Acer Goes Back to School with New PCs, Chromebooks

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 37 Comments

Acer Goes Back to School with New PCs, Chromebooks

Acer announced a new lineup of back-to-school PCs and Chromebooks for the fall. Among them is the world’s first 15-inch Chromebook convertible.

“The Chromebook Spin 15 is the industry’s first convertible Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display, so it can be used in four modes,” an Acer representative told me. “Also, the new line of Chromebook 15 models offers large-screen Chromebook capabilities at an affordable price.”

I was invited to the Acer announcement, which was held today in New York, but couldn’t attend because of my podcasting schedule. But the firm provided me with a rundown of the day’s announcements, which also include some gaming and business PCs.

Among them:

Chromebook Spin 13 and Chromebook 13. Designed for productivity use, these new Chromebooks feature attractive aluminum designs, and 3:2 aspect ratio displays. The Chromebook Spin 13 is a convertible with 360-degree hinges, and it comes with a Wacom stylus and can be used in four modes.

Swift 5. A consumer notebook with a new design, the Swift 5 weighs in at just 2.2 pounds but features a 15.6-inch display with small bezels.

Chromebook Spin 15 and Chromebook 15. As noted above, Acer now offers both clamshell and convertible versions of its Chromebook 15.

Acer Nitro 50 Series Desktops. Aimed at the casual PC gaming market, the Nitro 50 PCs are affordable and powered by up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics.

Predator Orion 3000 Series Gaming Desktops. These midrange gaming PCs provide up to 8th generation Intel Core i7+ processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics.

Predator Helios 500 and Predator Helios 300 Special Edition Gaming Notebooks. Powered by 8th generation Intel Core i9+ processors, these new gaming rigs are VR-ready and feature advanced thermal technologies. The Predator Helios 300 Special Edition includes upgraded specifications and a cool-looking white body.

Predator Orion 5000 Series Gaming Desktops. Designed with expansion in mind, these gaming PCs offer superior performance with up to 8th generation Intel Core i7+ 8700K processors, the latest Intel Z370 chipsets, and up to 2-way NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics in SLI mode.


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