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NVIDIA have announced that their portable gaming device called SHIELD will start pre-orders in the US from May 20th.

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A console-grade controller. A high-definition, 720p HD retinal display. The rich graphics and blazing performance of Tegra 4 – the world’s fastest mobile processor.

These pieces, put together by a company full of gaming fanatics, add up to an amazing new open platform gaming portable. It’s the best way to play Android games. And because it’s an Android device, it works with both Tegra-optimized and regular Android games – as well as Android apps.

Project SHIELD is now, officially, SHIELD. The price is $349. Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers will all carry SHIELD. It ships in June.

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SHIELD is a new kind of portable.

Pre-order will go live on May 20th for the general public on shield.nvidia.com. Fans who have signed up to receive SHIELD updates by clicking “Notify Me” on the SHIELD website will have an exclusive opportunity to pre-order starting today.

If you’re an Android gamer, this will fit into your life the moment you open the box.

SHIELD is the one device that taps into the planet’s largest ecosystem of games — spanning NVIDIA TegraZone, Google Play and Steam. Rediscover your Android games with the mobility, control and performance of SHIELD. Connect to your Google Play account to enjoy your favorite movies, music and apps.

And GeForce game streaming, launching as a beta feature, will give SHIELD the power to access your NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. We’re working on streaming your favorite PC games to SHIELD, including great titles from Steam.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM
  • Console-grade controller – Precise control thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
  • Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals
  • Integrated speakers – Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for game streaming
  • Pure Android Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
  • There’s more – We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device: 16 GB memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack. See the full spec sheet, here.

Here is a short video of SHIELD in action that I took at CES back in January:

What do you think of Project SHIELD? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, and Turtle Beach, leading audio brand in games, today announce an exclusive partnership to showcase their collaborative efforts in gaming and broadcast audio. The multi-faceted partnership includes the integration of Turtle Beach products across Twitch’s dedicated eSports and gaming events.

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Online gaming video viewership has exploded over the last year with viewership rivalling cable television viewership. Twitch attracts more than 30 million gamers who gather and share their video game experiences. Twitch users spend an average of 90 minutes a day interacting with other gamers and watching player video footage. Twitch also supports over 600,000 active broadcasters every month.

“Turtle Beach makes the best-in-class quality, tournament-grade audio equipment in the industry. The new XP SEVEN is a huge leap forward for audiophiles everywhere. We’re proud to have them as our official audio partner,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch. “With the innovative features available in Turtle Beach’s audio gear, anyone in the Twitch community will be able to easily broadcast their games and audio commentary with professional quality results.”

Turtle Beach’s Ear Force XP SEVEN and Z SEVEN gaming headsets and TM1 multi-channel tournament mixer, developed in collaboration with Major League Gaming, are designed to meet the demanding audio needs of gamers and will be used by Twitch for broadcasting at leading eSports and video game events. Turtle Beach will also feature Twitch broadcasts on its website so that its community can participate and engage with the global eSports and gaming community via events such as the MLG Pro Circuit, Call of Duty® Championships, PAX Prime, Entertainment Electronics Expo (E3), Gamescom, DreamHack Summer, DreamHack Winter and many others.

“We’re excited to partner with Twitch and provide them with our advanced tournament and broadcast products for their eSports and gaming events,” said Bob Picunko, Chief Marketing Officer of Turtle Beach. “Our latest generation of audio products, including the XP SEVEN, is designed for versatility so gamers can use the same premium headset for broadcasting video game footage, talking on a mobile phone or watching a movie on a tablet.”

Both the XP SEVEN and Z SEVEN allow gamers to instantaneously change the mix of game, chat and microphone audio levels. The TM1 tournament mixer is a 6-channel audio mixer that enables crystal clear communication for up to six players on the same team, or two teams of up to three players each. It also offers several distinctive input and output options, including a broadcast feed, coach’s input, analog noise gate to cancel out crowd noise and a microphone volume setting to accommodate the sensitivity of any mic paired with the mixer.

ABOUT TURTLE BEACH

Turtle Beach (http://www.turtlebeach.com) designs and markets premium audio peripherals for video game, personal computer, and mobile platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets crafted for Xbox 360 and PS3 game consoles and PC games. Turtle Beach’s limited edition, Ear Force Tango wireless headset was recognized as an honoree by the 2013 International CES Innovations Awards. According to the NPD Group, Turtle Beach manufactures the top five best-selling third-party gaming headsets of all time when ranked in dollar sales. The Ear Force X12 wired headset is the No. 1 best-selling third-party gaming headset of all time.

