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All posts tagged "Acer"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI

    The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Considering that the internet of things, 4K resolution screens, curved screens, quantum dot screens, ridiculously thin screens (just, many screens, essentially) and a number of interesting products were well represented at this year's fiesta, CES 2015 was predominantly the year of the couch potato. There were some more interesting launches catering for the casual gamer, the mobile media...

  • 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...