Acer held a one-hour event this morning announcing about twenty products in six categories. There are three that I think are the most interesting: Predator Orion 7000 desktop computer for games, ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition workstation and ApexVision L811 short-range projector.
Predator Orion 7000
This powerful gaming desktop can be configured with (up to) NVIDIA RTX 3090, two 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs, 64 GB RAM (DDR5, 4GHz) and Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake 12th generation processors. These will be some of the best technologies you can get on the eve of the holiday season.
There will be a lot of competition just based on specifications, and that’s why Acer’s chassis design and cooling could sway people. Liquid cooling draws heat from the CPU cores (up to 16) to be dissipated by a large radiator and a 120 mm fan.
Acer’s FrostBlade fans seem to be well built and contain quality components according to specifications. In turn, they should have high durability and continue to protect expensive chips from overheating. The hard drive that can be replaced hot on top is the cherry on the cake for this otherwise beautiful design (official site).
ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition
If you haven’t heard of it, Acer’s ConceptD series is dedicated to creative users, and maybe even engineers. They may not be as powerful as Acer’s gaming laptops, but they can handle heavy loads, and the chassis design is definitely made for people who appreciate fine design.
The ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition comes with a 3D screen without glasses. Acer announced SpatialLabs technology back in May 2011, and the industry wondered when it would get into people’s hands. Well, now seems to be the time.
SpatialLabs can monitor how you view an image (via the camera) so that the computer knows from which display it will display the 3D image. The screen displays two images (left + right eye) thanks to an additional screen layer. Two images are displayed and therefore the GPU must be 2 times faster than for a non-stereoscopic application.
The whole point is to allow users to have stereoscopic 3D images without wearing glasses. This could be useful for industrial design or architects, for example. I still can’t guarantee the quality of the 3D, but this is a very cool development.
Projectors aren’t always worth talking about, but given the amount of time people have recently spent at home, the idea of better setting up a TV or home theater is appealing to many.
I usually go for an OLED TV (these LG OLEDs look so cute …) if I want the absolute best picture quality, but it’s fair to say that someone’s home / apartment settings may not fit and 120-inch TVs are still very expensive.
Yes, Acer’s ApexVision L811 can project a 120 inch image on any decently clean and bright surface with an ultra short range design. As a result, you can casually place it on a piece of furniture you already have. It only needs 12 inches of space away from the screen.
With 3000 NITs, it’s bright enough for most uses (even in broad daylight) and comes with modern features like HDR10, 4K resolution and 240Hz (only 1080p). I wish there was a black model in addition to white.
I’ve added the full video below in case you want to see everything launched today, and here are the official links for the event.
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