Acer http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/features en-MY Fully Charged: Acer makes tablet-toting Selfie-Hat, and Resident Evil Revelations 2 goes episodic http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/fully-charged-acer-makes-tablet-toting-couture-selfie-hat-channel-4-replacing-4od-and-resident- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start powering through to the weekend with our tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat" alt="Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-selfie-hat.jpg?1410585137" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer’s selfie sombrero is a garish vision of techno-couture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ready to prove your love of selfies? Acer has seemingly prepared a loyalty test in the form of the Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat, a device-housing pink nightmare of an accessory designed in collaboration with the 20-year-old fashion student who&rsquo;s worked with Lady Gaga and Rita Ora.</p> <p>However, the handheld device mounted to this garish hat isn&rsquo;t a standard smartphone or even a phablet, but rather a full-on tablet: an 8in Acer Iconia A-1 840, in fact. If folks snapping photos in public with tablets wasn&rsquo;t nauseating enough, just wait until they&rsquo;re wearing a neon sequined hat with the thing permanently affixed.</p> <p>The hat spins 360 degrees, letting you get the best angle - or just look utterly crazed on the street. And if you don&rsquo;t want a hat for yourself, but simply one for your tablet to wear, well you&rsquo;re in luck: Acer and Cowan-Sanluis made 10 matching cases with little tablet hats. Really.</p> <p>Much as this might all seem like a gag, it&rsquo;s apparently a real thing - but you can only purchase it via an appointment and consultation with Cowan-Sanluis in central London. It&rsquo;ll also be available today at the designer&rsquo;s London Fashion Week showing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-gina-smartphone-s-front-flash-makes-it-ultimate-selfie-taker/news">Sony Gina smartphone&rsquo;s front flash makes it the ultimate selfie taker</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Resident Evil Revelations 2 takes episodic approach </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So here&rsquo;s a surprising new tactic for the <em>Resident Evil</em> horror gaming franchise: weekly downloadable episodes that combine to create one larger storyline. That&rsquo;s the plan with the upcoming <em>Resident Evil Revelations 2</em>, which was announced last week for Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.</p> <p>Due out early next year, the game features different lead characters than the original 3DS and console entry, with past heroine Claire Redfield joined by newly playable Moira Burton, the daughter of the infamous Barry Burton from earlier games. You can get a first look at in-game action in the above trailer.</p> <p>The game will be split into four weekly episodes for US$5.99 (about RM19) apiece, or you can pay US$24.99 (just over RM80) for the whole package. Or simply wait until it all hits retail in a single bundle and potentially play a more expansive version of the game.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2014/09/11/resident-evil-revelations-2---first-trailer">Capcom Unity</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/fully-charged-new-resident-evil-and-dragon-quest-games-announced-nasa-s-air-traffic-co">Fully Charged: New Resident Evil and Dragon Quest games announced, NASA&rsquo;s air traffic control system for drones, and themes finally coming to PS4 and Vita</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PeAnjk1q4XU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/fully-charged-acer-makes-tablet-toting-couture-selfie-hat-channel-4-replacing-4od-and-resident-#comments Acer Fashion Film and TV Gaming Tablets Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447498 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer flips for hybrid devices at IFA 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer reveals Aspire R13 and R14 convertible laptops and Aspire Switch 11 hybrid tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire R13" alt="Acer Aspire R13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-aspire-r14-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Acer has gone flipping mad for convertible laptops and tablets at IFA 2014.</p> <p>The Taiwanese manufacturer has taken the wraps off three new convertible devices at the show &ndash; the R13 and R14 flip-top laptops and the Aspire Switch 11 tablet/laptop hybrid.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Acer Aspire R14 packs a hinged display that can be set up in four different configurations; Notebook, Display, Tent and Pad modes. It packs a 14in, 1366x768 display, Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and up to 12GB RAM, with optional Nvidia GeForce 820M graphics. Storage options include 500GB and 1TB HDD, and prices start at &pound;430 (RM2255).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire R14" alt="Acer Aspire R14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-aspire-r-13-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer&#39;s also added an 11.6in convertible tablet to its Aspire Switch range; the Aspire Switch 11. The Aspire Switch SW5-171 packs a 1080p display tucked away behind Gorilla Glass 3, a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB memory, along with an HD webcam.</p> <p>The cheaper SW5-171 packs a 1366x768 display, Intel Z345 processor, 2GB RAM and 64GB flash memory; both devices pack microHDMI, microSD and come packing Windows 8.1. The Aspire Switch 11 will be available from October, starting at &pound;300 (RM1575).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ifa-2014" target="_blank">All the latest IFA 2014 news</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire Switch 11" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-11-01.jpg?1409794503" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/ifa-2014/acer-flips-hybrid-devices-ifa-2014/news#comments Acer IFA 2014 Laptops Tablets Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:02:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446509 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Aspire Switch 10 http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-switch-10/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Windows hybrid that&#039;s bending backwards to please you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Switch 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/switch-10-3-new.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What to do if you want all the functions of a tablet and a laptop, but you don&#39;t want to fork out for both? You&#39;ve opened your wallet at just the right time.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM1,399.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Magnetic attraction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with most laptop-tablet hybrids, the Acer Switch 10 comes in two bits. There&#39;s the 10.1-inch tablet bit and the base bit it plugs into.</p> <p>Acer has done its best to make fitting the two together easy. There are no release buttons, no complicated click-and-lock mechanisms. Instead everything is done with magnets, and a couple of plastic guides. It&#39;s a neat idea, but isn&#39;t perfect in practice.</p> <p>First, let&#39;s start with the good stuff. The magnets are easily powerful enough to keep the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen firmly attached to the base. The keyboard doesn&#39;t go flying off even if you lift the whole thing up by its screen and give it a wiggle &ndash; nice work Acer, nice work magnetism.</p> <p>Using magnets also means you can put the screen on back-to-front with no issues. You might ask: why on earth would &nbsp;you want to do that? It&#39;s all part of Acer&#39;s 4-in-1 design for the Switch 10.</p> <p>As the screen doesn&#39;t fold all the way back like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10-review/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga</a>, putting the screen on backwards turns the keyboard into a neat screen stand if you want to just browse the web or watch a movie, rather than type. And if space is super-tight (basically if you&#39;re on a plane or train), you can setup the Acer Switch 10 in its tent form &ndash; again, perfect for movies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10-review/review" target="_blank">Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Magnets and plastic guides are all the Acer uses to connect its tablet and keyboard sections" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-keyb-s.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="It doesn&#039;t fold backwards enough to be flat, but this configuration is great for movie watching in tight spaces" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-5.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A matter of balance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer gets a brownie point for flexibility, then, but what&#39;s wrong? We found that even after using the Switch 10 for a while it&#39;s still all-too easy to mis-align the tablet with the base. The inconvenience issue is one half of our beef, the other side that we are a teeny-tiny bit worried about the longevity of the thing.</p> <p>The entire outside of the Acer Switch 10&#39;s hinge is plastic, including the guides that slot into the tablet part, where its arch rival&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a>&nbsp;uses metal. Dodgy metal can shear off quicker than plastic might wear, but the Asus&#39;s hardier feel gives us that little bit more confidence in use.</p> <p>Our top tip &ndash; treat the Acer Switch 10 as if you&#39;re on a first date with it, at least until you&#39;re better acquainted.</p> <p>It is high-maintenance in another respect, too. As Acer has valued keeping the Switch 10 super-light, there&#39;s no extra ballast in the keyboard base to stop it tipping over when the screen is tilted back laptop-style.</p> <p>On a flat surface such as a table it&#39;s fine as long as you don&#39;t give the Acer Switch 10&#39;s screen a poke, but it&#39;s a right old pain should you try and work with the tablet on your knees. It&#39;ll fall back like a toddler learning to walk as soon as you take your hands of it.