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All posts tagged "Acer"

  • Acer TravelMate X3 series coming to South Africa in October

    Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Acer today announced its new Acer TravelMate X3 notebook series, for "designed for small and medium businesses, and professionals who want to work in style." The company notes that the X349 will be the first product in the new range, and will boast a 180-degree tilting 14.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, an 18mm-thick "brushed metal" body and a weight of 1.53kg, which is fairly light for today's notebook standards. According to Acer, practically all of the X349's features are in-tune with business travellers' needs too. The machine has an LED backlit keyboard to "keep users productive in low-light situations on airplanes...

  • Acer Predator 8 review: obnoxious, underpowered yet oddly attractive

    As device reviewers here at Gearburn, we're always tasked with making sound judgements based on facts, figured with a splash of our own feelings thrown in for good measure. But often the latter bit outweighs all logic, and you're left wondering why you really like a device. That's the situation I find myself in with the Acer Predator 8. Now, Acer's Predator line has long been established as the company's gaming moniker. It's what AMG is to Mercedes, or Yeezy to Kanye. By any means, it's what Acer usually sells you if you're looking for an "enlightened state of gaming with...

  • CES 2016: Acer Liquid Jade Primo coming to South Africa Q1 2016

    The first quarter of 2016 is going to be quite a busy period, at least for Acer. The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer has announced that it will launch a number of new products to the South African market, but most notable is the Acer Liquid Jade Primo. Debuting at IFA 2015, the phone was the first to show off Windows 10's Continuum feature in public, which effectively gives the user a "PC-like experience on an external display with Windows 10 universal apps." It's also the first non-Microsoft Windows 10 flagship smartphone as well, after it joined the Lumia 950 series. Read more:...

  • Acer Aspire R14 is the latest Windows 10 convertible

    Microsoft's big Windows 10 device launch last week has begun something of a mad pre-holiday rush for PC makers, with HP's launch late last week, and plenty more companies to display their wares this month. The next company to follow suit is Acer, and today it unveiled two new devices: the ultraportable convertible laptop, the Aspire R14, and an all-in-one dubbed the Aspire Z3-700. The Aspire R14 has been used previously with Windows 8.1, but the company's new version is specifically optimised to take advantage of Windows 10's new technology, including the likes of Continuum and Cortana. The former also helps...

  • Acer Jade Primo steals the show at IFA 2015, Predator line and Chromebook updated

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. IFA 2015 is crawling into life, but it seems that this year is going to be a watershed for many brands. Acer is one of them, and it has brought a whole lot of goodies to eager fans in Berlin, including our first real glimpse of Windows 10 Continuum on a smartphone. Acer Jade Primo For a timid name, the Acer Jade Primo sounds like an impressive smartphone. Acer's first Windows 10 pocket filler boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, a 5.5-inch SAMOLED screen and a...

  • No fruit allowed: 8 powerful and versatile alternatives to the MacBook

    Apple MacBooks are great machines. Arguably, they are singlehandedly reviving the laptop genre after the early decade's tablet onslaught. They're light, built with usability in mind and dripping with style. And what's even more appealing is that you know exactly what you're going to get when you purchase one. But we can't really say that the MacBook is always the best laptop money can buy. Other manufacturers, including Lenovo, Acer, Dell and the like have been crafting some business-friendly beasts for a while now, and thanks to the leap in cool, quick hardware including SSDs and fanless processors, these little machines have...

  • 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...

  • MWC 2015 live blog: this year’s conference comes to a close

    It's pretty early for those reading from the States and its smack in the middle of the work day for us closer to the Greenwich line, so keeping track of MWC 2015 using the official livestreams available is a bit of a pain. But let us ease any worries and qualms you might have. Our MWC 2015 live blog will track Barcelona's mobile movements as they happen. Oh, and they'll be happening rather quickly at that if the bundle of pre-event news is anything to go by. If you missed our build up to MWC 2015 and all the rumours, punts...

  • 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...