Yesterday Acer revealed the all-new Aspire notebook line at its global press event in New York. Featuring Windows 10, the range of everyday notebooks cater to a wide range of consumer needs, spanning from the family-and-student friendly Aspire 1 and Aspire 3, the practical and mainstream Aspire 5, all the way to the top-of-the-line Aspire 7.
At the top of the line sits the Aspire 7, for users looking for powerful performance with up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. The Aspire 5 has been designed for those who work hard and play even harder, packing in great CPU and GPU performance, an optional Full HD display. The Acer Aspire 1 and 3 are built for everyday tasks, including fast 802.11ac wireless technology, great features for enhanced multimedia enjoyment and a responsive and easy-to-use Precision Touchpad.
Aspire 1 – Essentials for the Cloud Era
The Aspire 1 has been crafted to hit the sweet spot for users looking for a notebook for family sharing and web browsing or as a second device. It includes a 1-year subscription of Office 365 Personal, and 1 TB of OneDrive storage. With 802.11ac wireless technology - three times faster than traditional wireless technology – one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI port and Ethernet, the Aspire 1 makes connecting effortless. The 14-inch device is powered by Intel Celeron or Pentium processors with 32 or 64 GB eMMC storage, 4 GB DDR3L memory and Intel HD Graphics supported by up to 9 hours of battery life. All this is fitted into a sleek chassis that measures less than 18 mm in height and weighs in at just 1.65 kg.
Aspire 3 – Everyday Computing
Following the same design and creative inspirations of the Aspire 1, extras were added to the Aspire 3 to give it a power and performance boost for more intensive media consumption needs.
The Aspire 3 comes with either a 14-inch HD, 15.6-inch HD or 15.6-inch Full HD display. Processor options for the Aspire 3 include Intel Core, Celeron and Pentium processors, with up to 12 GB of memory. It also includes Acer’s BlueLightShield technology, which reduces the exposure of blue light which may help reduce eye strain.
Aspire 5 – A Workhorse that Stands out From the Crowd
Stepping up the capabilities and design to match more demanding user requirements, the Aspire 5 looks to fit a media heavy lifestyle – it’s a dependable workhorse for anyone needing to create and share. Between photo-editing or online publishing, the Aspire 5 is the core tool around which users can organise a busy lifestyle.
The Aspire 5 is powered by up to 7th Gen Intel Core processors and latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and a maximum of 20 GB DDR4 2400 MHz memory. Storage wise, there are a range of options to choose from with HDDs up to 2 TB and M.2 SSDs up to 256 GB.
Enhanced multimedia performance is what makes the Aspire 5 stand out from the pack. Its 15.6-inch HD or Full HD display with IPS technology[iv] provides consistent colours and viewing from wide angles. Acer TrueHarmony delivers lifelike audio, while two digital microphones with Acer Purified.Voice ensures a great Cortana with Voice experience. In addition, Skype for Business Certification ensures crisp and lag-free communication. For additional peripherals, there’s a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port, USB 3.0 port that supports power-off charging, and another two USB 2.0 ports.
Aspire 7 – Powerhouse Performance for Creators
At the top of the Aspire line sits the Aspire 7, designed for professionals such as designers and anyone who needs power and performance to match their professional ambitions.
Inside the Aspire 7’s slick chassis is a powerful 7th Gen Intel Core standard-voltage processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. Giving users the capability to make the most of all this power, the Aspire 7 comes with up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory and ample storage (HDD up to 2 TB and M.2 SSD up to 512 GB). The Aspire 7 also packs a HD camera with HDR while Dolby Audio Premium provides a great entertainment experience.
Speedy network connectivity is provided with 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology and Gigabit Ethernet. This is supplemented with the same port set-up as the Aspire 5, including power-off charging. All this is contained within a sleekly designed shell with a premium aluminium cover that features a highly stylized texture. The Aspire 7 comes with either a 15-inch or 17-inch display.
Pricing & Availability
The Acer Aspire series will range from R4 999 to R19 999 1 series will be available in in South Africa in July.