Acer Demonstrates ‘Building Block’ Revo PC

The Acer Revo is an extraordinary small form-factor PC which features a wealth of upgradability through LEGO-inspired hardware tiers. Each expansion block magnetically clips into position after removing a plastic cover. Once unclipped, a discrete connector is unveiled which allows you to neatly connect cables between various tiers. Subsequently, this makes the cabling surprisingly easy and provides a clear, professional look. Currently, Acer’s range of optional tiers includes an external GPU, mini-speaker and headphone amplifier with more modules expected in the future.

In terms of performance, the Revo has the potential to be a small but powerful beast and incorporates either an Intel Celeron or Skylake CPU. Furthermore, the device allows up to 32GB of flash storage and 8GB RAM. Coupled with the dedicated GPU module, this could become the perfect LAN rig or Steam Box. It’s unknown what grade of GPU will be offered but I expect Acer to utilize the GTX 965M, GTX 970M and GTX 980M at different price tiers.

Connectivity-wise, the Revo features HDMI, full-sized DisplayPort, 3 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The device is scheduled for an October release within the UK and priced around £200. Personally, I think the Revo is a marvellous concept and demonstrates how powerful tiny PCs can be. However, how much of a premium will there be to purchase Acer modules? To be a successful venture, Acer must be careful when it comes to pricing and the premium over traditional upgrades. For example, if a Blu-Ray reader costs £100, when you can purchase one yourself for £50, it could deter many people from investing in the Revo’s closed upgrade path.

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Acer Announces 35″ UltraWide Display and Claims it Can Reach 200Hz

Acer has officially unveiled the 35-inch 21:9 Z35 Predator gaming monitor which features a curved 2560×1080 VA panel and 144Hz native refresh rate. Apparently, the display is capable of being overlocked up to 200Hz and it’s interesting to see a manufacturer promoting this process. Previously, you had to choose between the remarkable gaming experience via 21:9 or a high refresh rate. Thankfully, Acer is tackling this conundrum head on and trying to produce the ultimate display for high-end gamers.  As you might expect, the panel is curved with a rating of 2000R; this is a significant boost on existing curved panels and should offer a more enthralling experience.

Whether curved displays actually have a tangible benefit is still up for discussion, but it’s possible they make the extreme corners easier to see whilst glancing. The Predator Z35 also supports NVIDIA G-Sync and Ultra Low Motion Blur technology to create a seamless, and fluid motion. The panel’s response time is 4ms which is more than adequate for anyone who isn’t a professional gamer. IPS displays are visually rich and offer a better colour reproduction than VA, but can suffer from horrendous backlight bleed and poor response times. Although, recent models such as the Asus FreeSync MG278Q illustrates that IPS panels are becoming more responsive.

The X35 also contains a pair of 9W speakers with DTS sound and Acer’s in-house designed TrueHarmony technology. While, I doubt many people will use the integrated speakers, it’s handy to have them included as a failsafe. The Predator X35’s retail price is $1,199,99 and a significant investment. However, it’s important to remember, how often do you change your monitor? Choosing a high-quality monitor is always worth it in the long run, and should last for many years to come. Although, I don’t think the panel’s resolution offers a good value-for-money proposition. Ideally, any 35-inch screen should opt for a 3440×1440 display. Acer’s QA has received a degree of criticism so perhaps the X35 can restore faith in the company’s hardware.

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Acer’s Aspire Z3-710 All-In-One PCs Come with Windows 10

United States-based Acer fans will be glad to know that the company has recently announced the USA availability of its refreshed Aspire Z3-710 Series all-in-one desktop PCs. These relatively powerful all-in-ones come with Windows 10 pre-installed and feature Full HD LED 23.8-inch displays with capacitive 10-point multi-touch support. These desktops are perfect for video-conferencing as they boast 1080p Full HD webcams as well as stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater and Acer True Harmony technologies. Moreover, built-in dual digital microphones make sure that voice communication is always crystal-clear even in rooms with large amounts of ambient noise.

As far as power is concerned, the standard Aspire Z3-710 Series’ 1.4-inch chassis houses an Intel Core Ci5-4590T processor, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD Super Multi optical drive and 8GB of RAM. Connectivity is ensured by a trio of USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-in and 802.11ac wireless. During prolonged multimedia sessions or long conversations, eye strain is prevented by the Integrated Acer BluelightShield and Acer flicker-less technologies.

Pricing for the Acer Aspire Z3-710 Series with Windows 10 Home begins at $749.99. For this price, you’ll get an Intel Core i3 4170T processor clocked at 3.20 GHz, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD Super Multi Optical drive and 6 GB of RAM.

What do you think about this Acer all-in-one desktop PC?

