Acer Taps Intel Skylake for Refreshed Windows 10-Powered Device Slate
The company's holiday lineup includes new high-performance notebooks and a twisty convertible running Windows 10 on Intel's just-released processors.A day after Intel officially rolled out a full portfolio based on Skylake, the company's sixth-generation, 14-nanometer Core processing technology, Acer is showcasing some of the Windows 10 hardware based on the new chips at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin. Available in the United States in October ($899 to start), the new systems include the Aspire R 13 (pictured), an 18.5 mm-thick convertible notebook that features the company's Ezel Aero Hinge design. Users can flip and twist the screen into six modes, including classic laptop, tablet and an easel-like configuration for drawing or taking notes with an Acer Active Pen. In addition to packing Intel Skylake processors, the Aspire R 13 includes Thunderbolt 3 support. Outfitted with two solid-state drives (SSDs) in a RAID-0 configuration, the portable device can deliver snappier performance by doubling the data throughput rate. In terms of wireless performance, buyers can expect the R 13 to slice through crowded airwaves. WiFi connectivity on the Aspire R 13 is enhanced with Qualcomm's EFX MU-MIMO technology. In addition to maintaining a rock-solid connection on busy networks, it delivers download speeds that are three times faster compared with competing 802.11 ac technologies, the company claims.
The company's Aspire V Nitro Series notebooks have also been refreshed in the wake of the arrival of Windows 10 and Skylake. The 15- and 17-inch notebooks feature a slot-antenna design for 360-degree wireless coverage, Nvidia GeForce graphics subsystems and support for up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Black Edition models offer a spec bump to high-performance GeForce GTX960M mobile graphics, up to 4GB GDDR5 RAM dedicated to graphics and PCIe SSDs.