Turtle Beach, headquartered in Valhalla, New York, is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today’s PC audio industry.

Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

ABOUT TWITCH

Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 30 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch is leading a revolution in the gaming community, working to create a participatory experience that transcends gameplay. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.

Last week in New York Acer unveiled their new Aspire P3 Ultrabook. We were there and managed to get a closer look at one.

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Today, many users are faced with choices between notebook, hybrid, convertible or tablet designs when selecting a mobile computing device. The Aspire P3 takes care of that, with no compromises required. The Aspire P3 is the ideal mobile computing device for users who create and consume content.

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Weighing only 1.39 kg and measuring 19.75 mm thin, the newly defined mobile PC delivers on the promise of Ultrabooks with excellent performance and long battery life in a highly portable form factor. It adds the many benefits of tablet with a design that allows the touch-screen display to be used in pad mode or detached from the keyboard-case. This gives Acer customers enhanced mobility as well as more ways to enjoy their device using touch for the latest apps, viewing photos, keeping in touch and having fun.

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The chiclet keyboard built into the cover is full-sized, so customers can comfortably use it for productivity tasks such as writing documents, and creating spreadsheets. The Acer Aspire P3 comes with an optional stylus that fits in the case for customers who want the convenience of pen-based input.

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Optimized for entertainment, the Acer Aspire P3’s 29.5 cm (11.6”) HD display with IPS technology highlights video, photos and other multimedia in brilliant and accurate colour and clarity. The wide-screen design beautifully highlights movies, and multiple people can enjoy entertainment on the go thanks to the display’s wide 170-degree viewing angles. Dolby Home Theater boosts sound for headphones as well as built-in speakers. Audio and video on the Acer P3 can be shared with additional displays via its HDMI port. The built-in Acer Crystal Eye HD front webcam captures video in 720p HD, bringing life to video web chats while the 5MP back camera captures photos in high resolution. The new Ultrabook features a 60GB or 120GB SSD for powering on the device and retrieving data quickly and securely.

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Here is a short video of the Aspire P3 we took at the event:

We should have a review unit soon for a proper hands-on review, so watch this space.

The Acer Aspire P3 is available immediately starting at £599.99.

So what do you think of the Aspire P3? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Last week in New York Acer unveiled their new Aspire R7 notebook with its revolutionary Ezel Hinge. We were there and managed to get a closer look at one.

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The Acer Aspire R7 lets consumers transform their notebook into the shape that best delivers animmersive content experience based on their usage needs. With four modes of operation, the R7 can easily be used as a traditional notebook, a table top pad, a display, or switched into “Ezel” mode, allowing the screen to float over the keyboard at various angles. This allows users to work where they want and how they want — seated or standing, at a desk or with it on their lap. The Ezel Hinge makes it easy to switch the display around, to touch or type while creating, browsing or sharing content. Dual hinge technology allows for single-hand switching between modes and keeps the display rock-steady when touched.

1. Ezel Mode – Reach out and pull the display closer, eliminating the need to reach across the palm rest and keyboard to use the touch screen. Just pull it up and out where it can be positioned in front of the keyboard, or float over it. By pulling the display close, switching between touchscreen, keyboard and touchpad is seamless.

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2. Notebook mode – Slide the display back behind the keyboard, and you have a powerful, full featured notebook computer with a 39.6 cm (15.6”) Full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen display, Intel Core i5 processor, up to 12GB of memory, up to 1TB hard drive, or up to 256GB SSD and a full-size backlit keyboard. It also includes a volume control button, HDMI port, SD card reader, audio jacks, three USB ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and a convenient converter port supporting VGA, RJ45 and USB.

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3. Display Mode – Flip the screen over and it’s positioned perfectly for watching a movie, showing photos or giving a presentation. Sharing and collaborating is simple, enjoyable and straightforward. With Acer’s proven dual-torque design, the screen flips easily yet remains rigid when touched.

