Acer Unveils Ultrabook, PC, and Tablet Lineup for Windows 8

Acer today at Computex unloaded a bunch of new product announcements, many of which are designed to take advantage of Windows 8 when it releases later this year.

The Aspire S7 Series are the company's new ultrabooks that will come in 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch sizes that will have HD touch screens. Both feature a sleek aluminum metallic unibody design. The larger model additionally sports a glossy, sculpted glass cover. The 13.3-inch model will offer up to 12 hours of battery life, while the 11.6-inch model can run for up to 9 hours from a single charge.

For those looking for a bigger screen without the need for portability, Acer today announced two new Windows 8 all-in-one (AIO) PCs at Computex Taipei: the Aspire 7600U (27-inch) and the Aspire 5600U (23-inch).

The 35 mm thin Aspire 7600U supports up to 64-point simultaneous touch from all angles on its full HD screen, enabling use by multiple users at once. It features 0 to 90 degree viewing and swivels at four sides when laid flat for enjoyment by more than one user. The even-thinner Aspire 5600U can tilt from 30 to 85 degrees. Both feature Dolby Home Theater Surround Sound.

For those who need ultimate portability, a pair of tablets are part of the new lineup: the Iconia W510 and W700. The W510 10.1-inch tablet has a tri-mode, allowing users to touch, type and view. Aside from the conventional tablet mode, it can be used in productivity mode. A detachable keyboard dock can be connected to the tablet for optimal typing as well as extending the battery life up to 18 hours. Rotating the tablet 295 degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode.

Acer's W700 has an 11.6-inch full HD screen and comes with a multipurpose cradle that allows for several viewing options and three USB 3.0 ports for expansion.

Stay tuned for more from Computex 2012.

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Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • noblerabbit
    I am so glad I retired when I did! pshaw, Windows 8, not my effing idea!

    /Bill Gates.

    -sent through my quantum computer.
  • mihaimm
    64 point touch screen? That's 3 users with all fingers and toes interacting with that screen. Plus an ET... Great stuff!!!
  • oj88
    Are they all Intel IB inside? Or some are AMD A10? Cannot wait to see the benchmark scores of them.
  • eddieroolz
    Wow, Acer really has come a long way. Their products look infinitely better than offerings from HP and Dell.
  • vertigo_2000
    Rotating the tablet 295 degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode.
    295 degrees? Let's see if I can figure this out... if 0 degrees is landscape and I rotate it 90 degrees clockwise, that would be portrait. Now if I continue clockwise another 90 degrees (180 from 0), I will be at landscape again. Continue another 90 degrees clockwise (270 from 0) and I'm at portrait once again. So then from there I turn it another 25 degrees clockwise to get to presentation mode. Easy enough.
    "But sir, can't I just turn it counter-clockwise 65 degrees to get the same effect?" "NO!! You must turn it 295 degrees clockwise, no more, no less."
    295 degrees. Really????????
  • GreaseMonkey_62
    I've always thought Acer makes some cool stuff. It's just too bad every Acer computer I've seen has been buggy.