Acer Unveils New 2-in-1 Laptop Line

Electronics giant Acer took advantage of its global press event in New York this week to introduce the world to its new line of 2-in-1 notebooks. The line runs the gamut from low-cost models designed to be little more than Web-browsing devices to some sleek-looking powerhouses.

None of the models in the new Aspire line will break the bank, topping out at $799 for the most powerful model, but they likely won't compete with some of their pricier and more eye-catching competitors, either. Still, the new line offers a good range of options that should provide something for everyone.

Barebones Models

The lowest-end model is the Aspire 1, which the company is marketing as little more than a secondary device for users who already have primary computers, or a device that can be shared among family members. It comes with a respectable 14-inch screen and features a sleek form factor, weighing in at just a little over three and a half pounds.

The Aspire 1 also promises a decent nine hours of battery life, but apart from that nothing about the model stands out. The model runs on either the Intel Celeron or Pentium processor and comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of memory. The Aspire will retail starting at $219.

The next step up is the Aspire 3. Essentially a version of the Aspire 1 with some extras, the Aspire 3 offers three different display options: 14-inch HD, 15.6-inch HD, or 15.6-inch Full HD, and is powered by either the Celeron, Pentium, or Intel Core processors. Acer is pitching it as more of a media laptop, with up to 12 GB of memory and technology to reduce exposure to blue light to minimize eyestrain. The Aspire 3 will sell for $299.

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