At IFA 2019, Acer Drops Lightweight Predator Laptop, ConceptD Pro, and More
What I found in trying to summarize the highlights of the Acer press conference at IFA 2019 is that, simply, it’s impossible to keep things short and sweet. The computer hardware company dropped so many new products during its press event that it’s hard to focus on just one thing—or even to pick one or two favorites, which I anticipated doing as I sat down for this recap.
There were quick literally at least a dozen new products introduced by Acer, including a new lineup of Chromebooks, the Swift 5 lightweight laptop, the XV3 Series of gaming monitors, its C250i portable LED projector, and even a new open community platform for esports called Planet9. And even with all of that, we’ve only hit on about half of what Acer talked about during its event.
What’s left out of the press conference is what we’ll call the major highlights. So let’s run through them.
ConceptD Pro Notebooks
Proving that they can cater to a computing consumer that extends beyond the gamer, Acer unveiled its ConceptD lineup of notebooks. Intended for content creators and graphic designers, the series is highlighted by the ConceptD 9 Pro, which is a funky-looking laptop that sports a hinge-based monitor. Meant to provide a personalized and flexible viewing experience, the monitor is really just the start for this impressive piece of equipment. It’s a 17.3-inch 4K display that is PANTONE-Validated and covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut.
Internally, the ConceptD 9 Pro can be configured with the 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 5000 GPU.
The ConceptD 9 Pro will roll out in North America in November for $5,799.99. Further down the line, there’s a ConceptD 7 Pro, 5 Pro, and 3 Pro, along with an ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 3. Pricing and specs will vary by region.
Predator Triton Slims Down
First displayed at IFA 2017 in Berlin, the Acer Predator gaming laptop caught as much attention for its size and weight as it did the performance and specs. The laptop was, for lack of a better word, massive.
Noting that, Acer went to work at creating a product that trimmed down the size of the Predator Triton while not sacrificing performance. The result: the Acer Predator Triton 300. The laptop can support up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor that’s paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and 16 GB of DDR4 2666Hz memory (upgradable to 32 GB). It’ll also provide massive amounts of storage with up to two 1 TB SSDs and a 2 TB hard drive.
On the display side, the Triton 300 will have a 15.6 inch Full HD IPS display that supports up to a 144 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms overdrive response time.
Also not lost in the laptop is the traditional Predator thermal design with its dual fans that run Acer’s 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D metal fan technology, CoolBoost technology, and strategically placed air intake and exhaust vents.
All of this is packed inside of a chassis that weighs a little over five pounds.
Acer also introduced a slightly slimmer and lighter-weight version in the Predator Triton 500, which also has a monitor with 300 Hz refresh rates, and the same internal processing power.
An Affordable All-in-One
And last, but certainly not least, Acer rolled out an update to its all-in-one Aspire PC. The Acer Aspire C Series sports an ultra-thin 6.8mm monitor that’s available in 27-, 24-, and 22-inch models, all of which will be powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core processors and an optional discrete NVIDIA MX130 GPU. The Aspire C will also have configurations up to 1 TB SSD, 2 TB HDD, and 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory.
Some unique features of the all-in-one include a camera shutter that closes when the webcam is not in use (saving your post it notes and tape), and Acer Vision Care, which offers a series of technologies like Acer Bluelight Shield, and Flickerless technology.
The Aspire C Series will begin rolling out in the U.S. with the 24-inch model launching in Spring 2020 with an insanely affordable $699.99 price point.