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  • Acer Aspire V17 Nitro review-in-brief: powerful but uninspiring

    Choosing a gaming laptop is a very personal affair, even more so than building a gaming rig. When drawing up specs for a built machine there's room to breathe with specifications and options. Manufacturers dictate what goes into a gaming laptop, so there's ultimately more sacrifice involved. Alienware, MSI, and Asus are all big names in the space, but Acer has been crafting some interesting gaming-inspired products recently, especially with the Predator range. We're looking at a slightly toned down device from the Taiwanese company though -- the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro -- which could easily pass as an office...

  • Acer Liquid Jade Z, Liquid Leap+ introduced as first devices of MWC 2015

    No, it's not quite the dawn of MWC 2015 yet, but already companies are launching products to the press before the showroom floors open for all. Acer is the first company to show its hand, releasing a gaggle of new smartphones running on Android and Windows. Perhaps the two most interesting are the Liquid Jade Z and the "Windows 10 ready" Liquid M220. The Liquid Jade Z is billed as a mid-ranger, but really is a sleek-looker with a circular speaker at it's rear (which should go nicely alongside 24-bit audio support), and a large 5.0-inch IPS screen slathered in Gorilla...

  • Acer Iconia Tab 8 review-in-brief: pretty but pretty soulless

    I enjoy getting gadgets to test for predetermined periods of time. Some I wish I could keep to dress in baby clothes and tuck them in at night. Others I want to toss in a fire and never hear from them again, unless its the crackle and sizzle of burning plastic. The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is neither one of these, but that doesn't make it an exciting prospect either. As I recently pointed out in my Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+ review, the tablet genre is a tad stale, and no one (except perhaps Lenovo) is willing to change this. Acer is...

  • Acer Liquid E700 Trio review: three SIM’s the charm

    There is no second guessing the aesthetic of the Acer Liquid E700 Trio or the way it feels in one's hands. The phone looks great and feels good to the touch. Its black design is minimalistic and elegant. The front of the phone is plastic and the back is rubber which gives it a tight grip. The phone retails from R3180 but feels more expensive than that. SIM-ply awesome Noticeably the phone features three microSIM card slots, hence the "Trio" at the end of its name. The slots can support SIMs from different networks and they seem to work fine without...

  • Acer C720P Chromebook review: a hero of practicality

    Besides my trusty toaster, the Acer C720P Chromebook has been one of the most practical things I’ve used to date. To be fair, it's also the very first Chromebook I've come across. Either way, it's managed to convince me that internet-based devices are the way of the future. What a lasting impression it's made. While the design doesn’t really resemble anything of a Macbook Air or a Lenovo Thinkpad, that stops being much of a problem when you start to enjoy its practicality and ease of use. Then again, the low-cost Chrome OS notebook isn't meant to be a graphic-intensive,...

  • Unboxing the Acer C720P Chromebook [Video]

    Following on from the Blackberry Passport unboxing, we have another interesting little critter that's sadly leaving us this week. Acer's C720 Chromebook was the first version of Google's reincarnated netbook we've had in the office, and although many of us scoffed at its tiny size, it's really quite a versatile, portable machine. Powered by an Intel Celeron CPU, carrying 2GB RAM and 16GB of flash storage, it doesn't always need an internet connection, but it seems to be the device's preference (it is just a glorified version of Chrome, after all). And what's more, the cutesy touchscreen allows for easy non-touchpad scrolling,...

  • Acer announces updated three-in-one ‘Star Trek’ R7 laptop with boosted specs

    Acer has recently unveiled its new, revamped and incredibly sci-fi 15.6" Aspire R7 laptop hybrid. The notebook slash tablet slash table top pad features a more powerful processor, active stylus support and overall beefier specs. The hinge allows the display to flip, reverse, lie flat or float above the keyboard to maximize usability. For extended battery life and overall performance, the R7 carries Intel's 4th-generation Core i5-4200U chip, popularly known as Haswell, together with a full HD touchscreen display. It also has beefed up memory with 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Furthermore, you'll find three USB ports, a...

  • Acer unveils C720 budget Chromebook powered by Haswell, 16GB SSD

    A R2 500 (US$250) Haswell-powered Chromebook with not-too-shabby specs. Yes please. Acer's C720 Chromebook promises a durable battery, fast performance and is of course pretty darn cheap. Acer's latest release is in direct competition with HP's Chromebook announced by Google earlier this week. The 1366x768 11.6" display carries 4GB RAM with 16GB SSD of space under the hood. Intel's 4th gen processor, Acer claims, will bring you "up to 8.5 hours of battery life." Haswell also allows Acer to slim down the overall design of the Chromebook to make it 30% thinner than its predecessor -- the C710. It's 0.75" thick...

  • Acer Liquid S2 has 6″ display, records in 4K

    Acer isn't that well-known for its phones. But it will be if the Liquid S2 becomes an overnight success. What Acer wants to provide is an LTE phone running Android 4.2.2 with a 13MP camera, a 6-inch IPS screen with 368PPI and a recording resolution of 4K. Yup, it's the "world's first" Android smartphone with a 4K video-recorder, says Acer. The 4K recording is the feature Acer's keen on highlighting, but this is a top-end phone with very beefy specs. The Acer press release (as seen on Engadget) places 4K first yet the display is astounding enough to warrant a...

  • Acer’s new 10″ tablet, the Iconia A3 is another bland Android slab

    Acer plans to lift the lid on a brand-spanking new 10-inch tablet, the Iconia A3. Laptopmag spills the beans on a very ordinary tablet that's thankfully priced rather well. The US$330 (R3 300) tablet will launch in Europe, Africa and the UAE first come October. The 3G version is said to cost US$299 and will land November. The specs are decent for an Android tablet, so let's see what the Iconia A3 offers us. The Iconia A3, which will only be legitimately revealed when IFA 2013 begins, is a 10-inch Android 4.2 tablet with a 1280x800 resolution, a quad-core 1.2Ghz CPU and...