Look out Dell, Acer's hot on your heels and the OEM knows it. The Taiwanese manufacturer is confident it will leapfrog Dell for the No. 1 spot in the US, saying it believes it will dethrone the OEM sometime within the next two quarters.
And Acer isn't just beating its chest, either. According to data from research firm Gartner, Acer is on pace to claim a larger share of the global market in the third quarter, although it has a ways to go before it will catch up to Dell in the U.S, where the OEM owns a 26.2 percent share of the market., comfortably ahead of Acer's 13.9 percent.
It wasn't just Dell that Acer has in its sights. According to The Wall Street Journal, Acer president Gianfranco Lanci believes his company will also surge past HP when it comes to notebooks, netbooks, and smartphones.
Remember when notebooks were simple portable PCs? That's not the case anymore, and today's units boast all kinds of tricks, whether it's multitouch capabilities, or unveling the "world's first" 3D laptop, as Acer has done with its Aspire 5738PG.
Acer unveiled the 3D-capable laptop during a press conference on Tuesday. The lappy uses a combination of in-house software, a special screen coating, and polarized glasses to achieve the 3D effect.
"The display has been coated with a special 3D film that clings to the panel pixel by pixel, enabling the LCD technology to deliver a 3D visual feast," Acer stated. "Slip on the cool polarized eyeglasses that filter the images and you're ready to dive into an extraordinary 3D adventure."
According to Acer, its TriDef 3D Experience software makes it possible to view all of your 2D videos and photos in 3D. Moreover, it comes with a tool that enables 2D to 3D conversion for games and apps supporting DirectX 9 or above, the company said.
It's official - the touch revolution is in full force and you can expect to see several product announcements from companies jumping on the multitouch bandwagon. The latest is from Acer, who announced its sleek looking Aspire Z5610 all-in-one PC.
The touch-enabled Windows 7 PC sports a 24-inch high-def touchscreen with full multitouch support, and its backed by a spec sheet that's at least serviceable. The all-in-one's DNA consists of an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. So while you probably won't be playing Crysis, there's enough muscle to handle some casual gaming when you take a break from groping the display.
Look for the all-in-one to ship in time for the holidays at just $900.
Thus far, every official Android phone has been running a 528MHz Qualcomm chip based on the ARM11 core. While inexpensive and prolific, they really aren’t very fast. In fact, the ARM11 chip may be holding Android phones back. The Acer A1 is breaking the mold, and not a bit too soon.
While previously leaked specs indicated its CPU would be running at 768MHz, Acer has now said it will have a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. It’s also rocking Android version 1.6, known as Donut. The upcoming smartphone is equipped with a 3.5 inch 800 x 480 display, and a 5 megapixel camera. It will also have an Acer branded cloud sync application.
Acer hasn’t released any additional specs at this time. No US carrier support has been talked about either. Even if we don’t see it in the US, it could set a new standard for Android handsets everywhere.
Holy dual-platforming netbooks, Batman, have you seen Acer's revamped Aspire One D250? The netbook has developed a split personality since we last saw it and now rolls with both Google's open-source Android OS and Microsoft's closed-source Windows 7 software in 32-bit form.
But this isn't your typical dual-booting setup. To load Windows 7, you must first fire up Android and poke around the OS's slide-out menu to select "Switch OS." Jim Wong, Acer's Senior Corporate VP, downplayed the additional step, noting that Android gives users "instant on" functionality. And judging by the YouTube clip, he's right - following the POST screen, Android appears to boot in under 10 seconds.
Acer's dual-boot strategy is a continuation of the company's previous plan to ship a combo Android/WinXP ultraportable. Acer's original stance was that Android hadn't matured to the point where it would be a suitable OS for netbooks, at least in standalone form, and that a dual-boot solution would carry less risk than an Android-only netbook. There's probably some truth to that, considering XP-based netbooks remain a much more popular choice than ones running Linux.
The downside to dual-booting is that Acer still has to factor in the cost of a Windows 7 license, so it seems pointless to toss an open-source OS into the fray without the benefity of a cost reduction. But Acer might be on to something by using Android as essentially a Splashtop replacement, which would count as an extra feature for those who planned on purchased a Windows 7-based netbook anyway.
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Acer, the world's third largest PC maker, unveiled its Aspire 578PG notebook., the company's first laptop with a multitouch capacitive screen. Unlike competing models from HP or Lenovo, Acer didn't integrate touch optimized software of its own to run on top of Windows 7, but users will still be able to pinch, zoom, two-finger scroll, and perform other standard multitouch gestures.
Inside the 15.6-inch LED notebook sits an Intel Core 2 DuoT6600 processor (2.2GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz frontside bus), 4GB of DDR2-667MHz memory, a 320GB hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics with 512MB of dedicated DDR3 video RAM, an 8X DVD burner, webcam, HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Acer says its new notebook will coincide with the launch of Windows and be available starting October 22 at "leading retailers" for $800.
The Aspire One D250 comes with a 10.1-inch screen, with a resolution of 1,280 by 720; a 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor; and a 160GB hard drive. Battery life, according to Acer, is 3.5 hours, with a long-life battery capable of 7.5 hours available as an option.
Over the weekend, Acer issued a voluntary safety recall for several of its Aspire notebooks, noting that a misplaced cable could pose an overheating hazard. But not to worry, say Taiwan notebook makers, who insist the recall is not indicative of a production issue.
Instead, the sources note the issue is most likely due to a defective assembly process and has nothing to do with the overall design of the affected models. Even though the high-density cable used in ultra-thin notebooks are more than capable of overheating the units, notebook makers say that current cooling technologies are more than up to the task.
This isn't the first time in recent memory Acer had to issue a recall because of an overheating hazard. Back in March of this year, Acer said it had received two reports of its Predator desktop PCs short circuiting, resulting in melted internal components and external casing. Acer determined that the problem would occur when insulation on the internal wiring would become bent or stripped.
Acer over the weekend issued a voluntary safety recall for several Aspire notebook models that the company warns could overheat under specific conditions.
According to Acer, affected models include the AS3410, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ, and AS3810TZG manufactured prior to September 15, 2009. Said models suffer from a defect whereby the microphone cable is prone to overheating when "extreme pressure is applied repeatedly to the left palm rest." In such cases, Acer says units could become warped or stop working altogether.
If you think you may have an affected unit, Acer has set up up a website where you can enter your serial number or SNID to find out for sure.
Your PC’s hard drive is probably packed to the platter’s edge with hundreds of ripped DVD videos, gigabytes of digital photos from your camera, and tens of thousands of songs. And that’s not even counting the high-definition digital video from your last family vacation that you’re still planning to unload. But with terabytes of media just gathering dust on your desktop PC, you risk losing years of aggregated files when your hard drive inevitably gives out (don’t even think about backing it all up to the cloud). Our solution: Keep all your data backed up on a Windows Home Sever. More than just a generic NAS box, Windows Home Server maintains backups, streams media files, and works as a file share across your home network. And the best part is that you can build one yourself—we’ll show you how!