</p> <p>Where you benefit is weight. While loads heavier than a light tablet, as the Acer Switch 10 weighs just 1.11kg all-in it&#39;s very light for a laptop. That&#39;s just a few grammes heavier than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">11-inch MacBook Air</a>, which is oh-so famed for its portability. Asus T100 is just as light, though, and that isn&#39;t so tip-happy.</p> <p>Look a bit closer and it&#39;s pretty clear why the Acer Switch 10 is a lot cheaper than a MacBook Air. It&#39;s nowhere near as pretty, and is mostly plastic rather than metal. The keyboard is all-plastic, and while there&#39;s a sheet of brushed aluminium on the back of the tablet for that fancy-pants look, it&#39;s clearly not part of the structure of the thing. The sides, the frame &ndash; they&#39;re all plastic.</p> <p>We don&#39;t really mind, though. Plastic can do the job just fine if it&#39;s part of a well-designed device.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 feels pretty well-made for a cheap hybrid, but we do wish the tablet wasn&#39;t quite so angular. Like previous Acer Windows tablets, it has very boxy sides that don&#39;t even have the tiniest bit of bevelling.</p> <p>No, your poor paws aren&#39;t going to be hurt by those sharp plastic edges. But the Switch 10 could feel a whole lot nicer as a tablet. We&#39;d go as far as to say the tablet doesn&#39;t really make a lot of sense on its own.</p> <p>Just look at the thing &ndash; those giant two-tone bezels make it look like a prop from a 70s sci-fi show. It&#39;s quite strange that the Switch 10 makes a pretty attractive laptop, but a really quite ugly tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-air-11in-2014/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air 11in review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Give it a little tap and the top-heavy Switch is liable to topple" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-side-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="As a standalone tablet the Acer isn&#039;t terrifically pretty" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-11.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Working it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But does the Acer Switch 10 really make a good laptop-replacer? It&#39;s actually not too bad at all.</p> <p>We tried using the Acer Switch 10 as our main work computer for a couple of days, to give it a real road test. We will admit, the keyboard takes a little bit of getting used to. It&#39;s keys are shrunk down, to perhaps about 80 per cent the size of those of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">13-inch MacBook Pro</a>, but they are proper keys, sensibly-arranged, with all the usual sorts of secondary functions you&#39;d get in a full-size laptop.</p> <p>After a few days, it feels just like a miniature laptop. The key action could be improved, though. You get the same sort of key depth as an Ultrabook, but they&#39;re a little bit spongy &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad T100</a> keys are a bit crisper. To be fair, you will get used to it, and we were typing away at full speed within hours. But keyboard quality is pretty important in a hybrid such as the Acer Switch 10.</p> <p>Acer has tried to make the trackpad about as big as it can in a small package like this, but you can see a few of the budget cuts in it &ndash; you don&#39;t get down to less than RM1400 without a few sacrifices. The plastic surface doesn&#39;t have anywhere near as smooth a drag as the glass surface you get with good Ultrabooks, which often use textured glass, and the click action is a bit clunky.</p> <p>Things such as the slightly cramped keyboard and the just-ok trackpad just mean that the Acer Switch 10 works much better as a portable backup to a main laptop or desktop. We wouldn&#39;t recommend using it as your main laptop.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best laptops in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Switch 10 makes a fairly compelling super-cheap laptop..." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-19.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="...although the keyboard and trackpad are a little less satisfying than they might be" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-34.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Longevity limits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Will the Acer Switch 10 get you through a full day&#39;s work if you need it to? Not quite. During its time as our tiny little workhorse, we got around five and a half hours from a single charge.</p> <p>That was with brightness set to 60 per cent, running a word processing app, doing the occasional bit of browsing and performing a few downloads in the background on occasion.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a bad performance, but still not quite as good as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer T100</a>, which lasts for up to 10.5 hours (Acer claims up to 8 hours). And neither has an extra battery in the keyboard base (some hybrids do).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Some hybrids hide extra battery power in their keyboard attachments. The Acer doesn&#039;t." alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-10-front.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talents on display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So far, it seems as though the Acer Switch 10 is a bit of a poor (distant) relation of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>, but it does have a few advantages.</p> <p>Most important, its screen is better. The Switch 10 brings much more vibrant colours, which is great for the more fun side of owning a hybrid. You don&#39;t need nice reds to work on that screenplay that&#39;s never going to get made, but for watching the movie you nicked the ideas off? Certainly.</p> <p>Specs-wise, the Acer Switch 10 display is fairly basic. It uses a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It&#39;s the same sort of resolution you&#39;d see in a laptop at the price, and doesn&#39;t have that super-sharp look you can get with some under RM1400 tablets. It&#39;s certainly not Retina-grade.</p> <p>However, it&#39;s decent, and display quality is a good deal better than a cheapo laptop. As the Switch 10 uses an IPS screen, people can crowd around it to watch that video of a cat riding a robot vacuum cleaner without rubbish viewing angles ruining the (rubbish) party.</p> <p>Being a tablet at heart, the screen is a touch display. It uses a glass top layer, too, but we&#39;re pretty sure it&#39;s not Gorilla Glass as it flexes a bit too readily for our liking.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6&#39;s &quot;unbreakable&quot; sapphier glass screen shown off in two videos</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not a technically advanced screen on paper, but colours and viewing angles are great" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-1.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The muscle for full-fat Windows? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we look into each aspect of the Acer Switch 10, we see more of the sort of little finishing touches you miss out on compared with something perhaps 2-3 times the price. However, the real compromise is power.</p> <p>The Acer Switch 10 uses an Intel Atom Z3745 CPU and 2GB of RAM. While using full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> rather than a cut-down RT-style version means you can have a go at installing anything you like, from <em>Peggle</em> to Adobe Premiere Pro, you&#39;re not going to want to edit videos or batch process 15MB RAW photo files on this little guy. It just doesn&rsquo;t have the power for hardcore tasks such as that.</p> <p>However, unlike some slightly earlier Atom-based Windows computers, the Switch 10 does have enough grunt to do the basics in style. There&#39;s no significant lag flicking around the interface, and while just doing simple writing and browsing, you won&#39;t be held back. It&#39;s when loading things up you&#39;ll notice those little annoying pauses. Again, it&#39;s more evidence that you probably don&#39;t want this as your no. 1 computer.</p> <p>To really push the Acer Switch 10 to its limits, we tried running a few Steam games, the most challenging being <em>Two Worlds 2</em>, a 3D RPG released way back in 2010. We needed to strip away all the fancier graphical effects and reduce the resolution to 720p (below the display resolution) to make the game playable. Even then the frame rate isn&#39;t great.</p> <p>You&#39;re not going to be playing the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">latest <em>Call of Duty</em></a> on the Switch 10 then, but it&#39;ll do the trick for older games and the more simple indie titles out there, and there sure are plenty of those. You could always use it for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming</a>, too.</p> <p>The Switch 10 is a bit more powerful than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Transformer T100</a>, using a Z3745 chipset to the Asus&#39;s Z3740. They&#39;re pretty similar, but the Acer&#39;s processor has a bit more graphics power. This added to the better screen makes the Switch 10 a slightly better gaming hybrid &ndash; don&#39;t go trading in your PS4, though.</p> <p>Acer has tried to further jazz-up the Switch 10&#39;s entertainment cred with front-firing stereo speakers &ndash; under the display &ndash; but it hasn&#39;t entirely worked. Any kind of stereo is welcome, but the sound quality is more-or-less the norm for a tablet: zero bass, and fairly boxy sound. For games and movies, you&#39;ll want headphones.</p> <p>The 32GB standard version of the Switch 10 only leaves you with about 11GB of storage to play with anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/steam-home-streaming/review" target="_blank">Steam In-Home Streaming review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s marginally more powerful than the Asus Transformer Book T100" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-7.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer Switch 10 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 10.1in IPS LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong> - Intel Atom Z3745</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong> - Integrated graphics</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 32GB or 64GB</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong> - None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, microHDMI</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 177 x 262 x 8.