IFA 2019: The Acer showdown at Berlin

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Acer seems to be enjoying the limelight at the IFA 2019 currently running at Berlin, Germany. The Taiwanese brand is showing off a plethora of their stuff — from laptops to monitors and everything in between. Here’s a peek of what they showed off till date.

The world’s lightest notebook with a GPU

This 14-inch (FullHD IPS) wide notebook is claimed to be the lightest notebook in the world. Acer has ensured the weight is well below 1 kilo (990g to be specific) and performs at par to usual laptops with similar gear. The Acer Swift 5 still maintains the world’s lightest notebook title and packs in an Nvidia GeForce MX250 discrete graphics card and buzzes atop an Intel 10th Gen Core i7 1065G7 processor with 512GB SSD storage and up to 16 gigs of RAM, tightly squeezed between magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminium alloys. The laptop also boasts of a good 12.5 hours of run time with fast charging of 4.5 hours in just a 30-minute charge. Other features include thunderbolt supported USB Type-C, dual-band Wi-Fi, fingerprint biometrics and touchscreen display. Designed purely for professionals on a continuous move, the Swift 5 will start making a hole in your pocket from ₹69,999 onwards. Acer also announced the Swift 3 at ₹59,999 onwards with a similar spec-sheet but with Intel Iris Plus graphics and an optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU. It weighs around 1.19Kg and both notebooks are just around 15mm thin.

Mean machines….err..laptops

Acer also shouted out loud about their Full ConceptD Pro Family of Notebooks at the event. As part of the RTX Studio laptop program, ConceptD Pro series notebooks are among the first notebooks to support real-time ray tracing and advanced AI capabilities. Aimed for professional creators and software developers, the ConceptD 9 Pro series notebooks feature Nvidia Quadro GPUs powered by Intel 9th Gen Core i9 processors. At 15.6 inches, the ConceptD 7 Pro is an RTX Studio notebook designed for sheer power on-the-go. It sports an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU with 32GB of RAM and a 17.3-inch 4K PANTONE-Validated display (3840 x 2160).  The Acer ConceptD 7 Pro is a laptop that’s 17.9mm thick and weighs in at just 2.1Kg and holds the same 15.6-inch display with Intel Core i7 processors and the Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. The ConceptD 5 Pro and 3 Pro feature similar performances but with display variants such between 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch panels and are powered by Intel Core i7 processors and Quadro RTX 3000 and T1000 GPUs respectively. Lastly, the basic ConceptD 5 and 3 comprise of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and GTX 1650 GPUs respectively. The laptops will be available in India starting November 2019. Prices TBA. Under the ConceptD series, a new ConceptD Monitor- CM2241W was also launched that boasts a 75Hz refresh rate.

Functionality on the move for me, please

Acer also announced Chromebooks for those who frequently travel, but need a light and easy laptop. If Google documents are all you rely on, the Chromebook is the best alternative for those late-night hotel room emails or quick presentations straight out of your bag.  The Acer Chromebook 314 starts at ₹42,000 and hosts features such as storage and RAM options of up to 128GB and 8GB respectively. Powered by Intel’s dual-core Celeron N4000, quad-core Celeron N4100 or Pentium Silver N5000 processors, these Chromebooks offer up to 12.5 hours of battery life so that you never have to rush to that hotel room to charge them each day. microSD card reader, BT 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, USB 3.1 — name it and it will feature it. The 14-inch FullHD Chromebooks are also available in touchscreen variants.

Project me anywhere, anytime

Acer also announced the C250i, a portable LED projector that sports Multi-Angle Projection. With a FullHD resolution and a 5hour battery life, this portable cinema house has a powerful 300 ANSI LED lamp with a 30,000-hour lifespan. the C250i supports stand-free multi-angle projection thanks to its unique twisted roll design that can project your favourite Netflix shows on walls, ceilings, and any surface you can think of. Compact and lightweight, this little projector has a cylindrical design to ensure you get the right angle every time you need it. It also packs in a 5W BT speaker allowing you to stream movies or make video calls from your smartphone. Have those old movies on your pen drive? Simply plug them in and enjoy the show on your camp tent too. The projector will debut in India in April 2020.

OK. What else do you have for the gamer in me?

Acer did announce some more stuff that gamers will connect to. At the IFA 2019 global launch, Acer also announced the new Nitro XV3 Series monitors. The Nitro XV273 S boasts of Nvidia G-Sync compatibility with WQHD (2560x1440) resolutions and rapid 144Hz refresh rates that can be overclocked to a whopping 165Hz. Want more? The Nitro XV273 X has a FullHD resolution and can hit refresh rates of up to a staggering 240Hz with response times of up to 0.1ms. the monitors come in 27 and 24.5-inch variants and feature Acer VisionCare with Flickerless, BlueLightShield, ComfyView and low-dimming technologies and preset modes for Action, Racing, Sport, User, Standard, ECO, Graphic and Movie. Prices start at RMB 2699 (approx ₹27,200). However, the availability in India is not yet confirmed by Acer.

For the gamers on the move, Acer also introduced the thin and lightweight Predator Triton 300 and Triton 500 Gaming Notebooks. The Triton 500 sports a blazing-fast 300 Hz 15.6-inch display and is powered by Intel’s Core i7 processors. The Triton 300 also uses a similar display size, but with a 144Hz refresh rate and powered by Core i7 processors, up to 16 gigs of RAM, 1TB SSD + 3TB HDD and Nvidia’s GTX 1560 GPU for performance on the go. RGB-lit and dedicated Turbo and Predator Sense keys on the keyboard, dual fans, 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D metal fan technology, CoolBoost technology and Waves Nx audio are some of the proud features by Acer. Predator Triton 300 starts at EUR 1,299 (approx ₹1.03 lakhs), while the 500 starts at EUR 2,699 (approx ₹2.14 lakhs), available from next month onwards. India debut is not confirmed as yet.

Lastly, to ensure that the gamer in you feels comfortable, while still being aggressive on the keyboard, Acer also announced their gaming cave, the Predator Thronos Air Gaming Chair. The hardcore gaming enthusiast in you will appreciate the steel structure includes a chair, modular desk and monitor arm for up to three monitors/displays. Acer claims that the cave has a comfortable and encasing cockpit, which ideal for total and complete battle immersion with its Teal blue lighting that emits a soft cool glow — perfect for gaming. The chair can be adjusted to various angles (130 degrees inside the cabin and 180 degrees outside the cabin) and also includes a massage function. The desk includes an adjustable keyboard and mouse tray and a footrest to keep those feet elevated. Lastly, the caver also supports a camera mount making it easy to live-stream your killings on that battlefield. Prices start at EUR 8,975 (approx ₹7.13 lakhs).