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Microsoft Malaysia Slashes Prices on Surface RT Tablet

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT. Image credit: Microsoft

Barely three months after its introduction to the Malaysian market, Microsoft Malaysia has cut prices of its consumer tablet, the Surface RT by as much as RM450. This reflects to similar price cuts in the US, where Microsoft has slashed $150 across all Surface RT variants.

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Acer Malaysia Unveils Next Generation Windows 8 Devices

Acer Windows 8 Launch

Acer Malaysia unveiled a buffet of next generation computing devices running on Windows 8 last week. Leading the pack is the highly-anticipated Acer Aspire S7 – Acer’s top-of-the-line, thinnest, lightest touch Ultrabook yet, together with the ICONIA W Series tablets and Aspire U Series All-in-One (AIO).

The Ultrabook Megan Fox approves of
The Acer Aspire S7 series of Ultrabooks is available in both 13.3″ and 11.6″ form factors. We first previewed the Aspire S7 a few weeks ago at a special sneak peak for media. The sleek ultrabook features a full HD (1920 x 1080) touch screen with electroluminescent backlit keyboard that automatically activates and adjusts its brightness based on ambient lighting.

There is plenty of nifty engineering involved in the making of the new Aspire S7 including the unique dual-torque hinge design, and Acer Twin Air cooling system that extends battery life and keeps the S7 comfortable to use.

Acer Windows 8 Launch

The first thing you would notice about the Aspire S7 is the stunning, white scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2 structure. The exterior of the ultrabook is a mere 11.9mm in thickness (12.2mm for the 11.6″ version) and tough enough to withstand the roughest and toughest conditions. Acer demo-ed the Aspire S7 being used as a chopping board. We got to witness and test this ourselves during the sneak peak session as well. Impressive.

Thanks to the unique hinge design, the touch-enabled screen can be laid back flat at 180 degrees and the image orientation reverses for easy touch-and-show sharing.

Reality in duality
For consumers who don’t require power and performance of a full notebook have two interesting new concepts from Acer – the Acer ICONIA Tab W510 and ICONIA Tab W700 cradle combo. Acer spoke of ‘duality’ during the launch and this is apparent with its two new convertible offerings.

The 10.1-inch Acer ICONIA Tab W510 preaches tri-mode usability – “touch, type and view”, allowing content creation, content consumption, in both productivity and presentation mode. Need to be productive? Connect to a detachable keyboard.

Thanks to an innovative hinge mechanism, it can be turned 295 degrees for presentation or video viewing (presentation mode). Battery life is impressive, able to last from 9 to 18 hours when connected to the detachable keyboard docking as the second battery.

The 11.6-inch Acer ICONIA Tab W700 cradle combo can boast as the only Intel Core tablet in the market, cramming incredible power, true full HD capabilities into a compact package.

The 10-point touch control, ultra-responsive and powerful tablet is flexible thanks to the multi-position dock that allows it to be positioned perfectly for landscape or portrait mode. Cool.

Acer Windows 8 Launch

All-touch, All-in-One
A device we’ve also played before is the 27-inch new Acer Aspire 7600U and 5600U All-in-one (AIO) desktops.  The sleek, minimalist designed desktop PCs are powered by the 3rd Generation Intel Core processor.

The 1920 x 1080 screen supports up to 10-point simultaneous touch which enables multiple users at one-go. It can be viewed at an angle from 0 to 90 degrees and swivels at four sides when it is flat on the table. The AIO also supports interactive gesture controls.

Acer rewards customers
In conjunction with the exciting launch, Acer announced its collaboration with Sunway Group through the Sunway Lifestyle app (downloadable from Windows Store) where it is running a contest especially for Acer customers.

All Acer customers who purchase any new Acer Windows 8 product and download the app between 26 October 2012 to 31 January 2013 will receive a Sunway Pyramid Privilege Card, Pyramid Ice discount voucher, 30% discount for “Beauty and the Beast” musical, 30% discount for Sunway Lagoon tickets and be eligible for the weekly and monthly lucky draw.

The monthly winners will receive four Sunway Lagoon All-Park adult tickets worth RM400, one 2D1N stay at Pyramid Tower Hotel worth RM500 and one Acer Aspire W510 worth RM1699.

Pricing & Availability

  • 13.3″ Acer Aspire S7 – RM3,799
  • 11.6″ Acer Aspire S7 – RM3,599
  • Acer ICONIA Tab W510 (32GB) – RM1,699
  • Acer ICONIA Tab W510 (64GB) – RM2,199
  • Acer ICONIA Tab W700 – RM2,199
  • 27″ Acer Aspire 7600U – RM4,999
  • 23″ Acer Aspire 5600U – RM3,399

All Acer products are now available at major Authorized Acer Resellers nationwide. For more information, please visit www.acer.com.my or call Acer Product Infoline at 1800-88-1288 (9am – 6pm, Mondays to Fridays).

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Microsoft wins copyright lawsuit against Malaysian computer dealer

After a three-day trial, Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) wins a civil lawsuit against local computer dealer Vital IT Marketing Services Sdn Bhd (“Vital IT”). The lawsuit which commenced on 31st May 2011 was against Vital IT which was accused of infringing Microsoft’s copyright in Windows 7 and Office Enterprise 2007. The accused were infringing the copyrights by pre-installing unlicensed Microsoft software into new computers sold to customers.

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[Review] Acer TravelMate 8481 Notebook: The Ultimate Mobile Warrior?

Acer TravelMate 8481 Review

Is there an ultimate laptop for the busy, mobile business exec? If you’re a mobile warrior, every extra pound on your back makes a difference as you move around all day, lugging that 15-inch laptop that feels like a sack of bricks. Fear not though, Acer may just have a lifesaver for you. And hint: it’s NOT an ‘UltraBook’. Budding entrepreneurs, please welcome the Acer TravelMate 8481.

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HP Folio13 : A First Look at HP’s First Ultrabook

HP‘s recent “reboot” back into the PC business also marks its maiden foray into the ultrabook market, a category quickly becoming crowded with offerings from other manufacturers like Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba. The world’s No.1 PC manufacturer bounces back with the HP Folio13  –  an ultra slim, ultra thin 13.3″ ultrabook featuring the latest Intel Core processorswith battery life of up to an incredible 9 hours.

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Acer Aspire S3: Unboxing

Acer Aspire S3

Acer was the first computer manufacturer to introduce the “ultrabook” early last month, a lightweight notebook for mobile warriors.  I have my opinions about the term “ultrabook” but I’ll leave the discussion of terminology for another day.

So here’s the Acer Aspire S3, in its sleek silver finish and featherweight splendor. It’s skinny at only 13mm, and light – 1.33kilos. Slouch it is not, powered by either Intel i3, i5 or i7 dual-core processors with a 13.3-inch display supporting 1366 x 768 resolution. Options for hard drive include 320GB HDD or 240GB or higher SSD. The three-cell 3,280mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery gives enough juice for six hours of active use, or 50 days of standby time. Key selling points include its 2-second InstantOn feature.

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Samsung IT Solutions roadshow launched

Mr. Yu Jai Sul, Mr. Yan Yoke Ping, Mr. Jeffrey Thu Kong Haur and Mr. Chew Koon Ming posing with the new line of products

Samsung unraveled its new line of Series 9 Notebooks and top-of-the-line monitors at Plaza Low Yat, at the launch of its IT Solutions Roadshow. The products were first seen at 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, and Malaysia, proudly, is the first country to preview these products ahead of other Asian and European markets.