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1.1kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Levelling up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Acer Switch 10 works perfectly well on its own, there are lots of ways to supercharge its powers. On the tablet there&#39;s a microSD card slot to let you add storage, and &ndash; just as important &ndash; there&#39;s a microHDMI socket next to it. This lets you hook up a monitor, or even a TV. There&#39;s no cable in the box for this, but you can pick them up online for a couple of quid.</p> <p>What really levels-up the Switch 10&#39;s potential as a little laptop is the full-size USB port on the keyboard base. With this you can attach a USB stick, an external hard drive or &ndash; most likely &ndash; a mouse.</p> <p>Carry around a little mouse with you and you&#39;ll have a pretty good little solution for a dinky little laptop to use when you&#39;re away from home. It won&#39;t take up loads of room, and a 1kg laptop is not going to give you shoulder ache.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Add a USB mouse and microSD storage to get the most out of the Switch 10" alt="Acer Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-sides.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer Aspire Switch 10 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Acer Switch 10 is the best Windows tablet Acer has so far produced. It&#39;s affordable, portable and flexible.</p> <p>Look at it as a pure tablet and the square-edged ergonomics and battery life are issues, but as a whole package it makes quite a lot of sense.</p> <p>The only other issue is the Switch 10&#39;s big rival, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>. The Acer is the better movie and game player, but the battery life and keyboard make the Asus a better laptop-replacer, and that&rsquo;s why it just wins out in this two-device mini-showdown.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" alt="Acer Aspire Switch 10 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch-10-2.jpg?1409702581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This seriously flexible hybrid is Acer&#39;s best tablet yet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-switch-10/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-switch-10/review#comments Acer Laptops Switch 10 Tablets Windows 8 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1446329 at http://www.stuff.tv Yes 4G & Intel launch the Acer Iconia One 7 tablet bundled with the Huddle XS http://www.stuff.tv/my/yes-4g-intel-launch-acer-iconia-one-7-tablet-bundled-huddle-xs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Early bird bundle will include the tablet for free when you sign up for a plan with Yes 4G </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yes 4G &amp; Intel launch the Acer Iconia One 7 tablet bundled with the Huddle XS" alt="Yes 4G &amp; Intel launch the Acer Iconia One 7 tablet bundled with the Huddle XS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yes4_acer.jpg?1408614642" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a joint launch with Intel Malaysia, Acer and YTL, the Acer Iconia One 7 is now available in Malaysia through an exclusive plan at all Yes Stores and Yes Exclusive Retail partners nationwide.</p> <p>The Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan offers the 7in Intel-powered tablet for free with the Yes 4G Internet plan subscription together with the Huddle XS. The tablet will also come preloaded with the Yes Life app to let users make free voice calls and SMS with their plan.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/cheryl-bates" title="View user profile.">Cheryl Bates</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/yes-4g-intel-launch-acer-iconia-one-7-tablet-bundled-huddle-xs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/yes-4g-intel-launch-acer-iconia-one-7-tablet-bundled-huddle-xs/news#comments Acer Android Intel Tablets Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:30:52 +0000 Cheryl Bates 1445507 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Chromebook 13 packs Nvidia's new Tegra K1 processor http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer&#039;s first out of the gate with a Chromebook featuring Nvidia&#039;s powerful mobile processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Chromebook 13" alt="Acer Chromebook 13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-chromebook-13-01.jpg?1407832834" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chromebooks haven&#39;t quite taken off in the way that Google had hoped &ndash; but that may be about to change, with the arrival of the Acer Chromebook 13.</p> <p>It&#39;s the first Chromebook to feature Nvidia&#39;s 32-bit, quad-core&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nvidia/ces-2014/nvidia-goes-whopping-192-cores-ces/news" target="_blank">Tegra K1</a>&nbsp;processor, which should give it massively improved battery life and overall performance.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A battery of distinction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Chromebook 13&#39;s battery life is pretty staggering; on the lower-res version, Acer reckons you&#39;ll get 13 hours, while the full HD model manages a still-impressive 11.5 hours.</p> <p>You also get HDMI and two USB3.0 ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 2x2 MIMO antenna, plus stereo speakers and a 720p camera for web chat &ndash; the Chromebook&#39;s optimised for Google Hangouts, and can reportedly manage 10-way conversations in HD. All that in a slimline 1.7cm thick design that weighs in at just 1.5kg&nbsp;&ndash; and, impressively, runs silent thanks to its fanless design.</p> <p>The entry-level model (the catchily-named CB5-311-T7NN) with a 1366x768 display, 2GB of memory and a 16GB SSD will set you back US$280 (RM894).</p> <p>Bump the spec up to full HD and you can pick up a CB5-311-T9B0, with a 1920x1080 screen, 2GB of memory and a 16GB SSD for US$300 (RM958).</p> <p>Top of the line is the CB5-311-T1UU, with a 1920x1080 screen, 4GB of memory and a 32GB SSD for US$380 (RM1214).</p> <p>The Acer Chromebook 13 launches in the US in September, and will work its way across the Atlantic shortly afterwards.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best laptops in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Chromebook 13" alt="Acer Chromebook 13" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-chromebook-13-02.jpg?1407832834" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-chromebook-13-packs-nvidias-new-tegra-k1-processor/news#comments Acer Chromebook 13 Laptops Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:11:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1444602 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus unveils an array of tech devices, and all the other news you missed http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/computex-2014/asus-unveils-array-tech-devices-and-all-other-news-you-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We look at all the new tech that was launched at Computex 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asus unveils an array of tech devices, and all the other news you missed" alt="Asus unveils an array of tech devices, and all the other news you missed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/S19_0.jpg?1402457682" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s the month of all things tech. we&rsquo;re currently in the midst of everything <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/e3-2014">E3</a>, while last week was all about <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014</a>. Plenty of products and announcements were made at the event in Taipei, and what better way to review them than to consolidate some into our weekly round-up.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus had many devices in its pipeline </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus went all out in launching its tech gear at Computex 2014. It nosedived into the gaming space with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/computex-2014/asus-impels-gaming-space-its-gx500-and-rog-gr8-pcs/news">release of its GX500 and ROG GR8 units</a>, ripped off the wrappers to a whole <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">new line of tablets</a> &ndash; which includes the Fonepad 7 and 8 &ndash; as well as the tablet/laptop/smartphone hybrid (Transformer Book V) along with the insanely sleek and slim <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/asus-has-hand-its-new-transformer-book-v-and-zenbook-nx500-computex-2014/news">Zenbook NX500</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature">Hands on with the multi-faceted Asus Transformer Book V</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asus had many devices in its pipeline " alt="Asus had many devices in its pipeline " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asustransformerbookv_0.jpg?1402457682" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer moves into the wearables space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer wants to prove that it&rsquo;s not just all about laptops and desktops. It wants to be on par with other tech giants and to prove so, it&rsquo;s forayed into the smart wearables tech space with the unveiling of its Liquid Leap smartwatch. It might be a step in the right direction for Acer, but has it got what it takes to stand out amongst the wearable crowd?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-liquid-leap-smartband/feature">Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Acer moves into the wearables space" alt="Acer moves into the wearables space" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ll_2.jpg?1402457682" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP introduces a new crop of laptops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even though HP&rsquo;s been facing a dwindling PC business, its fighting spirit is evidently strong, especially with the launch of a number of new laptops (including the SlateBook PC, a pimped up 13.3in Pavilion x360, and a revamped Chromebook 11) that seem to be fit for the Olympics &ndash; they literally bend over backwards or split in half.