Acer Switch 7 Black Edition: Finally a true Surface Pro killer? {IFA 2017 Snippets #2}

 

Almost every year a device which markets itself as a “Surface Pro Killer” don’t exactly do the job. But this time, The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition might finally do it because it does everything a Surface Pro does, but does it better and you’ll understand why.  Once again, Acer is looking to bring the competition directly to Microsoft with the Swift 7 taking on the Surface Pro. The Swift 7 has a beautiful 12.5 inch 2256 x 1504 p display with a home button and the embedded fingerprint scanner placed to the  side of the screen.media-20170901 (6)

The device also comes with a pretty good stylus and a standard keyboard cover.          ( detachable and connect via magnetic pins ). media-20170901-12.jpgAnd, the keys are back lit this time. The I/O is skimpy, it just has USB 3.0 port, a USB type C port, a micro SD card slot and a headphone jack. The Switch 7 has a cool new feature – Auto-stand. What happens is, whenever the device is pressed against hard surface, it automatically opens the stand so that you don’t have to awkwardly fiddle around the back and save yourself those precious 2 seconds.

If you’re thinking  ” Wow! the device looks so beautiful”  Let me tell you, it’s true beauty lies on the inside. And that beauty in this one is the cooling system. Thermal Management – undoubtedly the biggest nemesis to a super thin and light notebook. It has been that way for many years now, but Acer seems to have found a very elegant solution for this. They showcased us a technology they invented – Liquid Loop Cooling Technology and I should say, it’s pretty darn impressive. They said it was inspired by space science and the human circulatory system.

 

How it works is, The heat generated by the CPU heats up the liquid in the chamber and drives in through the loop where it cools down. And this cooled liquid in turn cools the CPU ( the latest Quad Cor Intel 8th Gen Core i7 ). It’s all one closed loop. And what’s better than one closed cooling loop? That’s right, Two. Even the GPU (Nvidia MX 150) has it’s own Liquid Loop. File_000 (1)This technology eliminates the use of a battery and fans, leading to ridiculously thin device. I have to say, this is by far one of the most innovative technologies in electronics in the past few years. And I predict this cooling solution will definitely makes it’s way to other Acer laptops in the coming years. Kudos to Acer!

 

But the big question is, how well will it fare against the good old ventilator-fans setup found on most laptops. We’ll only know once they’re out. Speaking of release, the Swift 7 is set at a base price of $1699 (INR 1,00,000. But don’t expect to make its way officially to India any time soon 😦 ) which is same as the Surface Pro ( price is without the keyboard and pen ). Add up the prices of the keyboard cover and the Pen, you’re looking at $200. This effectively makes the Swift 7 200 bucks cheaper. And it has way better internals and a better looking design. Like I said, the Switch 7 Black Editon is defintely bringing the competiton to the Microsoft Surface Pro and I’m really looking forward to how it’s going to play out.

 

  • If you want to learn more about the Microsoft Surface Pro, be sure to check out my article covering the device! 

https://wordpress.com/post/thetechnophilescorner.wordpress.com/468

  • If you want to know more about the Aspire S 24 – the  latest All in One PC by Acer, click here: 

https://wordpress.com/post/thetechnophilescorner.wordpress.com/1488

 

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Aspire S 24 is Acer’s All in One PC for the modern era {IFA 2017 Snippets #1}

 

IFA 2017 – one of the world’s largest tech conferences has just begun in Berlin, Germany and many Tech giants have already dropped some hot products. In this section of IFA 2017 snippets, I’ll write about stuff I found the most exciting and innovative. Let’s talk Acer. Acer showed some really great products and one of them is the new All in One – Aspire S 24.

acer-aspire-s24-launchedAcer is looking to breathe fresh air into the decaying All in One PC with the Aspire S 24, which is all but boring. It has a whopping 90% screen to body ratio, with all most no bezels on the sides and top making for a really elegant design. It is also strikingly thin at just 5.97 mm. The screen is a 1920 x 1080p Full HD IPS panel.

Just like the popular Microsoft Surface Studio, all the processing power has been moved from the back, to the base. Hence, the super thin screen. You get to choose from the Quad Core Intel i5 or i7, both which are the latest 8th Gen Processors. This is actually the first All in One in the market to use the 8th Gen chips. And that’s not all that’s in the base. media-20170901 (2)You get the Acer’s TrueHarmony speakers and also a sub woofer to you give you extra bass (A base that gives you good bass xD). The S 24 also comes with Dolby Premium Audio. The S 24 has a healthy port selection as well – 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB type – C ports, an SD card slot and a 3.5 mm headphone/microphone jack. And finally, the cherry on top – The base acts as a Qi Wireless Charger which you could you use to charge your supported smartphones, tablets and smart watches.

