Acer has announced the launch of a range of Ultrabooks and an all-in-one (AIO) PC at the ongoing Computex Taipei. The new Ultrabooks to hit the market will be the enhanced flagship Aspire S7 and the 1.3-inch Aspire S3. The company has also announced the launch of the Aspire Z3 AIO with a 23-inch 10-point display.
The refreshed S7 Ultrabook comes equipped with wireless display (WiDi) technology that allows users to extend their laptop screen to a TV or a bigger screen without the need of a cable. It sports an improved battery life of up to 7 hours – a 33 percent increase from the earlier version. The Ultrabook has an all-new light-sensing electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard and 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling technology that keeps the noise at maximum load 20 percent lower than the previous S7.
The refreshed Acer Aspire S7
The Aspire S7-392 features a full HD IPS 10-point touchscreen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The IPS technology boasts of showing accurate colours at viewing angles up to 170 degrees. Taking full advantage of Windows 8’s touch benefits, the touch enabled screen of the S7 can be opened a full 180 degrees and the image orientation can be reversed with a hotkey combination. The S7 Ultrabook will also be home to Acer’s first 10-point touch WQHD display, with the IPS technology squeezing in a 2560 x 1440 resolution into the 13.3-inch screen.
The Ultrabook also contains dual-array microphones that use Acer’s proprietary PurifiedVoice technology. It is powered by 4th generation Intel Core processor and a RAID 0 solid state drive for faster wakeup time. The S7 measures 12.9 mm and weighs 1.3 kg.
The Acer Aspire S3
The S3 Ultrabook, on the other hand, is 17.8 mm thin and weighs 1.65 kg. It features the S7’s Gorilla Glass cover and is made out of mirror-polish aluminium. It also contains Intel Core processors as well as the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M graphics card. The Ultrabook has a 1080p full HD display and the IPS technology ensures vivid colour reproduction with a 170 degrees wide viewing angle. The S3 sports WiDi for better visuals and sound quality. It will be available with a 7.2 mm 1TB hard disk for storage.
The Aspire Z3 AIO desktop PC features a 1080p full HD LED-backlit LCD with a high contrast ratio. It has a 178 degrees wide-viewing angle IPS display and comes with an adjustable HD webcam that can be moved up to 20 degrees. The Z3 is Acer’s first AIO PC to use Harman Kardon speakers, coupled with Dolby Home Theater v4 technology.
Acer's AIO PC, Z3
Inspired by the Aspire M3, the Z3 groups the frequently used I/O ports (onscreen display button, SD card reader, USB 3.0, 2-in-1 combo audio jack) in a capsule-shaped area in front for easy access. It is powered by an Intel Core processor along with HD graphics. The Z3 contains two USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfer and flexible expansion and has an HDMI input for gaming. The AIO will also offer AcerCloud, a file sharing and media management service.
The Ultrabooks are set to be available in Q3 of 2013 while the AIO PC will be available starting this month onwards.