Notebooks are all fine and good, but I want a big screen and more power than you can affordably cram inside a notebook. That means that I prefer to use desktop computers that can also play high-end video games when the mood hits. Acer has been offering the gamer focused Aspire Predator gaming desktops for a while now.
When Acer launched their Aspire Predator gaming PC range on Wednesday, little did they realise that bit-tech were lurking in the wings waiting to clinically dissect their offerings (and literally dissect what turned out to be an unexpectedly fragile drive-cage door). Acer are apparently aiming the Predator line at the high-street, rather than the more usual "online niche" systems which it believes intimidates and confuses new buyers. While many have prematurely dismissed the Acer as a gimmick - not least because of the eye-ache paint-job and mechanised codpiece - first-impressions seem pretty good.
Acer has rolled out its latest smartphone and this time out it is the Liquid X2. This smartphone has some very interesting features that people who travel a lot will appreciate. If you juggle a personal number and a couple work numbers, this is the phone for you. It has three SIM card slots to allow one device to handle three phone numbers.
Practicing economy of words, space, and resources, Acer just dumped a bunch of device announcements all in one press conference, revealing a broad range of products from a Windows Phone, to a gaming monitor, to 2-in-1 tablets, to Android tablets. It seems, however, that the company has some other things up its sleeves not yet ready for an announcement, at least until the end of this year. Acer is surprisingly dipping its toes in a rather niche Android gaming tablet market tablet market that very few vendors occupy. And that's not without good reason.
This week we're having a look at the Acer Iconia W500 series, specifically in the model tagged Iconia W510-1422 with full Windows 8 and multiple modes of computing action. This machine works as a tablet, as a notebook with its keyboard dock (in the box with this model), and with 295 degrees of twist in its hinge - a third "presentation" mode, complete with the extra battery power of the dock in-tact. This machine takes full Windows 8 to the tablet universe with a rather solid setup and a base cost of right around $750 USD - if that sounds like a deal to you, make with the tapping.
The folks at Acer are wasting no time at all pushing out several desktop model computers with Intel's newly announced 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors otherwise known as Ivy Bridge. Included in this lineup are several additions to Acer's Predator AG3620 desktop line as well as Gateway DX4860-UR14P. You're about to see power contained in no less than the most wild looking factory-made setups in the history of desktop - believe it!
The recent recall of certain Acer Predator gaming PCs for their tendency to self-combust may not be an isolated incident for the company, say the latest leaks coming out of Taiwan. According to unnamed market sources, the same short-circuiting issue was observed in models in the European and Asia Pacific markets all the way back in December.
Acer have announced a new small-form-factor PC, the Aspire X1700, offering a 2.4GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 CPU, 4GB of DDR2 RAM and a 640GB 7,200rpm hard-drive. The X1700 measures just 10.4 x 4 14.4 inches but still manages to include NVIDIA GeForce G100 graphics and GeForce 7100 chipset, a dual-layer DVD burner, multi-format card reader and a full nine USB 2.0 ports.