The FINANCIAL — Acer on April 23 announced its new notebook computer lineup for the 2015 back-to-school season, including the new Aspire V 15 with metallic aesthetic cues, the Aspire E Series with solid performance packed into a sophisticated design, and the Aspire ES series with all the essential features at an unbeatable price.
All of the new notebooks ship with Windows 8.1 and are supported by Acer for the free upgrade to Windows 101, according to Acer.
Aspire V 15 – Full Featured Device in a Stylish Design
The Aspire V 15 is adorned with an aluminum top cover imprinted using Acer’s advanced nano-imprint technology to provide a luxurious and uniquely textured metallic finish. A silver metallic hinge provides a stylish contrast, leaving a visual impression inherited from the award-winning Aspire V Nitro. It has a backlit keyboard which not only adds a modern touch to its appearance, but is also practical for use in dimly lit environments.
Built with 5th generation Intel Core processors2 and the latest NVIDIA GeForce 940M series graphics chips, the Aspire V 15 provides high-powered processing and amazing onscreen performance. With up to 16 GB of memory and 2TB of hard drive storage1or a fast 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD), customers can enjoy fast SSD–like access and large hard drive capacity. Photos, videos, games and presentations appear vivid and clear on the Full HD display. Dolby Digital Plus sound and a DVD-RW drive with M-Disc support make the Aspire V 15 ideal for entertainment.
Aspire E Series – Attractive Design with Appealing Features
The new Aspire E Series notebooks come in a variety of color options in 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inch displays. They feature a textile-pattern on the cover and underside which has been manufactured through a brand new process, involving 3D scanning of fabric samples, which are then replicated into molds with 3D printing technology and finished with a laser engraving process. The bold and colorful interior panels extend to an eye-catching ring around the machine visible even when the lid is closed.
With the latest Intel processors1, NVIDIA GeForce 940M series graphics with dedicated DDR3 VRAM or AMD Radeon R8 and R6 dual graphics, up to 16GB RAM and 2TB HDD/ 1TB SSHD storage options, the new Aspire E Series provides solid performance for everyday use.
Aspire ES Series – Essential Needs Covered for Work and Play
The newly launched Aspire ES Series provides everything users need for work and play, balancing productivity, portability, and their checkbook at the same time. Featuring the Acer FlowCurve design and five screen size options ranging in size from 11.6-inch to 17.3-inches, the versatile and ultra-affordable Aspire ES Series has all the features needed for everyday tasks. The Aspire ES Series includes the power-efficient Intel Pentium/Celeron processors1, up to 8GB RAM, 1TB of hard drive storage and an optional DVD-RW drive, meeting a variety of needs with ultimate value.
“Intel has worked closely with Acer for many years to deliver a variety of products that are compelling to both businesses and consumers,” said Navin Shenoy, Intel Corporate Vice President and GM, Mobility Client Platforms. “Featuring 5th generation Intel Core processors, the new Aspire V 15 delivers the high-powered performance that enthusiasts expect, and the Aspire E Series takes advantage of Intel Core, Pentium or Celeron processors for a balance of great performance and affordability for everyday use. We’re very excited about these latest examples of Intel and Acer working together to offer our customers a great computing experience.”
Blazing Connection Speeds with Advanced MU-MIMO Wireless and Gigabit Ethernet
The new Aspire E Series3 supports up to three times faster4 802.11ac wireless speeds with Qualcomm®
MU | EFX MU-MIMO5 technology, which enables multiple users to simultaneously access the same channel, instead of waiting to be served one-at-a-time. With greater efficiency for multiple clients, networks6 with MU-MIMO capability have more free time and capacity to serve notebooks and other mobile devices with faster connections, with particular benefit in dense environments.
“As the first notebook on the market with integrated MU-MIMO functionality, the Acer Aspire E Series will provide advanced performance and network efficiency,” said Dr. Cormac Conroy, vice president of engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm® MU | EFX promises to revolutionize Wi-Fi networking, enabling consumers to experience up to three times faster 11ac connections. We’re pleased to be working with Acer on this important industry first.”
Built for work and fun, all of the new notebooks support 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet providing up to ten times faster transfer rates than traditional 10/100 Ethernet ports.
Additional Speakers Not Needed with Acer TrueHarmony
The new Aspire E Series notebook models include the latest TrueHarmony audio technology from Acer. With a unique combination of innovative hardware and software design, Acer TrueHarmony delivers lifelike audio that takes entertainment to the next level. With a paper diaphragm construction specifically designed to enhance strength and flexibility, the speakers deliver accurate sound with a wider range of bass and less distortion. The custom equalizer optimizes frequency balance, ensuring that movies come to life, music has more depth, and games are even more engaging.
Acer BluelightShield Allows More Reading with Less Eye Strain
Acer’s 2015 notebook lineup includes BluelightShield, effectively lessening eye strain by reducing blue light emission from the screen, it provides four modes of use:
Low Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 18%, which is as effective as a pair of generic anti-blue-light glasses.
Mid Reduction and High Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 36% and 54% respectively.
Long Hour Mode: Professionally tuned by optical engineers to reduce eye strain over extended periods.
Comfortable, Precise, and Intuitive Control
The Aspire V 15 and Aspire E Series feature a newly-designed chiclet keyboard offering solid tactile feedback with increased travel distance. The keys are well-spaced with a 0.3mm concave on the keycap providing extra comfort while typing. There is a new Acer Power Button integrated on the keyboard, creating a cleaner look in the control area and also avoiding accidental shutdown with behavior settings by different time lengths of pressing the key.
Acer has also implemented Precision Touchpad across the notebook lines to unify the Windows experience by providing touchpad gestures and behaviors consistent with those of a touchscreen, such as pinch-to-zoom, swipe, and scroll. This not only provides a smooth and responsive experience, but also better accuracy through higher resolution hardware and built-in palm rejection.
Attention to Detail
The Aspire E Series notebooks are Skype certified to provide a friction-free audio and visual communication experience. The hardware and software have been fine-tuned and underwent a rigid certification process to ensure the speech is seamless with no lag or gaps, the sound is reproduced true-to-life and distortion-free, and the video realistic and accurate. Both models are equipped with two fast USB 3.0 ports, with one supporting convenient power-off charging.
Pricing and Availability
The new Acer Aspire V 15 will be available in North America in August with prices starting at US$ 599, in EMEA in July with prices starting at €699, and in China in June with prices starting at ¥4,699.
The new Acer Aspire E Series will be available in North America in July with prices starting at US$379 for 14-inch models, in EMEA in May with prices starting at €349 for 14-inch models, and in China in April with prices starting at ¥4,199 for 14-inch models.
The new Acer Aspire ES Series will be available in North America in July with prices starting at US$229 for 11-inch models, in EMEA in June with prices starting at €249 for 11-inch models, and in China in April with prices starting at ¥2,299 for 11-inch models.