Lap­tops for gamers and de­vices for ca­sual users

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology -

ACER un­veiled a whole host of prod­ucts, from gam­ing ma­chines to life­style de­vices, as part of its new Be Cool Ev­ery­day cam­paign.

The gam­ing lineup is led by the He­lios 300, which is mar­keted un­der its Preda­tor se­ries gam­ing sub-brand­ing.

Game on

The lap­top comes packed with per­for­mance-driven fea­tures such as an over­clock­able Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graph­ics card, 7th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i7 7700HQ 2.8GHz quad-core pro­ces­sor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a large 15.6in full-HD IPS dis­play.

In­ter­est­ingly, the He­lios 300 is de­signed to keep its cool with the new AeroBlade 3D fan, which Acer claims has the world’s thinnest metal fan blade at only 0.1mm.

Ac­cord­ing to Acer, the fin ax­ial blade de­sign re­sults in 35% in­crease in air­flow so that the gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will be smooth and much qui­eter than reg­u­lar gam­ing rigs.

Other gam­ing-friendly fea­tures in­clude the pre-loaded Preda­torSense soft­ware which can be used to mon­i­tor the sys­tem tem­per­a­ture, CPU fan speed and sys­tem fan speed in real time.

The He­lios 300 is priced at RM5,999. For a more af­ford­able gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, users can opt for the Nitro 5, fea­tur­ing a large 15.6in full-HD IPS dis­play, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graph­ics card, and the choice of ei­ther an In­tel Core i5 or i7 pro­ces­sor.

Other no­table fea­tures in­clude dual fans with Acer Cool­boost tech­nol­ogy, which al­lows for man­ual con­trol of fan speed and cool­ing process when the lap­top runs heavy tasks.

The i5 model re­tails at RM3,299 and the i7 is priced at RM4,699.

Some­thing for every­one

While the main show­case of the event was the gam­ing lineup, there was still some­thing for every­one.

The non-gam­ing de­vices were led by the ul­tra-por­ta­ble Acer Switch 5. Sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor, last year’s Switch Al­pha 12, the 2-in-1 lap­top has a fan-less de­sign made pos­si­ble with Acer’s Liq­uidLoop cool­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to Acer, heat is dis­si­pated through a con­tin­ual process of evap­o­ra­tion and con­den­sa­tion of liq­uid. This keeps the de­vice cool and quiet even dur­ing pro­longed pe­ri­ods of us­age.

Other im­prove­ments in­clude a new fin­ger­print sen­sor on the top right of the frame and the re­designed key­board, which Acer says of­fers a more nat­u­ral typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Its unique 2-in-1 de­sign also means that users can eas­ily de­tach the key­board and op­er­ate the de­vice as a tablet via the 12in IPS QHD (2,160 x 1,440 pix­els) touch dis­play.

Other specs in­clude 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (solid state drive) stor­age, a bun­dled Acer Ac­tive Pen sty­lus and the choice of ei­ther an In­tel Core i5 or i7 pro­ces­sor.

The i5 model is priced at RM3,999 while the i7 goes for RM4,999.

Other new prod­ucts in­clude the ul­tra-por­ta­ble Swift 3 lap­top (priced from RM3,399 to RM3,899), the 10in In­tel Atom­pow­ered Acer One 10 (RM1,099), as well as the the As­pire Z24 and U27 all-in-one desk­top PCs (priced at RM4,699 and RM6,499 re­spec­tively).

Last but not least, Acer fans and mem­bers of the public can take part in the com­pany’s “Be Cool Ev­ery­day” cam­paign.

Dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod from Aug 3 to Sept 30, cus­tomers will re­ceive one of three avail­able types of free­bies – rang­ing from shop­ping vouch­ers to a Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365 pro­duc­tiv­ity suite to a 1TB ex­ter­nal hard drive – with ev­ery pur­chase of se­lected Acer mod­els.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign and re­demp­tion mech­a­nism, head to Terms and con­di­tions ap­ply. — Lee Kah Leng

Preda­tor He­lios 300

Switch 5

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