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Acer announced a diverse range of new products and devices at their global media event on Tuesday — including new ultralight laptops, rugged tablets, and gaming setups.
The global event was streamed live from Taipei and included the introduction of the new Enduro range of rugged devices, updated versions of the Predator and Nitro gaming laptops, new monitors, and the ultrathin-and-light Swift 5.
We’ve rounded up the new products and announcements below:
Acer Chromebooks 2020
Acer launched several new Chromebooks: including the Chromebook Spin 713 and the Chromebook Spin 311. These convertible laptops feature a flexible hinge that lets you fold the device entirely backward to view in a tablet mode.
The hinge enables four different modes: display mode, tablet mode, clamshell mode (for keyboard input), and tent mode.
The laptops also feature ChromeOS rather than a Windows or Mac operating system.
Acer Chromebook Spin 713
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 features higher specifications that its 311 counterpart.
The device has a 2K 13.5-inch IPS display, a 10th Gen Intel Core processor, and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
For those concerned with durability, the Chromebook Spin 713 comes with a military-grade reinforced design (U.S. MIL-STD 810G compliant).
An enterprise version of the device is also available.
Acer Chromebook Spin 311
The Chromebook Spin 311 is an affordable 11.6-inch laptop aimed at consumers on a budget. It has a Mediatek MT8183 processor, weighs 1kg, and has up to 15 hours of battery life.
The product focuses on affordability and portability.
Acer ConceptD Series
The ConceptD series is designed specifically for creators. At the global press conference on 23 June, Acer announced additional products coming to the range — including a versatile easel-like convertible laptop.
ConceptD 3 Ezel
The ConceptD 3 Ezel’s design caters to design professionals and digital illustrators.
The Ezel hinge gives users the ability to switch between six usage modes: such as stand mode for drawing content or display mode. It comes with around 18 hours of battery life, programmable keys, and a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port.
You can choose between a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor for the device, as well as a Nvidia Quadro T1000 or GeForce GTX 1650Ti graphics card.
ConceptD 3 notebook
The ConceptD 3 notebook offers the performance and portability that designers need, but with a more traditional laptop form factor.
ConceptD 100 Desktop
Acer has also launched a prebuilt desktop for designers and creatives called the ConceptD 100. The device focuses on providing the power needed for graphics-intensive design work and entry-level 3D CAD modelling.
The PC offers a small form factor, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of SSD storage.
If you’re looking for a monitor for graphic designers and creative professionals, Acer announced two new ConceptD monitors. The monitors focus on providing clarity and colour accuracy, with high refresh rates.
The CP5271U V model comes with overclocking functionality, a WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display, and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space.
The ConceptD CP3 monitor has similar specifications, but supports 98% of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut. It has a WQHD 3840 x 2160 display with a refresh rate of up to 165Hz.
Acer also introduced the ConceptD CM3 Monitor. The CM3271K model includes a 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 display with a 60Hz refresh rate.
Acer Enduro rugged devices
Acer also introduced a new range of rugged devices aimed at first responders, field workers, industrial environments, and other users who need a device that can endure harsh handling and an outdoor environment.
The Enduro range includes both laptops and tablets.
Acer Enduro N7 rugged notebook
The Acer Enduro N7 is a rugged laptop made with shock-absorbent materials. It has both military-grade durability certification and a water and dust-resistance rating of IP65.
It features a 14-inch FHD screen and a hot-swappable battery. The device also comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 CPU.
Acer Enduro N3 rugged notebook
The Acer Enduro N3 is a higher performance rugged notebook, featuring a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and 32GB of DDR4 RAM.
It features a similarly rugged design to the N7, but is lighter and carries an IP53 rating.
Users can also opt for a discrete Nvidia graphics card if they need the laptop to handle higher workloads.
Acer Enduro T5 rugged tablet
The Enduro T5 is one of the additions to Acer’s new rugged tablets lineup. The 10-inch Windows tablet features a 10-hour battery that can also be swapped out — a rare feature seen in today’s tablets.
The device is aimed at logistics and manufacturing workers, with optional accessories including docking stations, hand grips, car holders, and shoulder straps.
Acer Enduro T1 rugged tablets
The new Acer Enduro T1 rugged tablets come in two variants. One model is a 10-inch Windows tablet that can also double as a 10.1-inch notebook if users opt for the portfolio keyboard.
Meanwhile, the range also features an 8-inch Android tablet aimed at retail, warehouse, and factory workers.
Both devices can be used while wearing gloves, making it useful for these environments.
Acer gaming laptop updates for 2020
Acer has introduced significant new updates to four of its gaming laptops: the Predator Helios 700, Predator Helios 300, Predator Triton 300, and Nitro 7. These gaming laptops will now offer 10th Gen Intel Core processors and up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPUs.
The company also introduced updates to the displays of the devices, including 240Hz or 144Hz refresh rates.
Predator Helios 700
The Predator Helios 700 will now offer options for 10th Gen Intel i7 or i9 processors, as well as additional GPU choices between the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super or RTX 2070 Super GPUs.
The 2020 laptop also features improved cooling, faster RAM, and an additional Thunderbolt 3 port.
Predator Helios 300
Meanwhile, the Predator Helios 300 will now include 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, and a 240Hz 15.6-inch FHD IPS display.
Predator Triton 300
The Predator Triton 300 received similar upgrades as the Helios 300 for its 2020 edition.
The refreshed laptop will include a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor, up to a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 for the graphics card options, and a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with a 240Hz refresh rate.
Acer also introduced an updated Nitro 7 with a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor and up to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
Unfortunately for those interested in the device, Acer South Africa has confirmed that the laptop will not be launched locally.
Acer gaming desktops and monitors
Acer also announced updates to its pre-built gaming desktop offerings, as well as an expanded range of gaming monitors.
Predator X25 monitor
For those who want a monitor with a high refresh rate, the Predator X24 monitor features a 360Hz, 24.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display.
The monitor also supports automatic brightness and colour adjustments based on environmental light — meaning that gamers won’t have to manually change their settings as the day progresses.
Predator XB3 Series monitors
Acer announced the launch of four Predator XB3 monitors for those looking for a large gaming monitor. These include 31.5.-inch, 27-inch, 24.5-inch XB3 monitors.
All of the new monitors also feature a 240Hz refresh rate and 4K resolution.
Predator Orion 9000
The Predator Orion 9000 gaming rig is aimed at professional gamers. The desktop includes an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, dual Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, and space for multiple HDDs and SSDs.
Predator Orion 3000
Meanwhile, the new Predator Orion 3000 models will feature a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card.
The desktop also features up to 1TB of SSD storage and up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM.
For more casual gamers looking for a pre-built gaming rig, Acer’s refresh updates the desktop with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to a GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU, and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory.
Acer Swift 5
For users who want an ultra thin-and-light laptop, Acer announced the new Swift 5 notebook.
The updated model features a 90% screen-to-body ratio and a touchscreen with antimicrobial glass. Meanwhile, even with an optional Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics card, the device stays just under 1kg.
In addition to this, the model includes new colour options, a fingerprint reader, and faster charging.
Where to buy new Acer devices
Acer will be launching its products in different regions in the coming months. You can find out more about the devices or watch the recording of the stream on the Acer website.
Gearburn.com will publish a list of the confirmed devices and prices for the South African market this week.
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