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  • Acer announces first phablet: the LTE-free 5.7″ Liquid S1

    From Computex Taipei, Acer drops a bombshell on us with its first officially official phablet, the Liquid S1. And by all standards, this €349 (US$455) smartphone is well worth the money. It’s nicely specced, has a large HD screen and a quad-core CPU. The Liquid S1, destined for Asia and Europe Q3 2013 has a slim look to boot. What else has Acer stuffed into the 5.7” phablet? Engadget reports that the best feature of the S1 is the “near stock Android” bundled with the phablet, but since we haven’t had a hands-on with it like they have, we’ll just...

  • Acer Iconia W3 puts the ‘eight’ in Windows 8

    The “first 8-inch tablet for Windows 8,” as Acer dubs it, is finally here. The Acer Iconia W3, is being launched this week and is available for pre-order tomorrow. Luca Rossi from Acer Europe mentions that the company wants to give students, consumers and professionals “a new and more effective way to take their fun and productivity on the go.” The Iconia W3 weighs 540 grams and is merely 11.35 mm thin. Acer boasts the W3’s battery will keep going for up to eight hours. Although weird-looking, it’s compatible with a dedicated keyboard dock, which could come in handy with...

  • Acer Aspire S7 review: thinner, lighter, expensive

    Sleek, shiny and utterly sexy. This is the first impression you get of the Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook. It positions itself in the same sort of market as the Macbook Air, with its lack of any kind of optical drive, its light body, and its smooth aluminium exterior, but is this US$1 200 Windows 8 machine a serious competitor, or is it overpriced for the features it offers? To begin, let’s get down to the basics of this machine. The Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook offers users an Intel Core i7 CPU (1.9-2.4GHz), with 4GB (non-upgradeable) RAM and the model I tested...

  • Acer unveils the R7: a laptop trying to be everything to everyone

    Acer has unveiled the R7, a 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook which appears to be an attempt to marry not just laptops with tablets but also the lessons learned from the burgeoning tablet stand market. The device, which features a 1920×1080 screen and some serious computing power, has four modes. Each of these modes, it says, is designed to serve a specific function: Ezel Mode — Reach out and pull the display closer, eliminating the need to reach across the palm rest and keyboard to use the touch screen. Just pull it up and out where it can be positioned in front...

  • World’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet accidentally outed on Amazon

    If you love the size of the iPad mini or the Galaxy Note 8, but hate iOS and Android (what? It’s entirely possible), then this should pique your interest: Acer looks set to launch the world’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. Images of the tablet briefly appeared on Amazon on Friday showing an 8.1-inch device with 32GB of memory, a 1280 X 800 screen and retailing for US$379.99. The reason there’s been a dearth of smaller tablets so far is because the OS was developed before the Google Nexus and Kindle Fire sparked the trend for producing smaller tablets....

  • Acer Iconia W510 review: Windows 8 finally does good

    The Iconia W5 is the latest Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrid (a “lappitablet”) from Acer. While it’s not perfect, it’s better than the Surface RT, as it’s a full Windows 8 experience now, not a stripped down version of the maligned OS. With some decent specs, a great screen, the option of having both a laptop as well as a tablet essentially, and a very solid keyboard (an optional extra), the W5 is the best hybrid Windows 8 computer yet — but the US$500 price hurts it. A dual-core 1.5Ghz Atom CPU with a 64GB drive may not be enough for a...

  • Leap Motion Vulcan mind melds with future HP gadgets

    In the not-too-distant future, selected HP devices will be shipped Leap Motion Controller ready. In another major announcement of collaboration, the Kinect-like device will at first be bundled with selected software-ready HP devices, with further plans of integrating its hardware into future HP gadgets. As mentioned by Leap Motion’s CEO Michael Buckwald, the company wants to “fundamentally improve how people interact with their devices, and offer as many ways as possible to achieve that vision.” The USB device allows you to interact with your computer tracking the movements of your hands and all ten fingers with up to 0.01mm accuracy....

  • Toshiba AT300SE review: cheap and cheerful

    Making a ‘special edition’ of an older, middle-ranking product between the annual product refresh is rather an unusual move in the world of tablets; but in the case of the Toshiba AT300SE, it makes a lot of sense. Compared to its Toshiba AT300 ancestor, the Toshiba AT300SE sees the same Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor and features a 5th battery-saver core, but uses the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. It also receives a £30 discount, taking the price down to £299 in the UK and US$349.99 in the US, where it’s called the Excite 10 SE. The tablet’s cheaper price is achieved...

  • Sony Xperia L hands on review: a low-end smartphone with charm

    The Sony Xperia L is the latest smartphone to slide in at the bottom end of the Japanese firm’s range, launching alongside the mid-range Xperia SP to complete a trio of handsets headlined by the Sony Xperia Z. It’s the natural replacement for the Xperia J, which launched at IFA 2012 alongside 007’s Sony Xperia T – handsets which bare a strong resemblance to the Xperia L in terms of design. There’s no exact Sony Xperia L release date for now, all we’ve been told is that it will arrive during the second quarter of the year. The price is also still a mystery but...

  • Acer Iconia W700 review: high-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

    Windows 8 has seen a host of fresh designs for tablets and laptops, with many manufacturers trying their hardest to build a device that’s capable of doing both jobs. That has led to some innovative thinking, such as the screen-spinning Dell XPS 12 and the Microsoft Surface and its detachable keyboard. However, the Acer Iconia W700 has a slightly simpler take on the hybrid design. The Iconia W700 differs from other hybrid tablets by not having a keyboard that attaches to the body of the tablet to create a laptop-style device. Instead it looks like any normal tablet, albeit bulkier and 11.6 inches across. It...