Fresh from its epic [email protected] Global Press Conference event in New York, Acer today unleashed its latest portable line-up in Malaysia. Headlining the portfolio is the critically-acclaimed Switch Alpha 12 – the world’s first fanless 2-in-1 notebook with 6th Generation Intel Core power and cutting-edge Acer LiquidLoop cooling technology.
Other products in the 2016 line-up include the beautiful Aspire S 13, Aspire R 15, Aspire E and F Series; and the surprise Acer R1 Series monitor.
Switch Alpha 12 – fanless Surface-killer
Microsoft’s Surface may have found its keenest competitor yet, in the Switch Alpha 12. The looker has some kick-ass tech under its sleeve. First is the cutting-edge Acer LiquidLoop liquid cooling technology that keeps the device cool and reliable at all times. This enables the Switch Alpha 12 to be ultrathin and fanless.
Battery life is rated at eight hours, aided by the powerful yet energy efficient 6th Generation Intel Core processors.
What’s cool is its versatile, multi-angle kick-stand, attachable keyboard and Acer Active Pen.
The Switch Alpha 12 comes with a 12-inch touch QHD display, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD; as well as superfast USB 3.1 Type-C.
The tablet weighs just 900g without the attached keyboard.
Aspire S 13 – Seriously good-looking, seriously fast
The S Series was always about slimless and performance. The new Aspire S 13 is no different. Measuring just 14.58mm thin, the 13.3-inch notebook is also lightweight (1.3kg) and powerful.
With a good-looking design inspired by the V Nitro Black Edition gaming notebook, the S 13 features sleek chamfered diamond-cut edges and a glossy hinge. Acer’s much-loved nano-imprint patterns the metal top cover makes it standout amongst the rest.
Powering the device is the new 6th Generation Intel Core i5, with up to 8GB DDR3L RAM and 256GB SSD onboard.
Battery life is claimed to be up to 11 hours.
The 13.3-inch IPS display supports Full HD, and the portable also comes with USB 3.1 Type-C. The S 13 is the industry’s first notebook to be integrated with MU-MIMO functionality, so expect excellent network performance.
Consistent throughout Acer’s Aspire range of notebooks is its high-performance audio, aided by Acer TrueHarmony.
Aspire R 15 – Epitome of flexibility
If you want flexibility and versatility, the award-winning Acer Aspire R 15 is it. It’s the world’s thinnest 15-inch 360-degree convertible with a patented soft-closing hinge.
Move elegantly through four modes, including laying it perfectly flat at 180-degrees. The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 winner is powered by the 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, and features a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display.
Aspire E & F Series – affordable workhorses
The new Aspire E and F series range from 14-, 15- and 17-inch sizes. Made for productivity, they sport 6th Generation Intel Core processors, multi-user MIMO, ultrafast DDR4 RAM and USB 3.1 Type-C.
Both series deliver up to 8-hour battery life, and also includes Acer TrueHarmony speakers, discrete NVIDIA graphics and Skype for Business certified Acer HD webcam.
R1 Series – ultraslim, ultra-affordable monitors
One of the surprises at the launch, the R1 Series monitors boast an unbelievably thin enclosure – just 6.6mm at the edges. Acer’s famed ZeroFrame bezel maximizes your viewing experience.
Pushing Full HD resolution with IPS technology, visuals are crisp, complemented by vision-saving Acer Flicker-less and BluelightShield technologies.
Connectivity-wise, the R1 series gets VGA, DVI and HDMI connections. Available in 21.5-inch, 23.8-inch and 27-inch sizes.
Pricing and availability
All new products except the Switch Alpha 12 will hit Acer authorized retailers including the Acer Store Online this week. The Switch Alpha 12, on the other hand, will be available starting next week.
Prices are as below:
- Switch Alpha 12 (Intel Core i3) – MYR2,499
- Switch Alpha 12 (Intel Core i5) – MYR3,499
- Switch Alpha 12 (Intel Core i7) – MYR4,499
- Aspire S 13 (i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD) – MYR2,799
- Aspire S 13 (i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) – MYR3,399
- Aspire R 15 – MYR2,999
- Aspire E 14 (i5, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD) – MYR2,199
- Aspire E 14 (i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) – MYR2,499
- Aspire E 15 (i5, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD) – MYR2,399
- Aspire F 15 (i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) – MYR2,699
- Aspire F 15 (i7, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) – MYR3,499
- R1 21.5” – MYR479
- R1 23.8” – MYR649
- R1 27” – MYR899