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Acer Swift 7 hands-on review

Acer’s Swift 7 made a name for itself when it launched in 2016 with a body just 12 millimeters thin. That was a new record at the time, and the laptop has slimmed further each year. It was so thin to start, in fact, that Acer has been forced to find other ways to shave […]

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Acer Nitro 5 (2018, AMD Ryzen)

We’ve sampled Acer’s Nitro 5 entry-level gaming laptop twice before, in October 2017 and June 2018. Today’s unit, model number AN515-42-R5GT, is the most affordable yet at $ 699.99. The reason? It breaks from its predecessors’ Intel Core i5 power and Nvidia GeForce graphics: Both the quad-core Ryzen 5 2500U processor and 4GB Radeon RX […]

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Intel's Chip Shortage Slows PC Business for Acer and Asus

Intel’s CPU shortage is threatening to drag down PC and computer component sales from Taiwan’s top two vendors: Asus and Acer. On Tuesday, Asus CEO Jerry Shen warned investors during an earnings call that the CPU shortage may last until next Q3 2019 or beyond. In the meantime, the company’s motherboard business is taking a […]

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Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The tech industry is obsessed with making things thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world’s thinnest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and frequent travelers, this year’s Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and […]

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Acer Nitro 50

Expensive gaming desktops draw most of the attention, with features and components as flashy as their case lighting. But the reality? Most shoppers are looking for something a bit more reasonably priced. The Acer Nitro 50 (starts at $ 846.99; $ 1,199.99 as tested) is one of those more modest options, a small tower that […]

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The Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop can replace your desktop PC for $999

The bridge between gaming laptops and desktop PCs has been shrinking in recent years. Better computer hardware and more thermally efficient laptop designs have yielded considerable improvements, with the Acer Predator laptop lineup being a shining example of impressive and cost-effective alternatives to bulky custom-build desktop PCs. The Acer Predator 17 could in particular be considered […]

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Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51-58HD)

It’s an eye-catching claim on the box and palm-rest sticker of the Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51-58HD): “20GB Memory.” Can a $ 499.99 laptop really come with that much RAM? A second glance reveals the catch: There’s only 4GB of system memory. The other 16GB is Intel Optane Memory, which serves as an intelligent cache to […]

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Acer Predator Helios 500

From the moment you power on the imposing Acer Predator Helios 500 ($ 1,999.99 as tested), you know you’re in for a serious gaming laptop. Not only is this 17-inch machine tricked out with RGB lighting that extends from the keyboard down to the touchpad, but the speakers let out a swooping, screeching noise every […]

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Acer Chromebook 11 (2018)

A few premium-price chromebooks let you do serious work within Chrome OS—and make you look sharp while doing it—but most chromebooks are plain, low-cost churners for simple tasks. The new Acer Chromebook 11 ($ 269.99) runs with the latter chromebook crowd, given its bargain price, modest feature set, and low power ceiling. It doesn’t offer […]

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Acer Spin 5 vs. Lenovo Yoga 730

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends There was a time when you needed to spend $ 1,000 or more to guarantee a good notebook experience. Budget and midrange machines tended to be poorly built, underpowered, and to offer terrible battery life. It’s safe to say that the pendulum has swung in the other direction, and today some great […]

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Acer Nitro 5 (2018)

True budget gaming laptops—models well under a grand—aren’t as plentiful as some budget-conscious shoppers may like, so it’s always nice to see when new contenders hit the market. The refreshed Acer Nitro 5 ($ 749.99 as tested) is one such system, keeping its price hundreds below the bar while offering modest power for grinding through […]

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future

Enlarge / Hellllloooooo Chrome OS tablets. Valentina Palladino Chrome OS took over schools with clamshells, but now Google is shaking things up with slabs. After a spring announcement, Acer has built the first Chrome OS tablet, the $ 329 Chromebook Tab 10, to give teachers and students a more flexible device to use for schoolwork […]

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 review

Research Center: Acer Chromebook Spin 11 Though more premium options keep popping up, Chromebooks were always meant to be a cheap alternative to Windows and Mac. So, if your budget is under $ 500 for laptop, they are a great place to start. Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 11 is a budget-oriented 2-in-1 that goes for just […]

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Acer Boosts Chromebook Lineup, Teases Predator X Desktop

Aiming to please both education users and gamers, Acer on Wednesday unveiled a slew of new gaming laptops and Chromebooks, adding eighth-generation Intel Core processors, Qi wireless charging pads, and several other cutting-edge features. The new Chromebook Tab 10 is designed to supplement the Chromebooks already present in many classrooms. It’s got a built-in stylus […]

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Acer Aspire S24

Looking for an all-in-one desktop PC to put in your kitchen that can display your family calendar, let you look up casserole recipes, and charge your phone? The Acer Aspire S24 ($ 899.99) has a few tricks up its sleeve that will let you do all of those things in ways that weren’t possible a […]