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Acer’s Latest Predator Desktop Features an i7-6700K and Whopping 64GB RAM

Acer has unveiled the Predator G6-710 pre-built PC which utilizes Intel’s 1151 socket and a Core i7-6700K processor. The CPU is manually overclocked via a liquid cooling solution and should allow for a core clock around 4.5GHz using 1.35V. However, no concrete details have been provided about the pre-overclocked speed or cooling apparatus used. Although, it’s probably going to be a 240mm or 280mm Corsair AIO.

Bizarrely, Acer have opted for a ridiculously overkill 64GB of DDR4 RAM which is a complete waste of money, considering 16GB is more than enough to run modern games. Furthermore, the GPU is a GTX 980 with 4GB VRAM instead of the 980Ti which offers a significant boot in frame rates. This shows a lack of care when selecting components for the gaming market.

The chassis design adopts Acer’s “belligerent armour” and uses an aggressive, gaming-centric look.  Personally, I think the case is quite ugly but aesthetic preferences are always subjective. From the image, we can see 2 USB 3.0 ports, microphone/headphone jacks, and an SD card reader. On the other hand, the Predator logo is quite striking without being overpowering. Overall, I’m not very impressed with the case design, specification or ghastly visual choices. Currently, the Predator G6-710 is without a price point but this should be confirmed very soon.

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Here Are the First Signs That Microsoft Is Getting Ready for the Windows 10 Launch

As the release date for Microsoft’s latest Windows build draws near, we see the company taking the first steps in prepping for their most anticipated date, July 29th. If you are a Windows Insider, you might already be familiar with the company’s recent move.

As of Monday, Microsoft suspended all new preview builds for Windows 10, stating that the next build will be rolled out on the production channels. However, Microsoft still needs a lot of testing before the launch date, so they are most likely focusing on wrapping up the clean install and upgrade process so that Windows Insiders can test and flag any major problems that could arise during the installation or upgrade process. There were a lot of problems with the Windows 8.1 update, especially with the Update 1, where users were even forced to clean install the OS after encountering serious problems during the upgrade process.

To be noted is that even pre-release activation keys will not work on earlier versions of Windows 10 preview builds. There is no word if Microsoft will release a fresh batch of keys for users who still didn’t get a chance to test Windows 10, but they will most likely be forced to upgrade from earlier Windows versions, since Microsoft is expecting a lot of people to migrate to the latest build after it launches.

The move to suspend preview builds also hints at the release of the first RTM build, which was expected last week. This means that the build will be shipped soon enough to OEMs such as Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo to install and start shipping Windows 10-powered PCs on July 29th.

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Acer Profits Tumble in Struggling PC Market

Acer, the 5th largest PC manufacturer worldwide has revealed their financial results for the second quarter of 2015. The data shows a downturn in sales of over 30% which is the smallest quarter recorded since 2006. Furthermore, the company only managed to ship approximately 60,000 units in May 2015, down 10,000 from the previous month! This scale of decline is quite evident in the graph below which was provided by Charles Arthur, a freelance technology journalist, on Twitter:

The figures correspond with existing evidence from Gartner which indicate PC shipments declined 9.5% in the second quarter of 2015. Finding the exact cause is difficult and it’s usually a combination of various factors. Firstly, PCs easily perform basic tasks for the average consumer and have a long lifespan providing the hardware doesn’t fail. The rise of cheap smartphones and tablets affected laptop sales as smart devices adopt an intuitive menu design for casual web browsing. Cost is an issue in certain regions due to a sharp appreciation of the U.S dollar compared to local currencies.

Acer are hoping for an upturn in their financial returns based on strong sales of ultra-light Chromebooks and gaming laptops. However, I’m not convinced these areas of the market will bring in anything more than smaller profit yields. Whatever the case, Acer is just another company trying to reverse the downward spiral of PC sales. The evidence is very clear and sales are reducing at a dramatic rate. Perhaps this slump will improve but I can’t see it happening due to the factors mentioned above.

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Acer Unveils XR341CK 34-Inch Curved QHD FreeSync Monitor

Acer has expanded its monitor line-up to include a FreeSync version of the XR341CKA. This new model doesn’t require a dedicated G-Sync module and expected to launch in late July with an MSRP of $1,099. In contrast to this, the G-sync variant is rumoured to cost $1,299 and both displays are backed with a 3 year warranty. The XR341CK features a 34-inch QHD (3440×1440) IPS panel on an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio and utilizes a 4ms response time. Thankfully, the screen adopts a subtle curvature which makes reading small details on extreme edges a more natural experience. Furthermore, the display outputs a 75Hz refresh rate and attains 100 percent sRGB coverage. The panel also uses an extremely thin bezel design which helps you to focus on the screen instead of the outer causing. Acer have yet to disclose the specific FreeSync range but I would expect a 25-75Hz ratio which takes advantage of the maximum refresh rate unlike the Asus MG279Q.

