Acer today expanded its Switch line introduced earlier this year with the introduction of the Switch 12, a 12.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) hybrid laptop with five distinct modes (notebook, tablet/pad, display, tent, and desktop). Powering the IPS display with Zero Air Gap direct bonding technology is an Intel Core M processor, though Acer isn't yet providing specific details on the choice of CPU.
We don't typically associate Acer with premium level gear, though the company's new V Nitro Black Edition laptop line may change that perception. First introduced in late September, Acer is now offering a V Nitro Black Edition laptop with a 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) IPS display, upgraded from the Full HD 1080p panels found on the initial launch models. That's a lot of pixels, though it's not the only high-end trait.
EPA welcomes Acer America as a Green Power Partner
Every so often, you hear about a major tech company making strides in going green and/or leaving a smaller carbon footprint. This time it's Acer America, which today announced an initiative to provide clean energy for its U.S.-based operations. Acer claims it purchased enough green power to offset 100 percent of its carbon emissions from electricity at all U.S. facilities -- more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) in all.
Mockery is the sincerest form of flattery? Maybe not in this case
We like some of Acer’s products, most notable the Aspire S7 which we awarded a 9 Kick Ass in our review. Still, the company recently made some headlines for being perceived as old, cheap, and out of touch on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show. The video below shows Conan's mock Acer keynote conference, which was done shortly after Apple’s 9/9/14 event.
The IFA convention in Berlin is off to a fast and furious start with product makers pouring out announcements by the handful. Among the attendees is Acer, which revealed its new (and rather extensive) product lineup for the holiday season. Acer's new products include a pair of Aspire R Series convertible laptops. two Aspire Switch Series 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, three Iconia Series tablets, and a Liquid Series smartphone.
The whispers you've heard are true, Haswell-E looms around the bend, and with it, a rash of new supplementary parts. It's a no-brainer to wait and build around the new platform, right? In some cases, yes. However, early indications point to Haswell-E carrying some premium price tags at launch. There's no shame in building a bang-for-buck rig around regular ol' Haswell, and if that's your intent, we can help you get started. Check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4690 Haswell Quad-Core Processor for $210 with free shipping (normally $225 - use coupon code: [EMCPBHD24]). It's clocked at 3.5GHz (3.9GHz via Turbo) and has 6MB of L3 cache.
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The netbook revolution was, at the time of it inception, an all-Linux affair, with there being plenty of talk of Linux finally emerging as a serious alternative to Windows in the eyes of mainstream PC users. However, all such talk quickly disappeared when the first Windows-running devices invaded the segment and made it their own in no time at all. Tablets may have derailed the netbook bandwagon, but Linux has managed to claw its way back into contention in the laptop segment with Google Chromebooks. Now, if the search engine giant has its way, its Linux-based cloud OS could end up replicating that same success in the desktop category as well.
Acer's first desktop PC running Google's Chrome OS
Does Google's Chrome OS have the legs to stretch beyond Chromebooks and into the mini PC category? Looks like we'll find out, as Acer just announced its new Chromebox CXI line for customers in North America. Acer isn't taking aim at just one category of users -- instead, the company says the CXI series is an appropriate solution for education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscious shoppers who don't need a mobile platform.
Mini desktop systems take aim at businesses and education
Acer today announced its new Veriton N4630G series of commercial mini desktops for businesses and educational institutions in the U.S. There are two models in the new series -- Veriton N4630G-i54570X and Veriton N4530G-i34150X -- both of which offer security features in a space saving, one-liter chassis. They're also fairly affordable, with the former selling for $649 and the latter going for $549.