Acer is a company that has generally produced decent hardware at affordable pricing, and the latest product announcement looks like no exception. The new line of laptops that Acer announced a few days ago are clearly aimed at the back to school shopper, with some devices starting under $300 dollars, and some other more expensive machines with an emphasis on graphics processing, and others with an emphasis on productivity – perfect for school, work, and recreation.
First of all, all the devices will ship with Windows 8.1, the latest consumer version of Windows, even though the anticipation of Windows 10 is getting to be too much to bear. It seems Acer has opted for the safer route, getting their ducks in a row well before the release of the products, instead of waiting around for Microsoft to release Windows 10.
Without further ado, here are a few of the offerings:
Aspire R 11: Ready for school work and productivity in a funky form factor.
This product looks pretty cute and fun, aimed at the middle or high school student who does little more than web browsing and word processing and the occasional PowerPoint or excel spreadsheet. It comes in a few colors, and probably the most exciting thing is the form factor, a hinged 2-in-1 that provides a lot of versatility. The R 11 is configurable to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. The RAM will prove useful here, seeing that the R 11 is slightly underpowered with and Intel Pentium processor. The display is an 11in 720p panel with blue light reduction technology, and of course you get a webcam, 2MP, and some USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. This battery should last a while too, upwards of 7 hours. All in all a competitive, affordable little option.
Switch 10 and Switch 10 E: Productivity and versatility, with a little edge.
Not a laptop per se, but could be used as one, albeit for less intensive tasks like the R 11. The form factor is similar to that of the Asus Transformer series, a tablet that plugs into a keyboard. Whether the keyboard has a battery in it is unknown, however you do have the option of having a 1TB hard drive for storage in the keyboard. The two devices will run an Intel Aton quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and up to64 GB flash storage. The Switch E is essentially the same, a little heavier, and with a lower resolution display at 1280×800 instead of 1920×1200.
Aspire V 15: Less about the aesthetic with solid specs for gaming for a good price.
A very solid offering from Acer, a sizeable 15 inch display, quality aluminum details, backlit keyboard, 5th generation Intel processors, not specified but most likely the base model will be a higher end i5 upgradeable to a range of i7s. Configurable to 16 gigs of RAM with an Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics card and the option for a 1TB SSD, gaming won’t be hard on the V 15.
Aspire E and ES: This laptop can be made to be whatever you want it to be.
Firstly, a choice of graphics card, Nvidia GeForce 940M or AMD Radeon great for gaming. 3 different screen sizes: 14in, 15.6in, 17.3in. Configurable RAM up to 16 GB, You get to choose from a large selection of AMD and Intel processors, from minimally powerful to a 2.4GHz i7. You’ll also get the same choice as V 15 in terms of storage: 2TB HDD or 1TB SSD. These prices are going to vary magnificently.
It’s really pretty incredible what Acer is managing to offer in terms of specs at such a low price point. Will you be considering any of these laptops for yourself or maybe a friend or family member for back to school? Let us know in the comments or on social media.[button link=”http://www.pcworld.com/article/2914002/acer-back-to-school-windows-lineup-includes-249-aspire-r-11-tablet-and-aspire-e-laptops-starting-at.html”]Source: PC World[/button]
Last Updated on November 27, 2018.