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4. Pad Mode – Simply pull down the touchscreen and lay it on top of the keyboard with the face up, and the Aspire R7 morphs into a pad, without giving up the robust performance of a notebook. The ergonomic 4-degree tilting angle makes it perfect for browsing, writing or drawing and ideal for pure touch interactions like casual gaming and annotating.

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Here is a short video of the Aspire R7 we took at the event:

We should have a review unit soon for a proper hands-on review, so watch this space.

The Acer Aspire R7 is available in June with a starting price of £899.99.

So what do you think of the Aspire R7? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Last week in New York Acer unveiled their new Iconia A1 tablet. We were there and managed to get a closer look at them.

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Acer unveiled the Acer Iconia A1, the company’s first full-featured 20.1 cm (7.9”) tablet targeted at modern day explorers, adventurers, digital freaks and busy mobile executives requiring an all-day mobile companion. Thanks to a sleek and light-weight design that is comfortable to hold in one hand, it also easily fits into a purse. The new Acer Iconia A1 keeps people entertained and connected with smooth and speedy navigation, browsing and media playback powered by a fast quad-core processor.

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Starting at only 410 grams and measuring only 11.1 mm, customers will also enjoy taking it with them for navigation and location-based apps via the built-in GPS.

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The Acer Iconia A1 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks and hotspots with reliable 802.11b/g/n wireless technology or built-in 3G mobile data connection. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth 4.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.

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The 5MP rear-facing camera captures 1080p video at 30fps that can easily be edited for quick sharing on-the-go. The front-facing camera pairs with the enhanced microphone to capture video and audio clearly for video chats and recording. The micro USB 2.0 and microHDMI port enable quick transfer or sharing of customer’s photos, music, videos and other digital content.

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Available as 8GB or 16GB version to add 32GB via microSD, the Iconia A1 is the ideal digital companion for people which are constantly up and about.

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Here is a short video of the Iconia A1 we took at the event:

We should have a review unit soon for a proper hands-on review, so watch this space.

The Iconia A1-810 (WiFi) version will be available end of May at a starting price of £149.99.

The Iconia A1-811 (3G) version will be available end of July at a starting price of £209.99.

So what do you think of the Iconia A1? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Last week in New York Acer unveiled their updated V5 notebooks and introduced the new V7 Ultrabook. We were there and managed to get a closer look at them.

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The Aspire V5

Based on lifestyle and performance needs, consumers can choose models featuring large 39.6 cm (15.6”) displays, more portable 35.6 cm (14”) displays, or highly transportable models with 29.5 cm (11.6”) displays. All configurations are available with a choice of touch or non-touch screens. To make typing easier and more comfortable, all V5 models include a full size backlit keyboard with an 8 percent larger key cap area (15mm) than previous generation V5 notebooks.

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For crystal clear viewing, the new V5 notebooks featuring a 39.6 cm (15.6”) or 35.6 cm (14”) display are available in either high definition (1366×768) or full high-definition (1920×1080) with IPS technology, which provides an amazingly vibrant and wide viewing angle. These models also include four speakers and are supported by Dolby Home Theatre for crystal clear cinematic surround sound with less distortion. It also makes it easy to connect to a home theatre system, and provides total control over the PC’s audio settings with a few simple clicks.

Select models are equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GT7XXM series or AMD Radeon HD8750 discrete graphics for fast casual gaming and rich responsive multimedia. To meet a wide variety of computing needs, they include a range of Intel 3rd generation processors.

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The Aspire V7

The new V7 Series Ultrabooks offer the same stylish and thin design found on the V5 models, but adds a “silky touch” finish on the bottom. In addition, the V7 models include various Intel latest generation processors, solid state drives, Acer Theft Shield, the new Acer converter port and WiDi, Intel’s Wireless Display technology, which makes it easy to connect directly to a big screen HDTV for watching movies, viewing photos or videos or playing games.

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We should have a review unit soon for a proper hands-on review, so watch this space.

So what do you think of the updated V5 and the new V7? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Toshiba UK has announced the launch of the WT310 tablet, a powerful touchscreen device designed for business professionals on the move. To keep up with the busy professional, the WT310 comes packed with the latest Intel Core processor and a range of features to ensure a fast and productive mobile working experience. With its 29.5cm (11.6”) Full HD screen and a wide range of connectivity features, the WT310 offers users multiple ways of interacting with the Windows 8 Pro operating system for additional convenience.

