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Acer Iconia B1 tablet launches at $150

After quite a few weeks of half-hearted leaks, Acer has announced its latest budget Android tablet. Called the Acer Iconia B1-A71, the tablet chiefly impresses through its price, which is expected to be under $150.

In other regards, the tablet is unfortunately mediocre. The Iconia B1 is trading on specs that could perhaps maybe prove a good lower-cost alternative to the Nexus 7, but ultimately don’t seem worthwhile for the small price reduction.

You get a 1.2 GHz Mediatek dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and a 1024 x 600 7″ touchscreen – about the same specification as the BlackBerry Playbook, then. The Iconia B1 leaked last year with some rather dreadful GLBenchmark results – a mighty 3.3 FPS in the Egypt HD test, and only 18 FPS on the much older Egypt Classic test using the tablet’s native resolution.

At least it runs Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, so you’ll at least have the benefit of being able to use some portion of the 700,000 Android apps available. Although few of these are tablet optimised, and I’m guessing most games won’t run too well on such a slow processor.

Still, the Acer Iconia B1 is still quite cheap. And that’ll make it ideal fodder for less-informed tablet buyers, who are out to get the kids something good for Christmas but don’t want to spend as much money as they would in the case for the iPad 4 or even the Nexus 7.
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These Are The Best Ultrabooks Right Now

It’s a great time to buy ultrabooks. Many of them feature better designs than the ones released last year. Not only are they faster, but they look better too!

In an effort to come out on top, manufacturers are increasingly throwing in more stuff to sweeten the deal.

If you’re in the market for an ultrabook, you might want to take a look at this list.

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

 

Positioned as the direct competitor to the MacBook Air, the UX31A is a truly wonderful ultrabook. Just like the first Zenbooks, the UX31A retains the wedge design of its body.

The lid features a bluish aluminum cover with textured ripples that emanate from the center. It’s a wonderful look that contrasts nicely with the silvery brushed aluminum bottom frame.

The laptop contains an i7 – 3517U processor, meaning it’s a low – voltage processor, designed to provide better battery life. Since it’s also an i7, expect some great performance.

You also get a 256 SSD and a 13.3 – inch with a wonderful 1080p IPS screen. It definitely blows away the rest.

Gigabyte U2442

 

Gigabyte’s foray into the world of ultrabooksis impressive. If you’re willing to accept a slightly thicker ultrabookthan the UX31A, then the U2442 is a good choice because of the hardware it contains.

Featuring a fully – fledged i5 Ivy Bridge processor (not the low voltage ones), this ultrabookhas some great performance. It has a 128 GB SSD that helps improve boot times, and generally keeps the whole system feeling fast.

Aside from that, you have an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M video card, which isn’t something you usually find in ultrabooks. How does it perform?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 actually runs at a smooth 33 fps. Mass effect 3 also runs at the same rate. You can actually get some decent gaming done in this game.

To top it all off is 8 GB of RAM for amazing multitasking and a 1600 x 900 resolution.

Samsung Series 9

 

For those looking for one of the most elegant ultrabooksever made, then the Samsung Series 9 is the perfect choice.

This laptop features a 13 – inch screen with a wonderful 1600 x 1200 resolution. There’s also 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD to help with performance.

Overall, it’s a great – performing laptop that does what it’s advertised – to be the ultrabookof your dreams.

Acer S5

 

Acer has been stepping up their game as of late. The S5 is a truly remarkable ultrabook. Weighing in at just 2.65 pounds, it’s also just 0.59 inches thick!

Coupled with an extremely smooth design and the magnesium – aluminum chassis, you’ve got a very elegant laptop right in your lap.

Aside from that, it’s got an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with Intel HD 4000 graphics. You’ll be able to do some light gaming there.

A 128 GB SSD helps things feel fast, as the laptop can boot up in just 10 seconds.

Conclusion

These four ultrabooksare very impressive. If you’re looking for one with graphicsthough, you definitely want to go with the Gigabyte laptop.

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Acer slates Microsoft’s hardware push

LONDON: Acer, the world’s fourth largest PC maker, has dismissed Microsoft’s chances of becoming a rival to Apple by building its own devices and urged its software partner to focus on its new operating system instead.

Microsoft announced on Monday that it would design and sell its own “Surface” tablets to showcase Windows 8 and take on Apple and Google in devices that are capturing more and more of the computing market.

It kept PC makers largely in the dark about its plans, according to sources, marking a radical departure from its previous close collaboration with its hardware partners.

Oliver Ahrens, Acer’s senior VP and president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said Microsoft was trying to copy some of Apple’s strategy, but he was doubtful it would succeed.

