Acer back-to-school lineup includes new Chromebook and Windows laptops

CIO | Apr 23, 2015

The Taiwanese company also gave a sneak peak at a whole new range of gaming products and wearables.

The back to school season may be months away, but Acer is already gearing up for it with a new line products, including a $200 Chromebook, as well as more expensive Windows-based laptops and hybrids. At an event in New York City, the Taiwanese company also gave a sneak peak at a whole new range of gaming products and wearables.

Acer CEO Jaso n Chen stressed that the company wants to play in just about every segment of the PC and mobile market. Windows 10 -- a big theme. Chen said that Microsoft's upcoming operating system will give users a uniform look and feel across all sorts of computing devices.

Jason Chen
CEO, Acer

For users looking for devices that run Windows, Acer launched the Aspire R 11, the smallest addition to its convertible notebook line. Powered by an Intel Pentium processor, the Aspire R 11 can be configured with up to 8GB of memory and up to a 1 terabyte hard drive. The Aspire R 11 ships with Windows 8.1 and can be upgraded for free to Windows 10. It will ship in July with prices starting at $249.

The Switch 10 tablet features a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen reinforced with a Gorilla Glass back cover. The Windows 8 device, which also can be upgraded to Windows 10, offers a 2.0MP front camera and can record 1080p video. The entry-level Switch 10 starts at $279. It will ship in Europe in May and in the US in July. A higher-end version will go for $399 and ship a month later.

Acer is also keeping a foot in the Chrome camp. It launched the new Chromebook 15, which has a 15.6-inch screen and will ship in July with prices starting at $199. An Intel Celeron dual-core processor powers the new device, which also has 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. A full-size HDMI port, micro-SD slot and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port are located on the sides. The laptop will start shipping in the U.S. in July, and Europe starting in June.

Acer's barrage of products also included wearables and a lineup of gaming devices under the Predator brand. The company gave a sneak peak of the products, without announcing details. The Predator products included a desktop, a new curved display, a laptop and even a tablet. Reporters attending the event could handle the products, but they were not working. The wearables, meanwhile were in displays and couldn't be tried on.