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A tablet that means business

Optimised for business use, the WT310 includes a comprehensive range of features designed to aid mobile workers, no matter what job is at hand. Featuring a touch sensitive display and Windows 8 Pro, users can quickly swipe, scroll and tap programs or documents. Users can also make handwritten notes using a bundled DigitizerPen – perfect for meeting minutes or seminars – while advanced software converts the notes into text documents for further editing or sharing with colleagues.

Advanced security and data management

Using Toshiba’s quality and reliability testing, the WT310 has been designed to ensure it can comfortably handle intensive daily use. The resilient plastic coating of the WT310 ensures the internal components are protected from damage in the event of accidental drops, knocks or even heavy pressure. Resistant to movement, the internal solid state drive (SSD) provides additional storage reliability, so it’s perfect for those long-haul business trips.

A range of advanced security and data management features are pre-installed on the tablet, including Intel® Anti-Theft – a software package that reduces the risk of unauthorised access – and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) which safeguards locally stored critical data. IT managers can also monitor, maintain, repair and upgrade the WT310 remotely, thanks to the Intel Active Management Technology on selected models, ensuring mobile professionals are always running the latest system updates.

Connectivity potential

Multiple connectivity options make it easy to output content on to a large screen or projector, ideal for meetings and presentations. An HDMI® micro port allows content to be displayed on a larger Full HD screen without any loss of detail, while the Intel Wireless Display allows users to transfer multimedia to a compatible TV set or projector without the need for cables.

For more intensive writing tasks, an optional docking cradle features additional ports for connecting to a keyboard, mouse or external hard drive. Additional HDMI® ports provide extra flexibility for outputting content and the full-size USB 3.0 port and SD card slot allow for storage to be extended if necessary. Furthermore, the cradle’s Gigabit LAN port ensures fast and safe access to a corporate network.

The WT310 features Wi-Fi b/g/n or a/g/b/n, as well as support to HSPA+/LTE networks for fast and reliable wireless broadband connectivity, and data transfer between other mobile devices such as smartphones is quick thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 as standard.

Toshiba WT310 facts & figures

· 29.5 cm (11.6”) anti-glare Full HD high brightness touch display

· DigitizerPen (on selected models)

· Latest Intel processor technology for Ultrabooks

· SSD storage

· Connectivity: 1x full size USB 3.0, 1x HDMI micro,  SD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n or a/g/b/n Intel Wireless Display, optional embedded HSPA+/LTE module

· Business utility tools: Trusted Platform Module (TPM v1.2), Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel Anti-Theft, Toshiba Eco Utility software

· Colours: Steel grey metallic

· Dimensions: 229x189x12.4 mm

· Weight: Starting at 825g

· Windows 8 Pro (64bit)

The Toshiba WT130 will be available in the UK from Q2 2013.

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If you have, or are interested in the Raspberry Pi, then you might want to download the new issue of The MagPi digital magazine.

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This is how the Raspberry Pi guys describe the magazine:

The MagPi, a free online magazine dedicated to the Raspberry Pi, whose first issue was released a few days ago, is a perfect example of that. It’s been put together entirely by volunteers, guided by Ash Stone, Jason “Jaseman” Davies, Meltwater and other names you may recognise from the forums and comments on this site. I was broadly aware they were up to something, but I was amazed at the scope of what they sent me to look at earlier in the week, and I’ve been really, really impressed by the first issue. There are Debian and Puppy guides, articles on computing history, ideas for robotics projects, tutorials in Scratch and Python (with code you can type in yourself, just like in the good old days), features about the Raspberry Pi itself, and other goodies to dig into. I really can’t recommend it enough, and if you haven’t been lucky enough to get to the head of the queue, you don’t need a Raspberry Pi to find it useful (you might actually find the magazine good preparation before yours arrives).

It is a really interesting read – so go download it today, and let us know what you think!

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At a press event held today in New York, Acer unveiled an updated and slimmed down V5 Series of notebooks and also introduced the powerful new V7 Ultrabook. The new V Series represents Acer’s largest and most versatile line of mainstream notebooks with numerous models available in a variety of colors with varying screen sizes, resolutions, with or without touch and with varying performance and graphics capabilities.

