Acer unveils 2020 notebook, desktop and monitor ranges

Creators, gamers and clumsy outdoor types all covered

by Andy Bassett

Acer’s online press conference revealed an array of new hardware for a range of activities including the ConceptD series for creators, the thin and light Swift 5 laptop and the Chromebook Spin 713 convertible notebook, plus an expansion of the Predator gaming range and the introduction of the rugged Enduro laptops and tablets.

Predator Gaming Range - Notebooks

For many PC fans, it will be the renowned Predator gaming range that will hold the most interest and Acer’s models all gain a spec boost from the addition of 10th Gen Intel Core processors, and up to Nvidia RTX 2080 Super graphics. The Predator and Nitro gaming laptops offer 240Hz and 144Hz displays while the Helios 700 sees the introduction of PowerGem thermal technology to bring significant cooling.

PowerGem features in the Helios 700 models with the Intel Core i9 processor and is a material that can conduct vertical heat 3.83 time more efficiently than copper. Also included are three copper heat pipes, Acer CoolBoost Technology, a vapour chamber and two Acer custom-engineered 4th Gen AeroBladeD fans - all to prevent the temperature creeping up during extended gaming sessions. 

Acer Predator Helios 700

The Helios performance is backed up by updates to faster 2933Hz memory (max 64 GB), an additional Thunderbolt 3 port (for a total of two) and the latest Killer DoubleShot Pro (Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i wireless and E3100G Ethernet) to ensure that speed-critical applications get bandwidth priority. The 17.3-inch 144 Hz FHD IPS display and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology keep things fast, fluid and tear free.

However, it’s not all about how good things look and how fast things are, the interface is important for gamers to feel like they are really interacting with the gaming world and here the keyboard has been updated to include MagTek mechanical switches for the WASD keys and a set of new racing keys which offer increased precision.

The Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook has also been updated to include the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design graphics and a 240 Hz 15.6-inch FHD IPS display. 

Acer Predator Helios 300

Like the Helios 700 it supports 2933 MHz DDR4 memory (up to 32GB) and has two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. Combined with up to a 2TB hard drive, there’s plenty of speed and storage.

The Helios 300 doesn't ignore the audio experience and includes DTS:X Ultra Audio to deliver high-end 360-degree surround sound in a realistic spatial soundscape.

The Predator Triton 300 gaming notebook has also been refreshed to include 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design graphics. The 15.6-inch FHD IPS display features a 3ms response time, 300nit brightness and 100% sRGB spec as well as a 240Hz display refresh rate so it can be used for both gaming and content creation without sacrificing performance for either speciality. Even better, the thin and lightweight metal chassis measures just 19.9mm and weighs 2.1kg making it easy to game or create on the go.

Acer Predator Triton 300

The Nitro 7 is another option for portability although it comes in slightly heavier than the Triton 300 at 2.5kg. It drops the graphics down to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU but maintains up to 32 GB of DDR4 2933 memory, RAID 0 options up to 1TB and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. It, too, sports a 15.6-inch non-glare FHD IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms response time.

Pricing and Availability 

The Predator Helios 700 gaming notebook will be available in North America in August, starting at USD $2,499.99; in EMEA in September, starting at EUR 2,699.

The Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook will be available in North America in July, starting at USD $1,199.99; and in EMEA in July, starting at EUR 1,299.

The Predator Triton 300 gaming notebook will be available in North America in September, starting at USD $1,299.99; and in EMEA in July, starting at EUR 1,399, UK from £1199.99 in June.

The Nitro 7 gaming notebook will be available in North America in October, starting at USD $999.99; and in EMEA in July, starting at EUR 1,299.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. 


Predator Gaming Range - Desktops and Monitors

Muscling at the top of the desktop gaming range is the refreshed Orion 9000 which naturally packs in the best of everything including an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, dual NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080Ti graphics cards in SLI mode, and up to three 3.5-inch HDDs plus two 2.5-inch SDDs with a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C hot swap dock for SSD/HDDs. Of course, all this throws out plenty of heat so the 9000 has three 4.7-inch Predator FrostBlade fans to provide up to 15% more airflow as well as a CPU liquid cooler fan.

Acer Predator Orion 9000

Gamers after something in a more modest mid-tower arrangement need look no further than the Orion 3000 which still provides plenty of grunt with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GPU along with 64 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 memory, up to 1TB2 PCIe NVMe SSD and two 3.5-inch SATA3 hard drives.

Acer Predator Orion 3000

The FrostBlade fans drop to two rather than the three of its larger sibling but that still comes with a 34.7% improvement in airflow from the previous generation.

