H processors with up to 64GB of RAM and a variety of storage options including PCIe SSD. Both models come equipped with the newest generation Nvidia GeForce GTX980M graphics, displayed on either Full HD or UHD 4K screens.
Alternatively there’s also the Predator G6/G3 desktop machines with Intel Core i7-6700K/i5-6600K processors, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics and up to 12TB of storage. For a more immersive and smooth gaming experience, Acer has its own Predator Z35 monitor that boasts a huge 35″ curved display with up to 200Hz refresh rate under overclocking mode.
Other devices with Windows 10 pre-installed include the Aspire U5, Aspire One Cloudbook, Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition, Aspire V 13, Aspire R 13, Aspire Switch 10 V and a modular Acer Revo Build as pictured above. Stay tuned as we will be sharing our hands-on next.