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/computex-2014/hp-goes-computex-all-guns-blazing-new-and-improved-laptops/news">HP goes into Computex all guns blazing with new and improved laptops</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HP introduces a new crop of laptops" alt="HP introduces a new crop of laptops" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hpcomputex.jpg?1402457682" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The possibilities are endless for Intel’s Edison </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel gave us a sneak peek into the world of technologies that can possibly be derived from Intel&rsquo;s Edison (a micro-computer) that it launched at CES 2014. Smart clothing, real-time wearable respiratory sensors, smart bracelets, or even any other type of smart wearable accessories could be something we see in the near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature">Intel&rsquo;s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wearables</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The possibilities are endless for Intel’s Edison " alt="The possibilities are endless for Intel’s Edison " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/edison_0.png?1402457682" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dell powers up its Venue 7 and 8 with Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android lovers, shriek with joy &ndash; there are two more Android powered tablets to choose from. Dell&rsquo;s made available its Venue 7 and 8 tablets with Android. It will specifically run on KitKat, and will feature a range of other functionalities. The only drawback - the new tablets pack dual core processors as compared to the quad cored power of the Windows-powered tablets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dell/dell-freshens-tablet-line-android-powered-venue-7-and-8/news">Dell freshens up tablet line with Android-powered Venue 7 and 8</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Dell powers up its Venue 7 and 8 with Android " alt="Dell powers up its Venue 7 and 8 with Android " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dellvenue.png?1402457682" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/computex-2014/asus-unveils-array-tech-devices-and-all-other-news-you-missed/news#comments Acer Asus Computex 2014 Dell HP Intel Round-up Wednesday Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:37:45 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1438888 at http://www.stuff.tv The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/good-promising-and-plain-ugly-computex-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We blazed through (most of) what was on offer this year to bring you the standouts - both good and bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/computex.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The likes of smartwatches, virtual reality systems and transparent displays have invaded <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014</a>, a space traditionally saved for PC makers to shine with the laptops, tablets and PC accessories.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel showed off a reference design PC booting the new efficient Core M processor at Computex. Super slim thanks to the lack of a fan system, it sets the stage for equally slim tablets and convertibles to come. And the first to pick was a contender from Asus - the 7.3mm slim Transformer Book T300 Chi hybrid packing the power of Intel&rsquo;s latest micro-architecture.</p> <p><strong>Verdict:</strong>&nbsp;Good, maybe even great. As people who had to work the expansive floor space four days in a row with equipment in tow, thinner and lighter is always better. Trust us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature">Intel&#39;s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wearables</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/t300chi.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer Liquid Leap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The company&rsquo;s first wearable was hyped up before Computex, but we were mostly sorely underwhelmed when we met it in the flesh. And that Liquid Jade smartphone it comes bundled with doesn&rsquo;t look too bad either.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: Just barely on the cusp of promising. In terms of tech, it&rsquo;s really quite disappointing. But the way it looks gives us hope that wearables will be better looking in the future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-liquid-leap-smartband/feature">Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Leap" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ll_1.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oaxis Star21 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Singapore company Oaxis jumps onto the wearables bandwagon with the Star 21, a rather good looking wearable that&rsquo;s geared towards the ladies with its studded display. Working very much like the Misfit Shine, LEDs light up to show the time and how far you&rsquo;re along in achieving your activity goal. The accompanying app also gamifies the experience although details were scant.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Verdict</strong>: Promising. Waterproof, great-looking and affordable at US$69, the Star21 could potentially shine.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/intel-gives-us-inside-look-computing-comeback-plot/feature">Intel gives us an inside look into its computing comeback plot</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oaxis Star21" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/star%2021.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Oaxis Star21" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/app_1.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oaxis InkCase2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The company also makes e-ink displays that you can use in place of your smartphone&rsquo;s. Why would you want to do that? You&rsquo;ll appreciate it when your battery is flatlining and you still want to finish up that downloaded book of yours. E-ink is easy on both battery life and your eyes. The InkCase2 works with three apps - a photo viewer, a reading app and a sports app to give you battery-saving displays in these three scenarios.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: Promising. If they work proper with case makers and expand their repertoire of apps, we might be able to leave the battery pack at home.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oaxis InkCase2" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eink.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Oaxis InkCase2" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/einkphoto.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Martian Watches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The smartwatches from Martian combine analogue and digital in its display. These watches give you the ability to customise the vibration alert according to the app, so you know when it&rsquo;s an email and when it&rsquo;s a text. You can also choose to read the message that scrolls horizontally across or limit the number of characters as a preview. Capabilities vary according to the models of course.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Verdict</strong>: Surprisingly good. We&rsquo;re glad someone is rethinking what smartwatches should look like and including features that make sense. Best of all, the two displays work on two different batteries so if the digital side should run out of juice, you can still read time.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/what-s-wrong-wearables-today/feature">What&#39;s wrong with wearables today? Intel highlights the three culprits</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Martian Watches" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/martian.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Martian Watches" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/martianw.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Martian Watches" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/appss.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SiME smart glass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The bizarrely taped-together smart eyewear caught our attention at first for all the wrong reasons. And when we tried it, it was the most uncomfortable wearable we&rsquo;ve ever worn. However, it is great to see Glass get some competition so that we can reap the benefits from all that friendly competition.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: Again, barely promising. A sharper resolution of 720p than Glass&rsquo; 320p and it being priced at a third of the Glass&rsquo; cost were what saved it from being plain ugly. Although it certainly deserves that title with its awkward form and off-balance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/sellotaped-sime-smart-glass-anywhere-near-google-glass/feature">Is the sellotaped SiME smart glass anywhere near Google Glass?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="SiME smart glass" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sime_0.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus Transformer Book V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first of its kind, the multi-mode, triple-deviced, dual operating system machine presents brand new ways to work the convertible category. If you can&rsquo;t decide between Windows or Android, this device lets you have the best of both worlds. The best bit is you can pretend you&rsquo;re hard at work in laptop mode while really texting your buds.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: Good. We like innovation here at Stuff, but we also like affordability. Whether this device sinks or swims is pretty dependent on whether it&rsquo;s priced competitively.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-multi-faceted-asus-transformer-book-v/feature">Hands on with the multi faceted Asus Transformer Book V</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title=" Asus Transformer Book V" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asustransformerbookv.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title=" Asus Transformer Book V" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/switch_0.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title=" Asus Transformer Book V" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android%20in%20windows_0.