At their October Next@Acer event, Acer has unveiled their latest range of laptops, with new devices in the Swift, Aspire, Predator, Travelmate and ConceptD range.
Acer is launching most of the range with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, though the ConceptD range will continue to utilise the 10th Gen Intel Core processors. While pricing on configurations has yet to be announced, the new range is due to hit Australia in 2021, with models expected to begin arriving in the first half of the year.
Acer is kicking off with the Aspire 5 laptop, offering either a 14-inch or 15.6-inch touch display options, powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics or optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPUs.
The laptop includes options for up to 24 GB DDR4 Memory and up to 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD and 2 TB HDD storage.
The laptop includes narrow bezels that allow for over an 80% screen-to-body ratio, and a hinge which lifts the body, and tilts the keyboard for a comfortable typing position.
Acer Australia has advised that the Acer Aspire 5 series in 14” and 15.6” will be available in Australia in Q1 2021.
Acer Swift 3x
Acer’s Swift 3x will also be arriving next year, also with the new 11th Gen Intel Core processors and the new Intel Iris Xe MAX discrete graphics solution.
The Swift 3x will include a 14-inch FullHD resolution IPS display, and a battery capable of up to 17.5 hours of use which can also be fast-charged to provide four hours of use in just 30 minutes.
The Acer Swift 3X (SF314-510G) will be available in Australia in Q1 2021. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5
Acer will again be offering more of their Spin branded touchscreen convertible notebooks, with the Spin 3 and Spin 5 both now including the latest 11th gen Intel Core processors and Iris Xe graphics.
Both notebooks will include the 360-degree hinge allowing them to be used in a variety of modes. The Spin 3 will include a 13.3 inch, 16:10 aspect ratio WQXGA resolution (2560×1600) multi-touch IPS display. The Spin 5 will feature a 13.5-inch display with ultra-narrow 7.78 mm side bezels which gives the laptop an impressive 80% screen-to-body ratio.
The Acer Spin 5 (SP513-55N) and Acer Spin 3 (SP313-51N) will be available in Australia with the release date to be confirmed.
Porsche Design Acer Book RS
At their event, Acer has gone down the path of a number of smartphone makers, partnering with Porsche for a collaboration that includes the Porsche Design Acer Book RS, a ‘high-end notebook that combines advanced technologies with purist and minimalist design elements’.
The laptop includes Porsche’s iconic design traits which include a 3k carbon fibre cover and diamond-cut CNC-machined all-metal chassis, which weighs in at just 1.2 kg. It’s not all just looks though, with the laptop also including the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics platform.
The Porsche Design Acer Book RS includes a 14-inch FHD IPS touch-enabled display, and can last up to 17 hours on the internal battery, which also supports fast charge giving you 4 hours of usage with a 30-minute charge.
Whether we see the new Porsche Design Acer Book RS is still undecided, with Acer Australia advising availability and pricing were still pending.
Acer has also unveiled three new products in its TravelMate series of commercial notebooks for enterprise and business users.
The three models include the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors, e-SIM for 4G LTE connectivity and MIL-STD 810G rating meaning the laptops are designed to stand the rigours of business on the go.
The three models announced include the TravelMate Spin P4 (TMP414RN-51), a convertible with touch screen; the TravelMate P4 (TMP414-51), a powerful and portable notebook in a more traditional clamshell form factor; and the TravelMate P2 (TMP214-53), a durable notebook with enough ports and battery life to handle anything that comes up in a day’s work.
The laptops will come with options for up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM, 4 lane PCIe SSDs, and 1 TB M.2 SSD storage, and generous battery life, with the Spin P4 and P4 offering up to 15 hours of battery life, while the Travelmate P2 offers up to 13 hours battery life.
Acer Australia has confirmed the new TravelMate series is coming to Australia from Q1 next year.
Acer has also refreshed their line of creator focused ConceptD Desktops and Laptops at Next@Acer. The new ConceptD range includes the ConceptD 300 mid-tower creator desktop and ConceptD 7 and ConceptD 7 Pro creator notebooks.
