At a press event today in New York, Acer unveiled its newest Windows desktop and laptops, including a new liquid cooling 2-in-1 laptop to take on Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
The Switch Alpha 12 laptop/tablet combo has some clear similarities to the Surface Pro in its design. Its stand out feature though is its fanless liquid cooling system. Acer claims the 2-in-1 device is its most silent yet along with a 12-inch Quad HD screen and a resolution of 2,160 × 1,440. And unlike the Surface Pro though, the Switch Alpha 12 comes with a keyboard cover as standard.
On the traditional laptop front, Acer showed off two new computers—the S13 and the R15.
The S13 is a 13-inch screen laptop with a 1,920 × 1,080 display, starting at $699. The company claims it has a battery life of up to 13 hours. A touchscreen model will also be available at a higher price tag. The R15 a 15.6-inch convertible laptop, again with a 1,920 × 1,080 display, but with In-Plane Switching (IPS), and is powered by Intel Skylake processors and a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card.
For gamers, Acer launched two new Predator gaming PCs and a new monitor. Firstly the 17-inch screen Predators 17x laptop with a triple-fan cooling system and secondly is the Predator G1 desktop with its Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, and 6GB of DDR4 RAM. Finally for gamers, is the company’s first curved gaming monitor, the Predator Z1 at 27” and powered by NVIDIA’a G-Sync.
Also for the consumer marketplace, Acer updated its current line of laptops. This includes the F15, E14, E15, and E17, all with Skylake processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M graphics and DDR4 RAM.
Lastly, Acer unveiled the Chromebook 14 for Work, a notebook designed for the on-the-go worker.
It has 14-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass with Intel Core i processors under the hood. Acer claims it has 12 hours of battery life, which is longer than its consumer version Chromebook.
All devices will be available for pre-order soon according to Acer.