Moving away from high end gaming rigs, the Nitro 50 Series desktops still allow for lag-free gaming and smooth graphics-intensive tasks as powerful performance is ensured by the up to10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER GPU and 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory that the top of the range Nitro 50 provides.

Acer Nitro 50

Acer’s latest monitors include the Predator X25 which is a 24.5-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS gaming monitor that features a fast 360Hz refresh rate which means game frames are displayed once every 2.8 milliseconds. This ultra smooth animation means increased precision and so gives the user a competitive edge. The X25 also supports Nvidia G-Sync, covers 99% of the sRGB colour gamut and reaches over 400nits brightness.

LightSense is a newly introduced feature whereby the X25 detects the ambient light conditions and  automatically adjusts brightness settings to maximize viewing comfort. Meanwhile, AdaptiveLight takes the colours that the screen is showing and uses the monitor’s rear lights to project the same colours onto the whatever is behind the monitor. This is a version of the Ambilight technology found in many of Philips’ TV models and Acer also claims it helps ease eye strain. 

Also sporting AdaptiveLight and LightSense are the company’s new XB3 series monitors which consist of the 31.5-inch Predator XB323QK NV, the 27-inch Predator XB273U GS and Predator XB273U GX, plus the 24.5-inch Predator XB253Q GZ.

Acer Predator XB273U-GX monitor

This new line of IPS monitors delivers smooth gameplay with up to 240 Hz refresh rates and up to 4K UHD resolution plus NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility and wide 178 degree viewing angles and response times down to 0.5ms. 

Pricing and Availability 

The Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop will be available in EMEA in October starting at EUR 2,799.

The Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop will be available in North America in September, starting at USD $999.99; in EMEA in July starting at EUR 899.

The Nitro 50 gaming desktop will be available in North America in September, starting at USD $799.99; in EMEA in July starting at EUR 799.

The Predator X25 monitor will be available in North America in November, starting at USD 1099.99; in EMEA in November starting at EUR 1,139.

The Predator XB3 Series monitors will be available in North America in October, starting at USD $420, in EMEA in October starting at EUR 439,and UK from £399.99.


ConceptD

The ConceptD series consists of desktops, laptops and monitors which are designed to meet the needs of designers and YouTube enthusiasts all the way through to CAD designers, video editors, illustrators and animators. 

The top of the range ConceptD 3 Ezel utilises Acer’s innovative Ezel hinge that allows 6 different usage modes and also has a touchscreen plus other workflow supporting features to aid the creative process. 

Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel

Coming in 14- and 15.6-inch variations the screen is a FHD PANTONE validated touchscreen display that covers 100% of the sRGB colour gamut and has a delta E<2 colour accuracy. The included Acer Active stylus has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity  and the glass trackpad supports multi-finger gestures.

The smaller of the ConceptD 3 Ezel’s weighs 1.68kg and has a battery life of 18 hours and the choice of Intel Core 10th Gen i7 or i5 CPUs along with Nvidia Quadro T1000 or GeForces GTX 1650Ti GPUs means the notebook is powerful enough for animation and 3D modelling as well as design and crafting.

Dropping the Ezel hinge is the ConceptD 3 notebook for a  more traditional clamshell laptop which houses the same choices of internal components as the ConceptD 3 Ezel but which ups the battery life to 20 hours. 

Acer ConceptD 3 

For those that do not need a mobile approach to their creative endeavours, the small form factor ConceptD 100 desktop uses a 9th Gen Intel Core processor, 256GB SSD and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Side ventilation enables cooling and keeps noise levels to below 40dBA.

A group of three PANTONE validated monitors include the CP3 and CP5 which are aimed at graphics creators, video editors and animators, while the CM3 should suit professional artists and designers. All are compatible with HDR content and support 1.07 billion colours. 

The CP5 (CP5271U V) has a resolution of 2560 x 1440, an overclocked refresh rate of 170Hz, a 1 millisecond response time and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space, while the CP3 supports a resolution of 3840 x 2160 supports 98% of the DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and has a refresh rate of 165Hz.

Acer ConceptD CP5271U monitor

The CM3 (CM3271K) monitor offers a 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 screen with a 4ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate and a wide colour gamut supporting up to 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space. It’s compatible with AMD Radeon FreeSync, and has Delta E<2 colour accuracy.

ConceptD pricing and availability: 

The ConceptD 100 desktop will be available in EMEA in June starting at EUR 799; UK from £899.99.

The ConceptD 3 notebook will be available in North America in October, starting at USD $999.99; in EMEA in October starting at EUR 1,299 

The ConceptD 3 Ezel will be available in North America in August, starting at USD $1,499.99; in EMEA in September starting at EUR 1,699.