There are two things I would’ve liked on this device, optional QHD or 4K screen given the price and the possessing power and an optional GPU – maybe a MX 150, GTX 1050 or a RX 560. It would’ve definitely helped in multitasking or some light gaming. Other than that, this looks to be a really fresh and a promising product from Acer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acer Aspire VX 15: A budget gaming laptop definitely worth your money

Over the last decade or so the term Gaming Laptops has been synonymous with either the Alienware or the Razer Blade. But in the past couple of years, the industry has seen a sudden growth in this category – “Budget Gaming Notebooks” with almost every company having a powerful laptop with quality gaming grade hardware under the $1000 mark in their lineup. And the Aspire VX 15 marks Acer’s entry into this segment. Let’s take a deep look into this device.

Design: 

The VX 15 looks exactly how a gaming/business laptop should look like. It looks like a toned down and a more socially acceptable version of the Acer Predator laptop. The first thing you’ll notice when you look a the laptop are those huge dark red dual air vents (Acer’s new cooling solution; individual vents for the GPU and CPU). Aspire-VX-15_overview_design_largeSome might find that as an overkill but to me – they look incredibly good.The top is made up of brushed metal-like plastic and has the Acer branding in the centre and is surrounded by two red accents. One more thing that stands out to me is the silver central hinge. Imparts a really good look to the device.

Hardware:

Coming to the hardware department, you’ll find that Acer has packed quite a lot of hardware for a quite a reasonable price. You get an Intel i7 7700HQ – A Quad Core processor clocked in at a healthy 2.8 Ghz(Turbo BOost up to 3.8GHz), 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, 1 TB of HDD Storage and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.acer-notebook-original-imaeshfrcfdk8dgc Thanks to the latest Pascal Technology, companies can now incorporate the GPUs into the laptops in such a way that there is ALMOST no difference in the performance from their desktop counterparts which unfortunately wasn’t the case with the earlier generations of GPUs. Speaking of the GPU, the 1050 Ti is quite an able one. It definitely is a bang for buck graphics card and can take on any of the latest games at 1080p extremely well.

Battery:

The VX 15 uses a 55 Wh battery. Acer could have packed in a larger battery since it’s thicker and bigger than other notebooks of its kind and most of them actually have a larger battery. It gives about 6 ½ hours of general usage and around 1 hr of gaming just like any other gaming notebook in this price segment.

The I/O:

This is where the VX 15 trumps its competition. The VX 15 has almost every port you could ask for. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 Ethernet jack, an SD Card Reader, a Headphone/MIcrophone Jack and the best of all, a USB Type-C port which is sadly missing from its competitors like Dell Inspiron 15 and the HP Omen 15.Aspire-VX-15_gallery-07

 

Display:

Meh……..Not exactly great but not too bad either. Definitely better than its direct competitor – Dell Inspiron 15. It is a 15.6 inch 1080p IPS panel. The screen is a little dull and is not so colour accurate either (65% Adobe RGB). It’s perfectly fine for 1080p gaming (since it’s the sweet spot for GTX 1050 Ti) and media consumption. But not recommended for photo or video editing purposes. One more thing to note are those really thick bezels. They are the first things you’ll notice when you open the lid. Just like the average display even this is another cost cutting measure.

Configurations:

This is where Acer falls short. Here in India, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is available only in a single configuration of i7, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM and 1TB of HDD storage and retails for around INR 89,000/- while in other countries, it is being sold in various options ranging from an i5, GTX 1050, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD (at a jaw dropping $800 USD) to an i7, GTX 1050 Ti, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD(for $1200 USD). So, for those of you on a really tight budget it’s better to look elsewhere.

Keyboard and Track-pad:

Good news here. The keyboard and track-pad are very good. The extra thickness of the laptop gives the keys added travel distance (1.6 mm) and keys are actually fun to use. Aspire-VX-15_gallery-06They have a good feel and are also spaced well; thanks to the larger body of the laptop.  The WASD keys and the track-pad have a red outline and even the back light is also of red colour. Acer makes sure you won’t forget you’re using a gaming machine even for a second. The track-pad also feels good. Luckily, it’s using native Windows Drivers. So, there won’t be any problems with it.

 

  • In conclusion, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is a really powerful entry-level gaming notebook and is clearly one of the best in this segment because. I would strongly recommend this device to anyone who wants a gaming laptop under the INR 1,00,000/- price point. Sure like I mentioned earlier, there are many other options like the Dell Inspiron 15, Lenovo Legion Y520 and HP Omen. But all of them are a bit too mainstream and generic in my opinion. Acer brings in a lot more character with the VX 15.  And with the all new hardware it is bound to last you for a while and serve you well.