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lapara smartgloves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not all wearable tech are created equal. And smart technology can make you look pretty dumb. Case in point - the smartgloves from Lapara. Operating by Bluetooth, there&rsquo;s a mic built into the little finger of the glove and a loudspeaker into the thumb. How do you use it? Work your hand into a hang loose sign and then put it portrait-mode to your face. Yes, that&rsquo;s how you answer calls.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Verdict</strong>: Plain butt ugly. Plus you will look completely ridiculous using it. At US$60, looking stupid doesn&rsquo;t come cheap either.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lapara smartgloves" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartgloves.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mykronoz ZeFit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Swiss company positions itself as the Swatch of the smartwatches, an affordable first foray into the wonderful world of intelligent timepieces. This activity tracker is priced at US$69 (just a little more than those smartgloves) and looks a lot like the Liquid Leap, but does a little more. You can set notifications, like a reminder to take meds and you know, to go to work.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: Promising. It&rsquo;s affordable enough to tempt people into the world of wearables. Other smart devices on offer are also not too smart for their own good nor do they deliver focused features.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mykronoz ZeFit" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mykronoz.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> XYZPrinting 3D printers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s the da Vinci 1.0 ringing in at a very affordable US$500 for hobbyists with a 3-step EZ Mode for first-timers, or if you&rsquo;re better-versed in the art of 3D printing, there&rsquo;s the da Vinci 2.0 Duo. Featuring dual extruders, the machine allows you to print 3D figures with two colours like, erm, a panda.</p> <p><strong>Verdict</strong>: Promising. Go ahead, take a seat at the 3D printing crafts table and have fun with it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/good-promising-and-plain-ugly-computex-2014/feature/bonus-more-sightings-computex-2014">Click here, you know you want to read about the bonus highlights from Computex 2014.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="XYZPrinting 3D printers" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/print.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="XYZPrinting 3D printers" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twotone.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bonus: more sightings from Computex 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While we&#39;ve passed our verdict on the previous products, we&#39;re still undecided with these, mainly because they are either conceptual or we just can&#39;t put a finger on how useful it&#39;ll be for consumers. In no order of merit, here are the bonus highlights from Computex 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Transparent display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve seen it when we visited LG&rsquo;s display factory, and it seems to be hitting the mainstream now. It&rsquo;s not being integrated into consumer products right now, but it&rsquo;s only a matter of time. We hear clothing giant Zara used it for the stores in Taipei.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/inside-lgs-inner-sanctum-past-present-and-future-displays/feature">Inside LG&#39;s Inner Sanctum: the past, present and future of its displays</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Transparent display" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/transparent_0.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartshirt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>AiQ showed off a smartshirt that could change the face of healthcare by allowing you to catch problems early. Only catch is - you&rsquo;ll have to unplug the electronics before you wash the shirt of course.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Smartshirt" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartshirt_0.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bluetooth floating speaker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because bathtime needs some added ambience. Oh look, the lights even change according to the music you play.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bluetooth floating speaker" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/floater_0.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wellness 4D Simulator </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We have to admit we spent a little too much time riding virtual trails on this. It will clock your calories burned and make you forget you&rsquo;re very much static as you experience every bump in the terrain.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014: the biggest tech exhibition in Asia</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wellness 4D Simulator" alt="The good, the promising and the plain ugly at Computex 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4d%20wellness.jpg?1402480179" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The hits and misses of Computex 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here are the good, the promising and the plain ugly gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/computex_0.jpg?1402480177" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/good-promising-and-plain-ugly-computex-2014/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/good-promising-and-plain-ugly-computex-2014/feature#comments Acer Asus Computex 2014 Intel Wearable tech Sat, 07 Jun 2014 01:52:24 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438734 at http://www.stuff.tv Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-liquid-leap-smartband/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Acer&#039;s first wearable one giant leap for mankind or a half-hearted lift-off? We reveal the results of our brief acquaintance with it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ll.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Announced at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014</a>, Acer&#39;s first foray into the wearable arena looked promisingly petite, but what else is known about it?</p> <p class="p3">During our time at the Acer booth, the biggest crowd congregated around the Liquid Leap booth, proving that the Leap was a step in that right direction of wearables. But more importantly, does it bring anything new to the fast-filling up wardrobe of wearable tech? Does this activity tracker deserve a spot on our wrists?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First things first </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Liquid Leap comes bundled with the Liquid Jade - Acer&#39;s brand new 5in smartphone. Acer claims that it&#39;s the smallest smartphone in terms of volume. We&#39;re not sure how true that is but during the brief time in our hands, it sure was crazy light and slim at just 7.5mm in width.</p> <p>While Acer emphasised that the curves of the design give great ergonomics, it&#39;s more of an oversell as the Liquid Jade is hardly a wrist-breaker in the first place.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-plans-disruptive-tablet-and-android-smartwatch/news">HTC plans a &quot;disruptive&quot; tablet and an Android smartwatch</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Probably not as expensive as real jade" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/liquidjade.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Slim pickings" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/slim.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 13MP camera&#39;s also worth a mention, boasting an aperture of F1.8 to let in more light and take better pictures in low light. Unfortunately, the show floor was lit up like a police raid so we couldn&#39;t put that theory to the test.</p> <p class="p2">The phone&#39;s largely plastic but Acer executives were quick to point out that material options could pop up in the form of a number of different backs although nothing&#39;s been finalised yet. Colour options match the Liquid Leap, with these three to choose from, and the usual black and white.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="It&#039;s a light show" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera_1.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Slight resemblance to a much older HTC device" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pastels.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about the smartband already! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance, it most resembles the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/jawbone/jawbone-up24/review">Jawbone Up</a> with its brighter colour options and build, but it pops on a rectangular display which then makes it look like the fun cooler cousin of the Galaxy Gear Fit. Tap and hold the screen to jolt it from its time-telling mode and swipe left to bring up the apps menu, or right for a quick glance at your activity rates including steps taken, distance travelled, time spent on the move, and calories burned.</p> <p>In the app menu mode, it displays up to three icons on each of its two pages, with the three most significant taking up its first page - activity tracking, sleep tracking and notifications.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/jawbone/jawbone-up24/review">Jawbone Up 24 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pretty in pink" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/liquidleap.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keeping track </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Linked to the uncreatively-named Leap Manager app, users are able to set goals for themselves in the activity areas mentioned above. There is a catch to activity tracking on the Leap - you&#39;ll have to reset the smartband manually everyday if you want to keep an eye on your daily rates via the Leap, otherwise all that data will just accumulate.</p> <p>However, we were told via the app, the data captured is managed and sorted accordingly. Unfortunately, we weren&#39;t able to see if it could actually deliver due to connection issues within the show floors.