April 11, 2019 9:01 am

Acer family grows with ConceptD portfolio for creators, Spin 3 series, gaming notebooks and more

By / Writer, Windows Blog

At its annual global press conference Thursday in New York City, Acer launched ConceptD, a new brand of high-end desktops, notebooks, gadgets and monitors optimized for creators such as graphic designers, filmmakers, engineers, architects and developers. It also revealed new and refreshed devices for consumers, gamers and on-the-go professionals. A lot of great hardware was introduced; let’s kick things off with the new ConceptD lineup.

Photo of various ConceptD devices

ConceptD family of devices

The ConceptD 900 is a high-performance desktop for professionals running multiple complex and demanding applications. It has dual Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors with up to 40 cores, 80 threads, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 and 12 memory slots for a total of up to 192GB [1] of ECC memory. It’s perfect for filmmakers, animators, product designers and architects to get lost in the creative process without worrying about long render times. It’s also ideal for AI and deep learning developers who need outstanding computing and graphics power.

The ConceptD 500 has up to 9th Generation Intel Core processors and up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 GPUs [1] to make workloads and multi-media creation smoother and faster on complex projects. Its multiple CPU cores achieve high single-core speed while staying cool with low heat output and low power consumption. With up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 GPUs [1], this desktop supports four 5K displays (5120×2880 @ 60Hz) with HDR color, making visual effects, motion graphics and animation rendering a breeze. It’s also designed to grow with users to meet ever-changing workload requirements. With four DIMM slots for up to 64GB 2666 MHz DDR4 memory, it has more bandwidth and capacity for fast performance when working on complex design tasks. The onboard PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD allows for large models and complex 3D rendering in real time.

ConceptD 9 open with screen facing left

ConceptD 9

ConceptD 9, 7 and 5 creator notebooks each feature a 4K UHD IPS [2] PANTONE Validated display. Colors are as accurate as possible as the display covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut. These creator notebooks stay quiet with Acer’s 4th generation AeroBlade 3D Fan with a noise reduction mechanism that emits less than 40 db of noise — equivalent to the sound level of a library — while maintaining high computing and graphics performance.

Creators need color accuracy beyond what most mainstream monitors can offer, and so Acer created ConceptD UHD monitors. Featuring a remarkable color accuracy of Delta E <1 and a modern slick, black finish with a wood-patterned base, these new PANTONE Validated monitors are optimized so creators can do more.

The ConceptD CM7321K is a 32-inch monitor ideal for 2D creators. Its VESA-Certified DisplayHDR1000, 32-inch 4K UHD display delivers 1152 zones of local-dimming with Mini LED technology and DisplayHDR 1000, plus 99 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and 89.5 percent Rec.2020 so creators and filmmakers can bring their ideas to life.

The ConceptD CP7271K is a PANTONE Validated 27-inch monitor optimized for 3D creators. It has an impressive color accuracy of Delta E <1, a wide color gamut of 99 of the AdobeRGB and 93 percent DCI-P3. It also features GSYNC Ultimate and DisplayHDR 1000 for unparalleled color and image detail.

Two women -- one holding a camera -- working over a red Aspire 5 laptop in a kitchen with mise-en-place

Aspire 5

Acer also updated its popular Aspire series of notebooks powered by Windows 10 that cater to a wide range of needs, and revealed new features. For users looking for lightning-fast performance, the Aspire 7 rises above similar products in its category by featuring an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, and an all-metal top cover and palm-rest area. The Aspire 5 is ideal for bloggers, photographers and media enthusiasts, and offers exceptional processing and graphics performance with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU for powerful everyday computing. The Aspire 3 is a great value laptop built for everyday tasks at home, work or school, such as web browsing, social media and watching movies, while also offering vast storage capabilities for family photos, films and videos.

On-the-go professionals will appreciate the new Spin 3, the latest addition to Acer’s Spin convertible notebook series. Its combination of power, value, long battery life and generous screen size sets it apart from the competition. Powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX230 GPU, it features a 512GB PCIe SSD and up to 1TB of HDD storage, a dockable and rechargeable pen and enhanced Wi-Fi 5 performance. The Spin 3’s 14-inch Full HD IPS [2] touch display allows for pen and touch simultaneously, and the Acer Active Pen enables precise and direct on-screen input at multiple points of contact, improving your efficiency working on more complex projects.

Two Acer TravelMate P614-51s side by side, with one fully open flat and one open at the usual 90 degree angle

TravelMate P614-51

For those who really put their devices to the test, the new TravelMate P614-51 is a thin, light and durable commercial notebook series built for professionals who travel frequently or work in the field. Robust and powerful with long battery life, it’s built to withstand life on the road and support heavy workloads. It’s designed to handle the bumps and bangs of airport security checks, accidental drops and other mishaps. It complies with MIL-STD 810G [3], 810F, a set of U.S. military-grade tests that check the durability of a wide range of products. The standards follow stringent procedures such as a drop test involving 26 drops from a height of approximately 48 inches on various parts of the frame — landing on two inches of plywood placed on concrete. Other tests check the laptop’s resistance to rain, humidity and extreme temperatures. It sports a premium quality magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis, which weighs less and is stronger than standard aluminum alloys at the same thickness. Weighing just 2.4 pounds and measuring only 0.6 inches thick, it doesn’t take up much room in a briefcase or backpack. With up to 20 hours [4] of battery life, professionals can stay productive on international flights or work through two full days on the go without having to recharge.

And for gaming enthusiasts, Acer had plenty to show off.