“I don’t think it will be successful because you cannot be a hardware player with two products,” he said in an interview, adding that the former darling of the tech sector would also have to adapt its brand to compete with Apple.

“Microsoft is working with two dozen PC vendors worldwide, including the local guys, whereas Apple is alone, it can more or less do what it wants,” he said. “Microsoft is a component of a PC system. A very important component but still a component.”

He was also worried that Microsoft would shift resources to building a consumer hardware brand and retail operation, and in the process take its eye off the ball in making sure Windows 8 was a success for the PC industry.

“Instead of enhancing the user experience for Win 8 (…) they open a new battlefield,” he said.

“I worry that this will lead into a defocus internally for Microsoft, and then we have to suffer because we are working with their products.”

OLYMPIC PERFORMANCE Taiwan-based Acer, which ranked fourth in PC shipments in the first quarter, has had its own problems after failing to adapt to changes in the market including in particular the rise of Apple’s iPad last year, but Ahrens said the group was now getting back on track.

He said Windows 8, which does not yet have a launch date, was “extremely important” for Acer, and it would have four or five devices tied in with its launch, including tablets and a high-definition slimline “Ultrabook” notebook.

Ahrens said the new products would be supported by an advertising campaign focused on the user experience rather than the specifications of the machines, which has been the traditional approach of PC makers.

“Acer wants to be more about value than volume,” he said, adding that the company needed to do higher end products to lift the status of the whole brand.

Acer, an Olympics sponsor, will also be in the spotlight next month as the PC provider to the London games.

“Everything is run by Acer – the scoring systems, the internal IT,” said Acer UK managing director Neil Marshall. “It will demonstrate that we have the commercial ability to deliver this type of project.”

Ahrens said the second quarter, which ends in nine days, would see about a 50 percent rise in revenue in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, as the group continued its recovery from the lows of a year ago.

The region accounted for 37 pct of revenue in the first quarter, according to a company presentation.

“Q3 will be more challenging because it’s a transition quarter from Windows 7 to Windows 8,” he said.

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Acer says no plans to launch non-tablet devices on ARM

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Acer Inc said on Monday it would remain closer to U.S. chipmaker Intel , even though Microsoft also embraces rival ARM for its new Windows 8 operating system. The world’s No.4 PC vendor has given an upbeat outlook for the second half after delivering a quarterly net profit that lagged market expectations in April, betting on the launch of Microsoft’s new Windows system and more slimline ultrabook computers.

The company is recovering from two consecutive quarters of losses in April to September last year and a management shake-up.

Acer said on Monday, ahead of the opening of Taiwan’s annual Computex trade fair, that it would formally launch new ultrabook and tablet designs after Microsoft puts its new windows system in the market, expected in the fourth quarter, with the first shipments starting in August and volume shipment commencing in September.

The first wave of Windows 8 products will be using Intel chips, while ARM-based designs will not be in market until 2-4 months later, expected in the first quarter.

“Finally the couple (Windows and Intel) recover their relationship,” Acer Chairman J.T. Wang told reporters at a small group interview. “We are more familiar with the Windows ecosystem, our supply chain is also mainly in the Window ecosystem.”

Wang said Acer has no plans so far to launch non-tablet devices using ARM designs.

“According to engineer studies, unless we go into ARM 64-bit, otherwise performance is still not so great,” he said. “ARM is a newcomer, young and attractive but it takes some time.”

Acer is showcasing new tablet computer models in slate and convertible design – or with and without conventional keyboards – based on the Windows 8 system at Computex this year, as well as two touch ultrabooks, which use aluminium metallic casings which enable cost competitiveness, and come in 12mm thickness.

“I have never been so supportive to Microsoft,” Wang told a news conference earlier on Monday. “We have a good opportunity to grow again after the Windows 8 launch. Acer is fully committed to deliver a full line of Windows 8 products.”

Acer said prices for these new gadgets would be announced after the launch of Windows 8. But in a powerpoint at the presentation it said the touch ultrabook would range from $1,799, significantly higher than the below $1,000 non-touch ones currently in the market.

Ultrabooks are an ultra-thin notebook PC that is similar to Apple Inc’s Macbook Air and offers some of the technological chic of the iPad and other tablets.

But some investors are concerned that the expensive components used in ultrabooks, such as solid-state drives, make them too pricey for many consumers.

In April, Acer lowered its ultrabook shipment contribution forecast for 2012 to 12-20 percent from 25-35 percent, but still saw its ultrabook shipments in the second quarter would double from the first quarter and they would keep growing for the rest of the year, with four new models planned.

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