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All posts tagged "Acer"

  • School’s out: Chrome OS debuts on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

    Chrome OS was a buggy pipe dream just a few months ago, but this week Acer launched the world's first tablet running Google's shiny new OS. Dubbed the Chromebook Tab 10, the 9.7-inch device is squarely aimed at the education sector, namely teachers and students from kindergarten all the way up to grade 12. But even if you're not six-years-old and reading this (if you are, well done), you should be intrigued by Acer's offering. For one, the company confirms the tablet will run apps from the Google Play Store, feature battery life "of up to nine hours" and come "standard with...

  • These locally available Chromebooks have Android apps

    Chromebooks has received plenty of love internationally, becoming a viable alternative in many ways to Macbooks and Windows laptops. In South Africa, our choices are far more limited though, as we discovered when we sniffed around for locally available Chromebooks. Nevertheless, you can definitely find a few models if you check out the likes of Takealot, Makro and WebAntics. Takealot offers the Mecer Expression V2 Chromebook, being the cheapest Chromebook in South Africa by the looks of it (available for R2999 at the time of writing but usually R3499). Meanwhile, WebAntics and Makro offer a host of Acer Chromebooks. These local devices offer...

  • CES 2018: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo bring laptops, convertibles

    CES 2018 isn't just about smart speakers, cars and gigantic TVs. Those on the hunt for new laptops and convertibles also have a few options thanks to HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. From gaming notebooks to super-slim laptops, we take a look at the new wares... What did HP bring? The US computer brand came blasting out of the gate with its Spectre x360 15 (seen above), claiming that it's the most powerful two-in-one device. The device will come in two flavours: an eighth generation Core i7 8705G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or a quad-core eighth gen Intel Core chip and GeForce MX150...

  • Acer Swift 3 review: portable, punchy and pretty in pink

    As tech reviewer, I've done the worst possible thing before penning this review: I read other journalists' thoughts of the Acer Swift 3. Usually, that's a bad thing. Usually, others influence your thoughts or make you second guess your opinions. Often reading reviews beforehand rather shapes a review into something that you wouldn't normally pen yourself. But this time, I've actually gained a bit of clarity. Let me explain. A few reviews I've perused suggest that the Acer Swift 3 is just another basement ultraportable trying its heart out to be a MacBook Pro. Others suggest that it misses a bevy of...

  • Acer’s gorgeous Aspire S24 will not be coming to South Africa

    In true IFA 2017 spirit, Acer today announced the latest addition to its long-running Aspire range. But no, it's not a laptop. Instead, the Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner at some points than the average smartphone. Acer claims that the display portion of the device tips the tape at just 5.97mm, boasting even thinner bezels. 2017 really is the year the world declared war against bezels. In terms of pixels, the screen will sport a 1920x1080 resolution within a 23.8-inch screen. The Acer Aspire S24 is an all-in-one that's thinner than the average smartphone As for internals, the Aspire S24 will...

  • IFA 2017: Acer tosses Core i9, 4 Vega graphics cards into beastly PC

    It's IFA 2017 time already, as the world's tech manufacturers descend on Germany for the massive event. Acer has wasted little time in showing off its wares though, headlined by the Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC. The desktop packs an 18-core, 36 thread Intel Core i9 processor, as well as your choice of up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards or two GeForce GTX1080Ti graphics cards. In other words, virtual reality and 8K should be well supported here, Acer claims. The company adds that the new machine also has support for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. Acer also revealed the...

  • Chromebooks: who sells them in South Africa?

    Chromebooks may have had a slow start back in the day, but we've seen sales steadily increase and Google's support remain unwavering. But what if you want one of these laptops in South Africa? Of course, Google's own Chromebook range isn't in SA, but we asked some of the bigger tech brands about their devices. Acer Search for Chromebooks available in South Africa and you're very likely to find Acer laptops as an option. "We definitely do have Chromebooks in SA. They can be found at WebAntics.com and other online stores as well," a representative wrote in response to a Gearburn query. Aside from...

  • Computex 2017: Acer Nitro 5 is one for the gamers

    Computex 2017 hasn't started yet, but Acer has already revealed a few wares, most notably in the form of the Nitro 5 gaming laptops. So what are you getting then, in terms of specs? "You can choose from models featuring up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 7th Generation Intel Core processors or AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with 7th Generation AMD A-series processors," Microsoft notes on its blog. In other words, if you're waiting for AMD's Zen chips in a laptop, this isn't for you. Nevertheless, these laptops all support up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Other notable features include SSDs...

  • Acer Predator 21 X: a VR laptop for gamers revealed

    Keeping track of the Acer Predator 21 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. Conventional wisdom says that gaming laptops are overpriced and offer less bang for your buck. But, if anything, Acer is certainly not skimping on the specs with its new Acer Predator 21 X notebook. This monstrosity comes with a curved 2560x1080 display that features integrated eye-tracking technology, making for a rather innovative design, for starters. Then again, many would probably prefer a higher resolution screen, so it probably is skimping on specs in this regard... Anyway, the machine isn't merely running Intel...

  • 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...