Acer unveiled a slew of new products at its next @ acer event, including a powerful laptop with a bezel-less 3D display, a new line of Predator gaming PCs, and new additions to the eco-friendly Vero series.
Let’s start with Acer’s ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop, a new laptop aimed at creatives and developers, the central attraction being a stereoscopic 3D display that doesn’t require glasses to achieve that 3D effect.
This is facilitated by SpatialLabs which is a suite of display and sensory technologies enabling real-time rendering of 3D without glasses, with support for all popular 3D file formats.
The basic idea here is a dream laptop for 3D modeling, with the user able to view 3D creations in all their three-dimensional glory while they are being worked on (2D content, like photos or videos, or even video calls, can also be turned into stereoscopic 3D using nifty AI technology).
As you can imagine, to make this easier, the ConceptD 7 packs some tremendously powerful hardware.
This workstation can be equipped with a maximum RTX 3080 mobile GPU, combined with 11th generation Intel H-Series processors (up to a Core i7). The memory reaches 64 GB with up to 2 TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage.
The 3D display is a Pantone-validated 4K panel that supports 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut (plus it has a Delta E
How is the 3D effect achieved, you may be wondering? There is a pair of cameras above the screen that track the user’s eye position and eye and head movement, projecting two slightly different images based on this tracking, via a linked optical lens. on the screen.
The end result is a compelling 3D effect rendered in real time and allowing the user to look around the object in its full three dimensions, without the need to don heavy specs.
Besides the launch of the ConceptD 7, Acer also announced a new 15.6-inch model of the ConceptD 3 (convertible) Ezel, and a version of the 16-inch (clamshell) ConceptD 3 with a 16:10 screen.
The ConceptD 7 (model number CN715-73G) releases in Europe in December from € 3,599 (approx. £ 3,050), with the ConceptD 3 Ezel (CC315-73G) later this month from 2,099 € (around £ 1,780). The ConceptD 3 (CN316-73G) will also arrive in October starting at € 1,799 (around £ 1,530).
In the US, the ConceptD 3 will arrive in January 2022 starting at $ 1,699.99.
Predator Orion 7000
Acer has also unveiled new Predator Orion 7000 desktop gaming PCs with Intel’s Alder Lake processors, and of course those won’t be released yet – the 12th gen processors haven’t even launched – but the machines will arrive early next year.
With Alder Lake chips unlocked for overclocking, the Orion 7000 models will offer up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards and up to 64 GB of DDR5-4000 system RAM.
So these are pretty killer components on board – there’s also Intel Killer 2.5G LAN, incidentally – but there are some weirder choices here as well. Storage options might include a pair of M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs (up to 1TB each), but the inclusion of not one – but two – 3.5-inch SATA3 hard drives (up to at 3TB each) looks quite odd in a high-tech PC. All we can give is a shrug on that one (there’s also a 2.5-inch hot-swappable drive bay, by the way).
The PC case looks good, but keeps things minimalist, with glass side panels, ARGB lighting, and a nifty cooling system that includes three Predator FrostBlade 2.0 fans (two on the front, one on the back). ), plus an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler.
These Predator Orion 7000 (P07-640) PCs will be released in Europe in the first quarter of 2022, starting at € 2,199 (around £ 1,870, $ 2,540), with availability in the US in the second quarter.
Vero’s green heroes
Finally, Acer unveiled new Vero products designed to be environmentally friendly, including the Acer Aspire Vero (AV15-51). This laptop has a chassis made of 30% PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic and 50% PCR keycaps.
The laptop also comes in 100% recyclable packaging, and in fact, the box can actually be used as a makeshift laptop stand (not a long-term fix, we’d add). The design of the machine is also aimed at making it highly serviceable and easy to upgrade, helping to increase the longevity of the laptop which is also great for the environment. (This is something other companies are trying to do as well, like Microsoft, as we’ve seen lately).
As for the on-board hardware, the Acer Aspire Vero comes equipped with 11th generation Intel mobile processors, integrated Iris Xe graphics, Wi-Fi 6, and a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display (and this screen is 99% recyclable, by the way). VeroSense on-board software helps users select an operating mode for better battery life and overall energy efficiency.
The Acer Aspire Vero will go on sale in Europe later in October starting at € 799 (around £ 680), with the laptop being available in the US in November for $ 699.99.
It will be joined by a number of other eco-friendly Vero products, including the Acer TravelMate Vero business laptop with similar green credentials and 11th generation Intel processors (up to Core i7), as well as a Vero mini-PC for the company. There’s also the Acer Vero BR277, a Full HD monitor with a chassis made of over 50% PCR plastic.