Acer introduces new notebooks, PCs and monitors

Acer announced at its next@acer Global Press Conference that we can expect many exciting new products in the next few months. The Taiwanese company attaches great importance to sustainability. This is underlined by its participation in the RE100 initiative. What is behind this? The goal of RE100 is to only use renewable energies for manufacturing products by 2035. Acer initially wants to achieve this with its in-house initiative “Earthion”. The company has also already presented a suitable notebook with the Aspire Vero. We take a look at Acer’s sustainable notebook and want to see what other surprises the company has up its sleeve.

Acer Aspire Vero

The Acer Aspire Vero is Acer’s first device to come from its own Earthion platform. Thus, it is supposed to play a pioneering role in the sustainable production of future models. Acer relies on recycled plastic (PCR) for the material, for example. Especially the case cover, but also the keyboard are made of the same materials. Sustainability is also important for the packaging. The Taiwanese company packs the notebook in a carton that consists of 80 to 85 percent recycled paper.

Acer Aspire Vero (Image: Acer)

Even small parts, such as the adapter of the notebook, are not packed with plastic, but a paper sleeve. Due to the lack of other gentle alternatives, Acer still has to use plastic in some places. For example, a foil is placed between the keyboard and the display. However, this material is also supposed to be made of recycled material. Even after unpacking the notebook, the device still seems to radiate sustainability. Acer promises that the compact laptop is characterized by easily accessible screws, for example. This is supposed to counteract a too quick disposal and enable an uncomplicated repair.

Acer Aspire Vero (Image: Acer)

However, the look is not only sustainable, but also chic. The combination of yellow and volcano gray accents creates a modern and pretty look for the notebook. This is likely to get you noticed. More important than the looks is of course the inner workings of the device. And here Acer doesn’t seem to do things by halves. Besides an 11th generation Intel Core processor, the compact notebook should also have a maximum of 1 TB in the form of an M.2 SSD. Thus, Acer wants to deliver the right device for all-rounders in particular. After all, the Acer Aspire Vero is primarily suited for office applications.

Acer Aspire Vero (Image: Acer)

This is also emphasized by the special keyboard design. When you open the display, it is slightly slanted. This is supposed to enable ergonomic typing. Further features underline the functionality of the upcoming notebook. For example, a sophisticated noise suppression with the support of artificial intelligence is supposed to provide a crystal-clear microphone recording. Besides 1x USB-C port, 2x USB-A (Gen 3.2), 1x HDMI 2.0 and WiFi 6 are also on board of the sustainable device.

The four new Chromebooks

During its press conference, Acer also unveiled four new Chromebooks at once. In addition to the large Chromebook 317, the special Chromebook Spin 713, the powerful Chromebook 514 and the compact Chromebook 314 were also unveiled.

Acer Chromebook 317

The Chromebook 317 stands out from the other Google-certified devices mainly because of its 43.9 cm display. Thanks to a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), the anti-reflective monitor should also come across sufficiently sharp.

Acer Chromebook 317 (Image: Acer)

The Chromebook wants to underline its office suitability with a battery life of up to 10 hours. Acer promises sufficient performance with the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 CPUs. Meanwhile, WiFi 6 is supposed to provide fast wireless Internet. Furthermore, there are supposed to be enough other ports besides two USB-C ports.

Acer Chromebook (Enterprise) Spin 713

The Chromebooks Spin 713 and Enterprise Spin 713 are supposed to be another premiere. After all, these are the first Chromebooks with Intel Evo technology. For the processor of both notebooks, Acer relies on the 11th generation Intel Core i7 processors.

Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 (Image: Acer)

The design of the two convertibles looks very classy thanks to the aluminum finish. But due to the resistant material, Acer also promises a commendable robustness. The display measures 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) and is based on the so-called VertiView technology. This is supposed to ensure comfortable and fast scrolling even in vertical tablet mode.

