Next @ Acer IFA 2019 Announcements
Acer took to the stage at IFA 2019 to announce a bunch of new products, including a Project Athena laptop, new ConceptD models for creators, and new Predator laptops for gamers.
Acer Swift 5
Kicking off at the highly portable end of things, the Acer Swift 5 qualifies as a Project Athena model. Featuring an Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU (10th Gen Ice Lake) with Iris Plus graphics, there is also the option to add an Nvidia GeForce MX250 as a discrete GPU.
Falling distinctly into the thin and light category, the chassis is constructed using magnesium alloys it weighs under 1kg and measures just under 15mm thin. Additionally, the Swift 5 is equipped with Wi-Fi 6, up to 512GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, and a 14-inch IPS touchscreen.
The Swift 5 is set for release this month with a starting price of 899 Euros.
The company has also expanded its ConceptD portfolio, announcing the ConceptD 7 Pro and ConceptD 9 Pro.
The ConceptD Pro notebooks switch from GeForce GPUs to workstation-focussed Nvidia Quadro GPUs. Both the ConceptD 7 Pro and ConceptD 9 Pro sport the Quadro RTX 5000.
The ConceptD 9 Pro boasts a 4K UHD display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage and Pantone validation. It measures less than 18mm thick and uses an Intel Core i7 9th Gen CPU.
The highlight feature of the 17.3-inch ConceptD 9 Pro is the way its screen is attached to two arms, giving a wider range of position options.
The ConceptD 9 Pro and 7 Pro will launch in November with starting prices of 5,499 Euros and 2,599 Euros respectively.
The Predator brand saw the launch of the Triton 300 and has upgraded the Triton 500 to have a 300Hz display.
The Predator Triton 300 weighs 2.3kg and packs in an Intel 9th Gen processor (up to Core i7), 16GB or 32GB of DDR4 at 2,666MHz, and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU.
The 15.6-inch display has a 144Hz refresh rate, and it comes with up to 2TB of storage, Wi-Fi 6, and Killer Ethernet connectivity.
The Triton 300 will be available in Q4 starting at 1,299 Euros, and the newly upgraded Predator Triton 500 will also become available in Q4 starting at 2,699 Euros.
Predator Thronos Air
The Predator Thronos Air is Acer’s newest gaming chair. Well, we think that ‘chair’ rather undersells this gaming cave.
The steel structure includes a chair, modular desk and monitor arm. All of that envelops you in a comfortable, totally immersive gaming cockpit.
We also dig the teal blue lighting that emits a soft cool glow.
The chair can be adjusted to various angles (130 degrees inside the cabin and 180 degrees outside the cabin) for maximum comfort.
Additionally, the chair even includes a massage function, so you can relax in between battles.
The desk includes an adjustable keyboard and mouse tray, whereas a footrest keeps your feet elevated.
The Thronos Air can support up to three displays. Also, the monitor arm can be manually raised and lowered with a handle conveniently located right below the middle monitor stand.
Furthermore, a camera can be positioned right above the middle monitor, making it easy to live-stream the action to YouTube, Twitch or Mixer. An option that is almost essential these days.
Naturally, there is a platform to take a powerful gaming PC located behind the chair. There is also a cable management system that neatly stores cords and wires out of the way.
Finally, Acer offers numerous customisation options and upgrades, such as a seat stabiliser to prevent the chair from moving around during game sessions, a cup holder, a headset holder, a USB hub, and a camera.