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="A manual affair" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leap%20manager.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Goaaaaal!" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/goals_0.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Settings" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/settings_0.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for sleep tracking (the moon icon), it just measures how long you&#39;ve slept for. And the worst thing about it is that you have to manually activate the sleep monitoring. Which means before you doze off, you&#39;ll need to hit the start button and tap it again when you&#39;re awake. Not much different from keeping an eye on the clock and doing your own calculations.</p> <p>Notifications are largely a passive feature, informing you when you receive messages and phone calls, and letting you reject the latter. You can also control your music - play, pause, and next track. But that&rsquo;s it. No, seriously, that&rsquo;s it. You don&#39;t get volume control.</p> <p>Also, the display goes to sleep really quickly if you don&rsquo;t keep your finger actively swiping, six seconds give or take (yes, we counted). It was a pain trying to take photos with the display switching off so quickly, but it&rsquo;s more than enough time for a quick time check. You can&#39;t tweak the settings too, so you&rsquo;ll just have to live with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2450" height="1817" title="Gone in six seconds" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sleep.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1947" height="1112" title="Let us sleep just for a few more minutes" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zzz.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is there no redemption for the Liquid Leap? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a few things we appreciated about the Liquid Leap. For instance, its battery life is rated significantly longer than the other wearables with displays. The Samsung Gear Fit does about five days, while the Nike + SE FuelBand does about four. The Liquid Leap can survive without a charge for seven days according to the execs. But until we&#39;ve actually abused the Leap through such conditions, we&#39;ll have to take Acer&#39;s claims at face value.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Need more battery life" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/batt.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The way it attaches takes more than a few cues from the FitBit Force. And it&rsquo;s secure enough as the entire device is seriously light. There&rsquo;s no official weight but having tried it on, we can say it barely weighs anything. You won&rsquo;t even notice that you have it on. It&rsquo;s slim enough for women to pull off, unlike other chunkier devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Easy on, easy off" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sit_0.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&rsquo;s one thing going for it, it would be design. It could easily pass for a cool bracelet that you can take swimming because it&rsquo;s IP7 certified. That means you can take it to a depth of 1m underwater for 30 minutes, if you can hold your breath that long. You also get the option of flipping the display 180 degrees, although reading it in landscape mode is already a little awkward, so we would have appreciated the option of taking it portrait.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Flipping out" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/design_0.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Final thoughts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the Liquid Leap&rsquo;s case, less is definitely not more in terms of features. But we like the build and it&rsquo;s a beautiful step in the wearables&rsquo; direction. But it&rsquo;s a first step and nothing more than that. It would be perfect for people who care more about fashion than functionality (women).</p> <p>We&rsquo;d take it if the bundle is priced affordably but as usual, no official pricing, just that it&rsquo;s mid-range. Stay tuned for news as and when we get them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">All the biggest news from Computex 2014</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="At least it looks snazzy as a tech bracelet" alt="Wrist on with the Acer Liquid Leap smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/final_1.jpg?1402019099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wrist on with Acer Liquid Leap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not exactly a leap for mankind, but it has its merits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ll_0.jpg?1402015011" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-liquid-leap-smartband/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014/hands-liquid-leap-smartband/feature#comments Acer Android Computex 2014 Smartphones Wearable tech Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:15:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438627 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Liquid Leap smartwatch due for an appearance at Computex 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-will-soon-join-big-boys-tech-launch-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It says a lot when a traditional laptop and tablet maker is also unveiling a smartwatch at the biggest tech exhibition in Asia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Acer will soon join the big boys of tech with the launch of a smartwatch " alt="Acer will soon join the big boys of tech with the launch of a smartwatch " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smart.jpg?1401683113" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those of you who have been looking forward to new Acer laptops or desktops from Computex 2014 in Taipei, the vendor&#39;s going to dash your dreams. The good news is,&nbsp;Acer will soon put itself in the same ring as the big boys of tech (i.e. Google, Microsoft, Samsung, or Apple) with the launch of its first smartwatch at the event.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expect five smartphones too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition, Acer will introduce five new smartphones that range from low-budget models to high end ones that support 4G networks, marking its deeper penetration into the smartphone sphere. These include the Acer Liquid X1, E700, E600, Liquid Jade and Liquid Z200 mobile phone models.</p> <p>Last year, Acer&rsquo;s main highlight was its range of tablets. Acer will also be unveiling a new 8in Android tablet this year, but we expect its smartphones and smartwatch to generate the most interest from attendees, alluding to the fact that the vendor is eyeing technologies beyond the traditional PC for growth.</p> <p>But will Acer stand on par or supersede the tech giants of wearables? That&#39;s a question we&#39;ll try to answer when we get our hands on it during <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-releasing-padfone-computex/news">Is Asus releasing a Padfone at Computex?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Acer will introduce five new smartphones" alt="Acer will introduce five new smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acerliq.jpg?1401683113" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-will-soon-join-big-boys-tech-launch-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-will-soon-join-big-boys-tech-launch-smartwatch/news#comments Acer Computex 2014 Smartphones Smartwatch Tablets Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:21:40 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438329 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer C720 Chromebook gets an Intel Core i3 power up http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-c720-chromebook-gets-intel-core-i3-power/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer shows off the world&#039;s &#039;most powerful&#039; Chromebook at its New York City launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Acer C270 Chromebook " alt="Acer C270 Chromebook " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer_c720_chromebook_laptop_review_001_0.jpg?1398878309" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chromebooks are low-cost, low-power, right? Maybe not in 2014.</p> <p>We don&#39;t know the price yet but Stuff&#39;s favourite Chromebook, the &pound;200 (RM1980) Acer C720, will be launching with an Intel Core i3 model this year.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-c720-chromebook-gets-intel-core-i3-power/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-c720-chromebook-gets-intel-core-i3-power/news#comments Acer Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:05:43 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436415 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer outs Aspire Switch 10 convertible, Tab 7 and Liquid Jade smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-outs-switch-10-convertible-150-tab-7-and-liquid-jade-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If it&#039;s cut-price tablets you want, Acer has you surrounded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire Switch 10 and One 7 tablets " alt="Acer Aspire Switch 10 and One 7 tablets " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-convertible-tablets.JPG?1398821952" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There was plenty of future stuff on show at Acer&#39;s 2014 showcase today. Even its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-hands/news" target="_blank">Liquid Leap smartband</a> made a cameo. But the focus was on devices you&#39;ll actually buy and for Acer that means neat and tidy, good value tablets, laptops and a surprise appearance from its next smartphone the Liquid Jade.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bang for Buck Tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a 10.1in HD 1366x768 screen, Intel Atom innards, eight hours of battery and a compact, light form factor it could be a winner for anyone who dreams of a MacBook they can pull apart. Acer is bigging up the magnetic Snap Hinge and while we&#39;ve seen something similar from the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100</a>, it&#39;s a big, big step up from Acer&#39;s previous mechanisms and fiddly keyboard cases. It can be used as a laptop, tablet or in display or tent modes. Plus the Switch 10 is &pound;50 (RM495) cheaper than the Asus.