Acer kicked things off at IFA 2016 by introducing a slew of new laptops, among them the first curved screen notebook, a convertible laptop and and an ultra thin offering that measures just under 1 cm thick -- 9.98mm to be precise. That’s thinner than the Apple MacBook (13mm), HP Spectre 13 (10.4mm), and Asus ZenBook 3 (11.9mm).
Acer Predator 21 X
The highlight of the new lineup is without a doubt the new Predator 21 X -- a 8kg (17.6lbs) beast of a laptop. According to Acer, this is the world's first curved screen laptop, and as the name suggest it uses a massive 21-inch panel with a resolution of 2560×1080. The screen is G-Sync enabled, too, so you should see smooth, game-friendly frame rates.
Under the hood the Predator 21 X is powered by two of Nvidia's latest mobile GTX 1080 graphics cards and a 7th generation Kaby Lake Intel Core processor. Acer has thrown in Tobii eye tracking, a 4.2-channel audio system and a full-sized mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches for good measure. There’s no word on how much the Predator 21 X will cost as it won’t ship until sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
Acer Swift 7
Despite its thinness the Acer Swift 7 is reasonably powerful, featuring a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a claimed nine hours of usage. The laptop boasts a durable all-aluminum unibody chassis with a black-and-gold dual tone design and Gorilla Glass protecting its 13.3-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) IPS display.
In terms of ports there are a couple of USB-C 3.1 and a headphone jack. There’s also a high dynamic range webcam to bring out more color and details in video chats.
The Acer Swift 7 will sell for $999 when it ships in October. Lower-end Swift 1, 3 and 5 models will also be available at lower price points -- starting at $249, $499 and $749 respectively -- with slightly thicker bodies and 14-inch screens.
Acer Spin 7
Acer also had something for the hybrid laptop crowd in the form of the Spin laptop family. The series Spin follows a similar model lineup to the Swift with Spin 7, 5, 3, and 1 models. Likewise, the Spin 7 is the higher end and thinnest model, packed with a 7th-gen Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It’s basically a slightly thicker version of Swift 7 but with a 360 degree convertible hinge that makes it extremely flexible.
It also features an aluminium unibody housing and will start at $1,199 when it becomes available sometime in October in the U.S. and other select markets.