The ConceptD CM3 monitor will be available in North America in August, starting at USD $709.99; in EMEA in August starting at EUR 719.

The ConceptD CP3 monitor will be available in North America in August, starting at USD $619.99; in EMEA in August starting at EUR 629.

The ConceptD CP5 monitor will be available in North America in August, starting at USD $749.99; in EMEA in August starting at EUR 759.


Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 (CP713-2W) and Swift 5 notebooks

Powered by Intel’s  latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, the Spin 713 has an optional antimicrobial coating on the touch screen for when devices are shared and also sports a 3:2 aspect ratio, 13.5-inch VertiView display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504, offering 2K clarity. The 3:2 ratio is designed to display more information and reduce the need for scrolling and the device features a convertible design and can be opened a full 360-degrees, enabling its touchscreen display to be used in four different modes.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

The Chromebook Spin 713 boasts a backlit keyboard to enable productivity in a variety of ambient conditions and there’s up to 10 hours of battery usage available. The Spin 713 comes with up to 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM and up to 256 GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The all important connectivity is provided by dual-band Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (802.11ax) with 2x2 MU-MIMO technology providing a fast and reliable wireless connection, while Bluetooth 5.0 delivers a convenient means to connect to peripherals.

It’s all wrapped up in military grade protection to help with the knocks of everyday usage and the Chrome Enterprise Upgrade is an additional solution that helps businesses to manage devices at scale.

A smaller sibling designed for students, the Spin 311 (CP311-3H), features an 11.5-inch convertible Chromebook design and is powered by a Mediatek MT8183 processor. Battery life goes up to 15 hours and its small form factor and 1kg weight makes it ideal for slipping into a bag or holdall.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311

Naturally, being powered by Chrome, both the Spin 713 and 311 fully support Android apps via Google Play.

Meanwhile, the Swift 5 notebook adds optional antimicrobial coating to all surfaces, not just the 14-inch touch screen, features a 90 percent screen to body ratio and offers an all day battery charge that will get back to four hours after a 30 minutes charge.

The Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55) weighs less than 1kg and is ultra thin at a fraction under 15mm thick. The next gen Intel Core processors are paired with powerful integrated graphics based on Intel’s new Xe architecture and optional NVIDIA GeForce® MX350 GPUs. There’s up to 1TB of high-speed PCle SSD storage and 16 GB LPDDRAX to ensure zippy load times.

Acer Swift 5 notebook

Ther slick look is aided by the all metal chassis made from high-grade magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum which comes in two colours, mist green or safari gold.

Chromebook and Swift 5 price and availability

The Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 will be available in North America in August starting at USD 1099; and in EMEA in August, starting at EUR 899.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-2W) will be available in North America in July starting at USD 629.99; and in EMEA in June, starting at EUR 699, UK from £599.99 early September.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-3H) will be available in North America in July starting at USD 259.99; and in EMEA in June, starting at EUR 299, UK from £269.99 September.

The Acer Swift 5 will be available in North America in October starting at USD 999.99; in EMEA in October starting at EUR 1,099


Enduro range
When computing moves out of the office and into the field, it needs a certain level of durability and Acer’s new Enduro range aims to provide exactly that in scenarios ranging from first responders to industrial manufacturing and warehouse operations.

Covering the Enduro N7 and N3 notebooks as well as the T1 and T5 tablets, the range is typified by MIL-810G rugged specifications and up to IP65 dust and moisture resistance certification.

The N7 notebooks sports the highest end rugged specs and can withstand drops onto the hardest flooring and resist the ingress of dust and water. Suitable for working in extremes of temperature the 700 nit, 14-inch screen is bright enough to be seen indoors and out.

Acer Enduro N7 notebook

There’s a quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core™ i5 CPU and the 10 hour battery life should suit most scenarios but given the potential for remote working away from the opportunity to plug in the N7 for a recharge, it comes with a hot swappable battery. 

The N3 is designed to hit the sweet spot between durability and portability and comes in at just under 2kg in weight. The military ruggedness remains but the IP rating drops to IP53, it does however contain the unique water-resistant Aquafan. Spec-wise the Enduro N3 features a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, for reliable performance, with an optional NVIDIA GeForce® MX230 discrete GPU and 512 GB PCle Gen3 NVMe SSD. There’s no swappable battery but the expected usage time is 13 hours.

Acer Enduro N3 notebook

The Acer Enduro N3 will be available in North America in August starting at USD 899; and in EMEA in June, starting at EUR 999.

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Source: Press release
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