There's also a laptop for 'casual' gamers.
It wouldn't be an Acer CES event without some gaming PCs, and this year the focus is on the desktop crowd. The PC maker is unveiling two systems headlined by the US release of the Predator Orion 9000, a spare-no-expense tower for dedicated gamers. If you can get past the over-the-top "look ma, I'm a gamer" styling, you'll find a lot of power under the hood. The system uses a combination of liquid cooling and a partitioned airflow system to drive some seriously high-end components with little noise and some room for overclocking, including up to an 18-core Intel Core i9, twin GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards and as much as 128GB of RAM.
The case is also tailor-made for LAN parties with handles and wheels, while the tool-free window can help with quicker part upgrades. There's also no shortage of ports, although the array is slightly confusing: there are two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one each of Type-C and Type-A), eight USB 3.1 ports (one Type-C and seven Type-A), and (for some reason) two USB 2.0 ports. The Orion 9000 will start at $1,999 when it ships in February, although Acer hasn't said what that configuration includes. You can safely assume an 18-core dream machine will cost considerably more.
Acer's laptop introduction, meanwhile, sits on the other end of the spectrum. The 15-inch Nitro 5 is aimed at "casual gamers" (or really, gamers on a budget) who want enough power to run modestly demanding titles when they're away from home. It won't blow anyone away with its Ryzen mobile processor and Radeon RX560 video, but you do get a solid-state drive (up to 512GB), as much as 32GB of RAM and a "plethora" of connections that include USB Type-C, gigabit Ethernet and HDMI 2.0. Really, the price is the hook -- the Nitro 5 will start at $799 when it ships in April, which sounds about right for a system with just enough oomph for your Overwatch sessions.
Acer has also launched the updated versions of Nitro 5 and Spin 3.
Acer has launched its updated notebook line-up at CES 2018. The previous three generation notebooks have been updated this year. The Acer Swift 7, claims to be the ‘Thinnest Computer in the World’ measuring at a thickness of 8.98mm which is even thinner than its previous iteration. Acer has also launched the updated versions of Nitro 5 and Spin 3.
Apart from the thinness, the Swift 7 has integrated 4G LTE connectivity which is a rare feature in the laptops. The device is equipped with seventh-generation Core i7 processor instead of latest eighth-generation. There’s 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe SSD. Acer has upgraded the screen to a 14-inch panel with a resolution of 1080p. The Swift 7 is priced at $1,699 and will be available from March.
Acer also introduced its updated model gaming laptop – the Nitro 5, which has a 15.6-inch screen with 1080p resolution. It also has an upgraded AMD Radeon RX560 graphics card. RAM and SSD storage are configurable up to 32GB and 512GB respectively. The Nitro 5 is priced at $799 and will be available in April.
Lastly Acer’s updated the Spin 3, which gets eighth-generation Intel Core processors. Acer has also shrunk down the display from a 15.6-inch panel to a 14-inch 1080p display for a smaller overall form factor, as the name suggests “Spin” can still rotate around to convert into a tablet. Acer hasn’t released a full spec sheet yet, but the laptop may be priced at $599 and will be available in February.
THE HEADSET AND WIRELESS MOTION CONTROLLERS SIMULTANEOUSLY ALLOW PEOPLE TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS IN THE PHYSICAL REALM WITHOUT REMOVING THE HEADSET.
Global PC maker Acer on Saturday launched a Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headset for the first time in India.
The headset, whose price is yet to be announced, comes with a 13-foot cable, allowing a wide range movement, and connects to a PC via HDMI 2.0, while a USB 3.0 connector downloads data.
"By introducing the Mixed Reality headset, we aim to bring best of our innovations to the Indian customers. Its ergonomic design, vibrant display and motion controllers makes it the revolutionary device for those who embrace virtual reality and look for the best in technology," Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head, said in a statement.
The device has 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) positional tracking and resolution display of up to 1440x1440 pixel.
The headset and wireless motion controllers simultaneously allow people to interact with others in the physical realm without removing the headset.
Two front-hinged, liquid crystal displays provide a wide 95-degree field of view.
Its double-padded, sweat-resistant material offers comfort and durability and allows easy adjustments of headbands.
Mixed reality headsets have been gathering steam over the past one year with every tech major launching one under its own brand.
Dell launched Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers priced at $449. These headsets come with two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440 and a 2.89” diagonal display size (x2). It also offers a front hinged display, so you can flip the headset up while working. It comes with built-in audio out and microphone support through a 3.5mm jack and also has a single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity. There is also the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers, which have more or less the same specs.
Asus also launched a mixed reality headset, which is a visor-like headset that comes complete with two hand-held controllers. As per media reviews, the headset is easy to setup and doesn't require additional sensors, instead using the two cameras to its front to read the room around you in real time.