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Acer announces new Chromebooks, refreshes laptops

Acer has announced a slew of new laptops, including two Chromebooks. The third generation of the Swift series has an OLED display, and the Spin 3 and Spin 5 series. Then there’s the Predator Helios 300, and last but not least, there are the TravelMate business laptops with Intel and AMD CPUs.

The two new Chromebooks include the Spin 714, and the other is a Chromebook tablet called the Tab 510. The tablet is particularly interesting in its rugged 10-inch casing. 

As for the Swift series, there’s a new and faster Swift 3 OLED powered by 12th Gen Intel H series processors. Two new convertibles in the Spin series are the Spin 5 and Spin 3, the former being a premium model and the latter a more entry series one. 

Finally, the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs edition is a laptop capable of showing 3D images without any specialised glasses required. It’s also a solid gaming laptop, packing 12th gen Intel CPUs and an RTX 3080.

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3D without the hassle

Acer’s first attempt at making stereoscopic 3D graphics a mainstream thing for PC gamers is a rather refined one. The laptop uses a lenticular lens bonded into the display and 3D spatial information already available in most games to output a 3D image. Keep in mind that the horizontal resolution drops to half in this 3D mode. 

The Predator 300 now has a stereoscopic 3D screen. | Source: Acer

As for the specs, the laptop gets up to an Intel 12th gen i9-12900H along with an RTX 3080 GPU. There are 32GB of RAM running at 4800MHz and PCIe Gen 4 storage, so performance shouldn’t be a problem considering the AeroBlade 3D fan design cooling system can keep up with the internals. 

The laptop will be available by Q4 this year, starting at $3,399 in the US. European gamers can get their hands on the machine in September, starting at €3,299.

SpecsAcer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition
ProcessorUp to 12th Gen Intel i9-12900H
MemoryUp to 32GB RAM clocked at 4800MHz
GraphicsUp to GeForce RTX 3080
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD in RAID 0
Display15.6-inch UHD display

OLED laptops might finally be mainstream

Continuing with the bringing technologies to a mainstream theme, Acer’s newly announced Swift 3 OLED makes a push for OLED screens in laptops that can be bought by the majority of people out there.

The Swift 3 OLED is powered by the 12th Gen Intel H-series processors, a 2.8k OLED screen with a 92% screen-to-body ratio, a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, and an FHD webcam.

All this comes to the US in July, starting at $899.99. While this isn’t cheap, it certainly is more attainable than previous laptops with OLED screens.

SpecsAcer Swift 3 OLED
ProcessorUp to 12th Gen Intel H series
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM
GraphicsIntel Iris XE graphics
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
Display14-inch 16:10 WQXGA+ (2.8k) OLED display
90Hz refresh rate

Two powerful convertibles

Next up are the two convertible siblings from Acer’s Spins series, the Spin 5 and Spin 3. The Spin 5 is a 14-inch convertible with up to 12th Gen Intel i7 processor and Intel Iris XE graphics. The laptop uses the same LPDDR5 memory from the Swift 3 OLED alongwith Thunderbolt 4 compatible USB Type-C ports. The laptop also supports Acer’s Active Stylus.

The Spin 5 | Source: Acer

The Spin 3 is a more entry-level laptop which still gets a 14-inch screen and the latest 12th Gen processors from Intel, Thunderbolt 4 support and comes with a dockable Acer Active Styles.

The Spin 5 will be available in the US and EMEA in July, starting at $1,349.99 and €1,399, respectively. The Spin 3 will arrive in the US in August at $849.99 and a bit sooner in EMEA in June, starting at €999.

SpecsAcer Spin 3Acer Spin 5
ProcessorUp to 12th Gen Intel U series Up to 12th Gen Intel P series
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR4X RAM Up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM
GraphicsIntel Iris XE graphicsIntel Iris XE graphics
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD Up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
Display14-inch 16:9 1920 x 108014-inch 16:10 2,560 × 1,600

A Chromebook tablet, anyone?

The company announced two new Chromebooks — the Spin 714 and the Tab 510. While the Spin 714 is a traditional Chromebook powered by either U or P series 12the Gen Intel processors, the Tab 510 is a rugged Chromebook tablet running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 platform.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 | Source: Acer

The Spin 714 will be available in the US starting in August for $749.99 and in the EMEA at €879. There’s also an optional Chrome Enterprise upgrade starting at $1,099.99 in the US and €979 in EMEA. As for the Chromebook Tab 510, it’ll be available in the US starting at $399.

SpecsAcer Chromebook Spin 714Acer Chromebook Tab 510
ProcessorUp to 12th Gen Intel U or P series Snapdragon® 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR4X RAM Up to 4 GB of LPDDR4X SDRAM
GraphicsIntel Iris XE graphicsQualcomm Adreno 618 GPU
StorageUp to512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD Up to 64 GB eMMC
Display14-inch 16:10 WQXGA or WUXGA resolutions 10.1-inch 16:10 1920 x 1200

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