At CES this week, Acer has unveiled their newest products to kick of 2020. The announcements is headlined by the ConceptD 7 Ezel, with Acer also showing off their new gaming monitors, Spin, Swift and Travelmate laptops and a new projector.
ConceptD 7 Ezel
The ConceptD 7 Ezel is an odd duck, but it’s the duck that could be a swan. The computer is mostly a laptop which seemingly has aspirations of being a desktop. The unit has a display which can hang in a floating mode, hovering over the keyboard giving you the option to position the monitor to optimise your viewing angle.
The ConceptD 7 Ezel is smaller than the ConceptD 9 launched last year, with Acer dropping the screen down to 15.6-inch, though it retains the 4K resolution.
There will be four form-factors of the ConceptD 7 made available:
- The ConceptD 7 Ezel series convertible RTX Studio notebooks allow creators to design and share their ideas with a colour accurate UHD touch screen display that swivels and rotates into any of five different usage modes for the utmost in flexibility and convenience.
- The ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro is ideal for those needing maximum power; it features an Intel® Xeon™ processor, NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ GPU, ECC memory support and Windows 10 Pro.
- The ConceptD 7 Ezel is ideal for heavy workflows; it features up to a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series processor coming soon, NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2 TB NVMe PCIe SSDs.
Acer is also making a ConceptD 700 workstation which they say is ‘ideal for filmmakers, animators and AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) designers’. Acer will bump the specs up on this to include an Intel Xeon E processor and up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics.
Acer Australia has said they’ll be making the ConceptD 7 available in Australia in June, but pricing has still yet to be confirmed.
Acer Spin 3 & Spin 5
Acer has also unveiled new consumer level laptops with the Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5.
The Acer Spin 3 has a 14-inch Full HD (FHD) touch display, while the Spin 5 offers a 13.5-inch 2K touch display. The display is mounted on a hinge which allows allows the laptops to be used in laptop, tent or tablet modes.
Under the hood you’ll find up to Intel Core processors dependent on market, with up to 16 GB RAM. Acer will offer up to 1 TB in SSD storage in the Spin 5, while the Spin 3 will get the option of dual SSDs.
Acer has put a decent battery in both models, with up to 15 hours on the Spin 5 and up to 12 hours for the Spin 3. Both of the new Spin models support fast-charging, with Acer quoting the ability to get up to 4 hours of use from just a 30-minute charge.
Acer is enabling stylus based computing on the Spin 3 and Spin 5, including an ‘Active Stylus’ with Wacom AES 1.0 technology that can be stored internally, in a slot which also fast-charges it.
Acer Australia has said that the Spin 3 will be available in Australia through Harvey Norman from March 2020 with a RRP of $1,399. Acer hasn’t yet confirmed pricing for the Spin 5, but it will be arriving down under in June.
Acer Swift 3
Acer has also refreshed their Swift laptops, announcing revamped Swift 3 laptop at CES 2020.
Acer will power the Swift 3 with offer the laptop in two configurations, the first with a 13.5-inch display powered by an Intel 10th Gen Core i7 or with a 14-inch display powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor, both will come with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage.
Acer will bring the Swift 3 to Australia – though they haven’t advised which configuration – in June, and we’ll get pricing closer to launch.
Acer Travelmate P2 & P6
If you’re more a business traveller then the Travelmate series is more your style, and Acer has announced two new entries the P2 and P6.
Acer’s Travelmate P2 and P6 will come with 14-inch and 15-inch displays. The Travelmate P6 also comes with a lay-flat 180-degree hinge, while the P2 simply offers a traditional clamshell form-factor.
The laptops are powered by 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors. The P6 will offer up to 24GB DDR4 memory, up to NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics, and up to 1TB of responsive Gen 3 x4 PCIe NVMe, while the P2 will offer up to 32GB DDR4 memory, up to NVIDIAGeForceMX230 GPU and options for a dual-drive system with a 1TB HDD with 512GB 4–lane PCIe SSD.
As you’d expect for business focused laptops these two are ready to take some punishment, certified to U.S. military-grade standard MIL-STD 810G.
Both laptops run Windows 10 Pro and while you’ll get up to 23 hours out of the P6, Acer simply says you’ll get all-day battery life.
In terms of availability, the Travelmate P6 will be hitting Australia in two configs from February:
AUD $2,299 (Intel Core i5)
AUD $2,599 (Intel Core i7)
The Travelmate P2 will also be arriving from February, also in two configurations:
AUD $1,689 (Intel Core i5)
AUD $2,019 (Intel Core i7)
Acer Gaming Monitor
For gaming fans, Acer has refreshed their Gaming monitor line-up with three Predator Gaming Monitors in three sizes, the 32-inch Predator X32, 37.5-inch Predator X38 and the 55-inch Predator CG552K.
The Predator X32 has a UHD (3840×2160) resolution and delivers 1440 nits of brightness. The IPS display offers excellent viewing angles with up to 178 degrees. The monitor comes with three HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4, and four USB 3.0 ports and supports NVIDIA G-Sync ULTIMATE.
The Predator X38 features UWQHD+ (3840×1600) resolution and is also curved offering a 2300R curvature. The monitor comes with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort1.4, four USB 3.0 ports and twin 7W speakers.
Finally, the big gun. The Predator CG552K Gaming monitor. The OLED display is 55-inch in size with a 4K resolution capable of up to 400 nits of brightness. The monitor offers a low 0.5ms response time with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
To connect to the monitor you have three HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort v1.4 ports, a USB-C port, and two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. You also get two 10W speakers.
In terms of availability, only the Predator X38 has any price or availability information with Acer Australia advising it will be hitting the Australian market in April for AUD $2,999 (NZD $3,499).
The Predator X32 and Predator CG552K monitors are coming to the Australian market, but we’ll have to wait until closer to launch for price and exact dates.