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Acer unveils full Windows 8 lineup at IFA 2012

Acer has revealed their Windows 8 lineup at IFA 2012 which includes a pair of Ultrabooks, a standard notebook, an all-in-one system, a standard tablet and a tablet / PC hybrid. All of these systems are expected to launch in…

Acer TimelineU M5 Review: A 15-inch, 5lb Ultrabook?

More than last year, 2012's ultrabooks have been and will continue to be about tradeoffs: low-res screens vs. high-res, TN panels vs. IPS, snappy SSDs vs. capacious HDDs, dual-core CPUs vs. quad-core, 2GB vs. 8GB, power-sipping IGPs vs. muscle-bound GPUs, mainstream vs. premium pricing, and so on.

Acer's new TimelineU makes its own compromises. Our review unit touts a full-size backlit keyboard, 500GB of storage, a GeForce GT 640M LE GPU, an optical drive, an eight-hour battery life and an attractive $830 price tag. Naturally, the question is: what's the catch? Let's get to the bottom of that.

Acer Iconia Tab A700 Review

The Iconia Tab A700 is Acer's latest update to its Android tablet line-up. Featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core processor, the A700's claim to fame is its new 1920 x 1200 pixel, full HD display. Needless to say, it's a considerable step up from the 1280 x 800 pixel displays Acer used on the A500 and A510.

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 should look familiar to anyone who has seen or used a 10-inch Android tablet before. The tablet's dimensions and 16:10 aspect ratio display lend it much more to use in landscape orientation than in portrait -- something that is frequently said about 10-inch Android tablets.

Acer announces Timeline ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge, Nvidia GPU

Acer has announced the availability of its latest ultrabook series, the Timeline Ultra M5, which comes in three configurations including two with discrete Nvidia graphics. The most affordable option (M5-481T-6770) is set at $680 with a 14-inch 1366x768 LED-backlit display,…

PC industry grows about 2%, beats Gartner, IDC expectations

Following a 6% decline during the holidays, the PC industry snapped back to growth in the first quarter of 2012 according to Gartner and IDC. The former outfit pegged worldwide shipments at 89 million units for a 1.9% increase year-over-year, while the latter reported a 2.3% bump...

Acer sues former CEO Gianfranco Lanci for joining Lenovo

Acer has sued former CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci for allegedly breaching a contract signed during his departure last year. Filed in Lanci's native Italy, the suit highlights a non-compete clause that barred Lanci from joining rival firms for 12 months...

Rumor: Acer working on 15-inch Ultrabook, targets $699 price

Acer's first Ultrabook offering was met with lukewarm reviews, but being the least expensive and one the first to be available has apparently worked well for the company. Now, according to DigiTimes' sources within the supply chain, the Taiwanese manufacturer…

Ultrabooks to help Acer turn the corner in 2012

Acer CEO J.T. Wang believes that ultrabooks will be the one product that returns the company to profitability. In an interview with Dow Jones Newswire, the chief said that customers will want a lighter and thinner notebook with longer battery…

Leaked video reveals Acer Iconia Tab A200 tablet

A video showcasing Acer’s upcoming Iconia Tab A200 has found its way online, revealing quite a bit about the new tablet. The two minute video from French blog iLoveTablette shows the tablet as a low-cost versatile family centerpiece.

Building the perfect ultrabook and where PC makers are wrong

Editorial It appears as though we're just now arriving to that sweet spot where fewer compromises can be made to build fast and svelte machines that are budget-friendly, all at the same time. However, it's easy to miss what a true next-generation ultraportable notebook should be.

Manufacturers are short-sighted if they only focus on building fast machines that weigh 3 pounds or less, without putting design and user experience at the core of their future developments. Here are some key aspects where I believe PC makers should focus and where some are already failing on their first try to deliver a killer ultrabook.