Acer Reveals New Aspire R 14 Notebook, Aspire Z3-700 AIO

Hot on the heels of a plethora of device announcements, Acer has thrown its hat in the Skylake/Windows 10 race, debuting two new products: the Aspire R 14 convertible notebook and the Aspire Z3-700 AIO.

The Acer Aspire R 14 convertible laptops feature the latest 6th generation Intel (Skylake) processors, up to 8 GB DDR3L memory and speedy SSD storage. The new convertible notebooks feature a redesigned 360-degree dual-torque hinge to swing the laptop into its four different usage modes, which include tent, tablet, laptop and display mode. Here are the full specs of the Acer Aspire R 14:

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ProcessorsGraphicsScreenMemoryStorageWeightBattery LifeCamera
Intel Core i7-6500U or i5-6200UIntel HD Graphics14-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 10-Point TouchscreenUp to 8 GB128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SATA SSD4.19 lbsUp to 9 hoursAcer Crystal Eye HD webcam

The metal chassis is made using an eco-friendly technology called nano-imprint lithography, a process that gives the new device a sleek look. The device also features at least one USB Type-C port (although there aren't details on its functionality) and MU-MIMO wireless technology.

The Acer Aspire Z3-700 is an all-in-one desktop computer with a 17.3-inch, 1080p HD 10-point touchscreen display, and it features Intel Pentium or Celeron processors with up to 8 GB of RAM and optional SSD storage. The device also sports two foldable kickstands that can be used to position the Aspire Z as a traditional AIO, angled wide for an inclined position, or it can be retracted to lay the screen flat like a jumbo tablet. Here's a complete spec list for the Aspire Z3-700:

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ProcessorGraphicsScreenMemoryStorageWeightBattery LifeCamera
Intel Pentium N3700 or Intel Celeron N3150/N3050Intel HD Graphics17.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 10-Point IPS TouchscreenUp to 8 GB32 GB, 60 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB SSD, or a 500 GB HDD4.5 lbsUp to 5 hours1080p FHD webcam

Perhaps the Z3-700's most impressive feature is that this AIO has a built-in battery that offers up to 5 hours of cord-free desktop performance. With its thin and light design and rechargeable internal battery, this AIO combines the power of a desktop with the convenience of a tablet, and it even includes a digital stylus.

Both devices feature Acer TrueHarmony Plus technology with Dolby audio and will ship with Windows 10. The Acer Aspire R 14 convertible will be available in North America and the EMEA in late October starting at an MSRP of $699 USD. The Acer Aspire Z3-700 seems to be coming only to the EMEA for now, and it's expected to arrive by the end of the year with prices starting at 599 euros.

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  • John Banister
    I really, really want something like the Aspire Z3-700 having the Iris GT4e graphics.
  • zodiacfml
    Why is it that Acer is the only company I see using MU-MIMO technology in their laptops?