Computex kicks off next week, but Acer has jumped the gun and announced a couple of new laptops that will be on show at the expo. The Nitro 5 notebooks are designed as entry-level portable gaming rigs, while the new model of the Acer Spin 1 is a more work-focused machine for creative types on the go.
Graphical grunt in the Nitro series will be decent but not mind-blowing, with the systems packing up to a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or an AMD Radeon RX550. These two cards are the lowest-end of the current generations, but they're more than capable of rendering today's games at low or mid-quality settings. Having RAM options that range up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory should lend a hand.
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Storage-wise, the Nitro 5 notebooks can be fitted with solid state drives of up to 512 GB, backed up an optional 2 TB HDD. The 15.6 in screen will display in 1080p, and connectivity options include HDMI 2.0, one USB Type-C, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.
When it's time to get down to business, the Acer Spin 1 is designed for creative work anywhere, weighing just 1.3 kg (2.8 lb) and measuring 1.4 cm (0.55 in) thick. Crammed inside that little package is an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, 4 GB of DDR3L RAM, and eMMC storage with capacities of either 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB.
The 11.6-in screen displays in Full HD, and is touch-enabled to work with either a plain old finger or Acer's optional Active Stylus. Like other devices in the Spin line, the keyboard hinges can be rotated 178 degrees, giving the laptop a wide range of viewing options. It can sit open like a standard notebook, fold flat like a tablet, arch over into a tent-shape, or prop up the screen with the keyboard facing downwards.
Battery life is said to be around eight hours, and connectivity options include Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.1 and 2.0, and microSD. Both the Spin 1 and the Nitro 5 series will run Windows 10.
The Nitro 5 series will be available in North America and China in July with prices starting at US$799 (€1,099, ¥5,499) and will be released in Europe in August. The Acer Spin 1 will be released in North America and Europe in July, starting at US$329 (€399).
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