It’s a big day for Acer, which kicked off its Next@Acer event with a typical slew of new products. This year is no different. The Taiwanese laptop maker opened the floodgates and poured out a wide range of new gadgets, from premium Chromebooks to powerful PC gaming rigs.
I will contact The most of the new products in this post and highlight the ones you’ll care about, including the Chromebook Spin 714, Swift 3, and Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition. If there’s a thread connecting these latest releases, it’s the latest components from Intel, AMD, and Nvidia. At the very least, the extra performance you’ll get from these new chips should keep you from buying a laptop until they arrive in the coming months.
Acer Chromebook Spin 714
Yes, I’m starting with a Chromebook. Not only at all Chromebooks, though. This is in the same family as arguably the best Chromebook you can buy today: the Spin 713. For better, the Spin 714 is what you get when you’re trying hard not to interfere with something delicate – refresh the balanced Spin from the expert’s point of view. 713.
The Spin 714 now comes with 12th Gen Intel Core processors, up to Core i7, which deliver 20% performance gains over the previous generation. I’ll take the extra horsepower, even if the Spin 714 was already outrunning the rest of the Chromebook field. Acer is rating battery life at 10 hours and you’ll get four hours from a 30-minute charge. The laptop weighs 3.1 pounds and is 0.71 inches tall—numbers that put it in the more portable range for 14-inch laptops.
The Chromebook Spin 713 has a nice 13.5-inch display and the Spin 714 raises the bar with two high-resolution display options: 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) or 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). Acer says these 16:10 panels cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut and are coated in antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.
I’m glad to see the webcam get an upgrade to 1080p, and Acer adds temporal noise reduction technology and a dual-mic array. Before I get too excited, none of this means the webcam will take good photos or videos, but it does raise the theoretical ceiling.
It’s just one of several convenience features, including a stylus garage on the front edge, a backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 support, an optional fingerprint sensor, and a decent array of ports that includes Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI inputs. .
The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 will be available in North America in August for a starting price of $749. If you prefer a tablet, Acer also unveiled the Chromebook Tab 510, a 10.1-inch slate running on a Snapdragon 7c chip.
Acer Swift 3
You know those LG OLED TVs you want to rewatch your old movies on? Well, they are now a staple on flagship laptops. Acer is joining the fun with the Swift 3, an ultra-portable notebook with a 14-inch, 2880 x 1800-pixel OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
I can already tell you that the screen will be vivid, detailed, and deliver perfect black levels. What it does with battery life is more of a mystery, though Acer tops this system’s durability at a solid 10 hours (take that with a grain of salt).
There’s not too much else going on with the Swift. Like the previous ones, this year’s model has a straight design with discrete branding and sloping edges. The aluminum chassis weighs 3.1 pounds, has a fingerprint sensor on the power button, and comes in silver or gold. When you need to connect peripherals, the Swift 3 has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, USB-A input, and a headphone / mic jack.
On the inside is up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU paired with 16GB RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. You don’t compromise much on graphics performance other than your standard integrated Xe Magazine.
Not the most exciting laptop in this segment, but with a starting price of $ 899, the Swift 3 OLED could be competitive when it arrives next month. If you want a convertible laptop, Acer updated the Spin 5 and Spin 3 with Intel 12th Gen processors.
Predator Helios 300 Space Labs Edition
Time to talk games. I’ll start by revealing the strangest laptop today: the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition. Yes, that’s the actual name. The most impressive feature here is glasses-free stereoscopic 3D accessed through the SpacialLabs TrueGame application. I thought 3D died years ago but apparently over 50 games are supported at launch. Among the titles shared by Acer with press, you will find some big names like Game Forza Horizon 5 online, God of warand The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
I haven’t seen Acer stereoscopic 3D but reading those words takes me back to the beginning of the last decade when stereoscopic 3D was an expensive gimmick found on luxury laptops like the Dell XPS 17 3D or Toshiba Qosmio X775 . This modern take surpasses us by dicing the glasses.
When Acer first unveiled this technology on its ConceptD notebooks, it claimed that 3D could give people working in CAD a more realistic preview of a product before it’s made. It is thought to be already being used for car configurations in showrooms and by architects showing home designs. Now Acer is claiming it brings another level of immersion to video games, adding layers to objects and depth to rooms.
“We’re excited to add a new dimension to gaming with the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition, enabling glasses-free stereoscopic 3D gaming,” said Jerry Kao, Co-COO at Acer “By integrating our SpatialLabs technology with our Predator. gaming laptops, we hope to create a new category of immersive gaming experiences.”
How does it work? The 3D technology combines eye tracking with stereoscopic 3D display and real-time rendering. So, a 15.6-inch, 4K Helios 300 liquid crystal lenticular lens is attached on top to create a module that can switch between 2D and 3D stereoscopic views. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Acer spared no expense with the Helios’ internals, offering up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB of DDR-4800 RAM, and 2TB of storage.
Let’s hope the 3D content works because Acer is charging a fortune for this specific model, which will go on sale early in Q4 for $3,399.
Predator Triton 300 SE
I won’t go too deep on the Triton 300 SE because my editor has a full blown hand piece.
As an overview, the Triton 300 SE will be available in 14-inch and 16-inch models, each with its own display options. Going for the smaller version, you get a great 14-inch, 2800 x 1800 OLED option for the best viewing experience. You could also save some money and go with a 2560 x 1600-pixel IPS panel at 165Hz with 500 nits of brightness or a 1920 x 1200 IPS display with 400 nits.
If you choose the larger model, you can choose between a 16-inch, 2560 x 1600 IPS display with a 240Hz refresh rate or a 1920 x 1200-pixel screen at 165Hz. The former is a good choice for competitive players who play fast-paced games like first-person shooters, while the cheaper panel with a lower refresh rate will be fine for almost everyone else.
The Triton 300 SE is a handsome laptop with a simple design without the gimmicks of older gaming laptops that we so often criticized. If I’m nitpicking, I’d like the keyboard to be backlit per key rather than a four-zone and miss the fingerprint sensor embedded in the upper left corner of the touchpad.
The specifications provided by Acer made me scratch my head as the smaller 14-inch version can be equipped with a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H and the 16-inch version goes up to a Core i7-12700H. The 16 makes up the CPU blip with a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU but the 14 stops at an RTX 3060. Both systems can be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM and the 16-inch model gets twice the storage at 2TB.
The 14-inch Predator Triton 300 SE will be available in July starting at $1,599 and the 16-inch model will start at $1,749.