Acer president continues to bash Microsoft's Surface

Acer president JT Wong has not been shy about expressing his views on Windows 8 in general and Microsoft's decision to launch a Surface tablet in particular. In July, Wong said that they have told Microsoft to "think twice" about launching the Surface, claiming that it could have a "huge negative impact" on the PC hardware industry.

Today, in a CES 2013 conducted interview, Wong told AllThingsD.com that in its efforts to market the Surface to the general public, the company's approach has been "confusing to consumers." Wong added, "The promotion of the product is really focused on the keyboard, and the users really don’t know how to maximize the touch experience."

As far as Windows 8, Wong has said previously that it is still too early to tell if the new OS will be a success but he added, " ... we have to work closely with Microsoft to get customer feedback on what works and what doesn’t."

Acer has launched a number of touchscreen-based Windows 8 notebooks as well as tablet products in the past few months. A recent rumor claims that Acer will launch a Windows 8 tablet that's cheaper than its current selection but no other details have been revealed.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via Microsoft

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I had one for 2 months before I got a keyboard and I had no problem using it. If Acer made decent hardware they might have reason to complain. But, in my opinion, its companies like Acer building low quality products that negatively impacts pc markets, not quality products like the Surface that has 90% replaced my ASUS laptop.

Defcon said,
Well, he's not wrong.

My thoughts exactly. At least he has the decency to be honest and tell it like it is, not make-believe that windows 8 and its associated products have been a massive success.

"The promotion of the product is really focused on the keyboard, and the users really don't know how to maximize the touch experience."

Is this guy retarded? The thing has a ****ing touch screen - literally half of the hardware is for the touch experience.

Relativity_17 said,

Is this guy retarded? The thing has a ****ing touch screen - literally half of the hardware is for the touch experience.

Wouldnt really call that comment bashing tho. Just a comment/observation/opinion. Not like he said the surface sucked and wasnt going to do well.

I'd call it more out of touch than anything. Who needs to market touch experiences anymore? I don't know a 3 year old that can't operate a touch interface computer.

'If you haven`t got something nice to say, don`t say anything at all'.
Someone twitter or email that to him.

n_K said,
'If you haven`t got something nice to say, don`t say anything at all'.
Someone twitter or email that to him.

You realize if society took that advice to heart, the Internet would collapse in on itself.

n_K said,
'If you haven`t got something nice to say, don`t say anything at all'.
Someone twitter or email that to him.

I think that's bullcrap. More people need to step up and point out microsoft's inadequacies. How else will they improve and listen to people on the things that matter?

superconductive said,

I think that's bullcrap. More people need to step up and point out microsoft's inadequacies. How else will they improve and listen to people on the things that matter?


That's kind of "bullcrap", too, though. Too many people these days feel like they're doing a public service by just talking crap about others. The truth is, the vast majority of opinions are about as well informed as a toddler, and the vast majority of people are too self-righteous to entertain the possibility that their opinions are a member of that majority.

Everybody thinks they're in the minority that "gets it". And yet, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of us all being full of crap.

Joshie said,

That's kind of "bullcrap", too, though. Too many people these days feel like they're doing a public service by just talking crap about others. The truth is, the vast majority of opinions are about as well informed as a toddler, and the vast majority of people are too self-righteous to entertain the possibility that their opinions are a member of that majority.

Everybody thinks they're in the minority that "gets it". And yet, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of us all being full of crap.

Well, I won't disagree with all that

This guy needs to shut up and start focusing on making ACER better! All they do is bring out crap and talk smack against others. This is one of the main reasons Microsoft released the Surface in the first place!

Can't hate on Acer though, the W510 Windows 8 tablet is really good and inexpensive. Really loud speakers, great battery life, and really light at 1.25lbs. The Aspire S7 ultrabook is also really impressive. At least if Acer is going to talk crap about their competition they're delivering good products.

The Surface is really impressive for a first gen product. Microsoft can definitely do hardware. I honestly thought I would never be able to type on the touch cover at full speed, let alone without looking at the keyboard, but after about a month and a half I am typing full speed on it and loving the touch cover keyboard. I wish MS would create a magnetic desktop dock for the Surface so that you could quickly connect Surface Pro to a mouse/keyboard/monitor at your desktop then pop out the tablet and connect to the touch cover when you want to go mobile.

He can keep bashing the Surface. It's rather durable with its VaporMg case. Now let's see what happens if we bash an Acer.

Drop it once from 2 feet off the floor and the sh*tty plastic edges pop off. Requires superglue to hold back in place. True story: Iconia A100

There's nothing confusing at all. I'm a consumer. I'll buy a Surface Pro this year. I don't like Acer's cheap hardware and unimaginative design. I won't buy Acer. If anyone's confused about this they should get out of the business, Mr Wong.

I particularly don't like laptops or tablets that have marks all over them from people touching them with barge poles.

Consider the Surface as an expensive tablet for the consumer marketplace, and most of the heartburn goes away. It is in the class of iPads and other tablets. Full-size laptops and desktops are a totally different class for a totally different marketplace. So, where does Acer want to focus its energies?

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