The bundled stand evokes a luxurious feel from the aluminum construction and distinctive aesthetic design with ergonomic tilt from 5 to 35 degrees and height adjustments up to 5 inches. In terms of connectivity, you can choose between HDMI v2.0 supporting MHL charging, DisplayPort, miniDisplay Port and DisplayPort out. A 4 port USB 3.0 hub on the rear is useful for connecting flash drives and other miscellaneous devices. Charlotte Chen, product manager of Acer America proudly announced,

“This killer new monitor makes game play incredibly realistic,”

While FreeSync is still in its infancy and has some teething problems, it’s impressive to see monitor prices with adaptive sync being driven down to exemplify how overpriced G-Sync alternatives are. This is a wonderful development for the consumer as there is a large quantity of FreeSync monitors being released from 1920×1080 144hz to 4k 60Hz. In comparison, there are only a few G-Sync models for sale and none which take advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio. Although Asus are planning to release a ROG 34″ Curved Gaming Monitor.

How do you feel about FreeSync vs G-Sync? Would you pay an extra $200 just to use NVIDIA’s implementation? 

ACER Reveal Worlds First Curved Monitor with G-SYNC

There are several big innovations happening in the world of digital displays right now, two of the biggest are curved displays and G-SYNC, so why not go for double the fun and create a monitor that sports both of these technologies! Acer has just announced its new 34″ curved 21:9 ultra-wide XR341CKA monitor, making it the first monitor in the world to support both a curved display and the impressive G-SYNC technology.

This is great news for gamers as the 21:9 ultra-wide form factor is excellent for providing extra immersion while gaming, G-Sync will provide you with tear-free performance should your frame-rate take a dive and 34-inch of screen real estate will be fantastic for productivity.

The panel supports a 3440×1440 resolution, an IPS panel, a 178-degree viewing angle, 100% of the sRGB colour gamut; so it certainly ticks all the right boxes for a great monitor.

“Acer continues to showcase its commitment to PC gaming with the introduction of their new NVIDIA G-SYNC-enabled XR341CKA gaming monitor,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice-president of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “The preferred choice of PC gamers everywhere is a GeForce GTX GPU, which when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is the only platform to deliver an ultra-smooth gaming experience across the entire spectrum of PC games.”

The monitor will also support a 6-axis colour adjustment, on-screen refresh rate readout, an adjustable stand, DisplayPort and HDMI input, built-in USB 3.0 hub and more. The downside? The monitor will take a chunk of $1299/1399 EUR out of your wallet. The new display is expected to launch in North America in September and Europe in August.

Acer Announced New Revo One RL85 Mini Entertainment PC

Acer America announced that the Acer Revo One RL85 now is available in the United States. The Windows 8.1 PC offers a lot of power in a small and stylish form factor for enjoying movies, TV programs, slide shows and music as well as syncing devices to share data with the entire family.

“We’re excited to bring our newest and coolest media hub to home entertainment enthusiasts in the United States,” said Frank Chang, Acer America senior director of stationary product management. “Tiny in size, but big in capabilities, the Revo One RL85 offers powerful RAID storage capabilities, superb audio and dual monitor support in a compact, easy to use device.”

The almost cylinder formed PC will fit into any living environment including tight spaces with its small 4.19 x 4.19 x 6.1-inches size. It still packs plenty of features with dynamic 7.1 channel surround sound output and both HDMI and mini DisplayPort for up to 4K resolutions. The system comes in a variety of configurations outfitted with 5th generation Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors and support for up to two additional hot swappable HDDs that can be configured to RAID 0, 1 and 5 for speed, excellent data protection or backup. That’s up to 6TB of storage in this tiny system.

Wireless connection is covered by 802.11ac networking and Bluetooth, but you’ll also find a wired RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector. It features both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, a card reader and can take up to 8GB DDR3 RAM.

The Revo One RL85 also supports Acer Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) that can give you full access to all your files from everywhere. As with all Acer devices currently shipping, the RL85 comes pre-loaded with everything customers need to use BYOC, and the data is secure and private in your own home.

The MSRP starts at $249.99 for the RL85-UR41 with a Celeron 2957U dual core CPU, 2GB RAM and 60GB SSD and go up to 579.99 for the Core i5-5200U dual-core featured RL85-UR45 model that comes with 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD.

Acer Rolls Out New Iconia Tab 10 Tablet

Acer has announced its new Iconia Tab 10 tablet recently, a device that comes with top performance at an acceptable price tag as it seems from the specs and recommended price set by the company.

