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Unannounced Acer Iconia W3 8-inch tablet leaks on Amazon, priced at $380

Acer’s Iconia W3 tablet hasn’t been formally announced, but that hasn’t stopped Amazon from giving the TBA product a shiny new home on its website.

Acer Iconia W3

The page appears to be a bit incomplete, with the summary listing an “1.5 GHz Apple A4″ in the processor field, which we can’t imagine is correct. The product description below might be a bit more on point, though. There you’ll find an Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor Z2760, an 8.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel CrystalBrite LCD display, integrated graphics with 64MB of memory, 32 gigs of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, 2-megapixel front- and rear-facing cameras, ane a two-cell 3,500mAh battery, keeping the Windows 8 tab powered for up to 8 hours. There’s no word on when the 1.1-pound slate is set to ship (or when it’ll make an official debut, for that matter), but assuming the Amazon web producers have managed to input pricing info correctly, you’ll be able to pick one up for $380 sometime in the future.

[Thanks, Jake]

Unannounced Acer Iconia W3 8-inch tablet leaks on Amazon, priced at $380

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Acer brings options galore to new Aspire V5 and V7 laptops

Choice, you say? Acer’s newest laptop duo is offering that in spades. At a gala this morning in New York City, the company rolled out quite the arrangement of new kit — not the least of which was a revamped Aspire V5 and Aspire V7.

Aspire V5 and V7 laptops

The two lines ship with a 14- or 15.6-inch display, giving users the option of a 1,366 x 768 panel or a (highly recommended) 1,920 x 1,080 IPS panel; those seeking something even smaller will also find an 11.6-inch option in the V5 range, weighing just three pounds and measuring under an inch thick. The whole lot can be selected with dual- or quad-core chips from AMD and Intel, while select configurations are equipped with NVIDIA’s GeForce GT7XXM series or AMD’s Radeon HD8750 discrete graphics.

In essence, the V7 only differs from the V5 by adding a “silky touch” finish on the bottom, the “latest Intel CPUs,” optional SSDs and Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) technology. Both ranges offer the new Acer Converter Port, which aims to make the act of connecting to an external display, HDD, router, etc. a lesson in simplicity. The newfangled V series will ship at the end of the month with prices starting at $499, but you can bet that the model you’re really after will land far north of that. Continue reading

Acer outs the Iconia A1: 7.9-inch IPS display and built-in 3G, priced at $169

And the news just keeps on coming. Acer just made yet a third product announcement here at its New York City press event. That would be the Acer Iconia A1 tablet, a $169 tablet running Android. Spec-wise, it measures 11.1mm thick, runs some unspecified quad-core, 1.2GHz processor and is topped off by a 7.9-inch IPS display with 1,024 x 768 resolution (hey, what’d you expect on a budget tablet?). It also has built-in 3G, similar to the comparably priced FonePad from ASUS. As for software customizations, you’ll find Acer’s WakeApp feature which lets you launch into a designated app when you wake the tablet from sleep.

Iconia A1

In our brief hands-on, the device felt like you’d expect a $169 tablet to feel: it’s made of plastic, and lacks any sort of visual flare, but the back cover at least feels durable, and doesn’t seem to pick up many fingerprints (especially in white). The display, too, might be the best part about the device, its low pixel count be damned: the viewing angles are wide enough that you can read the screen with the tablet lying face-up on a table. That’s all for now, but we’ll be uploading a hands-on gallery shortly. Continue reading

Acer intros Aspire R7, a laptop with an adjustable display like an all-in-one

When Acer plans a global press event, asking journalists to fly in from twelve time zones away, you know it’s going to announce more than just some back-to-school PCs. The company just announced the Aspire R7, a 15-inch laptop whose display sits on a flexible “Ezel” hinge, allowing it to be pushed up and back so that it lies nearly flat — yep, just like an all-in-one desktop. Similar to the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga line, too, you can flip the screen all the way back so that it faces away from the keyboard, a feature that seems especially well-suited for giving presentations.

Acer Aspire R7

In terms of specs, Acer is being a little cagey, but we have learned the R7 has a 15.6-inch, 1080p display with a choice of Core i5 and i7 processors. The whole thing weighs in the neighborhood of five and a half pounds. Also confirmed: it’s up for pre-order now for $999, available exclusively at Best Buy in the US. We’re told it will ship May 17th. In the meantime, we’ve got hands-on photos below, and we’ll very shortly be adding some first impressions after the break.

As weird as the R7 looks, it’s in many ways just another Windows 8 slider — just bigger with a hinge design we haven’t really seen used on a notebook before. Still, the R7 appears to present many of the same advantages and disadvantages as other sliders we’ve seen: despite being a reasonably large machine, it’s keyboard is about as cramped as what you’d find on a much smaller PC. That’s because when the display is propped up, it eats up at least half the available deck space.

Giving credit where it’s due, though, the backlit keys at least have a pleasantly soft finish, and feel nice to type on. But all these things are trade-offs, right? In exchange for the squat keyboard you get a display with truly adjustable screen angles — something we can’t say about other sliders we’ve tested. Also, we’ll go on record saying that this is one of the smoothest, most controlled hinges we’ve ever encountered — not just on slider convertibles, but on desktops, too. The question, we suppose is: how badly do you need a table-top display that you’d be willing to compromise on the typing experience?

Terrence O’Brien contributed to this report.

Update: We’ve updated this post with some key specs, along with hands-on photos.

Update #2: We’ve confirmed the price is $999 in the US. And it will ship May 17th, not the 14th.

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Acer intros Aspire R7, a laptop with an adjustable display like an all-in-one