Ahead of Friday's kickoff of the IFA consumer electronics convention in Berlin, Acer today took the wraps off an assortment of new slim notebooks, 2-in-1s, and convertible devices. The company also unveiled a new ultrathin desktop PC and a new large display Chromebook.
Featuring 8th-generation Intel Core processors and biometric Windows Hello security, the new notebooks, convertibles, and detachables are designed for users looking for advanced mobile productivity, according to Acer. The lineup includes Acer's Switch 7 Black Edition (pictured above), which the company called "the world's first fanless two-in-one notebook."
First held in 1924 and hosted annually by the German Association for Entertainment and Communications Electronics, the IFA has been the launching ground for ground-breaking devices, including some of the earliest televisions and audio tape recorders. This year's show runs from Sept. 1-6.
One-Touch Login, One-Handed Kickstand
Set to hit the North American market in December, the new Switch 7 Black Edition uses Acer's Dual LiquidLoop technology for fanless cooling. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, it features a 13.5-inch IPS display, Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics, brushed-aluminum body, and embedded, battery-free stylus for writing and drawing with Windows Ink.
The Switch 7 Black Edition also has an optical-based, under-glass fingerprint sensor designed to support Microsoft's Windows Hello biometric security technology. This enables a user to activate the device and log in with just one touch through Power on Authentication.
The notebook is also the first built with Acer's AutoStand, an automatic kickstand feature that allows for one-handed operation. The Switch 7 Black Edition will be priced starting at $1,699.
Powered by 8th-generation Intel Core processors, the Switch 7 Black Edition and several other new mobile computing devices from Acer provide a 40-percent boost in performance compared to computers built with 7th-generation chips, according to Chris Walker, vice president of Intel's client computing group.
Also Arriving: Swift, Spin 5, S24, Chromebook 15
Weighing less than 2.2 pounds, the new Swift touchscreen notebook is designed for "extreme portability," Acer said. Priced starting at $999 and expected to arrive in North American stores in December, it offers an eight-hour battery life, backlit keyboard, and support for "crisp videoconferencing" through Skype for Business certification.
For even more user flexibility, Acer is also rolling out the Spin 5 convertible, which can switch from laptop to tablet to display and tent modes. Available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, the Spin 5 can be used with an optional Acer Active Stylus and features an omni-directional antenna for optimized wireless connectivity no matter what mode the device is used in. Available starting next month, the convertible will be priced at $799 and up.
Also making its debut ahead of IFA is Acer's new Aspire S24 all-in-one desktop. It features a 23.8-inch display that's just 5.97 millimeters thick, which Acer said is its slimmest ever. In addition to its 8th-generation Intel Core processors, the S24 will also be available with an option for Intel Optane memory. Set to arrive in North America in January, the desktop will start at $999.
Finally, Acer today also unveiled a new Chromebook: the 15.6-inch, aluminum-bodied Chromebook 15. Built with support for Android apps from the Google Play Store and featuring a 12-hour battery life, the Chromebook 15 will be available for $399 and up starting in October.