Acer Chromebook 514 and 314

The last two Chromebooks presented are the 514 and 314. Both notebooks measure 14 inches in screen diagonal, which makes them portable all-rounders. However, the innards also sound promising. At least the 514 has a decent performance for a Chromebook. An Intel Core processor of the 11th generation is the core. Furthermore, the backlit keyboard and the Gorilla Glass touchpad make a pleasingly high-quality impression.

Acer Chromebook 314 (Image: Acer)

The Chromebook 314 is a bit more slimmed down. Acer itself therefore advertises it as an optimal low-cost solution for pupils and students. A MediaTek MT8183 octa-core processor is at work here. It will not be able to offer top performance, but it will be sufficient for everyday school or university use. By the way, the weaker battery ensures a much longer battery life for the 314 than for the 514. While the Chromebook with a powerful Intel CPU should “only” be able to last a maximum of 10 hours, Acer promises up to 15 hours of runtime for the 314.

Prices and availability

All new Acer Chromebooks are scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2021. The Chromebook 317 is expected to be available at an MSRP of 399 euros. The Acer Spin 713 convertible is to have an MSRP of 799 euros. Chromebook 514 is to go on sale for 499 and the slightly weaker Chromebook 314 for 299 Euros MSRP.

Acer Swift X

With the Swift X, Acer wants to launch a notebook that is not only thin and light, but also powerful. The ultra-thin notebook is said to be equipped with a powerful GeForce RTX 3050 laptop GPU from Nvidia. Considering the weight of just 1.39 kg, this is quite impressive. Besides the promising graphics power, the CPU should also be convincing. Acer provides the portable notebook for creative professionals with an AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile CPU, which is supported by up to 16 GB of RAM. In terms of storage, up to 2x 1 TB SSDs are supposed to be possible. All this fits into a metal case that is just 17.9 mm thick.

Acer Swift X (Image: Acer)

The Swift X’s IPS display measures 14 inches and resolves in Full HD. Photographers and/or videographers will be happy about the great brightness values of up to 300 nits as well as the sRGB color space coverage of 100 percent. The numerous connectivity options also give reason for joy. Besides the USB-C port, Acer promises many other options for connecting sources to the device. Thanks to a battery life of up to 17 hours, it is ideally suited for mobile use. Those who are interested in the compact Swift X do not have to wait much longer. It is to be launched as early as in the summer of 2021 at an MSRP of 899 euros.

Acer ConceptD gets new components

Furthermore, Acer has announced a massive upgrade of its ConceptD series, which is popular among professionals. These are now to receive the latest 11th generation Intel CPUs from the H-series. On top of that, updated graphics options are supposed to be on board. Among other things, you should have the choice of a powerful Nvidia RTX A5000. In terms of numbers, Acer is launching three ConceptD devices this year.

ConceptD 7 Ezel (Image: Acer)

The ConceptD 7 Ezel makes the start. The 15.6-inch notebook is supposed to score with its 4K display including touch support, among other things. It is PANTONE-certified and should be able to offer an Adobe RGB color space coverage of 100 percent. The ConceptD 5 is also planned. It comes with a 16-inch display, which now uses the 16:10 format. The ConceptD 3 is supposed to have many different features. Not only can you choose the form factor (clamshell or convertible), but you also have to decide between many different GPUs.

ConceptD 5 (Image: Acer)

All four new models in the ConceptD lineup are scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2021 at the earliest. The ConceptD 5 is said to have an MSRP of 2,999 euros. Acer wants to call up an RRP of 3,499 Euros for the ConceptD 7 Ezel. The ConceptD 3 Ezel is supposed to be available starting at 1,999 euro. The cheapest model in the new ConceptD range will probably be the ConceptD 3 with an MSRP starting at 1,599 euros.

