Acer has unveiled its new lineup of touchscreen tablets, ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs, all of which running on the highly anticipated Microsoft Windows 8 operating system.
The Taiwanese electronics company announced the new range of devices at the Computex 2012 held in its home country, where it announced the Iconia W510 and W700 tablets, both priding features such as an optional docking stations and HD displays.
The Iconia W700 obviously is the sleeker tablet with its 11.6-inch 1080p HD touchscreen, an elective berth to hold it in portrait, landscape and up to 70-degree tilted orientations, and a paired keyboard to transform the tablet into a desktop PC for users who fancy physical keys rather than virtual buttons.
While not as stimulating as its sibling, the less expensive Iconia W510 can attach into a keyboard docking station like that of the Android-powered Asus Transformer tablets and turn it into a clam-type Windows 8 based notebook.
It has a relatively smaller 10.1-inch screen but boasts a back-to-front docking position for easy handling when giving presentations, without the need to swivel around the screen. Then again, 10.1 inches of display for presentations will only be good for viewing to the person in front.
Acer claims that the Iconia W510 can run up to 18 hours on a single charge, under the best case scenarios, for longer use, or if successive presentations actually last that long.
Along with the tablet duo, Acer reinvigorated its Aspire S7 Ultrabook series with two new sizes: a 13.3-inch unit rated to last 12 hours on battery and an 11.6-inch model rated to last for approximately nine hours of usage.
Much like the Iconia W510 tablets, the ultrabooks also have touchscreen displays but its keyboards are physically irremovable.
Acer, however, caught the attention of meticulous, tech savvy audiences after the company boasted that the S7 also has a certain feature in its hinges, giving the device enough support to let the screen lie completely flat on its back, so users can have a new ultrabook experience.
The new Acer all-in-one PCs have multi-touch HD displays under a ‘U series’ branding. The Acer Aspire 7600U and 5600U are Windows 8 PCs that have 27-inch and 23-inch screens, respectively.
Again, the company highlighted that its 7600U all-in-one PC hinges allow it to tilt within 0 to 90 degrees and swivel at four sides when laid flat, giving more users a view of the Windows Metro user interface. The 5600U limits itself from 30- to 80-degree tilts only.
In portrait mode, Acer touts that its all-in-one PCs will transform into the ‘world’s biggest ebook reader’.
Acer remains tight-lipped on other hardware specifications, including all of its new lineup’s exact dimensions, processor specs, price ranges and arrival dates but a company representative hinted a release around Q3 or Q4 of this year, the same time Microsoft will launch its Windows 8 OS.