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Acer launches a trio of new Windows 11 laptops including Acer Nitro 5 for gamers.
The company launches two models of Nitro 5, including AN515-57 and AN515-54 to bring the latest technology to gamers along with Microsoft’s latest operating system. The machines aim to balance power, stylish design and affordable prices. We’ll see if the addition of Windows 11, Microsoft’s Windows 10 debuted in 2015, drives a new upgrade cycle for PCs and gaming rigs.
The new Nitro 5 gaming notebooks are powered by the latest 11th generation Intel Core processors and Nvidia graphics processor units (GPUs), while a fast 144Hz FHD display accompanies the action. Prices start at $ 770.
Players can choose from models with a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch 144Hz FHD display, an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti GPU. It also comes with fast SSDs, powerful cooling, Ethernet and a Thunderbolt 4 port. The version with the i7 processor, 16 GB DDR4 memory and 512 GB SSD sells for $ 900.
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Windows 11 has a redesigned user interface with a greater emphasis on usability, flexibility, productivity, social features, security and accessibility.
It also has a redesigned Microsoft Store that allows third-party stores next door, including the Epic Games Store and Amazon, which acts as a single storefront for apps and other content.
The Microsoft Teams collaboration platform is integrated into the Windows 11 user interface, which is accessible via the taskbar. And Skype, which has experienced declining usage, will not be bundled with the operating system by default.
And anyone can remember the browser wars? Windows 11 will have performance improvements such as smaller update sizes and faster web browsing in any browser. It comes with Chrome-based Microsoft Edge and will not include or support Internet Explorer. It also has a faster wake-up time from hibernation and faster Windows Hello authentication. Yay for that.
The updated Xbox app is integrated with Windows 11 and therefore has some sharper graphics requirements. And Windows 11 only runs on devices with a “trusted platform module 2.0” processor, which Microsoft considers critical to protect against firmware and hardware attacks.
Acer also unveiled its first sustainability-focused notebook, the Aspire Vero, available tomorrow with Windows 11 in North America. The eco-friendly, EPEAT Silver-certified Aspire Vero has recycled plastic (PCR) for consumers throughout the chassis and keyboard, 100% recyclable packaging and 11th generation Intel Core treatment.
Vero has Irix Xe graphics with up to 512 GB M.2 SSD storage. It has a 15.6 inch FHD IPS screen and AI noise reduction to provide clarity during video calls. The laptop also comes with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig +), a USB Type-C port, two USB 3.2 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port for video-out.
It is made from 30% PCR plastic in the chassis, which saves approximately 21% in carbon dioxide emissions and 50% PCR on the keyboard caps to reduce pollution from the production of virgin plastic and landfill. The keyboard is designed to make people think about recycling and the environment, as the “R” and “E” keys stand out in yellow. I’m not sure it’s going to work, but maybe it’s going to put the idea of being sustainable in my head in a subliminal way.
Aspire Vero starts at $ 700 and delivers on Acer’s Earthion mission to offer products that support a sustainable future.
Acer Swift 5
And Acer unveiled the ultra-thin and lightweight Swift 5 Series notebooks. Swift 5 ultra-thin and lightweight notebook marries a stylish design with the latest performance technology, an Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass screen and an antimicrobial chassis solution with prices from $ 1,100.
Powered by an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55TA) uses Intel Evo for fast wake-up and up to 17 hours of battery life.
It has a magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum chassis for both durability and lightness; it weighs about 2.29 kilos. This new configuration of the Swift 5 comes standard with two options that help protect the device. The touch screen is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. And the chassis, touchpad, keyboard and all covers on the device have been treated with a BPR & EPA compliant silver ion antimicrobial solution.
Swift 5 also has a 14-inch Full HD screen with a brightness of 340 nits and 100% sRGB color gamut.
The Aspire Vero is available later this month, the Swift 5 series is available tomorrow, and the Nitro 5 will be available in mid-October.
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