Acer today announced that several of its Windows 10 notebook lines are the industry’s first to offer Amazon Alexa pre-installed, including the Acer Spin 3 and Acer Spin 5 lines which are available at retailers now. The news today is the first step in Acer’s plans to roll out Amazon Alexa across its PC portfolio.
Amazon Alexa will also be pre-installed on the Acer Nitro 5 Spin convertible gaming notebook line next month. It will also be available on select Aspire, Switch and Swift notebooks, as well as Aspire all-in-one PCs, as they are rolled out to Acer’s retail partners over the next few weeks.
Additional product lines already purchased by customers will soon be able to be updated with Alexa via the Acer Care Center. The first Acer notebook lines to receive the update will be the Acer Spin 5 and Spin 3 convertible families on May 23 and May 26, respectively.
“The Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5 convertible notebooks are the ideal products for the industry debut of Alexa voice functionality on notebooks,” said Jerry Kao, President of IT Products Business of Acer Inc. “We are thrilled to be the first to market with these flexible systems, which feature industry-leading audio and the latest technologies for convenient, time-saving and intuitive interactions.”
“We’re delighted to work with Acer to bring Alexa to customers in new ways,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We believe customers should be able to interact with Alexa wherever they might need her, including from their PCs, in order to take advantage of the simplicity of voice control.”
The addition of Alexa to the Acer lineup will allow customers to check the weather, make an entry on their calendar, create lists, answer questions, or play their favorite music, podcasts or audiobooks. You can also manage smart home devices using Alexa on your Acer notebook.
It’s interesting to see Alexa making its move to the PC world. One wonders if regular consumers will actually use the feature or not. You can check out more of Acer’s products on their website.