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Acer has 'game changing' monitors on show at CES

by Mark Tyson on 8 January 2016, 12:31

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Acer has brought a wide range of new monitors to showcase at CES in Las Vegas. Other notable Acer products at the show include upgraded 15-inch and 17-inch Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptops and an all-new 'premium' 2-in-1 Aspire Switch 12 S.


New additions to Acer's monitor lineup are the R1 series, H7 series and the XR342CK. All of the monitors Acer is showcasing feature ColorPlus IPS panels with Acer EyeProtect technology to reduce fatigue from flicker and blue light.

The Acer R1 series, are claimed to be the world's thinnest monitors. They are constructed with an under 7mm thickness plus a ZeroFrame ultra-thin bezel design. Acer has R1 monitors in 21.5-, 23-, 23.8-, 25- and 27-inch screen sizes, all with Full HD resolution. This series is available from Q1, priced from $129.99.

Acer's H7 Series are USB Type-C monitors. Offered in 25-inch and 27-inch options, these monitors use just that single connection for power, data and display content. Users can enjoy the WQHD (2560 x 1440) display resolution, 100 per cent sRGB gamut, superior audio with Acer TrueHarmony and DTS Sound. Complementing the new fangled USB Type-C port these monitors also offer HDMI 2.0 ports. Acer's H7 series will be available in February with prices starting at $499.99.

The Acer XR342CK is a 34-inch UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution monitor with 21:9 aspect ratio and 1900R curvature. This variable refresh rate FreeSync monitor reproduces 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut and offers 6-axis colour adjustment. DTS sound is built-in and LED lighting effects shine from under the lower bezel, if you like. The XR342CK will be available in March with prices starting at €1,099.

Laptops and 2-in-1s

Acer is introducing the Intel RealSense short range cameras to its Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptops. The systems maker reckons that RealSense will "offer gamers improved experiences with its enhanced 2D and 3D image quality allowing gamers to broadcast their gaming experiences and video chat with background removal".

Other features promised, thanks to RealSense, are; scanning your face and putting it on your favourite game's character, scanning objects to bring into games, a smooth Windows Hello experience, and use as a regular 60fps HD camera.

Performance hardware in the Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptops includes; 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX960M graphics with up to 4GB GDDR5 graphics RAM, and NVMe PCIe SSDs. Various 15- and 17-inch screen options are available including a 4K 100 per cent Adobe RGB model. The RealSense edition will be available from February priced from $1,099 upwards.

If you like 2-in-1 designs Acer's new Aspire Switch 12 S might appeal. Acer refers to this machine as its "most premium and advanced" Switch 2-in-1 PC. Compared to others in the range it takes the specs up a notch with:

  • A 4K (3840x2160) or Full HD (1920x1080) 12.5-inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass 4
  • 6th Generation Intel Core M processor
  • 4 or 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB SSD
  • Thunderbolt 3 to USB-C connector with speeds up to 40Gbps for fast data transfers and hi-res display support, plus two USB 3.0 ports, Micro HDMI, a Micro SD card reader and a headphone/speaker jack
  • 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and 2x2 MU-MIMO
  • Intel RealSense Camera R200 on the rear, plus front facing HD camera
  • Triple microphone and Acer Purified.Voice technology, front-facing speakers with Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium
  • Backlit keyboard with 6Gbps Snap Hinge Gold connector
  • An anodized aluminium chassis measuring just 7.85 mm and 800g (tablet portion, as a 'laptop it is 17.3mm and 1.4Kg)
  • Windows 10

The Aspire Switch 12 S will start to become available in Feb, priced from $999. You can read more about it in Acer's dedicated press release.

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Just a Single Type-C port in a monitor is so awesome !!!!!
that curved one :D
Hardly “game changing” new monitors from Acer when Dell is having a go at 4K Oled monitors and Philips offering 4K 40“ monitor for half the price of Acer's curved panel I shall hardly be impressed with a type-C port or 27” 1440p or another Ultra Wide panel. Having opted for the 40“ Philips not even two weeks ago I already can't imagine giving up all the real estate, not even for Ultra Wide. While I am sure there's market for both, I'd say ”game changing" monitors are still at least a year away and probably won't be from Acer as they seem to be too busy milking the current and old tech.
How is a USB type-C only monitor supposed to work anyway, do Z170 motherboards support iGPU over a USB-C port? What about dedicated graphics, displayport-to-USB-C? I'm guessing you'd have to have it plugged in then as I doubt a GPU displayport can provide enough power for the monitor.
BRING BACK 16:10 please. So tired of WIDE crap. Do any of these vendors realize many of us spent a lot of time on the web (or reading anything on PC) and need more HEIGHT? Heck I like it for gaming too. Still clutching my dell 24 1920x1200 for as long as I can. The only place I like WIDE is doing excel sheets at work (tech support stuff). No need for 100's of WIDE monitor choices at home. I'd rather have 100's of 16:10's for choices at home/play. Scrolling all day to read pages sucks, especially with all the wasted space due to bars, tops of pages etc using most of the readable space already. I hope they have a few 2560x1600's when I finally make a move, or I guess I'll just put it off even longer if possible. Dell U3014 is the only monitor I have as an option at $1250 currently. I hope it gets some competition soon (with gsync or freesync). I'd call that a “game changing” monitor!