Acer reveals Windows 8-based PCs and tablets

All this week, we have been reported on a host of upcoming products that are being made to work especially with Windows 8, thanks to the IFA trade show in Berlin. Today, Acer joined the Windows 8 reveal party with a host of upcoming desktop, notebook, tablet and hybrid devices made to work with Microsoft's next operating system.

Acer's press releases include details on the company's notebook-tablet hybrid device, the Acer Iconia W510. The 10.1 inch device can connect with an optional keyboard dock that will extend its battery life for up to 18 hours. There's also a micro-HDMI port and a microSD card port.

Also coming from the company is a stand alone tablet, the large 11.6 inch Acer Iconia W700. The device comes with a cradle that allows users to view the screen in a number of different positions. The tablet also comes with three USB ports, a micro-HDMI port and two camers (front and rear).

Acer will also release touch-screen Windows 8 notebooks under the Acer Aspire V5 Series brand. There will be two notebooks, 14 inch and 15.6 inch models, both with Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics. There will also be touch screens on the Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook laptops, 13.3 inch and 11.6 inch, that will have 13 and nine hours of battery life, respectively.

The Acer Aspire M3 Ultrabook will also have a touch screen and a frameless 15.6 inch display, and can include an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics chip inside. Finally, there's the Acer Aspire 7600U all-in-one PC. It has a 27 inch monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080. It supports up to 64 points of simultaneous touch with its optional swivel stand.

Like most of the PC makers at IFA, Acer declined to state prices for their Windows 8-based products.

Source: Acer press room | Images via Acer

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I already own an Acer Iconia W500 tab with keyboard dock and I love it - a great bit of kit! ...the main difference I can see between the W500 and W510 (apart from the W500 running Win7 and W510 running Win8 by default) is with the keyboard dock - I like the idea of the new keyboard dock extending the battery life of the tab for up to 18 hours!! ...wonder if this new keyboard dock will be backwards compatible with the W500? That said, my W500 has a pretty decent battery life anyway - I can get a good 6-8 hours out of it depending on what I doing!

Have an Acer for the past 7 years, still going strong, running Windows 8 Pro right now. Overall, I don't see anything exciting about this line up.

These don't look that bad. The renders don't look as good as the Surface, but these are fairly nice. Let's see what the actual quality on them is.

WinMunkee said,
No wonder they are scared of MS.

Contrary to what many love to say repeatedly about Acer products, I think they are quite good.

Actually, I did own an iconia tab w500, and despite being made of platic, it feels great in the hands, and it surprisingly more solid than the Samsung build slate which is made of aluminium.

I would definitely look at the iconia tab w510 before buying a surface pro.

Especially if it uses an atom or and fusion processor. The autonomy should be much better than surface pro battery life (and it may be cheaper too!). Not to mention the keyboard dock which includes a battery.

Anyway, don't dismiss Acer so fast just because they had a few crappy laptops and smartphones a few years ago.


WinMunkee said,
No wonder they are scared of MS.

Why should Acer to be scared? They've moved up to the 3rd biggest OEM and are set to become 2nd only to Lenevo next year. Just the Surface won't stop that.