ConceptD 300 Desktop
The latest ConceptD 300 desktop comes as a mid-sized tower design, with a beautiful white finish, elegant wood panel top and black front panel with ergonomically designed I/O ports.
The ConceptD 300 Desktop isn’t just about looks though with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics and 64 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory, as well as options for up to a 4 TB HDD and up to 1 TB of fast PCIe M.2 SSD storage, which Acer says makes the desktop ideal for architects, 3D artists and video editors.
Acer Australia has advised that all Porsche Design Acer products are still pending Australian availability and pricing at this time, so stay tuned.
ConceptD 7 and ConceptD 7 Pro
Acers new ConceptD 7 and ConceptD 7 Pro come in the recognisable pure white thin-and-light chassis we’ve seen previously, which uses a special solid ceramic protective layer on their metal surfaces that provides hardness, strength and resistance to dirt and yellowing.
The ConceptD 7 range includes a 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K IPS, PANTONE Validated display, for excellent colour reproduction.
Both of the updated ConceptD 7 notebooks utilise 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, with the ConceptD 7 paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, while the ConceptD 7 Pro will include an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU, which is equipped with 3072 CUDA Cores, 48 RT Cores, 384 Tensor Cores and 16GB of ultra-fast GPU memory.
The ConcepD 7 range includes support for DTS X: Ultra Audio, which Acer says ‘provides superior audio quality, key for live streaming, presentations and online meetings’.
The ConceptD 7 300 is set to arrive next year from Q2, while the ConceptD 7 and ConceptD 7 Pro are set to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2021. Acer has said that pricing and options will be announced closer to the launch date.
Acer has also announced a new range of monitors for gaming enthusiasts and pros with support for ‘supreme performance with fluid NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible technology, brilliant VESA DisplayHDR images and fast refresh rates’.
The new range of XB3 Predator monitors are the first to be offered with TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe-certification, designed to selectively filter out blue light while still maintaining crisp and vivid colours.
There are three models, the XB323U GX which includes a 32-inch QHD (2560×1440) panel with 270MHz refresh rate, the XB253Q GW a 24.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS panel with NVIDIA® G-SYNC® Compatiblity and an incredibly fast 280 Hz refresh rate and finally the 27-inch QHD (2560×1440) resolution Predator XB273U NV which features a fast 1ms response time and up to an overclocked 170 Hz refresh rate.
Acer Australia has not yet confirmed the availability for the new XB3 monitors, advising availability for the Predator XB273U NV, Predator XB253Q GW and Predator XB323U GX was still are pending at the time of announcement.
Also announced was the 34-inch curved UWQHD (3440×1440) Predator X34 GS gaming monitor.
The X34 GS delivers clear images even at wide viewing angles, and includes NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatibility. The X34 GS promises performance, as well as smooth action with up to a 180 Hz refresh rate which is overclockable and an ultra-fast 0.5ms response.
The monitor design also incorporates dual integrated 7 watt speakers, which eliminate the need for external speakers, allowing you to keep your desktop clear.
Acer Australia has confirmed the X34 GS will be coming to Australia from Q1 2021.
Acer has also announced two new 27-inch Nitro series models, with the Acer Nitro XV272U KV and Nitro XV272 LV announced for casual gamers.
Both monitors are eyesafe-certified to help prevent eye fatigue and come with an ergonomic stand which lets you find just the right viewing angle by adjusting the monitors’ tilt, swivel, height and pivot.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KV comes with a QHD (2560×1440) resolution with up to 170 Hz (overclocked) and a 1ms (G to G) response time, while the Nitro XV272 LV sports an FHD (1920×1080) Agile-Splendor IPS panel and up to 165Hz refresh rate.
Acer Australia says the Nitro XV272U KV, and Nitro XV272 LV are pending Australian availability and pricing at the time of announcement.