Two versions of the Iconia Tab 10 have apparently surfaced on the market, one with a 10.1-inch WUXGA display, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB flash storage, the MediaTek MT8217 SoC and a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A7. The latter device is the more pricier version, coming with a price tag of $249.

The cheaper version is set at $199 and comes with a 1280 x 800 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB flash storage, a 1.7 GHz SoC compared to the latter and a smaller battery, namely 5700 mAh, compared to the 5910 mAh from the first version.

Both models are said to support only Wi-Fi connectivity, so users wanting to see a 3G/4G version of the tablet would be extremely disappointed. Also, in terms of colour options, the tablets come in black and white choices.

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UEFI BIOSes Are Threatened By New LightEater Malware

While the new UEFI BIOSes are neat and come with a lot of features, they are also miniaturised OSes in their own, which makes them as vulnerable as a normal OS. Security researchers Corey Kallenberg and Xeno Kovah proved at CanSecWest how easy it is for an unskilled individual to implant a so-called LightEater malware and infect the system in a few moments.

The researchers proved that unpatched BIOSes can easily be affected with a malware and virus, they pointed out that motherboards from manufacturers such as Gigabyte, Acer, MSI, HP and Asus are at risk, especially if the BIOS is not updated to the most recent version from the manufacturers’ website.

BIOS malwares are especially dangerous since, as the researchers point out, the OS antivirus or other antivirus softwares only protect the OS it is running and not the BIOS too. The malware is said to be able to infect huge number of systems by creating System Management Mode implants, which can be custom made for individual BIOSes with a simple pattern matching. They also point out that a BIOS from Gigabyte was found to be particularly insecure.

We didn’t even have to do anything special; we just had a kernel driver write an invalid instruction to the first instruction the CPU reads off the flash chip, and bam, it was out for the count, and never was able to boot again.

While the vulnerability is said to already be exploited by the NSA, the researchers are encouraging businesses and governments to take some extra time in updating their PCs to the latest BIOS in order to plug the security hole.

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Acer Announces Freesync Ready XG270HU Monitor

The upcoming Acer XG270HU gaming monitor will feature AMDs FreeSync technology, a great tool to help eliminate screen tearing and stuttering caused by FPS fluctuations. It comes equipped with a lovely 2560 x 1440 WQHD panel and a lightning fast 144Hz refresh rate; this monitor should be great for gaming.

Other nice features include an ultra slim bezel design, making it ideal for multi-monitor setups, a 1ms response time and Acer EyeProtect technologies. Connectivity is handled by HDMI 2.0, dual-like DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 and you’ll also find a pair of 2w speakers.

No word on price or release date, but expect it to be comparable to other flagship Acer monitors currently on the market.

Acer Revealed the H7550ST Short Throw Projector

Acer has revealed their newest short-throw projector with wireless versatility and 20W integrated audio, the H7550ST. It is also the world’s first projector to provide internal Chromecast compatibility.

“Our newest home entertainment projector is one of our best yet,” said Simon Hwang, Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group. “Leading short throw technology increases flexibility in placement options, while a wireless adapter makes transferring and projecting data easier and more convenient than ever. Home cinema enthusiasts will be thrilled with the Full HD visuals combined with dynamic 20W stereo audio with built-in DTS Sound that make movies and games breathtakingly lifelike.”

The H7550ST has a native display resolution of 1920 x 1080p and can display pictures up to 100 inches from as little as 1.5 meters distance. The projector has a brightness of 3000 lumens and a 16000:1 contrast ratio. Sound can be provided by the two internal 10W stereo speakers, optional Bluetooth speakers, or the ordinary audio out connections and comes with built-in DTS Sound.

For added convenience, a hidden adapter enables data to be transferred and projected wirelessly from a smartphone, PC or Chromebook leveraging user’s own Chromecast, an Acer MWA3 MHL dongle or Acer WirelessHD, which delivers 60Hz Full HD 3D movies without having to change settings when used with a HDMI cable connected to a media player.

The Acer H7550ST short throw projector will be available in March in Pan America and EMEA with an MSRP of $999.00.

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Acer Announced Aspire V17 Nitro Notebook with RealSense 3D Camera


Acer announced the new Aspire V 17 Nitro notebooks that feature the advanced Intel RealSense 3D camera. With a camera that can understand and respond to natural movements in three dimensions, Aspire V Nitro will take their owners to a new level of navigation. It also enables 3D scanning, 3D model generating and then printing on a 3D printer, or sharing on social media for that matter.

“Acer believes three-dimensional computing offers unlimited potential for both professional and consumer uses,” said Jerry Kao, President of Acer Notebook Business Group. “Business applications include 3D modeling, mapping, and architectural design, while the most popular consumer uses will likely include augmented reality gaming, and simple PC navigation and control.”

