Barely a week after Microsoft’s official Windows 10 launch, Acer has already announced its new range of Windows 10 laptops.
Being huge fans of Microsoft’s best OS yet, we love the fact that Acer got so proactive with the launch. Other manufacturers need to step up too. The launch event in Mumbai saw three devices that will be come with Windows 10 - the entry-level Acer Inspire E5-573, the Aspire R13 and the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition - along with notebooks that are ready to upgrade to Windows 10. It also launched two gaming monitors completely unrelated to Windows 10, because, why not.
The Inspire E5-573 with Windows 10 starts from a pretty affordable ₹26,499. It is powered with the latest 5th Gen Intel Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce 920M series graphics with dedicated DDR3 VRAM, up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB HDD storage options.
That sounds really impressive, and it’s because the specs are all for the top-end model. The ₹26k version ships with 4GB RAM, 512GB HDD, Intel i3 processor and Intel HD graphics 4400. Sounds a little underpowered, but for the casual user, it should do fine. You also get to choose between a 14in and 15.6in display size.
The 13.3in Acer Aspire R13 looks nice. Very nice. Its defining feature is what Acer calls the ‘Ezel Aero Hinge’. The clever little hinge allows the screen to be rotated to 180º so it can perform all sorts of party tricks, like the Yoga from Lenovo.The 5th gen Intel i7, up to 8GB RAM, a battery life of 10 hours and that 17.95mm thickness all sound great to us, but the price might be a downer for some. The Windows 10-touting Aspire R13 can be yours for ₹89,990.
We’ve reviewed the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition before and loved every glossy inch of it. Throw in Windows 10 now at the same price as before and you’ve found a keeper. ₹1,10,000 for a 4K, Windows 10 gaming laptop is a great deal.
Curves, curves, curves
Acer also launched two gaming monitors at the Windows 10 event for some reason. We aren’t complaining though. The XB240H features a 24in Full HD display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Too mainstream? Then check out the XR341CK. It’s a 34in QHD 21:9 ultrawide monitor. It is curved for your viewing pleasure and comes packing DTS sound, HDMI 2.0 and a BlueLight filter.
Acer has also announced that the new Aspire V3 Series, Aspire Z Series All-in-One and Aspire Switch 12 Series 2-in-1 Notebook are ready for upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft is aiming for Windows 10 to be on 1 billion devices within three years. That sounds like a very doable goal, especially if the device manufacturers keep churning out quality products like the Nitro Black Edition. Speaking of quality products, we are going to get our hands on some of these babies soon enough, so check back for full reviews.