Acer Intros Slew of Tablets, Laptops, Wearables and Gaming Systems

Aiming to increase its global sales footprint, Acer unveiled convertible notebook/tablet devices, fitness and fashion bands and a gaming desktop, laptop and tablet.

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NEW YORK—Acer has unveiled a wide range of new tablets, laptops, fitness and fashion wearable bands, as well as hard-core gaming machines available as desktop, laptop or tablet models. Also slated is a small, portable LED projector that can be used to display images up to 100 inches wide on any surface.

The devices, many of which will be released in time for the back-to-school season, were announced here on April 23 at Acer's Global Press Conference at 4 World Trade Center.

The Switch 10 two-in-one series includes a 10.1-inch Switch 10 E SW3-013, which offers up to 12 hours battery life, an Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, Intel HD graphics, a 2MP front and a 2MP rear camera, and a second-generation flip-over hinge. Slated for a July release, it will start at $279 and come in six colors. A companion Switch 10 SW5-015 has a different look, with durable and elegant front and back surfaces made from white Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The device, which has a full-HD display and keyboard dock and is detachable from its keyboard, will be available in August starting at $399.

A larger 11-inch Switch 11 detachable device is also on the way, and is targeted toward users who need focused productivity, according to Acer. The Switch 11 will have a full-HD display, an aluminum exterior, an Intel Core M CPU and the latest Acer Snap Hinge 2 hinge system. A 12-inch Switch 12 notebook that is super-thin and aimed as a productivity device is also slated.

Also coming is the Aspire R 11, which will be the smallest of Acer's convertible notebook line. The R 11 has an 11.6-inch display, will come with either an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, and will include a hard drive up to 1TB. The R 11, which has a rotating screen to allow users to position it in a wide range of ways, will be available in July starting at $249.

The Aspire V 15 notebook will be available in August with a 15-inch touch or non-touch display; an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor; up to 16GB of RAM; and hard drives up to 2TB. The new notebook starts at $599.

A new Aspire E Series of laptops will be available starting at $379 in July, with models featuring 14-, 15- or 17-inch displays. The Aspire E machines will be available with a wide range of Intel iCore, Pentium and Celeron processors, as well as numerous AMD FX and other processors, with up to 16GB of RAM and many other options.

Similarly, the new Aspire ES series will start at $229 and will be available starting in July, featuring screen sizes of 14 inches, 15.6 inches or 17.3 inches. They will be equipped with Intel Pentium or Celeron CPUs, or AMD E1 processors, depending on the model.

The new laptops and convertibles will ship with Windows 8.1 and will be eligible for free upgrades to Windows 10 when it is released this year.

In the tablet marketplace, Acer is introducing its new Iconia One 8 B1-820 device, which is an 8-inch Android 5.0 tablet that includes a wide-angle In-Plane Switching (IPS display) and Acer Precision Plus for precise input methods. Starting at $149.99, it will be available in 10 different colors in July.

A similar Iconia Tab 10 tablet will be offered in the education marketplace, featuring a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display with full-HD 1,920 by 1,200 resolution. The 10-inch Android 5.0 tablet will be available in May starting at $299.

Acer's New Gaming Devices

Also on tap for consumers are some new high-performance gaming devices from Acer including an innovative gaming tablet.