The 2018 Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin or IFA, the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, ended on a high note last September 5 after top brands from all over the world presented their latest products. Among them was Acer.
In a keynote presentation by its corporate president and CEO Jason Chen, the Taiwan-based company introduced its newest line of productivity notebooks, gaming laptops, and a drool-worthy gaming chair—more like a personal gaming hub.
Acer claims its new Swift 5 is currently the world’s thinnest 15-inch notebook, weighing just 990 grams and sporting a 15.6-inch full HD 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen display with ultra-narrow bezels at an incredible 87.6 percent screen-to-body ratio. Powered by the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U processors and up to 10 hours of battery life for day-to-night productivity, the Windows 10-equipped Swift 5 is a large-screen productivity powerhouse.
Meanwhile, the new Swift 3 models come with the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors, superb style, and slim body and bezels in 13.3-inch and 14-inch display options. This laptop made for productivity also has a configuration with built-in 4G LTE connectivity on-the-go.
Created with designers and artists in mind, the new Aspire 7 is a lightweight heavyweight that weighs only 1.5 kg and measures only 358 x 247.5 x 16.9mm. It also carries a powerful 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8705G or i5-8305G processor featuring Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics inside.
Made for work and play, the Aspire 5 mid-range notebook is ideal for families and users who need a powerful and function-rich notebook for media consumption. With a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and Acer Color Intelligence, crisp, true-to-life colors come alive. Users can adjust gamma and saturation in real-time, optimizing screen color and brightness without clipping.
On the other hand, the student-friendly entry-level Aspire 3 comes in vivid colors and is perfect for delivering powerful multimedia experiences and entertainment. It also packs in up to 8GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory, a Precision Touchpad, Acer BluelightShield, an HDMI port, 3 USB ports, and an optional built-in DVD drive.
Meanwhile, the Aspire Z 24 all-in-one monitor is designed for web browsing, social media posting, watching movies, and casual gaming—an ideal centerpiece for the living room, meant to be enjoyed by the family. Its powered by the latest 8th-gen Intel Core i7+ desktop processors, with support for up to 32GB of Intel Optane memory and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.
The Aspire Z 24 all-in-one PC, Aspire 7, and Aspire 5 notebooks will also feature Amazon Alexa Voice Service for effortless task management, news and updates, controlling your smart home devices, access tens of thousands of skills and content, and more.
Predator and Nitro Gaming
For hardcore gamers, Acer’s Predator and Nitro lines have also come out with an array of notebooks, rigs, and a gaming chair—more like pod—with steel structure design and looks that could kill.
The Predator Triton 900 laptop redefines gaming notebooks with its unique form factor that lets you adjust your screen in more ways than one through its built-in sidestands. It also boasts a new cooling system called the AeroBlade 3D Fan, which utilizes a bionic approach to improve airflow while reducing noise through its uniquely designed blades. It even includes a low-profile mechanical keyboard and a versatile trackpad that you can switch into a numpad.
Acer also introduced its Predator Orion line of gaming rigs, which includes the mammoth Predator X, which boasts dual Intel Xeon processors and up to 12 ECC DIMM slots, made for extreme multitasking, whether its gaming, productivity, creativity, and whatnot.
Perhaps the most drool-worthy of the lot is the Predator Thronos gaming chair, which features an ergonomic design with support for three 27-inch gaming monitors. It reimagines the gaming chair for modern players looking to go deep into the game through deep impact vibration. With ergonomic seat design, foot rest, and a cabin that reclines up to 140 degrees, this is a throne for eSports kings.
A line of Acer Nitro peripherals were also introduced, including an optical sensor mouse with seven buttons such as the burst fire button and 20g acceleration with up to 4,000 dots per inch (DPI) and six-level adjustable DPI. The Acer Nitro membrane keyboard with rainbow backlit color lighting has 19-key anti-ghosting and multimedia key, while the acompanying headset with adjustable band with steel slider, acoustic-sealing ear pads, 50mm driver, and omni-directional boom microphone delivers optimum sound quality.
OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality Headset and Star VR One Headset
Also in the roster of new Acer products is the OJO 500, which bears a new detachable design, that makes it easier to experience Windows Mixed Reality. It’s easy to clean and share among multiple users and is available with either a hard head strap or soft washable head strap that provide a snug yet comfortable fit. An integrated audio system and patented built-in sound pipe technology focuses sound on the ears, eliminating the need for headphones, while the software-assisted interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment technology ensures the display is set at the optimal distance from the wearer’s eyes.
StarVR also unveiled what they call as the world’s most advanced virtual reality headset yet, with Integrated Eye Tracking, industry-leading field-of-view, state-of-the-art rendering technology, and open integration to the VR hardware and software ecosystem that raises the bar for premium VR experiences for the enterprise—the VR Final Frontier. The StarVR One is a one-of-its-kind VR head-mounted display that provides a nearly 100-percent human viewing angle, with key technologies critical to redefining what’s possible in virtual reality. It is built from the ground up to support the most demanding use cases for both commercial and enterprise sectors.