21 January 2020
Acer has taken great advantage of the biggest event happening in Berlin and announced new products under its portfolio. Getting showcased at the IFA 2019, Acer’s updated portfolio includes a variety of products from notebooks to laptops for creators and gamers, new monitors.
To start with, Acer has refreshed models in its popular Swift ultra-portable notebook and Aspire all-in-one desktop ranges. They all are powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors and Window 10. The Swift 5 comes with up to 512GB SSD, up to 16GB of RAM. The SoC is paired with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics option.
Both Acer Swift 5 and Swift 3 carry a thin and light laptop profile. The Acer Swift 5 is just 14.95mm thin and weighs 990g, whereas the Swift 3 is slightly thicker with 15.95mm. Acer also touts the battery life of these laptops apart from just bragging about the ultra-portable with a sleek chassis profile.
Both the laptops have 14-inch Full HD IPS display and rated to deliver up to 12.5 hours of battery life. The difference comes in when we consider the port types and login process. The Swift 5 has full-function USB3.1 Type-C connector that supports Thunderbolt 3, dual-band Intel Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Swift 3 has dual-band Intel Wi-Fi 6. The Swift 5 supports Windows Hello and has a built-in fingerprint reader for easy access.
The price of the Swift starts at $899 and it will be available in North America in November, in EMEA in September for EUR 899. Swift 3 will also first launch in EMEA at EUR 599 in September and for $699 in North America in November.
There’s new Aspire C series as well that has been upgraded with 10th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA MX130 GPU. It offers up to 2TB storage space with 32GB of DDR4 RAM. It has four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports for connectivity. Aspire C will launch in EMEA first starting at EUR 599 and $699 in North America in Spring 2020.
Together with the refreshed Swift and Aspire series, Acer has also launched four new Chromebooks at IFA. These new Chromebooks come in three sizes; out of which two of them have comparatively larger displays. All the new Chromebooks are fanless so they run quietly. All models will also feature a front-facing HD webcam and support for with Intel Gigabit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.
The first two Chromebooks are Chromebook 315 (CB315-3H/3HT) and Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H/1HT). The former has a 15.6-inch display, whereas the latter comes with a 14-inch display. Both have up to full HD resolution and IPS screen type.
The Chromebook 315 is powered by the Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor, combined with up to 8 GB of RAM. This Chromebook includes 128 GB eMMC drive and has battery life rated up at 12.5 hours. Both the Chromebooks have two USB 3.1 Type-C and two USB-A3.1 ports.
The Chromebook 314, on the other hand, is powered by latest dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 or quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 processors. It comes with options for 64 GB of eMMC storage and 8GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Acer Chromebook 311 offers up to 32 GB of eMMC storage and 4 GB of dual-channel SDRAM. Battery life is rated at 10 hours on both models.
The other two Chromebooks are Spin 311 and simply the Chromebook 311 (to add more confusion to the names) which have 11.6-inch displays. Both these Chromebooks are portable and smaller in width. The Chromebook Spin 311 is fully convertible and has support for a Wacom EMR stylus. It also sports a world-facing camera for capturing 1080p video. The Spin 311 has up to 64GB eMMC storage and 8GB dual-channel SDRAM.
Price of the Chromebook 315 starts at $415 and it will be available later in 2020; Chromebook 314 price starts roughly at $273. The price tag of the Chromebook Spin 311 is $360 and the cost of the Chromebook 311 is roughly $251. Availability will start from next year.
Acer has also unveiled a refreshed range of premium ConceptD laptops for the creators. Acer has added NVIDIA’s latest Quadro GPU to them for a more powerful performance. The new series includes a top-end ConceptD 9 Pro, which is an RTX Studio 17.3-inch notebook with a uniquely-hinged display. You can configure up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs with 16GB VRAM and 32GB DDR4 memory.
On the other hand, the ConceptD 7 Pro stays at 15.6-inch 4K display and has the same 32GB DDR4 RAM and 16GB VRAM hardware configuration. Other two are ConceptD 5 Pro and ConceptD 3 Pro. The former comes in the options 15-inch and 17-inch and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 GPUs. Acer touts the ConceptD 5 Pro is best suited for users in the advanced creative space, like the creators that work in CAD design, animation, and smaller design studios.
And the ConceptD 3 Pro aims for creators like photographers and graphic designers featuring NVIDIA Quadro T1000 GPUs and a PANTONE-Validated display. They all are powered by 9th Gen Intel Core processor and have Windows 10 running.
There’s also ConceptD CM2241W, a stylish desktop monitor featuring an attractive slim bezel and vibrant colors.
With the ConceptD range, Acer targets a different segment of the creative area, including virtual reality developers, AI application developers, and big data analytics.
Together with introducing the new range of ConceptD notebooks, Acer has also released the updated ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 3 notebooks. Both featuring up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors.
The ConceptD 9 Pro starts at $5,799.99 and will be available in November. Acer’s ConceptD 7 Pro will be priced from $2,699.99 and available in September, while the ConceptD 5 Pro starts at $1,999.99