“The new Acer Aspire V5 and V7 Series are all about giving our customers a wide range of performance and entertainment features from which to choose,” said Luca Rossi, vice-president, consumer business, Acer Europe. “In addition to adding full high-definition panels, more powerful graphics and solid state drives to the V Series, models are up to 9 percent slimmer than the previous generation.”

Because One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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Based on lifestyle and performance needs, consumers can choose models featuring large 39.6 cm (15.6”) displays, more portable 35.6 cm (14”) displays, or highly transportable models with 29.5 cm (11.6”) displays. All configurations are available with a choice of touch or non-touch screens. To make typing easier and more comfortable, all V5 models include a full size backlit keyboard with an 8 percent larger key cap area (15mm) than previous generation V5 notebooks.

For crystal clear viewing, the new V5 notebooks featuring a 39.6 cm (15.6”) or 35.6 cm (14”) display are available in either high definition (1366×768) or full high-definition (1920×1080) with IPS technology, which provides an amazingly vibrant and wide viewing angle. These models also include four speakers and are supported by Dolby Home Theatre for crystal clear cinematic surround sound with less distortion. It also makes it easy to connect to a home theatre system, and provides total control over the PC’s audio settings with a few simple clicks.

Select models are equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GT7XXM series or AMD Radeon HD8750 discrete graphics for fast casual gaming and rich responsive multimedia. To meet a wide variety of computing needs, they include a range of Intel 3rd generation processors.

Touch, Mobility and Affordability

The smallest Aspire V5 models featuring a 29.5 cm (11.6”) high-definition (1366 x 768) touch screen are ideal for anyone wanting an affordable thin and super light notebook to take wherever they go. Just 1.38 kg and less than 20 mm thick, they are ideal for a frequent traveler, child or for student use. Models are available with the next gen AMD dual core or quad core or the latest Intel CPUs. They also feature a full size keyboard, while backlit keyboards will also be available in some regions.

When Performance is Critical – V7 Series Ultrabooks

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The new V7 Series Ultrabooks offer the same stylish and thin design found on the V5 models, but adds a “silky touch” finish on the bottom. In addition, the V7 models include various Intel latest generation processors, solid state drives, Acer Theft Shield, the new Acer converter port and WiDi, Intel’s Wireless Display technology, which makes it easy to connect directly to a big screen HDTV for watching movies, viewing photos or videos or playing games.

Acer Converter Port Makes Connecting Easy

For maximum convenience, all V5 models include an Acer Converter Port and Cable, making it easy to connect to an external display, hard drive, router, etc. The cable supports VGA, USB and RJ45 connections.

Availability and Pricing

The Aspire V Series will be available starting end of May. The V5 Series starts at £399.-, while the V7 Series starts at £599.- .

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At a press event held today in New York, Acer unveiled the Aspire R7, a revolutionary 39.6 cm (15.6”) notebook that will redefine the touch and type computing experience. Featuring a full HD 1920×1080 touch screen, the Aspire R7 was made for the new computing lifestyle, which increasingly combines touching and typing. With a repositioned keyboard and a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” that moves the display forward and into different positions, the R7 makes the combination of touching the screen and using the keyboard more intuitive and natural. Its ergonomic design allows users to explore and determine their own preferred way to interact with technology.

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“With the Aspire R7, Acer has redesigned the notebook with an approach that’s based on how people interact with their PCs and devices,” said Oliver Ahrens, president, Acer Europe. “Its progressive design redefines the computing experience, so whether consumers are touching or typing, the R7 adapts to allow consumers to create, browse and share content in ways they never have before.“

Four-in-One Design Lets Users Have it Their Way

“Acer believes touch will be crucial to the new computing experience,” said Ahrens. “There is nothing on the market so powerful and versatile which enables such easy video and picture editing or enjoying a movie on a big display. As a powerful full-featured 15.6-inch notebook the Acer R7 enables a unique functionality in a design that makes more sense for a human, touch-enabled, world.”

The Acer Aspire R7 lets consumers transform their notebook into the shape that best delivers animmersive content experience based on their usage needs. With four modes of operation, the R7 can easily be used as a traditional notebook, a table top pad, a display, or switched into “Ezel” mode, allowing the screen to float over the keyboard at various angles. This allows users to work where they want and how they want — seated or standing, at a desk or with it on their lap. The Ezel Hinge makes it easy to switch the display around, to touch or type while creating, browsing or sharing content. Dual hinge technology allows for single-hand switching between modes and keeps the display rock-steady when touched.

