Acer has been preparing for Windows 8 just like all other PC makers and the company has some interesting devices up its metaphorical sleeve for the consumer to choose from.
Acer Readies Its New Line Up For Windows 8
Acer has been keeping up with the industry and readying its own line up of Windows 8 devices that feature convertibles, touch enabled laptops and tablets. They had already shown off some of it at Computex this year and now they are all ready and waiting for the October 26th General Availability release of Windows 8.
First we have the Acer Aspire S7, a 13.3inch model that also has an 11.6inch version. It has a futuristic design with its sleek aluminum chassis and Gorilla glass topped lid. It’s a similar look to the HP Envy 14 Spectre but then this one is much sleeker and thinner. The Acer logo glows from the actual display back lighting just like the Apple logo on MacBooks, so it will be as bright as the screen is. On the performance side it has a full HD touchscreen along with SSD storage in a RAID 0 configuration. At $1998 though, it is definitely a high-end device. It is running on an Intel Atom (Clover Trail) processor clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with a 2GB RAM and 64GB SSD storage. Despite the high price tag and high performance parts, it still sleek and weighs only about half a kilo at 580g. The only problem for Acer is going to be the fact that the W510 is quite similar, in fact almost identical to some of the Windows 8 devices coming out. So it might be difficult for the device to make its mark on the market.
Then we have the Acer Iconia W510 tablet that comes with its own keyboard dock to turn in to a laptop replacement much like the Asus Transformer series. The dock also allows the screen to rotate outwardly to act more as a stand to go in to what Acer calls ‘Presentation Mode’. It works on a 1.5GHz Intel Atom (Clover Trail) chip and comes with 2GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It’s a 10.1inch device with IPS LCD display topped with a touchscreen. It has a standard 1366×768 resolution and a battery life of about 9 hours. It will have both WiFi And 3G models available. It will be launched in Singapore and will be priced at $1198. Again, quite a nice device but quite a steep price.
Following up is the Acer Iconia W700, which is somewhere in between a tablet and a laptop. It does not have a keyboard dock like the W510 but comes with is own plastic cradle. This is a solid piece of construction that adds some extra USB ports to the tablet and also charges it. There’s no built in battery though so the cradle has to be connected to a power outlet. The W700 can be detached from the cradle easily and the cradle has a stand that allows the user to prop up the tablet in both landscape and portrait modes. It comes with an 11.6inch full-HD LCD IPS display but is almost 1kg in weight. The bulk comes from high performance parts inside — an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage. It is much like an Ultrabook except in a tablet form that is heavier and larger than your average tablet. Battery life is rated at 8 hours, which means much of the bulk comes from a hefty battery. It will be projected as a desktop replacement instead of the usual iPad replacement.
Then we have the touchscreen-enabled Acer Aspire V5 and M5 laptops. These are regular laptop form factors with touchscreens on the displays to make them more suitable to Windows 8. These are of standard resolution at 1366×768 pixels. The laptops have remained more or less unchanged from the original iterations. The only difference is the additional touchscreen, some additional weight (pushing the M5 over the 2KG mark) and a small price hike. The current price is expected to be around $1150 base up.
Overall, the Acer line up is a good representative of what we can expect from see from the rest of the lot once Windows 8 finishes launching later this month on the 26th.