Posts Tagged: Acer


29
Jul 13

Acer Aspire S7

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Not satisfied with launching a dynamic tablet – Acer Iconia – Team Acer are sending some serious hardware our way. The Acer Aspire S7 is just one of many Ultrabooks that are being launched on the market. I was sent the Acer Aspire S7 on loan to review and my first impression was how light it is. It also comes with a suede slip cover so carrying that product around will not be an issue at all. After you have got through the Fort Knox style of logging on you are greeted with a pleasant and interactive introduction to the Ultrabook courtesy of Windows 8. I will admit, I struggled to find how to turn the thing on but it turned out to be a button at the back. Talk about embarrassing. PCs have come a long way since the press button days when control alt delete ruled the day. Microsoft Windows have totally transformed the way PCs operate. Those of you Windows people will be aware that the software is all about the boxes; your contacts in one box, your emails in another, calendar, apps etc. The set up is very seamless, you enter your email details and it imports all your contacts and data. You can communicate with them via Facebook and by instant messaging. The OS runs effortlessly and makes it easy for you to access your contacts and data. The Ultrabook has a touch screen which is handy but often forgettable as 90% of the time I tend to use the keyboard.

The model is made of aluminum, with either a metal or Gorilla Glass lid depending on whether you purchase the 11nch or 13inch. It has a 1080p IPS, Core i5 and i7 processors and a RAID 0 SSD. There is also two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD reader. Typing on it is very smooth and effortless. Due to a new thermal solution called “TwinAir” cooling, an innovative thermal design that extends battery life this means that you don’t have to endure having your lap toasted due to the device heating up. The Acer keeps its cool at all times.

The Acer Aspire S7 is £1099.99 but it is available from PC World for £999.99. For more information about the Acer just check out their website.


3
Jun 13

Acer Inconia A1

Iconia A1_front_left_screen

A few weeks ago I was invited down to the W Hotel to celebrate the launch of Acer’s new tablet, the Inconia A1. As well as mingling with a mixture of bloggers, tech press, testers (customers who try out new gadgets ahead of release) and other media types I got to find out about the tablet. In tablet land there are three camps; Samsung, Kindle and the master all tablets – the iPad. With those three in sight they are a pretty hard nut to crack, rather like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. That being said, Acer have a real contender to the throne with the new Inconia. At 7.9′ it is aimed at modern day digital creatives who often have to work on the go. It comes in a sleek case that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The internal aspects are equally impressive: it has a quad-core processors for faster media performance as well as vibrant visuals on 20.1 cm (7.9”) LED-backlit display with IPS(1) technology and 5MP camera.

Pros

The size is perfect, you can hold it on one hand and use it effectively. It is also dinky enough to fit into your bag.
The hook up with Google is a life saver, the Inconia was connected to my email, Instagram, Google Reader and other apps very easily. I love the fact that I get alerts about new emails, Twitter messages and updates as soon as they come in.

It fills the gap between a laptop and smartphone. This works perfectly for me for when I am out and about and do not want to carry my laptop about or when I am at home and I am too lazy to fire up the laptop. It also acts as an extension of my Samsung and makes it easy for me to read news and blogs on a larger screen.
Watching videos on the Iconia is a cinch because it just boots up instantly unlike the Kindle which takes ages to load.

Navigation between apps on is very easy and you can find whatever you want quickly.
The battery lasts quick a while – seven hours on the box – I haven’t actually tested this but I tend to to use it on and off for a good few days before it runs out of juice.

Cons

The elasticity feel of the keyboard makes it difficult to type on. I prefer a much sturdier keyboard.

The plastic case gives it a cheap feel which is a shame considering that the Iconia is on par with the Kindle Fire HD except the Kindle looks like a much more quality product.

Internet connection can be a bit iffy.

So as you can see there are a lot of positives about the Inconia and at £169 it is a pretty good steal.

The Acer Iconia A1 is available to buy now.

For more information please go to the Acer website.

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