Acer unveils new Windows 10 range, from Ultrabooks to ultra-powerful gaming PCs

At Acer's press event today, the firm announced quite a few new products. The variety of PCs that they announced are enough to fit just about any use case.

First up is the Alpha Switch 12. According to Acer, this Surface clone will never overheat or throttle, due to the firm's fanless cooling technology called LiquidLoop.

The Switch Alpha 12 offers Core i3, i5, or i7 models and Acer says that it is the first Core i device to feature a fanless design. Unlike the Surface, the keyboard comes with it. Along with a 1440p display, Acer promises eight hours of battery life.

This device will be available in the US and Canada beginning in June, starting at $599.

Next up is a new series of Predator gaming PCs, including both a laptop and a desktop.

Acer promises that the Predator 17 X laptop will deliver overclocking and desktop performance. It packs an Intel Core i7-6820HK processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU. A triple fan system keeps it cool, so Acer promises an "uncompromising combination of power and portability".

In fact, the firm notes that the Predator 17 X is the only laptop that has a GPU that's powerful enough to support virtual reality. With overclocking, the gaming laptop promises 4.0 GHz clock speed for the CPU, 1310 MHz for the GPU, and 3.7 GHz for VRAM.

The Predator 17 X will be available in June at prices starting at $2,799 in North America, €2,499 in Europe, and ¥39,999 in China.

The "small but powerful" Predator G1 desktop will support GeForce GTX graphics (up to Titan X), along with sixth generation Intel Core i series processors.

It offers up to 4 TB HDD or 512 GB SSD and up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM. Along with USB Type-C, the Predator G1 certainly packs a punch.

Of course, a desktop PC wouldn't be much without a monitor, which is what Acer offers in the Predator Z1, a curved 30" monitor with a 2560x1080 resolution and a 7:3 aspect ratio.

The Predator G1 desktop will be available in July and it will start at $2,299 in North America, €1,199 in Europe, and ¥10,999 in China. The Predator Z1 monitor will be available in June starting at $599.99 in North America, €599 in Europe, and ¥4,999 in China.

Next up is the Acer Aspire series, where there's quite a bit being offered here. There's the new Aspire R 15, Aspire F series with "premium metal covers", and the Aspire E Series and Aspire ES 15. Here's what these offer:

  • The Aspire R 15 features 6th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 12GB DDR4 memory with faster speed and lower power consumption, up to NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics and a reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port.

  • The new Aspire F Series features premium-finish metal covers in five colors and 6th Generation Intel Core processors, with a perfect blend of style and performance.

  • The 2016 Acer Aspire E Series is refreshed with seven color options. Equipped with 6th Generation Intel Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M graphics with GDDR5 VRAM, and DDR4 RAM, and the Aspire E series provide ample power for everyday use.

  • The 2016 Aspire ES 15 is refreshed with the latest 6th Generation Intel Core processors and comes in three new colors: Midnight Black, Rosewood Red, and Cotton White.

All of these devices will be available in May, except for the Aspire E Series, which will be available in China in April. The Aspire R 15 will be offered in North America starting at $699 and €799 in EMEA. The Aspire F Series will be available in North America starting at $499, €499 in EMEA, and ¥4,499 in China. And the Aspire E Series will be in North America starting at $399, €499 in EMEA, and ¥2,999 in China.

Finally, Acer announced the "ultra-slim" Aspire S 13. These devices use sixth-generation Intel Core processors and promise 13 hours of battery life.

Note that Acer only said 'Intel Core'; they didn't specify whether it's Core i or Core m series, although it's likely that if it was Core i, they would have said so.

The Acer Aspire S 13 will be available in May in North America starting at $699, ¥5,499 in China, and it will be coming this month to EMEA for €699.

This was all among other announcements, such as the Liquid Extend, a Continuum extender that's designed for the Jade Primo. You can read more about that here.

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