Acer V 17 Nitro notebook models include large 17.3-inch Full HD IPS displays and are powered by a 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. They also come with up to 16GB of memory, 128GB or 256GB solid state drives, and up to 1TB of hard disk storage.

Of course the newest 802.11ac wireless networks are support with dual band antennas on both the 2.4GHz and 5GZ frequencies. It also includes Acer Dustfender to clear out build-up dirt inside the system to keep it longing stable and silent for a long period of time. Four built-in speakers provide Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater sound and depending on model they come with either Blu-ray or DVD drives.

The new Aspire V17 Nitro notebooks with 3D camera will become available throughout January with varying prices depending on configuration.

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15.6-Inch Chromebook Unveiled by Acer

After a strong showing for Chromebooks – the family of netbooks that carry Google’s Chrome operating system – over the recent Holiday season, Acer has announced the release of a new Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen, making it the largest of its kind. Acer was the second-highest selling manufacturer of Chromebooks last year, according to statistics gathered by IT researchers Gartner, and the company is showing its intent to continue that success in 2015.

The Acer Chromebook 15 has a fifth-generation Intel Celeron chip, a 1080p display (1920×1080 resolution), an 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth LE, plus USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI ports. The 4.85lb computer has an eight-hour battery life.

Prices for the Acer Chromebook 15 start at $250, with either 16GB or 32GB SSD on-board storage and up to 4GB RAM. No release date has yet been announced, though more information may be forthcoming at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show that starts Monday in Las Vegas.

Source: Wired

Acer Introduces World’s First G-Sync Monitor With IPS Panel

Acer has announced two new monitors in advance of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the stand-out being the XB270HU which boasts NVIDIA’s G-Sync variable refresh rate technology combines with an IPS panel.

All we know about the XB270HU, beyond the G-Sync and IPS inclusion, is that it is a 27-inch monitor with a 2560×1440 resolution and has an adjustable stand. More information may be forthcoming during CES.

Acer has released more information about the second monitor, though. The XG270HU is, according to the manufacturer, the “world’s first gaming monitor with an edge-to-edge frameless display.” Like the previous monitor, the XG270HU has a 27-inch, 2560×1440 resolution display, with a 144Hz fixed refresh rate.

The unit also has DVI, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs, a flicker-free backlight, a low-glare panel, a blue light filter, and a “low-dimming technology that adjusts screen brightness when working in non-optimal lighting conditions.”

Both displays are due for release in March of this year. Prices for the two monitors have not yet been announced.

Source: The Tech Report

Acer Reveal QHD 144Hz G-Sync Monitor

Gamers rejoice: Acer are releasing a QHD (2,560×1,440) monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync to compete with the ASUS ROG Swift, currently the only NVIDIA G-Sync capable monitor. The Acer XB270HU is set to be part of the company’s Predator gaming range, which includes a series of “extreme gaming” desktop PCs.

The XB270HU is rumoured to be using an AU Optronics ‘M270Q002’ panel, the same screen plate as the ASUS ROG Swift, so should also feature its rival’s Ultra-Low Motion Blur (ULMB) capacity. The screen also features 16.7 million colours, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, W-LED backlight, 170/160-degree viewing angles, and 250 nits of brightness.

The monitor is set to feature four USB 3.0 ports, full tilt range, height adjustment of up to 150mm, and 100mm x 100mm VESA support included for mounting.

The Acer XB270HU is set for release in early 2015. The price is yet to be announced.

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Acer’s 27-Inch Narrow 4K Monitor Pricing Released

Acer’s new flagship 27-Inch ultra-narrow 4K monitor has seen a debut on the Chinese market in recent days, being priced at 5,000 yuan ($816 US).

Designed to look seamless, the S277HK is a one of a kind. According to Acer, this model was the first HDMI 2.0 interface with an ultra-narrow frame 4K display – unfortunately for them, ASUS and Seiki beat them to the market launching HDMI 2.0 monitors of their own. This brand new product is supported by a strong aluminum frame to help it keep its composure whilst being as thin as possible. You’ll also be able to see that it looks rather sleek and modern with an (possibly) over-sized stabilizing base.

The S277HK offers users the ability to connect their device via DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 or Mini DisplayPort. Alongside this, the monitor contains DTS designed speakers, Acer’s EyeProtect ColorPlus technology and a top-notch color display. It’s reported that in December you should expect to see the Acer S277HK 4K monitor appear across Europe, the Middle East and African markets at a price of around $864 US.

4K TV and monitor options are becoming steadily more popular globally. We’ve seen YouTube recently up their support for this mode, alongside introducing 60 FPS streaming, DirecTV have started their 4K on-demand cable offerings and all major panel manufacturers are scrambling to pump out new models of 4K as fast as they can.

