Acer hosted its annual Middle East press conference at Dubai’s futuristic On42 lounge at the Media One Hotel. The event saw the regional unveiling and showcasing of the latest range of Acer products. We breakdown each of them along with price and availability.
Travelmate Spin B1
The fully convertible Travelmate Spin B1 laptop is built with students and teachers in mind. The 360-degree hinge of the Travelmate Spin B1 gives users four usage modes along with the flexibility to work and play anywhere. Acer’s design boasts toxic-free materials with enhanced structural features. Users can also capture all their creativity with the optional Acer Active Stylus through Windows Ink, and share the screen with their friends using the full HD IPS display. Acer also promises an impressive 13 hours of battery life, perfect for students wanting to work on-the-go. It’s priced at a very reasonable Dh899.
This single-unit, ultra-thin desktop features a diamond-cut metal stand, adding a nice aesthetic touch. With deep and powerful sound, the Aspire U27 can double as your premium party boombox. It comes with an integrated subwoofer and Dolby Audio Premium. It’s loaded with the latest Windows Hello-enabled facial recognition technology, and a powerful seventh-generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor coupled with Intel’s latest Optane memory. It can be yours for Dh4,299.
If you’re constantly on-the-go, you want something that’s flexible to your needs and packs a reliable battery. The Spin 5 delivers up to ten hours of battery life and is a hybrid device, able to transform from tablet to laptop and vice versa. With a 360-degree dual-torque hinge, it allows users to bend the device wobble-free, preventing it from toppling over when using the touchscreen. The Spin 5 provides a consistent wireless signal because of its strategically placed 802.11ac antenna. In addition, the crossed-hairline brush finish on the aluminium top cover provides a fabric-like appearance, making the Spin 5 easy to grip while preventing the accumulation of messy fingerprints and smudges. The Spin 5 is flexible to use, convenient to carry, stylish and affordable, and has a bright 13.3-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen display that can be used with an optional Acer Active Pen. With a variety of customisation, it starts at Dh3,199.
Predator Helios 300
Available in 15.6- and 17.3-inch displays, its matte black chassis incorporates tasteful red accents, providing an edgy, fun design. Shipping with Windows 10, it offers powerful features and technologies at mid-range price points, making gaming notebooks more accessible than ever. You can choose between Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti GPU combined with a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 or i5, supported with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory (upgradeable to 32GB). Designed as an entertainment hub, the Predator Helios 300 notebook line is ideally suited for both gaming and movie watching. Bright 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch FHD IPS displays provides vibrant, vivid imagery, while Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony delivers immersive audio with crisp, rich acoustics. It also has a dual fan system featuring an AeroBlade 3D Fan with ultra-thin metal blades to ensure it stays cool through the most tasking gaming sessions. The 15-inch Helios starts at Dh4,999 Dhs and the 17-inch model begins at Dh5,499.
Stay connected while on the go with the Swift 7. Weighing in at light 1.1kg and a mere 0.39 inches thin, it’s the world’s first laptop to measure less than 1cm thin. Its black-and-gold dual-tone design lends a premium touch to its durable all-aluminium uni-body. A Corning Gorilla Glass screen adds superior scratch resistance. With up to nine hours of battery life and faster wireless performance, it’s perfect for working remotely. It starts at Dh4,499.
The Switch 5 delivers top-rated performance needed for serious tasks, presentations and entertainment on-the-go with a 12-inch screen. It comes packed with Intel’s seventh generation of Core i5 and i7 processors. The built-in fingerprint reader on the power button authenticates users and provides quick access to the tablet. Easily adjust the display thanks to the U-shaped kickstand, which can be snapped on and off its host. The device comes with Acer’s fan-less LiquidLoop cooling system, ensuring it runs efficiently without fan noise. The Switch 5 has an anodised aluminium chassis with a brushed hairline texture, complementing the design while enhancing the comfort of the device during transport. Starts at Dh3,799.
The Nitro 5 comes with up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor that is designed to bring incredible performance and responsiveness, immersive audiovisual entertainment and longer battery life. The chipset is the perfect match for the notebooks’ equally impressive GPUs, the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050. Meant for a diverse range of users, you can fully enjoy gaming, entertainment and power-hungry editing work. The Nitro 5’s sophisticated design includes a matte black chassis with a hairline finish. A smooth sleek red hinge runs along the back of the notebook, above a bold black grill vent. The keyboard features red backlighting, and the WASD keys and touchpad are also outlined in red. Starts at Dh3,699.
Thinner than a standard DVD case, the Spin 7 is a mere 10.98mm thin and weighs just 1.2kg, making it one of the world’s slimmest convertible notebooks. Sleek and contemporary, its matte black chassis is complemented by polished silver hinges and diamond-cut edges around the touchpad. It offers up to eight hours of battery life, easily providing a full day of usage. Starts at Dh4,999.
Another example of compact engineering; at just 14.58mm in height and weighing in at 1.36kg, the Swift 5 manages to fit a 14-inch Full HD IPS display into a 13-inch frame. Available in pearl white with gold trimming or obsidian black with silver trimming, it combines a brushed metal surface with Acer’s diamond cut accents. Expect up to 13 hours of battery life, a backlit keyboard, a reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port and options for a touch display and fingerprint reader. Starts at Dh3,599.
Predator Triton 700
At the apex of performance comes Acer’s Predator Triton 700. Housing the powerful GeForce GTX 1080 in a svelte 18.9 mm-thin aluminium chassis. It comes standard with the AeroBlade 3D metal fans, which reportedly increase airflow by 35 per cent. Using Nvidia’s latest Max-Q design, Acer has designed one of the world’s thinnest, fastest, and quietest gaming laptops. The VR-ready Predator Triton 700 offers bright, vibrant visuals on a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display. It features an understated black chassis and a minimalist design, with straight contours and angular front corners. Available next month from Dh11,999.
Acer’s flagship Aspire comes with a 17.1-inch Full HD 1080p resolution display. Comes with a finely brushed pattern, an exquisite tactile finish accenting the aluminium cover and a built-in HD camera with a dual microphone system. It comes with a backlit keyboard and promises consistent wireless signal with the strategically placed 802.11ac wireless antenna and 2×2 MIMO. From Dh5,599.
Acer’s Switch 7 Black Edition is the world’s first fan-less 2-in-1 notebook equipped with discrete graphics. This is made possible thanks to Acer’s Dual LiquidLoop fan-less cooling technology. Packing a powerful eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and a GeForce MX150. An ideal companion for intensive tasks, creative production and content streaming. It weighs less than 1.15 kg, with a detachable keyboard. It features an optical-based under-glass fingerprint sensor design with POA (Power on Authentication) that allows users to power on the device and login instantly with just one touch. Starts at Dh7,499.