The Acer Windows 8 touchscreen range includes AIO, Ultrabooks and tablets such as the Iconia W700.
Published Tuesday, 3 July 2012
By Mark Sutton
Acer has unveiled its lineup of new touch-enabled computers that will run on Windows 8.
The new devices include Ultrabooks, tablets and all-in-one (AIO) desktops, all of which will integrate the touch features in Microsoft's upcoming operating system.
The Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook will be available in 11.6 inch and 13.1 inch models, with aluminium unibody design, HD screen, Acer Twin Air cooling system, and light sensing keyboards to adjust the level of backlight according to external light conditions.
The Iconia W510 and W700 tablet line up feature 10.1 inch and 11.6 inch tri-mode touch screens, extended battery life and Always On, Always Connect technology.
In the all-in-one category, Acer has announced the Aspire U series, including the 27 inch 7600U, with full HD, Dolby Surround Sound and multi-user touch. The screen can be tilted through 90 degrees and can swivel when laid flat. The AIO line also includes the 23 inch 5600U, which can tilt from 30 to 85 degrees.
"It is a watershed moment for Acer," said JT Wang, chairman and CEO of Acer Inc. "Acer has always been committed to breaking the barriers between people and technology and the leading design of these products, when coupled with the Windows 8 touch functions, will provide transformational experiences for users whether they are creating important output or simply being entertained."
Jim Wong, corporate president of Acer Inc added: "Acer collaborated closely with Microsoft Corp. and has taken the lead to engineer new products that will be great with Windows 8, demonstrating our product development efficiencies and taking advantage of our ability to provide an enhanced and satisfying computing experience. By focusing on ergonomics and style, we are addressing key consumer demands.
"Interaction between human beings and computers should be easy rather than complex. In our view, the touchscreen experience enabled by Windows 8 is a massive step forward - simply because it makes computing more intuitive by offering users a backward in interface. We understand Windows 8 innovation and benefits and by utilizing Intel's architecture and platform performance on our products, we believe we will provide users a better touch experience across devices for both consumer and commercial products.
"At CES we announced Acer's new brand positioning, the visible statement of which is to explore beyond limits. Today's announcement is the most significant yet in our goal to create a modern day explorer in everyone. Our new products are 100% designed and created to enable anyone to accomplish more whether they be an individual or a business," Wong commented.