&nbsp;</p> <p>Acer&#39;s two other new tablets are both 7in in size and both run Android - Windows 8.1 for work, Android for play apparently.&nbsp;</p> <p>The grey/silver Iconia Tab 7 will be a tidy &pound;150 (RM1,485) when it goes on sale in May plus it offers 3G and even voice calls if you&#39;re that way inclined. Two words: Bluetooth headset. There&#39;s nothing here to worry the Nexus 7 too much - 720p screen, quad-core processor, 5MP camera, 8.9mm build. But if price is your main consideration, the Tab 7 could be a winner.&nbsp;</p> <p>Equally, Acer&#39;s gone down the Nokia route with the Iconia One 7 - a slightly lower specced, heavier (330g) Android 4.2 tab that runs on Intel Atom and comes in six colours. In the flesh, it&#39;s rather nice - the rear panel is textured so doesn&#39;t look as cheap as a bright pink, glossy Asus MemoPad HD 7. At a glance, the 720p screen is disappointing but we&#39;ll give the full review unit another look when it&#39;s ready before the mid-May release.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Aspire Switch 10 as a tablet " alt="Acer Aspire Switch 10 as a tablet " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-switch-10.JPG?1398821952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer&#039;s Aspire Switch 10 closed " alt="Acer&#039;s Aspire Switch 10 closed " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-aspire-switch-10-closed.JPG?1398821952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Tab 7 gets its close up " alt="Acer Tab 7 gets its close up " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-tab-7.JPG?1398821952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer&#039;s Tab 7 make calls. Do the right thing and get a Bluetooth headset " alt="Acer&#039;s Tab 7 make calls. Do the right thing and get a Bluetooth headset " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-tab-7-phone-app.JPG?1398821952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Acer smartphone looker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acer isn&#39;t known for its smartphones but here&#39;s a bit of a tease - a 5in smartphone due in July with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-hands/news" target="_blank">Liquid Leap smartband companion</a>. Named the Liquid Jade, Acer confirmed it will be coming to the UK and Europe. But we know almost nothing else about it at this stage. The units we got to fondle weren&#39;t finished and didn&#39;t power on.&nbsp;</p> <p>Acer says there are no sharp surfaces at all in the Liquid Jade&#39;s curvy plastic design and it&#39;s slathered in Gorilla Glass. From the model CEO Jason Chen was waving about on stage, we can see onscreen Android buttons plus the smartphone looks set to come in at least two colours: black and white.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just a glimpse then but the Liquid Jade is likely to mimic Acer&#39;s tablets coming in at a mid-range price point. Whether the specs will be mid-range is another question..&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Liquid Jade smartphone " alt="Acer Liquid Jade smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-liquid-jade-smartphone.JPG?1398821952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 5in Liquid Jane is lovely and skinny " alt="The 5in Liquid Jane is lovely and skinny " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-liquid-jade-smartphone-2.JPG?1398821952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-outs-switch-10-convertible-150-tab-7-and-liquid-jade-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-outs-switch-10-convertible-150-tab-7-and-liquid-jade-smartphone/news#comments Acer Android Smartphones Tablets Windows 8 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:59:30 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436373 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer Liquid Leap smartband hands on http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-hands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer&#039;s first smartband keeps it simple and is due this summer - but does it offer anything new? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Liquid Leap smartband " alt="Acer Liquid Leap smartband " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-liquid-leap-smartband.jpg?1398820710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You ain&#39;t anyone in the tech world without your own wearable it seems.&nbsp;</p> <p>Acer is the latest to join the fitness tracking party with its prototype Liquid Leap smartband. With the device slated for a summer launch, we went wrists on with the black and red models in New York to see if Acer can crack the wearables conundrum.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartband by numbers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As well as glanceable fitness info, Acer says messaging notifications are possible plus we spotted a phone symbol - for call notifications - and a sleep symbol on the Liquid Leap&#39;s menus. Settings and home were the only other options we saw from a quick scroll around the Leap&#39;s OS - Android Wear this is not.&nbsp;</p> <p>If the price is right, Acer seems to have figured out the basics of a useful fitness tracker for casual use. The 17mm thick rubbery strap feels comfortable and the Leap is very light too. Plus the screen isn&#39;t as bulky on the wrist as the admittedly lovelier Gear Fit&#39;s.&nbsp;</p> <p>Acer also tells us the Liquid Leap&#39;s battery lasts more than five days which is spot on for a smartband.&nbsp;</p> <p>Due this summer in &#39;limited markets&#39; the Liquid Leap will be pitched as a bundled accessory to the also just-announced 5in Acer Liquid Jade smartphone. We&#39;ll keep you posted on a standalone price. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Liquid Leap comes in red " alt="The Liquid Leap comes in red " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-liquid-leap-red.JPG?1398820710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Inside strap of the Acer Liquid Leap " alt="Inside strap of the Acer Liquid Leap " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-inside.JPG?1398820710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pedometer action on the Liquid Leap " alt="Pedometer action on the Liquid Leap " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acer-liquid-leap-pedometer.JPG?1398820710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-hands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acer-liquid-leap-smartband-hands/news#comments Acer Wearable tech Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:17:09 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436363 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: The Acer Liquid Z3s, an Android phone even the miserly can like http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/first-hands-acer-liquid-z3s-android-even-miserly-can-agree/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our mitts around the cheapest Android phone you can get now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Liquid Z3s" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Acer-Z3s.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Small doesn&rsquo;t always mean bad. We have the small but fun hot hatchback cars, small but spicy Naga chilli, and the many pictures of small animals that make up the internet.</p> <p>Of course for those with small wallets, it might hurt that they can only afford dumb phones in the world of the smartphone we live in today. However, Acer wants to change that perception.</p> <p>What we have here today is their latest phone, the Liquid Z3s.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and Build: Can’t ask for too much really </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At only 115 grams, the Z3s is very light, and that is with the battery in already. You will literally not feel the phone in your pockets, as light as it is. The design of the phone itself is much like recent Acer products &ndash; plastic, with a hint of chrome here and there on the body. Not saying that is wrong; for its asking price it is expected.</p> <p>It is also thin &ndash; 10.5mm. This means it will not mess around with whatever is in your pocket, or in your bag if you are a woman (or a man with a bag &ndash; we don&rsquo;t judge anyone). Thankfully the build is quite solid &ndash; when we did the twist test, there was no creaks or squeaks heard.</p> <p>To round out the package, the Z3s comes with a microUSB slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It is scant on ports, but you don&rsquo;t you need that many ports to be used with such a small phone.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - Opened up" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/COver-opened.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - back cover" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Back-Cover.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - front cover" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/red-cover.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - say hello to the battery" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battery.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: Just enough, which is good enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, this screen will not win any beauty contest. In fact, it is more like the&nbsp; iPhone 2G screen than the 4S screen. It is bright enough to be used outside in the sun, so it is not a total loss.</p> <p>3.5-inches may not be big by today&rsquo;s standard, but if iPhone users can live with this screen size, why not Android?</p> <p>Surprising for a TFT screen, the Z3s has good viewing angles all around, with minimal colour washing out when the screen is seen at extreme angles. We like this.</p> <p>New with the Z3s is the inclusion of an active cover with every purchase. Just like the one you can buy for the iPad, this cover will lock the phone when it is closed, and activate the screen when it is opened.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: The bad case of no autofocus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The previous iteration of the Z3 only sports a 3-megapixel camera. Acer has taken the step to upgrade the camera sensor to a 5-megapixel sensor, which is a good step by the company. However they did not include autofocus capabilities, so the image quality isn&rsquo;t the best. It is more than enough for simple social media posting in a pinch, but definitely not something you want to print to a wall-sized photo.