Is 4K something that you’re interested in, or is it a little confusing for you as it is for Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 developers? There’s no denying that it’s a massively hot-topic currently in the technology scene, but as it stands it’s extremely expensive simply because it’s new.

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Acer’s New Netbook, With Windows 8.1 and Solid-State Drive, Priced at $199

Hot on the heels of the Asus EeeBook X205, Acer thrown its hat into the neo-notebook ring with the Aspire E 11, with similar specifications, dimensions, and price to its competitor.

Acer’s new compact offering features a 11.6″ 1366×768 display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid-state storage, and Windows 8.1. However, the Aspire’s dual-core Celeron N2840 processor can’t quite compete with the quad-core Atom Z3735 boasted by the EeeBook. Add to that the heavier weight – 2.84lbs, against Asus’ 2.2lbs – and seven hours less battery life than the EeeBook, the Aspire pales in comparison.

Although Acer’s new hardware doesn’t compare favourably to the Asus equivalent, its release does suggest that the neo-netbook market is set to become a lot more competitive.

Source: Tech Report.

Acer’s New 4K2K 28″ G-Sync Gaming Monitor Finally Available

The newest member to the Acer family is finally available, the Acer XB280HK gaming monitor. It is the world’s first 4k2k display featuring Nvidia’s G-Sync technology that provides stunning, ultra-smooth and tear-free imagery, and the best gaming experiences.

It has a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with a 4k2k Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). The flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView technologies should give you one of the best gaming experiences around. After all, you’ll need a really good display to take advantage of the new powerhouse from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 980.

When coupled with a GeForce powered PC, the G-SYNC technology synchronizes the display’s refresh rates to the GPU, effectively eliminating screen tearing and minimizing stutter and input lag. The result is a more fluent and enjoyable gameplay.

The Acer XB280HK features 170/160 degree viewing angles for optimal viewing. The ErgoStand allows the screen to tilt from -5° to 35° and the base to rotate 120° from left or right. The monitor can also be raised by up to 150 mm to give you just the right viewing angle. If that still isn’t the right setup for you, it allows for both horizontal and vertical pivot for even more viewing perspectives.

Connectivity isn’t the strongest point of this monitor as it only has one DisplayPort for the video signal. It does however have four USB 3.0 ports located at the side and bottom of the display for your keyboard, mouse and other devices.

This isn’t just a great gaming monitor, it’s also eco-friendly. The LED panel is mercury- and arsenic-free and the LED back-lighting has been reduced for lower power consumption. The plastic used is post-consumer recycled.

Priced at just £499.99 inc VAT at our friends from Overclockers UK, this might be just the monitor you need to show off what your brand new GeForce GTX 980 can do.

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Specification summary:

  • G-Sync Technology
  • Height Adjust stand with tilt, swivel and pivot
  • Display Screen Size: 28″ (70.8cm)
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Brightness: 300cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Typ)
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 10,000,000
  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (Only over DisplayPort at 60Hz)
  • Response Time: 1ms (GTG)
  • Colurs: 16.7M, 8 bits+HiFRC
  • Viewing Angle (H / V ): 170 ° / 160 °
  • Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.2 (60Hz)
  • USB Hub 3.0: Yes (1up, 4down)
  • VESA: 100x100mm
  • Warranty: 2yr

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Latest Acer 27″ G-Sync Compatible Monitor Detailed

Details of the upcoming XB0 series monitor from Acer have slipped through the net. Known as the XB270HAbprz, the new monitor will be part of their high-end range and will come equipped with gaming focused features such as Nvidia G-sync to help provide a silky smooth picture.

The monitor clocks in at a very respectable 27″, will feature a TN-film panel and a 144 Hz refresh rate, making it capable of pushing 3D content at up to 72 Hz per plane. The monitor will have a swift response time of just 1ms, 300cd/M2 maximum brightness, 1000:1 static contrast ratio with dynamic mega-contrast and a viewing angle of 60° V, 170° H.

Connectivity is handled by a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, dual-link DVI and it will feature a 4 port USB 3.0 hub.

Prices are unknown at this time, but you an expect it to leave a big dent in your wallet given the specifications and screen size. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

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ACER Predator XB280HK Final Details and Dates Revealed

In a press release, Acer Announces Full Line of 4K2K and WQHD Resolution Monitors – Bigger screens, sharper images plus smart colour control and eye protection technologies to provide comfortable viewing. The comprehensive line-up of high resolution monitors with screens up to 32 inches and sharper images in 4K2K and WQHD resolutions come with features such as Acer ColorPlus and Acer EyeProtect for a more immersive and comfortable visual experience. Acer will also be the world’s first to launch the 4K2K monitor in 32-inch screen size.