The new Nitro 7 laptop is for casual gamers looking to boost their performance as they compete with friends online.  It has a brand-new sleek metal chassis measuring just 19.9 mm [1]. Its high-resolution 15.6-inch display reproduces lifelike colors at a 144 Hz [1] refresh rate with a 3 ms [5] response time for a tear-free gaming experience — crucial while in the throes of battle. A 9th Generation Intel Core processor [1] and the latest NVIDIA GPUs power the Nitro 7 to ensure a seamless gaming experience. It also has ample storage, with two slots available for M.2 Gen 3×4 PCIe SSDs using NVMe technology in Raid 02 [1], and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM with up to 2TB of HDD storage.

Photo of a Nitro 5 laptop, lit up with a red keyboard and red image on screen

Nitro 5

In addition, Acer has updated the Nitro 5 series laptop with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, a new display with a 144 Hz [1] refresh rate, and a low-latency response time of only 3 ms [5]. It effortlessly streams gameplay with Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology. Users can also connect supporting gadgets with an array of ports such as HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 and more.

Acer also unveiled two new Predator Helios Windows 10 gaming notebooks at the global press conference.

Predator Helios 700 open and facing left with keyboard lit up in blue, with drift keyboard

Predator Helios 700

The all-new Helios 700 includes a HyperDrift keyboard that slides forward, increasing airflow directly through the top of the notebook. This keyboard is part of the notebook’s thermal architecture, which consists of two of Acer’s custom-engineered 4th Generation AeroBlade 3D Fans, five copper heat pipes, a vapor chamber [6] and Acer CoolBoost Technology. By sliding the keyboard forward, two additional air intakes appear above the keyboard and below the display, giving the powerful heat-generating components extra air flow for maximum cooling and unleashed overclocking. The glass panel also provides a view of the notebook’s heat pipes.

The HyperDrift keyboard also improves ergonomics. With the keyboard closer now, gamers can keep a good distance to the 17-inch screen without overextending hands, providing desktop comfort in a notebook form factor. The keyboard also features per-key RGB lighting, anti-ghosting and MagForce WASD keys. TheMagForce keys use analog-like linear switches that trigger actuation immediately upon the initial press, and increase up to 100 percent to give players more control over precise movements in the game. A Precision Touchpad is outlined with blue lighting and features two discrete mouse buttons below the pad for easy clicking.

The redesigned Predator Helios 300 raises the bar for midrange gaming notebooks with the addition of powerful technologies and features, along with a new sophisticated design. Gamers will be most excited about the addition of a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design supported by a Turbo key for one-punch overclocking and Killer DoubleShot Pro for fast and lag-free networking. Paired with up to the latest 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory and up to two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 plus a hard drive, it’s the powerhouse gamers crave for playing today’s AAA games.

Predator Helios 300, as seen from above with multi-color lights under keyboard

Predator Helios 300

It’s well-suited for task-heavy computing, as its high-end hardware provides the performance needed for gaming, streaming, and video and photo editing.

Praised for being one of the first notebooks in its class to feature a 144Hz display, the new Helios 300’s bright 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch Full HD IPS [1] display is now framed by a narrow border and includes 3 ms overdrive response times.

Finally, Acer revealed new additions across its growing Predator line that appeal to high-performance gamers.

The new Predator Orion 5000 (PO5-605S) adopts the overclockable octa-core 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K (with Z390 chipset) with support for dual-channel DDR4 configurations (up to 64GB). For superior graphics performance, the revolutionary NVIDIA Turing architecture combines real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading to immerse players in a visually stunning gaming experience. A Cooler Master CPU Liquid Cooler [1] regulates temperature to maximize peak performance. Strategically placed intake and exhaust fans, as well as a shrouded power supply unit outfitted with its very own removable dust filter, ensure each internal component of the Orion tower stays cool during extended gaming sessions.

Predator Orion 5000 tower

Predator Orion 5000

The tower’s chassis has been trimmed down to just 30 liters, while the see-through side panel includes a layer of metal mesh which, along with the rest of the case, provides EMI shielding to inner components. Users can maintain superiority over the competition with 2.5Gbps Ethernet, and when victory is assured, they can hang the headset on either of the chassis’ two headset cradles.

In addition, Acer launched a massive 43-inch Predator Monitor alongside new additions to its growing series of Predator peripherals. Designed for hardcore PC and console gaming enthusiasts looking for ultra-high definition (3840 x 2160), the 4K monitor features a fast 144Hz refresh rate for smooth and tear-free imagery, essential for tracking objects as they zip across the screen. The monitor’s AdaptiveSync feature adapts to the frame rate of the outputting device, resulting in uninterrupted gameplay. Console gamers will appreciate its three HDMI ports, plus a Type-C and a display port.

Predator Monitor

Predator Monitor

The 43-inch Predator Monitor also saves power through a light sensor that can detect the light level in the room and automatically adjusts brightness for comfortable viewing, and a proximity sensor, so as viewers move to the front of monitor it will automatically wake up from standby mode, or revert to sleep mode when no one is in the room. It also includes a remote control, making it convenient for living room use.

Find out more about all these devices at Acer.

[1] Specifications may vary depending on model/country.

[2] All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products.

[3] Tested by qualified third-party labs for certain test procedures under MIL-STD 810G (Oct 2008) for environmental conditions that include high and low temperatures, humidity, vibrations, mechanical shocks on drops, rain, dust and sand.

[4] Battery life claim based on MobileMark 2014. Actual battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and applications or features launched. All batteries’ maximum capacity diminishes with time and use.

[5] Nitro 5/7 both support 144 Hz and 3 ms response time Overdrive.

[6] Vapor chamber not available on all models.