In October, we reviewed Acer's C720 Chromebook, a Haswell-harboring notebook with excellent battery life and performance to match. The one thing it lacked, however, was a touchscreen, something Acer has addressed with its latest Chrome OS offering: the Acer C720P Touch, a similarly-designed laptop with a touchscreen display. We've got our hands on the Chromebook to see how it holds up compared to its non-touch brethren, which we've detailed for you in our full SlashGear review.
We begin this week with Acer's continued relatively secretive development of a future set of wearable devices. While we understood partway through last year that Acer would, indeed, be moving toward the wearable ream with smart electronics, it was only this month that we truly began to see how far the company would be willing to go. Today's suggestion is that they wont even necessarily be working with the early mainstays of the wearables arena: glasses or watches.
During the latest launch of their Liquid Z5 smartphone in Taipei, Acer re-confirmed the idea that they'd be moving into the wearables market - and that they'd be doing so soon. Suggesting that they'd shown off a number of wearable devices to some of the company's clients at CES 2014 (behind the scenes, of course), Acer left reporters with precious little solid information on what their devices would be - or when they'd actually be launching on the global market. While earlier rumors suggested Acer's efforts to start with smartwatches, at this point there's been no confirmation - or specific denial - of a variety of products being offered up.
Acer has rolled out the red carpet for a new tablet, the Iconia A1-830. This 7.9-inch slate features an IPS display and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. The tablet boasts several bragging points, among them being a long battery life and slight profile, both of which accompany a design that aims to be both durable and stylish. The unit is slated to arrive in North America sometime this quarter for $149 USD.
Acer has boosted its Chromebook line with a new configuration option, the C720P-2600. With this refresh of sorts, the laptop will be available next week in Moonstone White, and with the new color will also come a slight increase in memory to 2GB. Beyond that, the laptop remains largely the same as the original model, and will be sold at retailers for $299.99 USD.
Joining the newly announced A1-830 tablet is the new Acer Iconia B1-720, a smaller 7-inch tablet that is otherwise fairly similar to its larger A1 sibling. As with the A1, the Iconia B1-720 offers Jelly Bean and the promise of both high performance and battery life. Rather than the aluminum design, however, the B1 makes things a bit more classy with a textured and silky finish.
Acer has trotted out a new all in one computer that is designed to sit on the desktop or counter and be carried with you on the go. That is a strange combination making the AIO computer something like a large tablet. Acer isn’t the first to do this, other computer makers like HP, Lenovo and Sony have done the same thing.
There's a new 8-inch tablet well on its way to market with Acer's name on it, bringing with it Intel Baytrail technology to boot. This is the Acer Iconia W4, sporting an Intel Baytrail Z3740 processor, Intel HD graphics (Generation 7, Baytrail), and Windows 8. This device works with an 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.