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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...
Acer’s $249 C720 Chromebook offered some solid specs (for a chromebook), and the company is already pushing the envelope further with a lower-priced C720 offering: the C720-2848 model will cost just $199. The new model will run an Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) processor, and it will sport 16GB of SSD storage (with 100GB of Google Drive storage) and 2GB of DDR3L RAM with a battery that purports to last 8.5 hours under normal use. The 11.6-inch matte display offers a 1366x768 resolution, and there’s an integrated webcam, dual speakers, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI, and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.... Read more...
Generally, notebook manufacturers aim to release notebooks at two major inflection points: right around the back-to-school season, and at CES each January. Acer, however, is mixing things up a bit as it announces two new lines in the TravelMate range this morning. The first is the TravelMate P645 Ultrabook, which is available with an Intel Core i5 or i7 (Haswell), and two display options: a 1920x1080 IPS HD display with a 2GB AMD Radeon HD 8750M GPU, or a 14-inch (1366x768) with integrated Intel HD graphics. While geared for business use, it's clearly capable of handling off-duty gaming sessions.... Read more...
Just as Android tablets really started to take off once smaller size (and lower cost) models were introduced, the same may be true of Windows 8.1 slates. We'll soon find out. Yesterday Lenovo announced its Miix2, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet starting at $300, and today Acer followed suit by unveiling its Iconia W4, also an 8-inch slate, though pricing starts at $330 for this one. The Iconia W4 features a 4th Generation Intel Atom (Bay Trail) processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It's powering an 8-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with Zero Air Gap technology and a 1280x800 resolution (16:10 aspect... Read more...
Acer announced its new generation of Chromebooks, and as we mentioned a month ago, these machines have Intel (Haswell) processors inside. In the case of the first model in the series, the C720-2800, it’s an Intel Celeron 2955U chip; it may be disappointing that it’s not at least a Core series processor, but remember that these Chromebooks don’t demand the same processing power as a full-size laptop running Windows. The 11.6-inch display (1366x768 resolution) features a matte finish with anti-glare for better visibility even in bright environments. The whole notebook weighs 2.76... Read more...
News from Intel (and Google) today includes an announcement that more Chromebooks on on their way to market packing Intel’s Haswell processors. The new chips are designed to consume less power, thus preserving battery life for an all-day charge, while still offering better overall performance. Google notes that there are schools in over 20% of school districts across the country that now use Chromebooks, and with prices for some of the machines dipping as low as $199, deploying fleets of these machines in academia is an attractive option. Partners including Acer, ASUS, HP, and Toshiba will... Read more...
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