Acer has three high resolution monitor series designed for individual, SMB, or corporate professionals who specialize in visual and gaming or work with complex data.

  • Acer B6 specialty series designed for the commercial market with up to a 32-inch screen, features an ergonomic stand that allows the display to tilt -5 to 35 degrees and swivel 60 degrees to the left or right for maximum user comfort.
  • Acer CB0 series for the prosumer market includes SMB and home offices, and features Acer EyeProtect and ColorPlus technologies to improve work productivity.
  • Acer XB0 series for avid gamers; when used with a GeForce® GTX-powered PC, NVIDIA® G-SYNC display technology eliminates screen tearing and minimizes display stutter and input lag to deliver smoother, faster, and more responsive gaming.

The new high resolution monitors with 27-32-inch screens offer more real estate to display expansive content. They display sharper images in 2560 x 1440 pixels WQHD and 3840 x 2160 pixels 4K2K, presenting stunning high quality images for outstanding visual enjoyment. On the 21:9 aspect ratio models, users can view dual screens in landscape mode for convenient multi-tasking, or switch to portrait mode for viewing lengthy webpages or data with less page scrolling.

Acer ColorPlus is a set of technologies that ensures real and consistent colour output in addition to sharper and clearer visuals. Built-in 100% sRGB color correction technology delivers high colour accuracy and colour space reproduction, while the wide colour gamut provides rich, natural colours desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts. A 6-axis colour independent adjustment permits precise colour and saturation control for customized settings. The 178 degrees wide viewing angle preserves image clarity and prime colours without shift or image distortion. In addition, super sharpness technology optimizes images from a lower resolution for clearer image quality, for example, optimizing a 1080p photo on a high resolution monitor.

Acer EyeProtect incorporates several features that take into consideration prolonged usage by heavy users such as programmers, writers, and graphic designers to reduce eye strain. It includes flicker-less technology that eliminates screen flicker for comfortable viewing through a stable supply of power; the ComfyView display reduces reflection from light sources on the non-glare panel; and low-dimming technology enables brightness settings down to 15 percent in darker environments to reduce eye fatigue, while working in non-optimal lighting conditions.

The Acer B6 Specialty, CB0 and XB0 series high resolution monitors have started shipping worldwide and retailers are taking orders. In Germany the XBo series with G-SYNC is available at cyberport for €599 and in the UK it’s available at Overclockers UK for £499.99 incl. VAT. Estimated time of arrival is the 5th September.

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First Intel Core i3 Powered Chromebook Launched by Acer

Acer has just announced its release of the first 4th Generation Intel Core i3 CPU-powered chromebook, having it be the first company to release a chromebook device with similar performance ratios. The company has stated that the Acer C720, powered by the latter processor, is available in two models in order to provide customers with even faster and more responsive performance in multi-tasking workflows, while also providing a long battery life of up to 8.5 hours.

“Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook space and the new C720 based on 4th generation Intel Core i3 processors marks a new class of Chromebook with enhanced performance and battery life,” said Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. “As one of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market, the additional performance of Core i3 enables an extremely responsive experience while surfing multiple tabs of web pages. Students, families and business users will recognize the difference in how snappy the new Acer C720 is with Intel Core i3.”

The chromebooks are said to be ideal for families and students, as well as anyone requiring a simple and secure computer to work with. Having the devices running on Chrome OS, updates are said to roll in regularly, this making the latest features available right away to customers, including various layers of security such as data encryption and verified boot.

In terms of specs, both C720 models are said to have a 11.6-inch ComfyView HD screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, providing a clear and enjoyable image quality. The 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi antenna along with the integrated HD webcam and microphone are said to provide the best quality for video calls and connectivity features. Breaking the series down, the first C720-3404 model is said to boast Intel’s Core i3 Processor, 4 GB of memory and will be priced at $379.99.

The second one, the C720-3871, is said to boast the same Intel Core i3 CPU, while providing less memory, having it come with only 2 GB. However, while the specs are a bit low, the price is set to match it, having the tag set at $349.99. The latter chromebooks are currently available in North America, having other regions receiving the chromebooks later on.

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Acer Chromebook 11 Coming With Bay Trail – Cheap Haswells Running Out?

A month ago we brought you the news that Intel had been subsidising the use of its Haswell Celeron CPUs inside Chromebooks from major vendors like Acer, Samsung, and so on. We also revealed that this was to end in the near future: Intel had immediate plans to stop selling cut-price Haswell Celerons to vendors. In place of the subsidy program Intel was rumoured to start offering Bay Trail CPUs instead, it now appears that transition is happening. Acer’s latest Chromebook 11 is going to be offered with Intel’s Bay Trail Celeron N2830 CPU. This will be paired up with an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output and 3220 mAh battery. This Bay Trail powered Chromebook is retailing for €220 which is about $235 when you scrub out the 20% VAT Germans pay that Americans won’t. Chromebook buyers will now be faced with a fairly important choice: do they opt for the Bay Trail platform that is likely to give better battery life but less performance, or do they grab subsidised Haswell Celeron stock while it lasts which has worse battery life but dramatically better performance? One thing is for certain though, Acer’s Chromebooks will continue selling like hotcakes as long as the price is right!

