It’s a big day for Acer, which kicked off its Next@Acer event with its usual onslaught of new products. This year is no different. The Taiwanese laptop maker has opened the floodgates and poured out a slew of new gadgets, from premium Chromebooks to powerful PC gaming consoles.
I touch you. Most of it Check out the new products in this post and highlight the ones you need, including the Chromebook Spin 714, Swift 3, and Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition. If there’s a thread connecting these latest releases, it’s the latest components from Intel, AMD, and Nvidia. At the very least, the extra performance you’ll get from these new chips will keep you from buying a laptop until they arrive in the next few months.
Acer Chromebook Spin 714
Yes, I’m starting with a Chromebook. Not only. Any Chromebooks, however. It’s in the same family as the best Chromebook you can buy today: the Spin 713. For the best, the Spin 714 is what you get when you try so hard not to mess up something delicate — an expertly balanced Spin refresh. 713.
The Spin 714 now comes with 12th Gen Intel Core processors, up to the Core i7, which offers 20% performance gains over the previous generation. Even though the Spin 714 is catching up to the rest of the Chromebook field, I’ll take the extra horsepower. Acer is rating the battery life at 10 hours, and you’ll get four hours of use from a 30-minute charge. The laptop weighs 3.1 pounds and is 0.71 inches tall — numbers that put it in the more portable range for 14-inch laptops.
The Chromebook Spin 713 has a beautiful 13.5-inch display, while the Spin 714 raises the bar with two high-resolution display options, 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) or 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). Acer claims these 16:10 panels cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut and are covered in anti-bacterial Gorilla Glass.
I’m also glad to see the webcam boosted to 1080p, and Acer throws in transient noise reduction technology and a dual mic array. Before I get too excited, none of this means the webcam will take good photos or videos, but it raises the theoretical ceiling.
It’s one of the many convenience features that include a stylus garage on the front edge, a backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6e and Bluetooth 5.2 support, an optional fingerprint sensor, and decent ports that include Thunderbolt 4 inputs and HDMI. .
The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 will be available in North America in August with a starting price of $749. If you prefer a tablet, Acer has revealed the Chromebook Tab 510, a 10.1-inch tablet with a Snapdragon 7c chip.
Acer Swift 3
Do you know those LG OLED TVs that you want to watch your old movies on? Well, now they are the main thing on the main laptops. Acer is teaming up with the Swift 3 ultra-portable notebook with a 14-inch 2880 x 1800 pixel OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
I can already tell you that the screen offers clear, detailed and perfect black levels. Although Acer rates this system’s endurance at a solid 10 hours (take it with a grain of salt), what it does to battery life is a big mystery.
There’s not much else to Swift. Like its predecessor, this year’s model has a straight design with clear branding and curved edges. The aluminum chassis with a fingerprint sensor on the power button weighs 3.1 pounds and comes in silver or gold. When you need to connect peripherals, the Swift 3 has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, a USB-A input, and a headphone/mic jack.
On the inside is up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU paired with 16GB of RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. Aside from your standard integrated Iris Xe, you won’t get much in the way of graphics performance.
It’s not the most exciting laptop in this segment, but with a starting price of $899, the Swift 3 OLED could be competitive when it arrives next month. If you want a convertible laptop, Acer has updated the Spin 5 and Spin 3 with Intel 12th Gen processors.
Hunter Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition
It’s time to talk game. I’ll start with the weirdest laptop announced today: the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition. Yes, that is the correct name. The most notable component here is the glasses-free stereoscopic 3D, accessed through SpacialLabs’ TrueGame app. I thought 3D was dead years ago, but apparently over 50 games were supported at launch. Among the titles that Acer shared with the press, you will find such big names Forza Horizon 5, god of warAnd The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
I haven’t seen Acer’s stereoscopic 3D, but just reading these words takes me back to the beginning of the last decade when stereoscopic 3D was an expensive gimmick found on luxury laptops like the Dell XPS 17 3D or the Toshiba Qosmio X775. This modern take protects us from flooding glasses.
When Acer first demonstrated this technology on its ConceptD notebooks, it said 3D could give people working in CAD a more lifelike preview of a product before it’s built. It is thought to have already been used in episodes for car configurations and home design by architects. Now Acer is saying it’s bringing another level of immersion to video games, going deeper into layers and components.
“We’re excited to add a new dimension to gaming with the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition, enabling industry-leading glasses-free stereoscopic 3D gaming,” said Jerry Kao, Co-COO of Acer. we will do.
How does it work? 3D technology combines eye tracking with stereoscopic 3D display and real-time rendering. Likewise, the Helio 300’s 15.6-inch, 4K panel has a liquid crystal lenticular lens bonded to it to create a module that can switch between 2D and stereoscopic 3D views. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Acer has spared no expense with the Helios’ internals, with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB DDR-4800 RAM, and 2TB of storage.
Let’s hope the 3D stuff works because Acer is charging a fortune for this particular model, which will go on sale in early Q4 for $3,399.
Hunter Triton 300 SE
I will not go too deep on the Triton 300 SE because my editor has one A full-blown hand piece.
As an overview, the Triton 300 SE comes in 14-inch and 16-inch models, each with its own display options. Going for the smaller version gives you a stunning 14-inch, 2800 x 1800 OLED option for the best viewing experience. You can also save some money and go for a 2560 x 1600-pixel IPS panel at 165Hz with 500 nits of brightness, or a 1920 x 1200 IPS display with 400 nits.
If you opt for the larger model, you can choose a 16-inch, 2560 x 1600 IPS display with a 240Hz refresh rate or a 1920 x 1200-pixel screen at 165Hz. It’s a good option for competitive gamers who play fast-paced games like first-person shooters.
The Triton 300 SE is a beautiful laptop with a simple design without the gimmicks of older gaming laptops that we often criticize. If I’m doing a nitpick, I wish the keyboard had a single-key backlit instead of a four-zone one, and the fingerprint sensor embedded in the top-left corner of the touchpad is a bummer.
The specifications Acer has provided have me scratching my head because the smaller 14-inch version could be equipped with a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H, while the 16-inch version will go up to a Core i7-12700H. The 16 runs the CPU blip on a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU, while the 14 stops at the RTX 3060. Both systems can be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM, while the 16-inch model gets double that with 2TB of storage.
The 14-inch Predator Triton 300 SE will be available in July starting at $1,599, while the 16-inch model will start at $1,749.