CES 2021 – Acer renews its gaming and office laptops

Unlike other manufacturers, Acer plays the card of restraint by presenting a handful of laptops during this CES 2021. It is first and foremost an ultraportable gaming which was unveiled by the brand, the Predator Triton 300 SE. Its 14-inch Full HD 144 Hz screen, its 1.7 kg for 17.9 mm thickness make it a computer compact and light enough to play on the go. It is equipped with a GeForce RTX 3060 and the new Core i7 H35. In terms of connectivity, there is a Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2, an HDMI port and Wi-Fi 6 for an efficient connection. Its RGB keyboard is of course backlit and the cooling system has been improved, according to Acer. The Triton 300 SE will be available from € 1,799 in the second quarter of 2021.

One of the brand’s high-end PCs, the Predator Helios 300, now sports a GeForce RTX 3080 and up to 32 GB of RAM. Enough to operate its 240 Hz Full HD screen without problem. The processor does not seem to change for the moment and the Core i7-10750H should remain in the configuration. The PC will be marketed in the second quarter of 2021 from € 2399.

In contrast, in the Nitro range which offers better value for money, the Acer Nitro 5 is updated with the 11th generation of Intel Core H35 series, but will remain equipped with a GTX graphics card and a Full HD 144 Hz screen. The chassis has been slightly refined, the ports evolve towards USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and wireless towards Wi-Fi 6.

These Acer Nitro 5 will be available from the second quarter of 2021 from € 999 and € 1099 for the 15-inch and 17-inch models.

An AMD version will also be offered, with a much more muscular configuration. There will indeed be a maximum of a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU and 32 GB of RAM. The screen can be a Full HD with a refresh rate of up to 360 Hz or a QHD – the definition has not yet been specified – of 165 Hz.

With an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H starting configuration, GeForce RTX 3060, and a 512 GB SSD, the recommended price is given from 1399 € for the 17-inch version and 1299 € for the 15-inch. The release date is the same as for their Intel counterparts.

As for office PCs, Acer is revisiting its Aspire 5 and 7. The latter, more efficient, integrates the AMD Ryzen 5000 with a GeForce GTX 1650, up to 32 GB of RAM and a maximum storage of 1 TB SSD. It has Wi-Fi 6 and a 15-inch FHD screen. The more accessible Aspire 5 also benefits from the new Ryzen, but from an entry-level AMD Radeon RX 640 graphics card. Depending on the configuration, it can carry up to 1 TB SSD or 2 TB HDD. The screen and connectivity should be identical to its counterpart.

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