Acer had themselves a global launch announcement today in New York, and it was chock full of brand new devices coming to an electronics store near you very soon. The highlights are a couple of pretty impressive budget options, including maybe the most versatile hybrid device Acer has ever put out, and a brand new premium all-in-one computer that should be right at home in more than a few living rooms.
Acer is calling their new Aspire Switch 10 a 2-in-1 device, but they’re really trying to mimic what Lenovo pulled off with the Yoga, by offering four modes of use – notebook, pad, display, and tent. That’s identical to what the Yoga offers, but the Switch achieves it with the Snap Hinge, a sturdy magnetic clasp that holds the tablet in place. This way, if you want to use the Switch as a tablet, the keyboard won’t need to come along for the ride. In some sense, it’s kind of a halfway point between Microsoft’s take on hybrids with the Surface and Lenovo’s take with the Yoga. As for specs, you’re getting Windows 8.1 running on a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, along with a 1366 x 768 IPS display. Nothing too exciting, but decent enough considering the price – $380 when it drops in late May.
Acer also unveiled a very inexpensive tablet called the Iconia One 7. This one has a 1280 x 800 resolution display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It’ll run on an Intel Atom Z2560 processor – not great – with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, although it will be upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat.
Acer is promising a seven hour battery life on the One 7, along with a wide variety of colors, including red, white, black, blue, and pink. Long story short, this is Acer’s obligatory super-colorful budget tablet entry into the market. And, budget it is, at $130. Expect it in late June.
The U5-620 is Acer’s new all-in-one, and this is where the premium stuff is hiding. It’ll be powered by a 4th generation Intel core processor, and you have the option of getting a discrete NVIDIA graphics processor, as well. You’ll also find a 1 TB hybrid drive, along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the best currently available. What makes it most living room-worthy is the 23” 1920 x 1080 IPS display. Acer is also pushing the U5-620 for its video chat prowess – it’s Skype certified, and comes with a 1080p webcam and a dual-array microphone. Also expect this one to arrive in late June, for $1,000.