Yesterday in NYC, Acer was in town to show off some of their newest consumer and educational related computers. The show was a great display of what’s to come in the general consumer market. If you’re a fan of Acer and their products then yesterday was a great day for you. Acer had so much to offer and we’ll be giving you just a general breakdown of what we saw and in the future as we get our hands on some of the products we will review them for you. If you can’t wait then you check out the actual conference below and see all of the great offerings from Acer.
Check out the Acer press conference HERE
ACER SWIFT 5
The Swift 5 is a 15″ IPS touchscreen that weighs less than 1kg. It’s of course powered by Windows 10, the latest Intel® Core™ processors, super narrow bezels measuring just 5.87 mm that give it an 87.6% screen-to-body ratio. On the internal hardware side we get up to 1 TB of SSD storage and up to 16GB of DDR4 memory. The Swift 5 will have a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port power adapter (10 Gbit/sdata transfer, supporting power delivery and display output), fingerprint integration with Windows Hello, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports an HDMI port, and an SD card reader. This laptop is incredibly sturdy and aesthetically pleasing while being so light and a traveler’s dream machine. Price and release date are not available as of yet but we’ll keep you posted once it becomes available.
Chromebooks were a big thing today at the conference and although one would think that Chromebooks are more of a niche computer, they’re very popular. Acer showed off four new Chromebooks in total, two with 13″ displays and two with 15″ displays. The 15″ models come with Intel Celeron N3450, Celeron N3350, or Pentium N4200 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 500, and up to 8GB of RAM. The 13′ Chromebook 13 and the Chromebook Spin 13 models are more powerful with Intel Core i3 and i5 CPU’s and 16GB of RAM. Once again, pricing and release date should be available in the coming months.
NITRO DESKTOPS and MONITORS
Nitro is Acer’s mid-range priced desktops for gaming that isn’t necessarily as resource heavy. Don’t be fooled though, these desktops are powerhouses and playing most games will be easy with these desktops. The Nitro 50 is really slick with its black and red accented mid tower desktop It’s futuristic looking and that’s only complimented by the Nitro monitors.
The Nitro RG0 and VG0 monitors are perfect for gaming and general use. They are IPS 5 monitors with AMD Radeon and FreeSync The Acer Nitro VG0 series is available with 27, 23.8 and 21.5″ sizes with resolution support of 4K UHD, WQHD and full HD.
Acer’s Predator lineup was the star of the show in my opinion (I’ll leave my gamers bias out of this as best I can) but the truth is there was nothing that Acer had that offered more in terms of power and accessories like the Predator lineup. Acer showed off the new Helios 300 and 500 with the Helios 300 having a special edition all white with gold accents and the Helios 500 being 17′ of powerhouse gaming laptop.
The Predator Orion 3000 and 5000 desktop PC are the latest killer gaming desktop that Acer introduced and they are packed with power, especially the Orion 5000. Both desktops come standard with 8th Gen Intel Core i7+ processors (8700 CPU’s and z370 chipsets) and can support both 4k and VR. The differences in both desktops are with the gaming internals whereas the Orion 3000 comes with and supports up to NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU’s and the Orion 5000 comes paired with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU’s in SLI.
Predator Cestus 510: a customizable high-performance gaming mouse with a precise optical sensor that supports up to 16,000 DPI
Predator Gaming Chair: includes detachable cushions, superior ergonomics, and lumbar spine support to give players an edge on marathon gaming sessions
Predator Hard Case: protects the most valuable assets with a hard-as-rock outer shell and customizable foam inserts that fit exactly around your computer
Predator Aethon 500 extra-durable mechanical keyboard with a lifespan of 70 million strokes per key, customizable with 16.8 million colors
Predator Mousepad series available in plastic or fabric finishes with dramatic cinematic landscapes to keep the player in the game
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
Acer had a very impressive showing. Most showcases that we see a lot of time are full of fluff and sometimes the devices we see aren’t always the most practical. This wasn’t the case here. Acer really put a focus on consumer and educational laptops and desktops while addressing the needs of the gamer all at once without focusing on one and skimping on the other. We can expect to see all of the products that we saw go on sale in the coming months. Hopefully, we’ll get on hands on some of the products shown here and have reviews ready for you. Either way, we got some great shots of the products at the event and Acer is coming through with great stuff early. The Predator series was most impressive as we got a ton of new peripherals and accessories as well as the PC’s which are powerful as ever and sure to make your gaming experience a great one. In my opinion, Predator was the star of the show but Acer put forth their best effort with some really good products so look out for them.