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When Microsoft first released Windows 8, the company hoped that hardware manufacturers would get creative with form factors and customers would be enticed by the intriguing new PC designs. One of the clear leaders to emerge since Windows 8's launch is the Lenovo Yoga series of laptops, which fold in half to mimic tablets or can be used in tent and stand modes. A similar approach that has also seen some success are 2-in-1s that essentially split in half, so you can use the display as a tablet without dragging around the weight of the keyboard. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is one of these... Read more...
When Acer revealed its Aspire Switch 10 and 11 notebooks a couple of months ago, it really touted them as being something amazing. To its favor, I don't think the company was that far off-the-mark. Not only do the Aspire Switch models released so far look great, they're also extremely flexible. In its commercials, Acer hinted at the fact that the Switch really could have been called a 4-in-1, due to the number of modes it has. Well, with its just-announced Aspire Switch 12, Acer not only one-ups the previous models in size, but also in the amount of modes. This time around, there are 5 to choose... Read more...
It took some time for Google's Chromebook platform to find its footing in the market place, but now that it has, these cloud-based PCs are finally starting to hit their stride. In what turned out to be yet another solid quarter, Chromebook shipments jumped 67 percent sequentially, according to new data by ABI Research. At the current pace, Chromebook shipments will double in size compared to last year. "Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop," says Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "The growth of the Chromebook... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco are sans the half geek, but discuss Microsoft's Windows 10 announcement, the slick Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC gaming monitor, the affordable Dell Inspiron 11, our recent AMD CPU giveaway and more... Show Notes: 01:20 - Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Unveils Windows 10 And Windows Insider Program 14:10 - Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Review 21:43 - Dell Inspiron 11 3000: A 2-in-1 For The Masses 31:30 - AMD FX-9590 CPU Giveaway... Read more...
Acer on Tuesday announced that its V Nitro Black Edition series of high-performance laptops built around Intel's Haswell platform is now available in North America. These notebooks purportedly offer workstation-class capabilities, though when it comes time to play, the inclusion of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M will happily get you gaming. "Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition notebooks are ideally suited for people who use the same system in their professional and personal lives," said Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing and brand manager. "V Nitro's upscale modern design doesn't look out of place... Read more...
Last year, when I was first exposed to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, I turned to one of our contacts at the company and said, “The moment someone comes out with a nice 4K version, I’ll hand over my credit card”. At the time, I had been riding along on a 30” HP display with a resolution of 2560x1600, and quite frankly, was itching to upgrade. After all, smartphones and tablets were already available with high-resolution screens that put the pixel densities of typical PC displays to shame. And after years of upgrading every other part of my personal workstation (multiple... Read more...
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m going to start this piece off with a bit of a confession: Last year, when I was first exposed to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, I turned to one of our contacts at the company and said, “The moment someone comes out with a nice 4K version, I’ll hand over my credit card”. At the time, I had been riding along on a 30” HP display with a resolution of 2560x1600 for a few years, and quite frankly, was itching to upgrade. After all, smartphones and tablets were already available with high-resolution screens that put the... Read more...
Two of the hottest technologies in the display category right now are 4K Ultra HD and NVIDIA G-SYNC. What happens when you combine the two? You end up with Acer's XB270H, a 28-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) display with a 60Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and G-SYNC to keep things honest. The XB280HK is one of two new XBO Series of gaming displays by Acer, the other being a 27-inch Full HD 1080p monitor (XB270H) with a 144Hz refresh rate. Like its bigger brother, it too sports a 1ms response time and is infused with NVIDIA G-SYNC. "We’re excited to bring these first-rate gaming... Read more...
Things are kicking up leading at IFA 2014 in Berlin. Acer has announced a bevy of new products at the trading convention that includes new Windows and Android variants for its Iconia Tab line and a new model for its Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 line of products. The Iconia Tab line will have three more options for users to choose from. The Iconia Tab 8 W, which is geared more for work, is Acer’s Windows-based tablet that runs on Windows 8.1 with Bing and comes with a full year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal. Users will have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook free of charge... Read more...
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...
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