Acer Announces Monitors, Laptops, and Desktops at CES 2022

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AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA are hardly the only companies announcing new products this week, and now we are going to go through some of what Acer revealed is coming.

First up we have additions to the Swift X range of ultraportable laptops featuring up to 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs and up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPU. Despite these powerful processors, the 14 inch version of the laptop still comes in at just 0.7 inches thick (17.9 mm thick) and weighs in at 3.09 pounds (1.4 Kg). There is also a 16 inch version, for those who need or want a larger device. Both models will sport a 16: 10 IPS display though, with the smaller having a resolution of 2240×1400 while the larger has the more standard 2560×1600 resolution. These display have 100% coverage of the sRGB gamut with up to 400 nits of brightness as well. Coming back to the internals, they can have up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 2 TB of PCIe SSD storage and will utilize Intel Wi-Fi 6E for wireless connectivity. For wire connections there are two USB Type-C ports that support Thunderbolt 4, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, as well as HDMI 2.0 for connecting external displays.

Acer’s all-in-one Aspire C27 and Aspire C24 are also being refreshed to offer up to 12th Gen Core i7 CPUs paired with up to a GeForce MX550 GPU, 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, and even a 1 TB SSD and 2 TB HDD. Connectivity again includes support for Wi-Fi 6E and Thunderbolt 4.

Another non-gaming laptop Acer announced was a new version of the Aspire Vero that was originally launched as a more environmentally conscious product by using recycle plastic in its keyboard and chassis. This new version is the National Geographic Edition and each purchase supports the National Geographic Society. This new edition stands out from the original with an extract of a topographic map on the top cover, the opposite side of the display, and the familiar National Geographic yellow border painted onto the right corner of the keyboard. The Spacebar also has the message “For Planet Earth” printed on it.

The Vero National Geographic Edition is to be available in France starting in March at a starting price of EUR 899 and in China in January, starting at RMB 5499.

Coming to the gaming hardware now, Acer is updating the Predator Triton 500 SE, Predator Helios 300, and Nitro 5 laptops with the latest from Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD. The Triton 500 SE specifically will be offered with up to a 12th Gen Core i9 paired with up to an RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU along with 32 GB of LPDDR5 RAM at 5200 MHz. This 16 inch display has a resolution of 2560×1600, a refresh rate of 240 Hz, a 3 ms response time, and naturally will use NVIDIA G-Sync. It will also be able to reach 500 nits of brightness and offers 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut. For connectivity that will be two USB Type-C ports supporting Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort, and power delivery as well as an HDMI 2.1 port for sending a 4K120Hz signal to an external display, and an Intel Killer E3100G 2.5G Ethernet controller and Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 controller for Wi-Fi.

The Helios 300 meanwhile will offer up to a 12th Gen Core i7 CPU with an RTX 3080 or RTX 3070 Ti laptop GPU, 32 GB of DDR5 4800 MHz RAM, and up to 2 TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage in RAID 0. Its display is a 15.6 inch IPS panel with a 2560×1440 panel and 165 Hz refresh rate, unless you want the 17.3 inch model that can be either 2560×1440 at 165 Hz or 1920×1080 at 165 Hz or 144 Hz. For connectivity it offers the Killer DoubleShot Pro that combines the E2600 and 1675i controllers for Wi-Fi 6E support. There is also an HDMI 2.1 port, a Thunderbolt Type-C port, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports with one able to charge devices even when the laptop is off.

The Nitro 5 is being refreshed to support up to a 12th Gen Core i7 CPU with up to an RTX 3070 Ti, but there will also be models to support the AMD Ryzen 6000 Series mobile processors announced yesterday. Both models will support up to 32 GB of RAM but the Intel model will use up to DDR4 3200 and the AMD model DDR5 4800. The Intel model will use a 2560×1440 165 Hz display and offer Killer Ethernet E2600 and Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i for connectivity. The AMD model can have either a 2560×1440 165 Hz panel or a 1920×1080 144 Hz panel. Both will support a pair of m.2 SSDs but the Intel versions use PCIe Gen 4 for both while the AMD version will have one running at PCIe Gen 4 and the other at PCIe Gen 3. Both versions of the Nitro 5 will have HDMI 2.1 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 and Gen 2 ports. The Intel version will have a Thunderbolt 4 Type-C port while the AMD version uses USB 4.

As for availability, the Triton 500 Se will be available in March starting at $2299.99 while the 17.3 inch Helios 300 will launch in March starting at $1749.99 and the 15.6 inch version releases in May, starting at $1649.99. The different versions of the Nitro 5 will launch between March and May with starting prices of $1049.99 to $1149.99.

Finally we have the Predator monitors and desktops to go over. Starting with the monitors we have the Predator X32, X32 FP, and CG48. The X32 and X32 FP are both 4K, 32 inch displays with DisplayHDR 1000 certification for their IPS panels with 576-zone mini-LED local dimming. The color accuracy is at Delta E<2 and they offer 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut. Where they differ is the X32 has a 160 Hz refresh rate while the X32 FP has a 165 Hz overclock refreshed rate, the X32 is a G-Sync Ultimate display with NVIDIA Reflex support, while the X32 FP is an AMD FreeSync Premium Pro display that also features an HDMI 2.1 port and USB Type-C port capable of delivering 90 W of power.

The CG48 display has a 48 inch 4K OLED panel capable of a 138 Hz refresh rate and supports both HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4. It also has four USB 3.2 ports and a USB Type-C port, is an AMD FreeSync Premium Pro display with a response time as low as 0.1 ms grey-to-grey. With its OLED panel, it has a 135K:1 contrast ratio and covers 98% of DCI-P3 as well as support for HDR10.

The Predator X32 FP monitor is to be available in Q2 starting at $1799 while the Predator X32 and CG48 will be available in Q3 starting at $1999 and $2499 respectively.

For Predator desktops, the Orion 5000 and Orion 3000 have be updated to offer up to a 12th Gen Core i7 CPU with the Orion 3000 pairing that with up to an RTX 3070 and the Orion 5000 going up to the RTX 3080. Both can also have up to 64 GB of RAM, but the Orion 3000 will use DDR4 3200 and the Orion 5000 DDR5 4000. The Orion 5000 also uses the Intel H670 chipset while the Orion 3000 uses the B660 chipset. Both can also have up to 2 TB of PCIe 4.0 m.2 SSD storage, though the Orion 3000 is specifically stated as having 6 TB of SATA 3 HDD storage as well. The Orion 5000 is a full-tower desktop and the Orion 3000 is a mid-tower, so I would imagine the larger can also support this additional storage.

For connectivity, the Orion 5000 will offer the Killer E3100G 2.5G Ethernet controller and Intel Wi-Fi 6E for wireless, three USB Type-A ports, one Type-C, and audio jacks. The Orion 3000 uses the Killer E2600 Ethernet controller, Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 and I do not see front-panel port specifically mentioned.

Both Orion desktops are to be available in February with the Orion 3000 starting at $1999 and the Orion 5000 starting at $2599.

Source: Acer [1] (Swift X, Aspect C27 and C24), [2] (Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition), [3] (Predator and Nitro Laptops), and [4] (Predator Monitors and Desktops)

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