At its Computex press conference Acer announced what it said is the industry’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, its first "phablet," and updates to its Aspire S3 and S7 laptops—all equipped with touchscreens.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
Hero phones get all the glory. But ARM believes the market for mid-range mobile devices is about to explode. On the eve of Computex in Taiwan, the company announced several new products, including the Cortex-A12 processor.
The 11.6-inch convertible notebook runs Windows 8 Pro, but starts at $1,499.
With tablets giving laptops a run for their money, low power and long battery life has become the focus. Over the next few weeks a new wave of tablets laptops, and especially convertibles, based on fresh AMD and Intel silicon will show how far they’ve come.
Razer is hyping the 14-inch model as the "world's thinnest gaming laptop," while the Blade Pro will be sold at a large discount to indie game developers.
Best Buy is now selling the 11.6-inch C710-2833 laptop, which is the first Acer Chromebook to use solid-state storage.
As the Android tablet price war escalates, you can also step up to the Tegra 3 quad-core Sero 7 Pro for $149.
The company also announced a pair of new Pavilion TouchSmart all-in-one PCs.
Highlights from the refreshed notebooks include a version of the Envy TouchSmart 14 Ultrabook with 3,200x1,600 screen and the $399 Pavilion 11 TouchSmart.
This 11.6-inch Windows 8 device swivels between tablet and notebook mode, but it doesn't do so cheaply.