Electronics giant Acer took advantage of its global press event in New York this week to introduce the world to its new line of 2-in-1 notebooks. The line runs the gamut from low-cost models designed to be little more than Web-browsing devices to some sleek-looking powerhouses.
None of the models in the new Aspire line will break the bank, topping out at $799 for the most powerful model, but they likely won't compete with some of their pricier and more eye-catching competitors, either. Still, the new line offers a good range of options that should provide something for everyone.
The lowest-end model is the Aspire 1, which the company is marketing as little more than a secondary device for users who already have primary computers, or a device that can be shared among family members. It comes with a respectable 14-inch screen and features a sleek form factor, weighing in at just a little over three and a half pounds.
The Aspire 1 also promises a decent nine hours of battery life, but apart from that nothing about the model stands out. The model runs on either the Intel Celeron or Pentium processor and comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of memory. The Aspire will retail starting at $219.
The next step up is the Aspire 3. Essentially a version of the Aspire 1 with some extras, the Aspire 3 offers three different display options: 14-inch HD, 15.6-inch HD, or 15.6-inch Full HD, and is powered by either the Celeron, Pentium, or Intel Core processors. Acer is pitching it as more of a media laptop, with up to 12 GB of memory and technology to reduce exposure to blue light to minimize eyestrain. The Aspire 3 will sell for $299.
The Top of the Line
The next two models, the Aspire 5 and the Aspire 7, offer more functionality. Acer describes the Aspire 5 as a dependable workhorse for media creators on the go. It's powered by a 7th generation Intel Core processor and the latest Nvidia GeForce graphics card, along with up to 20 GB of memory. The notebook has several storage options, including HDDs of up to 2 TB and SSDs of up to 256 GB.
The Aspire 5 comes with just two monitor options, the 15.6-inch HD or Full HD, both of which offer display technology to make it easier to view from wide angles. The company also claims its speakers can provide more lifelike audio, while two digital microphones make it easier to use services like Cortana or Voice. The company plans to sell the model for $449.
The flagship model is the Aspire 7, which Acer is aiming at digital and creative professionals. In addition to the 7th generation Intel Core processor, it comes with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, up to 32 GB of RAM, and up to 2 TB of HDD storage or 512 GB of SSD storage. Users can choose between a 15-inch or 17-inch display. The Aspire 7 will retail for $799.
Image credit: Products shots by Acer (Aspire 1, pictured in front; Aspire 7, Aspire 5, Aspire 3, pictured in back, left to right).