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They might not be the most powerful PCs out there, but Google's Chromebook and Chromebox series has one thing locked-down: Value. That's something proven in spades with Acer's new Chromebox CXI, a compact desktop PC that starts at a mere $180. You might think that a sub-$200 PC would have to look like a sub-$200 PC, but I'd argue that the CXI doesn't: Most Chromebooks and Chromeboxes up to this point have featured ARM processors, but the CXI is an exception: Under the hood is Intel's Celeron 2957U, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Yes - that's modest, but it's x86, and remember, we're still... Read more...
Much in the same way that netbooks found a niche and became hugely popular, Google's Chromebook platform has found its wings and is flying off of store shelves right next Windows- and Mac-based laptops. And just as Acer helped popularize netbooks, the company is at the forefront of the Chromebook movement in pioneering fashion. As such, Acer today unveiled the Chromebook 13, the first of its kind to feature an NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor. In doing so, Acer and NVIDIA essentially just tag teamed a new generation of Chromebooks. Armed with a Tegra K1 chip, the Chromebook 13 offers unmatched... Read more...
A battle is brewing on the notebook front, and customers are going to be the big winners – that is, customers who want low-end systems. Microsoft is lowering its license fees to help manufacturers like HP produce low-cost Windows notebooks that can take on Google’s Chromebooks. With systems expected to arrive in time for the holidays, you’re probably going to have a lot of options for updating the kids’ old notebooks. Word of Microsoft’s play for the margin-slim low-end comes from Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, who discussed the move during the... Read more...
We know that many manufacturers are refreshing their chromebooks soon as Intel is pushing its Bay Trail-M SoC and Intel Core i3 (Haswell) chips, and you can count Acer among those companies. Acer announced that it will have two new SKUs in its chromebook stable, both of which will run on Intel Core i3-4005U (1.7GHz) chips. It’s intriguing that a new spate of chromebooks are getting actual Core series chips--Acer won’t be the only one--but it begs a couple of questions. One is whether or not chromebooks need that horsepower to begin with (we’ve been pleased with chromebook performance... Read more...
Last year, at IDF, Intel announced that it would soon make a concerted push into both the Windows and the Android tablet markets, with an aggressive contra-revenue strategy (meaning, they'd ship devices at a loss) and a huge set of marketing campaigns. On the Windows side we've seen the fruits of that push; many companies now offer Bay Trail devices in the 8-10 inch market. On the Android side of the market, however, things have been almost entirely silent -- Intel has demonstrated a few systems and made a little noise, but it hasn't done much to actually field designs in the US market. Today,... Read more...
When Acer announced its BYOC (bring your own cloud) initiative yesterday, it was just getting started. Today, the company announced a new spate of smartphones as well as a wearable device. Up first is the Acer Liquid X1 smartphone, a monster 5.7-inch device with an octa core (1.7GHz) processor and a quad-core graphics processor. The LTE handset features 2GB of RAM with a microSD card slot for expandable storage. There’s a 13MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture and 0.3-second “ultra-fast” focus and a 2MP wide-angle front camera. Acer Liquid X1 (Credit: NDTV) Acer also baked in... Read more...
If Acer, the world's fourth largest PC maker in terms of shipments, thought competing in the computer space was tough -- which it certainly is -- just wait until it gets a feel for the competition in the cloud sector that it's about to dive into. Acer's venture into the cloud will consist of making software and offering online computer services as part of its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) initiative. According to Reuters, Acer announced BYOC after posting losses for three quarters in a row. However, the company is pretty light on details at the moment, so we're not sure how exactly it plans to roll... Read more...
Chromebooks are gaining traction because they're relatively inexpensive, lightweight and portable, and capable of basic computing chores. They're especially well suited for students of various ages -- kids and teens can use Chromebooks to research their reports on the Internet, type up documents, and more. With all that in mind, Acer and Intel are offering K-12 schools a chance to pilot Google's Chrome OS with a free 30-day trial of the Acer C720 Chromebook. There's an application to fill out for for K-12 schools interested in participating in the seed program, and by entering the program, the... Read more...
Acer might be holstering its big guns for Mobile World Congress (MWC), but in the meantime, the company just announced a couple of interesting smartphones. One is the mid-range Liquid E4 with a fairly respectable spec sheet and the other is the Liquid Z4, a low-cost handset Acer hopes will appeal to cost-conscious buyers. Starting at the top, the Liquid E3 brings a 4.7-inch 720p HD IPS (In-Plane Switching) display to the smartphone market. Powering this puppy is a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, which Acer unfortunately paired with just 1GB of RAM instead of 2GB. Internal storage is a bit of a let... Read more...
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. It seems like a thousand years have gone by since Acer was on top of its game and talking about how it was going to supplant Hewlett-Packard as the world's top PC maker (in terms of shipments). Instead, Lenovo was the one that leapfrogged into first place, while a series of missteps and CEO changes ultimately dragged Acer down to the No. 4 spot. Be that as it may, Acer deserves a bit of kudos. The company is underachieving and while part of its has to do with the PC market being in a slump, Acer brought most of its financial troubles on its self, starting with the... Read more...
Acer has a few goodies to share as we inch closer to CES, including a pair of tablets bearing the “Iconia” moniker and a touchscreen chromebook. The Acer Iconia A1-830 is a 7.9-inch Android (4.2.1 Jelly Bean) tablet with a resolution of 1024x768 and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 (Clover Trail) processor. There’s 1GB of RAM on board as well as 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot), a rear-facing camera that shoots in 2560x1920, a front-facing 720p HD camera, and dual speakers. Acer A1-830 Acer’s other new tablet, the B1-720, offers a 7-inch display, a 1.3GHz dual-core... Read more...
One has to wonder how much longer the tried-and-true all-in-one PC will stick around, as the world continues to shift to more mobile form factors and desktops become a thing of the past. That said, there's still a lot of life left in certain markets (storefronts, education, healthcare, etc.), and Acer's new Aspire Z3-600 hopes to hit as many of those sectors as possible. The new machine offers up a 21.5" Full HD display, a built-in carry handle, Harman Kardon speakers, and a 10-point capacitive touchscreen. Crazier still, this AIO actually boasts a built-in battery, which can last for up to 2.5... Read more...
Despite what some might view as a hamstrung operating system, the reason that Chromebooks are a tempting option is that most of them are very inexpensive. The one we’re looking at today, the Acer C720 Chromebook, costs a mere $249, which is about on par price-wise for many Chromebooks these days. The question then becomes, can such a device possibly replace a laptop? Here’s the good news: We have an answer for you, but it’s a complex answer, so you’ll have to read on to fully understand the big picture. Along the way, you’ll get a closer look at Chrome OS as well as... Read more...
Let’s just be honest right off the bat: You’re probably not reading our review of this product so much to check out benchmarks and other performance indicators as you are to see if we’ll clarify whether or not Google's strange, new browser-based Chrome OS operating system is really worth investing in. Chrome OS is indeed essentially a browser-as-operating-system solution, so the vast majority of the computer’s functionality is tied directly to being connected at all times, and that may be a big hang-up for a lot of people when it comes to Chromebooks. (Except that there... Read more...
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