Acer has brought a wide range of new monitors to showcase at CES in Las Vegas. Other notable Acer products at the show include upgraded 15-inch and 17-inch Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptops and an all-new 'premium' 2-in-1 Aspire Switch 12 S.
New additions to Acer's monitor lineup are the R1 series, H7 series and the XR342CK. All of the monitors Acer is showcasing feature ColorPlus IPS panels with Acer EyeProtect technology to reduce fatigue from flicker and blue light.
The Acer R1 series, are claimed to be the world's thinnest monitors. They are constructed with an under 7mm thickness plus a ZeroFrame ultra-thin bezel design. Acer has R1 monitors in 21.5-, 23-, 23.8-, 25- and 27-inch screen sizes, all with Full HD resolution. This series is available from Q1, priced from $129.99.
Acer's H7 Series are USB Type-C monitors. Offered in 25-inch and 27-inch options, these monitors use just that single connection for power, data and display content. Users can enjoy the WQHD (2560 x 1440) display resolution, 100 per cent sRGB gamut, superior audio with Acer TrueHarmony and DTS Sound. Complementing the new fangled USB Type-C port these monitors also offer HDMI 2.0 ports. Acer's H7 series will be available in February with prices starting at $499.99.
The Acer XR342CK is a 34-inch UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution monitor with 21:9 aspect ratio and 1900R curvature. This variable refresh rate FreeSync monitor reproduces 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut and offers 6-axis colour adjustment. DTS sound is built-in and LED lighting effects shine from under the lower bezel, if you like. The XR342CK will be available in March with prices starting at €1,099.
Laptops and 2-in-1s
Acer is introducing the Intel RealSense short range cameras to its Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptops. The systems maker reckons that RealSense will "offer gamers improved experiences with its enhanced 2D and 3D image quality allowing gamers to broadcast their gaming experiences and video chat with background removal".
Other features promised, thanks to RealSense, are; scanning your face and putting it on your favourite game's character, scanning objects to bring into games, a smooth Windows Hello experience, and use as a regular 60fps HD camera.
Performance hardware in the Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptops includes; 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX960M graphics with up to 4GB GDDR5 graphics RAM, and NVMe PCIe SSDs. Various 15- and 17-inch screen options are available including a 4K 100 per cent Adobe RGB model. The RealSense edition will be available from February priced from $1,099 upwards.
If you like 2-in-1 designs Acer's new Aspire Switch 12 S might appeal. Acer refers to this machine as its "most premium and advanced" Switch 2-in-1 PC. Compared to others in the range it takes the specs up a notch with:
- A 4K (3840x2160) or Full HD (1920x1080) 12.5-inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass 4
- 6th Generation Intel Core M processor
- 4 or 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB SSD
- Thunderbolt 3 to USB-C connector with speeds up to 40Gbps for fast data transfers and hi-res display support, plus two USB 3.0 ports, Micro HDMI, a Micro SD card reader and a headphone/speaker jack
- 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and 2x2 MU-MIMO
- Intel RealSense Camera R200 on the rear, plus front facing HD camera
- Triple microphone and Acer Purified.Voice technology, front-facing speakers with Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium
- Backlit keyboard with 6Gbps Snap Hinge Gold connector
- An anodized aluminium chassis measuring just 7.85 mm and 800g (tablet portion, as a 'laptop it is 17.3mm and 1.4Kg)
- Windows 10
The Aspire Switch 12 S will start to become available in Feb, priced from $999. You can read more about it in Acer's dedicated press release.