1. Ezel Mode – Reach out and pull the display closer, eliminating the need to reach across the palm rest and keyboard to use the touch screen. Just pull it up and out where it can be positioned in front of the keyboard, or float over it. By pulling the display close, switching between touchscreen, keyboard and touchpad is seamless.

2. Notebook mode – Slide the display back behind the keyboard, and you have a powerful, full featured notebook computer with a 39.6 cm (15.6”) Full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen display, Intel Core i5 processor, up to 12GB of memory, up to 1TB hard drive, or up to 256GB SSD and a full-size backlit keyboard. It also includes a volume control button, HDMI port, SD card reader, audio jacks, three USB ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and a convenient converter port supporting VGA, RJ45 and USB.

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3. Display Mode – Flip the screen over and it’s positioned perfectly for watching a movie, showing photos or giving a presentation. Sharing and collaborating is simple, enjoyable and straightforward. With Acer’s proven dual-torque design, the screen flips easily yet remains rigid when touched.

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4. Pad Mode – Simply pull down the touchscreen and lay it on top of the keyboard with the face up, and the Aspire R7 morphs into a pad, without giving up the robust performance of a notebook. The ergonomic 4-degree tilting angle makes it perfect for browsing, writing or drawing and ideal for pure touch interactions like casual gaming and annotating.

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Premium Experience

Offering a superior audio visual experience, the R7’s powerful features and high-definition display are complemented by a premium sound system with Dolby Home Theater and four 8 watt speakers. Because of its transformative design, the audio channels automatically reverse when switching modes, so stereo sound is always perfect.

In addition, Acer also relocated the placement of the dual microphones from the traditional notebook layout to the front and at the base of the notebook below the keyboard. This provides for the best voice sound quality, and enhances the aesthetics of the touchscreen by eliminating the need for holes in the bezel.

Even the keyboard placement was reconsidered in the new design. Repositioning it closer to the body in front of the chassis makes typing more comfortable, and as efficient and as fluid as possible. The keys fall naturally under the fingers, eliminating the need to hold the arms out and over the palm rest and touch pad in order to type.

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Red Dot Design Award

The Acer Aspire R7 has already been awarded with the Red Dot, one of the world’s most sought-after quality marks for excellence in product design. The award is presented annually in the international competition by a jury of 37 design experts for the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen of Germany. Design guru Jimmy Choo joined as a member of the jury for the first time in this year’s competition, which received 4,662 entries in 19 categories. The Aspire R7 was selected in the “computers and information technology” category.

Availability and Pricing

The Acer Aspire R7 is available in June with a starting price of £899.99.

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Acer today debuts the Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook, which delivers all the benefits of an Ultrabook in a unique design that easily transforms into tablet-mode. Today, many users are faced with choices between notebook, hybrid, convertible or tablet designs when selecting a mobile computing device. The Aspire P3 takes care of that, with no compromises required. The Aspire P3 is the ideal mobile computing device for users who create and consume content.

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Weighing only 1.39 kg and measuring 19.75 mm thin, the newly defined mobile PC delivers on the promise of Ultrabooks with excellent performance and long battery life in a highly portable form factor. It adds the many benefits of tablet with a design that allows the touch-screen display to be used in pad mode or detached from the keyboard-case. This gives Acer customers enhanced mobility as well as more ways to enjoy their device using touch for the latest apps, viewing photos, keeping in touch and having fun.

The Acer Aspire P3 was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Aspire V Series touch notebooks and Iconia tablets. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company’s focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design.

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“Customers are moving to a touch-centric way of computing for most of their everyday tasks, such as web browsing, checking email, and entertainment,” said Oliver Ahrens, president, Acer Europe. “The new Acer Aspire P3 makes touch computing even more powerful by providing customers with the responsive performance, fast boot times, and long battery life they want in a mobile PC. Plus, the form factor of the Acer P3 adds the productivity to ensure all-day usefulness beyond the fun in tablet mode.”

Productivity Powerhouse

The Acer Aspire P3 provides true Ultrabook performance, so customers can use it as their main PC for handling everything from everyday computing tasks to more demanding ones such as creating presentations and sharing multimedia content. The new mobile powerhouse can also run multiple apps, such as video conferencing while reviewing spreadsheets and documents, further boosting productivity.