Source: Mobile Geeks (de)

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Rumour: Tegra K1 Equipped Acer CB5 Chromebook Spotted

With Intel and Samsung dominating much of the Chromebook market, there hasn’t been a lot of options out there for those who want something a little different, at least until now. The new Acer CB5 Chromebook looks set to take a different approach by using the new Nvidia developed Tegra K1 SoC.

The Chromebook offers up the Tegra K1 CPU with 4GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD and a 13.3 inch HD display. As well as the usual array of audio jacks, USB ports and an Ethernet port.

Since it was leaked in an Acer product listing the page has since been pulled, but the product images did remain and were quickly downloaded. The page said that the device would be available from August 1st, but there is no indication if this was only a place-holder, so we’ll have to wait for an official announcement for more details.

With no other commercial Tegra K1 devices on the market, it’s not known how fast the CB5 will be compared to rival offerings from Intel and Samsung, but giving the previous successes of Tegra, we have high hopes and expectations.

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Intel Has Been Subsidising Chromebooks, Now It’s Going To Stop

If you’ve ever wondered why Intel-based Chromebooks have been so cheap over the past year then you may be fairly surprised, or maybe unsurprised, to know it has been because Intel was subsidising them. For anyone looking at Chromebooks the obvious options are Intel based ones since ARM based ones tend to be a lot more expensive, but of course that in itself makes no sense: ARM CPUs are broadly always cheaper than Intel ones. The example in question is the newest Acer Chromebook based on an Intel Haswell Celeron which costs just $199 while Samsung’s Chromebook based on the ARM Exynos 5 processor costs $279.  Intel has apparently been offering its Haswell Celeron mobile CPUs to hardware partners, like Acer, at an “extremely cut rate” allowing vendors to create high performance Chromebook devices at a price point that “should not be possible”.

It has been nice while it has lasted but apprently the end of Intel subsidies is near. Intel is rumoured to be withdrawing its subsidy program in the near future and will try and push hardware vendors towards using its newer Bay Trail chipsets and SoCs instead. This allows Intel to offer similar price points, but obviously with much less performance. Intel’s Bay Trail platform will be competitive with similar ARM based Chromebooks but neither will be as fast as current Haswell Celeron based Chromebooks. The only benefit of Bay Trail is expected to be slightly better battery life of around 11 hours compared to the current Haswell Celeron 9.5 hour battery life. So if you’re in the market for a Chromebook, buy now before the subsidies vanish!

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Acer Announces Aspire V5, Expands “Touch and Type” feature

With the introduction of the new Aspire V5 Series, Acer continues to bring touch and type to the mainstream segment. Designed in line with the current trend towards thinner and lighter notebooks that allow users to enjoy both entertainment and content creation anytime, anywhere, the new V5-561P comes with a built-in optical drive as there is are still a lot of customers who prefer to view and store content using an optical drive.

The Aspire V5-561P features an M-DISCTM enabled optical media drive, designed to save valuable content for up to several decades. This means it’s capable of storing data into the M-DISC to provide permanent storage of up to 4.7GB. In addition, the M-DISC is not vulnerable to failure like traditional DVDs and CDs, as it’s made up of a special layer that undergoes any permanent physical change not fading or deteriorating.

In addition, the Aspire V5-561P is equipped with a 15.6-inch HD LED-backlit, 10-point multi-touch display with Direct Bonding technology, which increases the effective contrast ratio, including the viewing and touch experience. Combined with a cool and fluid design, enriched by a large multi-gesture track pad, this touch notebook is perfectly designed to enhance content consumption and to take advantage of the features offered by Windows 8.

This new thin and light notebook series suits users looking to boost performance with up to 16 GB RAM for their daily entertainment, productivity and communication in a cool design anywhere, anytime.

Intel’s powerful Core processors based on Haswell micro-architecture delivers excellent performance and power efficiency for impressive multitasking and content creation, while the renowned AMD Radeon R7 and R5 discrete graphics offer multimedia enjoyment.

What’s more, the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater surround sound effect technology takes the personal multi-media enjoyment to a higher level.

Users can enjoy all-round connectivity with HDMI and VGA ports to easily connect to an external display and files can be shared via the integrated USB 3.0 ports or SD card slot.

Availability and Pricing
The Acer Aspire V5-561P is available now with a starting price of €599.

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