</p> <p>Check out the sample images from the camera attached here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - camera" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3s-camera.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2560" height="1920" title="Acer Liquid Z3s Sample 1" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140213_114301.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="2560" height="1920" title="Acer Liquid Z3s Sample 2" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20140213_114316.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multimode: A setting for everyone in the family </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To help customers use the Z3s, especially the Android first-timers, Acer created skins called Quick Modes. Depending on who will be using it, the phone can have an overlay that is tailored specifically for the user.</p> <p>For example, if the user is a child, the Child overlay can be set and a simple looking interface will appear. Devoid of anything that screams Android, it features six quick-call buttons and access to settings&nbsp; is only available for a parent with a PIN number. Same goes for the Elderly mode, where more options are enabled, but with limited access to the settings.</p> <p>There are also two more modes: Keypad and Classic. The former has an almost classic feel, thanks to the ever present keypad on screen while the latter is more of a simplified usage mode for the phone. Weirdly enough, all of the modes uses tile design, reminiscent of the Windows Phone platform. Hmm&hellip;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - normal mode" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Normal-Mode.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - Elderly Mode" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Elderly-Mode.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - kids mode" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kids-Mode.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="567" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3s - keypad mode" alt="Acer Liquid Z3s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keypad-mode.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power and Browsing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thanks to the dual-core processor, Android Jelly Bean runs relatively smooth with minimal lag when going through the menus even though it only has 512Mb of RAM.</p> <p>With an internal storage of 4GB, you will have enough space to store stuff in the phone, but when you want more, just slot in a bigger microSD into the included slot for additional storage up to 32GB.</p> <p>When asked, Acer said that Kitkat is being developed for the Z3s, but they didn&rsquo;t give a specific timeframe.</p> <p>Good news for those who travel a lot (or have multiple phone lines) &ndash; the Z3s is a dual-SIM phone, so you can slot in two SIM cards and use them simultaneously. Sadly there is no LTE, but it is kind of expected for something at this price range.</p> <p>In the box, you will get a 1500mAh battery, which is quite huge for something its size.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now that we have come to the end of the hands-on, I can share the price of this entry-level smartphone. At RM 299, this will be the best value that you can get for an Android phone on the market currently.</p> <p>Sure it is not the latest nor the greatest smart phone on the market, but for that price, I don&rsquo;t think anyone can fault getting one as their second phone, or a phone for their kid/mother/father/mother-in-law.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/In-The-Box.jpg?1392382313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/first-hands-acer-liquid-z3s-android-even-miserly-can-agree/feature#comments Acer Android Liquid Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:28:20 +0000 Sharil Abdul Rahman 1432369 at http://www.stuff.tv Acer's 2nd Gen Iconia hits Malaysia http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acers-2nd-gen-iconia-hits-malaysia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8-inch Iconia W4 to come with Win 8.1 and MS Office out of the box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Iconia_2s.jpg?1386745785" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Acer&rsquo;s 2nd gen Iconia tablet is finally available on Malaysian soil; having made its debut about a mere month ago.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New and improved </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Boasting an improved screen, the Intel powered tablet has quite a lot to offer over its predecessor, namely an IPS screen, the latest Intel Bay Trail 1.8Ghz processor and has gotten a wee bit skinnier as well, measuring in at about 5.3mm thick. On top of all that the Iconia W4 gets Microsoft Office Home &amp; Student 2013 bundled in for free.</p> <p>The rest is pretty standard fare, packing a 2MP front and 5MP rear camera, with up to 32GB expandable storage. &nbsp;The Iconia W4 also has a battery rating of up to 10 hours, but we have yet to confirm that with real-world testing.</p> <p>The Acer Iconia W4-820 retails for RM 1,099.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer&#039;s 2nd gen Iconia hits Malaysia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Iconia_2s.jpg?1386745785" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/acers-2nd-gen-iconia-hits-malaysia/news#comments Acer Tablets Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:57:14 +0000 Cheryl Bates 1429910 at http://www.stuff.tv Trio Of Phones to fit Any Budget http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/trio-phones-fit-any-budget/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Acer phones gives users more choices in the mobile phone space in Malaysia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer Liquid S1, E2 and Z3" alt="Acer Liquid S1, E2 and Z3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Acer-Liquid-Header.jpg?1386126185" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those who wants something fancy, new and “<em>canggih</em>” looking while at the same time still wants to keep money in their bank, Acer has now given you the chance to own a piece of new technology without actually have to sell off a kidney or even your pinky toe.</p> <p>While the phones are targeting the low-to-mid range markets, anyone who are looking for value for money devices should have a look at the triad from Acer. Starting from the lowest is the Acer Liquid Z3, then comes the Liquid E3 and finally the range topper is simply known as the Liquid S1.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liquid Z3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The smallest of the bunch is also the cheapest of the bunch. The Z3 comes with a dual-core 1.0GHz processor, with a 3.5 inch 320 x 480 display while running Android Jellybean version 4.2.2. It also comes with a 3 megapixel camera plus 512MB of RAM.</p> <p>While the size is small, Acer has managed to give it some grunt in internet speed, as it supports HSPA all the way to 21mbps transfer speed – so you can use it on the go as a portable Wifi hotspot. It also supports two SIM cards at the same so you can easily fit in your home SIM card, as well as your international card at the same time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="341" height="425" title="Acer Liquid Z3" alt="Acer Liquid Z3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Liquid-Z3.jpg?1386126185" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liquid E2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking for something a big mid-sized? The Liquid E2 comes with a larger screen – 4.5 inch to be precise- plus higher specs as well. This includes a beefier processor (1.2 GHz quad core chip), 1GM of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera plus Android Jellybean 4.2.2.</p> <p>The E2 also supports dual SIM cards, and comes with an IPS display for perfect viewing angles from any side of the phone. It also comes with dual speakers that supports DTS, plus the function called Float Caller where the call status is always on top of any application running at the time – so you will not miss any call.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="338" height="425" title="Acer Liquid E2" alt="Acer Liquid E2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Liquid-E2.jpg?1386126185" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liquid S1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the flagship of the line, the Liquid S1 predictably comes with some flagship specs of its own. This includes a thin profile (only 9.5mm thin), a 5.7 inch HD screen running at 1280 x 720 pixels, a speedy 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera and a beefy 2400 mAh battery.</p> <p>Similar to the other Liquids here, the S1 also features dual SIM slots, plus DTS surround sound for times you want to enjoy your media on the go. Acer also gave the S1 new software features called “Floating Apps” where selected apps can be used on top of other running apps – similar to what other flagship phones from other companies such as Sony, Samsung and HTC has enabled in their high-end phones (Sony Z1, HTC One, Samsung S4).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="337" height="425" title="Acer Liquid S1" alt="Acer Liquid S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Liquid-S1.jpg?1386126185" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and availability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The three phones are available now from the street and also online through Lazada. The Liquid Z3 is retailing for <strong>RM 399</strong>, Liquid E2 for <strong>RM 749 </strong>while the Liquid S1 is priced at <strong>RM 1299</strong>. With every purchase, the Z3 and the S1 will come with a flip-cover case, and Acer will announce in the near future further accessories for these three phones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/trio-phones-fit-any-budget/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/acer/trio-phones-fit-any-budget/news#comments Acer Android Android Jelly Bean Liquid Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:29:40 +0000 Sharil Abdul Rahman 1428810 at http://www.stuff.tv