Acer is rolling out a batch of new desktops at IFA, announcing updates to past models and new twists on familiar products. Most notable is the Android-based Acer DA241HL, an all-in-one desktop (AIO) running Jelly Bean 4.2 and boasting an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor. But there are also new Windows-based all-in-one PCs, like the slick-looking Acer Aspire U5-610 and new Aspire Z3 models with the latest AMD and Intel processors.
Acer's Android AIO
The Acer DA241HL is being touted for its combination of the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU. By opting for Android instead of Windows, the DA241HL offers an experience that Android-tablet users will find familiar, complete with apps and media from Google, easy syncing with smartphones and tablets, and a more powerful processor than those found in most tablets and phones. The Android all-in-one is also family-friendly, supporting up to five separate users, complete with personal customisation and apps.
The larger screen can be adjusted to tilting angles of 20 to 75 degrees, and can share display content with your tablet or phone thanks to MHL connectivity. The DA241HL can also be used as a touch display for a Windows 8 PC via HDMI and USB.
Updating the Aspire U
The Acer Aspire U5-610 features a sleek design similar to the stunningly good-looking Acer Aspire 7600U launched late last year, but the new all-in-one is updated with new 4th-generation (Haswell) Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M graphics, and up to 16GB of RAM.
Between the new processor, discrete graphics and sizeable RAM, the new desktop will be well suited to media creation and multitasking, which will only be enhanced with the built-in 23in, 1080p touch-enabled display. Acer has poured some effort into improving the display and sound quality with its proprietary CineBoost Color Engine and Coneq Sound Technology.
Sharing content from a device to the 23in display is simple with HDMI and MHL support. The Aspire U5-610 also offers expanded functionality when paired with an iOS or Android device thanks to Acer Remote, opening up the ability to control the desktop via your smart device, share media and content, and input to the phone or tablet using the desktop keyboard, mouse, and touch screen.
The Zs aren't sleeping
Acer is also keeping the Aspire Z Series fresh, announcing two new models, the Aspire Z3-105 and Aspire Z3-610, featuring AMD and Intel processors, respectively.
The Aspire Z3-105 gets an AMD-powered boost to processing and graphics, sporting AMD's A series quad-core processors and Radeon graphics. The 23in all-in-one desktop features an IPS panel display with a Full HD (1080p) resolution and 10-point touch, along with a built-in webcam and front-facing ports. This AIO also boasts impressive sound quality thanks to Harman-Kardon speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 surround sound.
The Aspire Z3-610 features the same 23in IPS touch display and Harman-Kardon sound, but powers it all with the latest 4th-generation (Haswell) Intel Core processors and your choice of either Intel integrated graphics or a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 740M GPU.
Acer has not yet released UK pricing and availability, but we'll hopefully find out more when we meet with the company at IFA.