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Acer Announces New Windows 8 Laptops, Tablets, All-in-Ones
Acer announces its new collection of laptops, tablets, and all-in-one desktops designed exclusively to run on Windows 8.
TAIPEI—Acer Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang reinforced his company’s strong commitment to the upcoming version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system by announcing here at Computex a wide new collection of laptops, tablets, and all-in-one desktops designed exclusively to run on Windows 8.
Wang described the new version of the OS as a “historical moment in the Windows ecosystem,” and in describing it said, “This is truly unique—[something] no other competitor can match. Maybe it will take some time for users to really appreciate, but it’s a huge breakthrough done by Microsoft.”
The Aspire S7 is a full-fledged ultrabook (the flagship of the S series) with an aluminum unibody design, a sculpted glass cover, and a full HD display; it’s available in 13.1-inch and 11.6-inch screen sizes, each of which is incredibly space-efficient. (Acer claims the former is the thinnest full HD, or 1,920-by-1,200, touch ultrabook and the latter is the smallest.) Both laptops are outfitted with Acer’s Twin Air cooling system and a keyboard that’s capable of dynamically adjusting its backlighting to help you type better even in low light. The 13.3-inch model reportedly runs on battery for 12 hours, and the 11.6-inch version for nine.
In the tablet realm, Acer unveiled the Iconia W510, which has a 10.1-inch display and tri-mode touch, and boasts up to 18 hours of battery life. The 11.6-inch W700 comes with not just a touch screen capable of displaying full HD images and video, but also a special cradle that can be adjusted for different viewing scenarios.
As far as viewing options go, the Acer Aspire 7600U delivers a lot of them. This 27-inch all-in-one, which measures just 35mm thick, has a 64-point capacitive multitouch screen and can be tilted to any angle from zero to 90 degrees—that’s completely flat, and it can swivel in all directions when it’s placed in that position. Acer says its littler brother, the 23-inch 5600U, is the smallest all-in-one PC that can tilt from 30 to 85 degrees.
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By Matthew Murray, PCMag