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  • How Microsoft Surface tablets compare in a crowded market

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:18 am

    During their splashy press conference on Monday, Steve Ballmer and the other Microsoft execs referred to the company's upcoming Surface devices as tablets. So it makes sense to compare them to other tablets, right?
  • Acer Iconia Tab W500 review: an adaptable Windows 7 tablet

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Hybrid designs are not new in the world of tablets, but they aren't exactly common either. The Acer Iconia Tab W500 tablet is a slate-style machine--all of its guts are behind the screen, and it can stand on its own as a tablet--but it also comes with a keyboard dock for occasions when you want a laptop-style experience. Unfortunately, rather than offering the best of both worlds, the W500 presents you with a lot of compromises.
  • Acer takes on Apple with high-res Iconia Tab A700 Android tablet

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Calling a new Android tablet a potential iPad killer is a cliche. But make no mistake: Acer's Iconia Tab A700 has its sights set on doing just that thanks to an impressive set of specs that includes a 1920 by 1200 resolution display and 32GB of storage; and a $450 price that comes in at 25 percent under the price of a same-capacity iPad.
  • Windows 8 iPad rivals Ahoy!

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Disheartened with slow sales of Android tablets, reports say some manufacturers are putting their best efforts behind iPad rivals running Windows 8 Among the first may be Acer, Toshiba, and Asus, which are expected to unveil next week at the Computex show in Taipei a sleeve of Windows 8 tablets with foldable or detachable keyboards, according to a Bloomberg report.
  • Review

    Dream screens: eye-catching 24-Inch monitors

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Laptops and tablets seem to get most of the attention these days--after all, they're great for working on the run. But once you settle down at your desk, it's nice to stretch out with the generous real estate that only a widescreen monitor can provide. And now is the perfect time to buy a monitor: They're cheaper, thinner, and less power-hungry than ever before.
  • Spec showdown: Asus Zenbook Prime Ultrabook vs. the rest

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:22 am

    The Asus Zenbook Prime Ultrabooks have knockout, full-HD IPS displays and other notable upgrades from the Zenbooks that launched last year. But how do these premium Ultrabooks stack up against the growing competition? Here's a quick look.
  • Apple to launch cheaper MacBook Air this year

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Apple will launch a cheaper MacBook Air in the third quarter of 2012 in response to competing ultrabooks.
  • Review

    Tablet face-off: budget models from Acer and Asus vs. Apple’s iPad 2

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:55 am

    It appears that $400 or less marks the new sweet spot for 10-inch class tablets. First Apple reduced its iPad 2 to that price, and now we have a pair of Android tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 and the Asus Transformer Pad 300, coming in at $350 and $380, respectively. If you have four bills and want a 10-inch tablet, which of these represents the better deal? The answer may surprise you.
  • Does Apple finally have a tablet battle on it hands?

    Posted October 21, 2011 - 7:07 pm

    Global sales of the iPad fell in Q3 to 67% from 96% a year ago, according to a research firm. And the Kindle Fire looms.
  • Acer says names, emails hacked in Europe

    Posted June 12, 2011 - 11:49 pm

    Taiwanese PC maker Acer is investigating the hacker attack that stole customer data from its Packard Bell unit in Europe, according to a statement from the company.
  • Review

    Review: Acer Aspire 8950G aspires to greatness

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 9:17 pm

    When I first hauled out the Acer Aspire 8950G from the backpack, I almost dropped it--not because it was that heavy, but because it was lighter than expected. This massive (I hesitate to say "notebook") desktop replacement system sports an 18.4-inch, true 1080p LCD panel. At 8 pounds, 5 ounces without the power brick, it's lighter than some smaller systems that have been through the lab here. Even with the 120-watt power supply, the weight falls just a little short of 10 pounds.
  • Acer server in Europe reportedly breached

    Posted June 3, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    A hacker group called the Pakistan Cyber Army Friday claimed it has accessed an Acer server in Europe and stole personal data of some 40,000 people.
  • Google Chromebook is more a phone you can type on than the anti-PC

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    With its radical net-centrist design, Google expects Chromebook to introduce more cloud-focused computing model; actually it just expands BYOT to include netbooks as well as phones.
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    Google Chrome notebooks due in June from Acer, Samsung

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Samsung and Acer will begin selling notebook PCs running Google's Chrome OS in June, as Google presses ahead with its project to position this new operating system designed specifically for Web applications as a viable option for consumers and businesses.
  • Acer's first Android 3.0 tablet priced at $449

    Posted April 8, 2011 - 8:08 am

    Acer's first tablet based on Google's Android 3.0 OS will ship later this month for US$449, the company said Friday.
  • Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci resigns from company

    Posted March 31, 2011 - 8:46 am

    Acer President and CEO Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company, Acer said Thursday, without saying why.
  • The end is near for netbooks

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    So long, netbooks.
  • Greenpeace lauds Asus, Acer, HP, Samsung for greenest consumer electronics

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 11:39 am

    At CES, environmental watchdog group Greenpeace named the greenest consumer electronics products. Asus, Acer, HP and Samsung earned some of the highest marks, while Wipro and Dell earned some of the lowest.
  • Acer announces quad-core, high-performance laptops

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Coinciding with the launch of Intel's new 2nd Generation Core processors, AMD's Fusion processors, and the 2011 CES, Acer is unveiling a string of new laptops aimed at enthusiasts and gamers. The Aspire 5750, 5750G, and 7750G are available with Intel's new Core i7 2630QM mobile quad-core processor and plenty of other advanced options. The Aspire 5253, on the other hand, uses AMD's new dual-core E-350 CPU. It's not nearly as fast as Intel's new processors, but it promises longer battery life, better integrated graphics, and lower cost for the budget conscious.
  • The outlook for tech stocks in 2011

    Posted December 30, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    We're in the early stages of a revolution in mobile computing devices, a revolution that will produce marketplace winners and losers.
  • Windows PCs may be looking to imitate MacBook Air

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Feeling a bit of MacBook Air envy, Acer, Asus and Lenovo may soon offer alternatives to Apple's ultra-thin computer, according to Digitimes.
  • Does Acer need a dose of Ritalin?

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    In recent days, Acer has announced Windows 7 and Android tablets, Windows Phone 7 and Android handsets, unspecified MeeGo devices, and a dual screen notebook - and that's not even including their previously announced products. Is this a sign of brilliance or desperation?
  • Acer brings dual-screen laptop to reality

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    Are physical keyboards soon going to be a thing of the past? At a splashy event here in New York City, Acer Tuesday announced its new concept for a laptop: The Acer Iconia. The name's gravitas is appropriate given that it's the first laptop to ditch a physical keyboard in favor of a two touch-screens attached by a hinge, just as with a standard laptop.
  • Is Acer unprepared for decline of netbooks?

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 8:59 pm

    Waiting for people to "return to their senses" has never been a good business strategy, not when there's money to be made from trends and novelty.
  • It's a DRAM shame: Oracle sues Micron, alleges chip price fixing

    Posted September 28, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Picking up where Sun Microsystems left off, Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ: ORCL) filed a lawsuit last Friday against Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU), alleging that the chip maker conspired with other computer chip manufacturers to jack up the price of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM.
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