Acer's new Aspire E Series Windows 10 laptops are easy on the eyes

Starting at $449.99, the new notebooks include audio technology optimized for Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant and blue light reduction to reduce users' eye strain.


While not as highly anticipated as its forthcoming Cloudbooks, Acer has unveiled other new laptops that will be shipping now to coincide with the launch of Windows 10.

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Microsoft's latest OS is obviously the major calling card for the additions to the Aspire E Series, but it's not the only feature the notebooks have going for them. For a moderate starting price of $449, the new models all include Intel's fifth-generation Core processors (a.k.a. Broadwell) and will come in with either 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays. Acer did not mention out any specific systems using the larger screen size, but did detail a half dozen 15-inch editions.

The E5-573-395Q holds the lowest price point by being the only one to use a Core i3 processor (in this case, the i3-5015U) and 4GB of RAM instead of 8GB, but still includes a DVD drive. For $50 more, you can step up to the E5-573-58FN with twice the RAM and its Core i5-5200U chip, which also powers the other four pricier systems. These include the $549.99 E5-573-52US and the $599.99 E5-5737-5935, which double the hard drive capacity from 500GB to 1TB, and the $599.99 E5-573G-5698 and the $649.99 E5-573G-56RG, which add Nvidia GeForce 940M discrete graphics, though eschew a DVD drive. (The E5-573G-5698 features an Nvidia card with 2GB of video RAM, whereas the E5-573G-56RG comes with a 4GB Nvidia card.)

Acer is touting a couple of other wrinkles to its new E Series laptops, including audio technology optimized for use with the new Cortana voice assistant that's part of Windows 10. It's also added the Acer BluelightShield feature that helps to reduce the amount of blue light emitted from the display, which aids in lessening eye strain after many hours of computing.

The company is still holding out on providing details on its Cloudbooks, which will help Windows 10 fight the popular Chromebooks with a low starting price of $169. Acer says more information will be disclosed next month.