Last week, I attended a tech event again, after a long hiatus. And it was a good one by Acer Malaysia, promising to launch a sexy new laptop.
You see, I have been so busy with work, I hardly kept up with the latest products in the thin and light
ultrabook laptop category anymore. Although, I do know that with IFA Berlin that happened in early September 2016, where most manufacturers introduced their latest and greatest, there must be some new stuff hitting the Malaysian market soon.
True enough, Acer launched a slew of products for a big audience of lifestyle and tech journalists and bloggers and influencers last week.
The launch event, in my opinion, were a little cringe-worthy, stuck-in-the-90s style; with laser lights and smoke machines, dancers moving with the laptops, interspersed with product videos on the projection backdrop. Short of confetti guns going off at the end, the products were finally all lined up in pedestal displays in front of the stage. I thought if they stuck to the simplicity of just the videos and spotlight on products on the pedestal, it would’ve done the trick. No need for the theatrics.
What we were ultimately introduced to were thin and light laptops, an All-in-one desktop PCs, a gaming monitor. There was even an announcement of an Extended Warranty offer for their products.
Even the product demo showcasing a staged banter between 2 product managers seemed forced, overly rehearsed and unnatural. Ahhh – That’s the “beauty” of most tech events, I’m afraid.
All these aside, the hero of the launch is the Acer Swift 7 – their thinnest and lightest of their laptop range.
So, let’s get to the deets.
Acer Swift 7 – World’s 1st Laptop under 1 cm
Their top-of-the-line laptop offering under their Swift (thin and light) series, and this one is a looker. It’s biggest selling point is, no doubt, the slim profile.
Sitting at 9.98 mm thin, it’s the thinnest laptop in their range, and according to Acer, in the world. A 13.3″ laptop running on 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor (Kaby Lake) with 256 GB SSD storage with 8 GB RAM memory. It weighs 1.1kg with a battery that will supposedly last you a full work day of 9 hours battery life.
Spec wise, it’s really not the highest range of Core i7 for the power user who does a lot of photo and video editing, but for the normal mobile warriors, who multi-tasks and needs a machine good for work and play.
The Acer execs made a big deal talking about how thin and light the Swift 7 is – 9.98 mm (a mere 0.02 mm short of 1 cm) which is the thinnest laptop in the world thus far) and 1.1 kg light (a far cry from those brick of a laptop back in the 90s).
Model’s RBF aside, the Swift 7 is one sexy laptop in matter black and classy gold in an all aluminium unibody design. Design and build quality wise, from my initial hands on impression at the launch – seems premium and stylish.
A few other features highlighted at the (lengthy) product demo includes 178 degrees viewing angle on the Full HD IPS screen, HD Webcam with HDR, large trackpad for 4-finger scrolling and navigation, drop resistant (up to about 4 feet, if I remember correctly).
Customers of the Swift 7 will enjoy Premium Warranty Service, which includes free system health checks and cleaning, next business day turnaround repair and special counter service directly attended by technician during warranty period without any additional charge.
As a long time Acer laptop customer, I am super tempted to get the Swift 7. Super tempted.
Acer Swift 7 will be available on sale, starting tomorrow 23 Nov 2016, online at 11Street Malaysia, or via their authorised resellers nationwide, at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 4,999.
For more info and detailed specs, check out Acer Swift 7 Malaysian product page at http://www.acer.com/ac/en/MY/content/series/swift7
Acer Swift 3 – Affordable thin & light
If the Swift 7’s close to RM 5,000 price tag was too much for you to swallow, then Acer also launched a Luxury Gold colour addition to their Swift 3 laptop, which was launched last month.
The Swift 3 is also part of their thin and light line-up, but with a slightly lower spec and profile. Still a powerhorse with up to 10 hour battery life, the Swift 3 sits at 17.9 mm thin, weighing 1.5 kg, comes with an all-aluminium body, 6th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 256 GB SSD storage, 4 GB RAM memory.
Not too shabby.
Retailing at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,899 available immediately at select Acer authorised resellers nationwide.
Acer Spin 5 – Hybrid Tablet/Laptop
Next in line, is the Acer Spin 5 – which is a hybrid device of a laptop and tablet in one.
Featuring Acer’s patented 360-degree dual hinge, you can switch the device from 4 different modes – Laptop mode for work, Tablet mode for play, Display mode for sharing, and Tent model for confined spaces. Of course, you can also lay the device flat for huddled discussions, which is a feature I love with my past Aspire S7.
Spec wise, the Spin 5 is quite basic – with only Intel Core i3 processor, 128 GB SSD storage and 4 GB RAM memory; but has power up to 10 hours of battery life. More for the casual users and/or students.
Spin 5 retails at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,199.
More info at http://www.acer.com/ac/en/MY/content/series/spin5
Predator Z1 – Eye tracking Gaming Monitor
Now, here’s something for you gamers out there. This Predator Z1 is a 27″ curved screen gaming monitor with N-VIDIA G-SYNC technology. It comes with Tobii eye-tracking technology, which was demo-ed on stage that day and looks amazing!
The Predator Z1 boasts smooth and fast game-play with super high refresh rate of 200 Hz and fast response time of 4ms GTG (Gray to Gray). The GameView technology also allows 3 custom profiles (mode) : Action, Racing and Sports; and the AcerVisionCare screen technology comes with Flicker-less, BlueLightShield, ComfyView and low-dimming technology to reduce strain on your eyes.
All these sounds like gibberish to me, as a non-gamer. But for you gamers out there, this one’s for you to drool at.
Predator Z1 will only be available mid-December 2016.
All-In-One Aspire C 22
The Acer Aspire C 22 is an All-In-One (AIO) Desktop PC. A 21.5″ screen with Full HD LED-backlist LCD display, slim 8 mm profile, and comes with 6th Gen Intel Core i3 processor.
It retails for a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,099 available from 21 Nov 2016 onwards.
SuperCare Warranty Packages
With all these devices, Acer announced new changes for more comprehensive coverage to the Acer SuperCare Warranty packages via Highpoint Service Network nationwide.
Increased from 3 to 5 options, the packages include additional coverage such as International Travelers’ Warranty (ITW), Accidental & Damage Theft coverage, On-Site service, as well as an Acer SuperCare Professional package.
All these applicable and valid with every purchase of Acer products through its official resellers. Not forgetting the “priority” service for Swift 7 customers mentioned earlier.
For more info, do check out Acer Malaysia’s website at http://www.acer.com/ac/en/MY/content/home or follow their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/AcerMalaysia