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Acer Predator gaming line explodes: All the new model details

Acer Predator gaming line explodes: All the new model details

Acer held an event in New York City today where it announced a lot of new products, and its Predator line in particular got a lot of love. Not only are we getting a pair of new Predator Helios laptops, but we'll also see the company launch a new gaming desktop, a new display, and a collection of accessories. There are even more products aimed at gamers outside of the Predator lineup, as Acer is launching two refreshed Nitro notebooks as well.

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Acer 2019 notebooks and Chromebooks revealed in all flavors

Acer 2019 notebooks and Chromebooks revealed in all flavors

Acer showed a collection of PCs this week and a whole load of newly empowered notebooks (or laptops, if you prefer) - plus a couple of new Chromebooks for good measure. These machines look a lot like they did in their otherwise most-recent iterations, with most changes happening under the hood. Included in the mix were the Acer Chromebook 715, Chromebook 714, TravelMate P6, Spin 3 (with stylus!), Aspire 1, Aspire 3, Aspire 5, and Aspire 7.

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Acer Predator Helios 700 has a weird slide-out keyboard (for good reason)

Acer Predator Helios 700 has a weird slide-out keyboard (for good reason)

Today, Acer took to the stage in New York City to announce a slew of new products, and one of the most interesting machines it revealed is the Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop. On the surface, the Helios 700 might look like your garden variety gaming laptop, with its beefy build and its RGB keyboard. However, that seemingly straightforward design is hiding an interesting quirk: A slide-out "HyperDrift" keyboard.

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Acer ConceptD laptops and desktops tease disillusioned Apple pros

Acer ConceptD laptops and desktops tease disillusioned Apple pros

Acer has revealed its new ConceptD line, looking to squeeze onto the desks - and into the hearts - of content creators who may be feeling abandoned by Apple. The new range will include desktops, notebooks, monitors, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, putting top-spec processors, storage, and graphics into cleanly cohesive design.

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Acer Chromebase 24I2, Chromebase for Meetings 24V2 try to keep the all-in-one dream alive

Acer Chromebase 24I2, Chromebase for Meetings 24V2 try to keep the all-in-one dream alive

Chrome OS was and always has been designed for use with a keyboard and mouse but its predominant form has been laptops. But just like Android, that has never stopped anyone, be it users or even OEMs, from taking the OS and putting it in other form factors. Many of those Chrome OS devices have all but disappeared but Acer had just announced two new Chromebase all-in-one computers to give the dying breed one last hurrah.

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Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Like a couple of its competitors, Acer has showed up to BETT with a slate of new Chromebooks for education. Today the company announced four new Chromebooks altogether, and they all share a few key specifications. Chief among those shared specifications is an 11.6-inch display and a fair degree of ruggedness that comes with meeting MIL-STD 810G in tests for temperature, humidity, mechanical shock, rain, dust, and sand.

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Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

AMD is really pushing heavily into Intel territory. It is challenging its old-time rival in markets where Intel used to reign alone, and that includes the education sector. AMD has recently partnered with OEMs to start putting its A series of notebook chips into previously Intel or ARM exclusive Chromebooks. Now it’s spreading its wings even further with Acer’s latest TravelMate B114-21, the PC maker’s first education-centric notebook powered by AMD.

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Acer’s newest Chromebook has a camera on its bottom

Acer’s newest Chromebook has a camera on its bottom

Today's most 2019 story is that the newest Acer Chromebook has a camera under its bottom. This camera is not below the display, and it's not hidden under a key in the keyboard. This is one of two cameras, the other of which sits above the display in the body of the machine, where a webcam usually sits. It's the one under the bum we're looking at right now.

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Acer Chromebook 512, Spin, made for rugged students

Acer Chromebook 512, Spin, made for rugged students

This week at BETT, Acer revealed a pair of hardcore chromebooks for education customers. These devices are the first two 12-inch Chromebooks offered by Acer. One goes by the name Chromebook 512, the other goes by the name Chromebook Spin 512. Both devices are called "sturdy" and "safe for young students at school and home." Also one has a camera on its bottom.

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Microsoft Education news today: New notebooks, Classroom Pen

Microsoft Education news today: New notebooks, Classroom Pen

In the mix today is a whole lot of Windows 10 devices for education plus a brand new Microsoft Classroom Pen. The Microsoft Education team announced a bunch of news at the annual Bett conference this week, starting with devices, complete with big fat discounts for schools. It's almost as if Microsoft wants to make a big dinger in Google's Chromebook business - the business that used to be unquestionably dominated by Windows machines.

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Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair hands-on: Gloriously Excessive

Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair hands-on: Gloriously Excessive

The Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair is something out of a sci-fi movie - or perhaps your wildest at-home arcade dreams. It's like I'm one of the Sovereign from Marvel Comics - in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where they remotely control spaceships from their super-advanced full-sized consoles. Or one of those kids in the movie TOYS, controlling war machines from the comfort of their own gaming chairs - or something like that. In any case, this is pretty awesome.

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The Best of CES 2019

The Best of CES 2019

The year's most interesting collection of gadgetry and technology of many sorts hit Las Vegas this past week in the form of CES 2019. We looked at the lot, perused the booths, and met with the biggest brands in the business to see what stuck out most. Today we've listed our yearly "Best of CES" awards so that you might discover what we found to be the best, the brightest, and that which had the most potential. Computers, cars, TVs, gaming products, and smart devices are all in the mix.

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