Acer TravelMate

The electronics company is also giving its TravelMate P6 series a new edition. Thus, the TravelMate P6 as well as the TravelMate Spin P6 are to go on sale this year. While the standard version is supposed to be a thin, light and portable notebook in backpack size, the Spin is a real convertible. However, small dimensions and a low weight do not mean low performance. Quite the opposite. Acer has equipped its upcoming TravelMate P6 series with powerful Intel processors. You should have the choice up to a Core i7 vPro. This should not only provide a lot of power, but also a high energy efficiency.

We can therefore expect long battery runtimes. Both models have a Full HD+ IPS display in common, which measures 14 inches. Thanks to a 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, the notebooks should also be very good for photo and/or video editing. 5G and NFC round off the portable capabilities of the two small notebooks. The standard version of the TravelMate P6 is supposed to go on sale in September. Acer states 1,139 Euros as the RRP. The version with convertible features will arrive in October and has a slightly higher RRP of 1,199 Euros.

New fodder for gamers

Of course, the focus of the Taiwanese was not only on devices for office users and professional creatives. Gaming also takes a high priority in the upcoming devices. Besides powerful gaming desktops, Acer also wants to launch some exciting gaming notebooks. The new product range around gaming is rounded off by matching monitors.

Acer Predator Orion 3000 and Nitro 50

With the Predator Orion and Nitro come two powerful desktop PCs for demanding gamers from Acer. The updates of the two popular PC setups mainly want to score with new processors and GPUs. Thus, Acer gives the gaming behemoths either the new Intel Core CPUs of the 11th generation or an AMD Ryzen of the 5000 series.

When it comes to graphics performance, the company relies on the promising GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards. The Orion is scheduled to launch in July at an MSRP starting at 1,099 Euros. For the Nitro 50, which is also scheduled to go on sale in July, Acer wants to call an MSRP of 999 euros.

Three new gaming monitors

So that you can also use the new desktop PCs sensibly, Acer has of course also immediately announced the upcoming gaming monitors. And these promise a lot thanks to VESA DisplayHDR. The Predator CG437K S comes in a huge format. It has a UHD resolution and a diagonal of 108 cm (42.5 inches). Furthermore, Acer has presented its Predator X38 S. The curved monitor in 21:9 format measures 95.3 cm (37.5 inches) diagonally and offers a UWQHD resolution. Furthermore, it is supposed to impress with a 175 Hz refresh rate and a response time of up to 0.3 ms.

The Predator X28 is the smallest of the presented gaming monitors with a screen diagonal of 71.1 cm (28 inches). However, it has it all technically. In addition to a refresh rate of 155 Hz, it should also score with a color accuracy of Delta E<1 and an eye-friendly Eyesafe certification from TÜV-Rheinland. The new monitors are to be launched in the fall of this year. The Predator X38 S will start in September with an RRP of 2,199 Euros. The Predator X28 with an RRP of 1,199 Euros is supposed to follow in October 2021. The Predator CG437K S is supposed to go on sale in November 2021. The RRP of the largest of the three monitors is to be 1,599 euros.

New gaming notebooks

Acer has also unveiled new portable gaming options. With the Predator Triton and the Predator Helios, the Taiwanese update their popular gaming notebooks. The latest CPU technology from Intel is also used here. In particular, the 11th generation Intel Core processors from the H45 series are to be installed. GPUs from Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 series are supposed to provide graphics performance. Acer itself advertises its Triton 500 SE with maximum performance. The company wants to score with individual display options for the Helios 500.

Thus, you should have the choice between two different screens. Besides an IPS panel with FullHD and 360 Hz, you should alternatively be able to choose a 4K display with 120 Hz. Apart from the two notebooks, practical gaming accessories will also be available. For example, the Connect X5 5G CPE router and the Predator Cestus 335 gaming mouse. The Helios 500 is scheduled to launch in the third quarter at an MSRP starting at 2,499 euros. For the Triton 500 SE, which is also supposed to come in the third quarter, Acer wants to call an MSRP starting at 1,799 euro. The new Cestus 335 gaming mouse is supposed to go on sale in July at an RRP of 79.99 Euros.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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