The responsive and fast Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors deliver the performance needed to take on these tasks while providing more efficient power consumption for longer battery life of up to six hours. Closing the case puts the Acer Aspire P3 into sleep mode, and opening it wakes the device up in only a few seconds. Since it runs Windows 8, it can handle all Office programs as well as legacy Windows programs that are important for many businesses.

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The chiclet keyboard built into the cover is full-sized, so customers can comfortably use it for productivity tasks such as writing documents, and creating spreadsheets. The Acer Aspire P3 comes with an optional stylus that fits in the case for customers who want the convenience of pen-based input.

These features make the Acer P3 ideal for businesses that are outfitting their mobile workforces, as well as schools or consumers who work in Office applications. The Acer P3 would make an excellent option for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives that are becoming more popular at businesses and schools.

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Mobile Entertainment On-the-Go

Optimized for entertainment, the Acer Aspire P3’s 29.5 cm (11.6”) HD display with IPS technology highlights video, photos and other multimedia in brilliant and accurate colour and clarity. The wide-screen design beautifully highlights movies, and multiple people can enjoy entertainment on the go thanks to the display’s wide 170-degree viewing angles. Dolby Home Theater boosts sound for headphones as well as built-in speakers. Audio and video on the Acer P3 can be shared with additional displays via its HDMI port. The built-in Acer Crystal Eye HD front webcam captures video in 720p HD, bringing life to video web chats while the 5MP back camera captures photos in high resolution. The new Ultrabook features a 60GB or 120GB SSD for powering on the device and retrieving data quickly and securely.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire P3 is available immediately starting at £599.99.

Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia A1, the company’s first full-featured 20.1 cm (7.9”) tablet targeted at modern day explorers, adventurers, digital freaks and busy mobile executives requiring an all-day mobile companion. Thanks to a sleek and light-weight design that is comfortable to hold in one hand, it also easily fits into a purse. The new Acer Iconia A1 keeps people entertained and connected with smooth and speedy navigation, browsing and media playback powered by a fast quad-core processor.

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The Acer Iconia A1 was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire V Series touch notebooks and Iconia B1. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company’s focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design.

“Tablets are becoming cherished companions to many people as they stay connected and entertained throughout their day,” Oliver Ahrens, president, Acer Europe. “We want everyone to experience that. Everything that makes tablets so enjoyable is even better on the perfectly-sized Acer Iconia A1. The design is comfortable to hold, while sleek build make it a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right in one hand. “

Highly Responsive Fun

Busy mobile users get the prompt performance they want with smooth video playback, and fluid and fast navigation through apps and websites powered by a fast Quad Core 1.2GHz processor. Gestures, zooming, scrolling and navigation are all intuitive and games responsive, realistic and even more fun with the integrated gyroscope for movement and vibration responses.

The LED backlit display with IPS technology and a 170-degree viewing angle vibrantly highlights videos, photos and multimedia content in accurate colour and brightness. The 1024×768 resolution makes text and graphics crisp and clear, while the 4:3 aspect ratio is great for web browsing and e-reading as well as gaming.

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Acer’s new Touch WakeApp gesture gives customers one-touch express access to their favourite apps directly upon waking from sleep. The Icona A1 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, and great content such as magazines, movies, games, books and more than 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store.

Easy to take Everywhere to Stay Connected

Starting at only 410 grams and measuring only 11.1 mm, customers will also enjoy taking it with them for navigation and location-based apps via the built-in GPS

The Acer Iconia A1 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks and hotspots with reliable 802.11b/g/n wireless technology or built-in 3G mobile data connection. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth 4.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.

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Digital Hub

The 5MP rear-facing camera captures 1080p video at 30fps that can easily be edited for quick sharing on-the-go. The front-facing camera pairs with the enhanced microphone to capture video and audio clearly for video chats and recording. The micro USB 2.0 and microHDMI port enable quick transfer or sharing of customer’s photos, music, videos and other digital content.

Available as 8GB or 16GB version to add 32GB via microSD, the Iconia A1 is the ideal digital companion for people which are constantly up and about.

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Pricing and Availability

The Iconia A1-810 (WiFi) version will be available end of May at a starting price of £149.99.

The Iconia A1-811 (3G) version will be available end of July at a starting price of £209.99.

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