Acer’s Predator 8 up for pre-order from Newegg


At IFA 2015, Acer inserted itself into the conversation as a go-to for mobile gaming. The company’s Predator 8, like NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet, is all about maximizing gaming on a tablet. With an 8-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, Intel Atom processor, and four front-facing speakers, Acer believes it has a winning formula. But like any mobile device, price is very important. Acer seems to have appropriately priced the Predator 8, with the 32GB model going for $299. And starting today you can pre-order that model of the tablet from Newegg.

The online electronics retailer will be the exclusive seller of the Predator 8 for these next two weeks. Newegg doesn’t have the 64GB model listed on its site at the moment.


Opera Max can now be found preinstalled on devices from 14 OEMs


It looks like your smartphone could have yet another pre-installed application on it, as Opera today announced that its data-saving application Opera Max can now be found installed on handsets from 14 OEMs. After today’s announcement, Opera is expecting to see Opera Max on over 100 million Android-based smartphones by 2017. That’s an impressive number, but just how useful will Opera Max be to consumers? Or will it be shoved away in a folder somewhere, along with the other masses of bloatware?

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Acer Chromebook 15 review


The Chromebook 11 C740 is perfect for students on a budget or anyone needing a small and light machine they could take with them anywhere. But Acer has a much more powerful Chromebook in its lineup this year. Enter Acer’s Chromebook 15, a true powerhouse for all of your office needs. It’s also perfect for entertainment with its crisp Full HD display.

It’s an impressive machine, and it may be the only Chromebook you’ll ever need.

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Acer’s CEO says merging with Asus is unlikely due to Taiwan’s Fair Trade laws


It wasn’t too long ago that Asustek was muted to be discussing a takeover of its struggling local rival, HTC after its own mobile division posted a profit. However, the takeover rumour was strongly refuted by HTC shortly after becoming public news. Today, we have Acer’s CEO, Jason Chen, shooting down talk of a merger between itself and Asustek, stating that the joining of the two companies would violate Taiwan’s Fair Trade laws.

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Acer announces four new Android smartphones


At IFA 2015, Acer has announced several new smartphones to be released this fall all along the pricing spectrum, including four devices powered by Android 5.1. Acer says all of their new smartphones will feature a new technology called Acer BluelightShield which is designed to limit users’ exposure to blue light from their screens. All of the devices will also get DTS Studio Sound and their camera app will provide independent exposure and focus adjustments. Acer is also including three different layout options for their user interface, including a Basic Mode designed for kids. To further protect children, Acer is also offering a Kids Center protected environment. Read more

Acer Chromebook R 11 is new convertible laptop entry


Acer announced a new convertible Chromebook option they are releasing, the Acer Chromebook R 11. Like some other units available from other manufacturers, the Acer Chromebook R 11 makes use of a hinge design that allows the screen to be flipped completely back onto the unit to effectively create a tablet device. Depending on how far one pushes the screen back and how the device is set, tent or display configurations are available as well. Read more

Acer’s Predator 8 gaming tablet will officially be available in November for $299

acer predator 8 gaming tabletAcer’s anticipated Predator 8 gaming tablet finally has an official release date and pricing, and it’s pretty reasonable for something that’s designed primarily to play games.

The Predator 8 sports an 8-inch 1080p display with an Intel Atom CPU and 2 GB of RAM, plus options for 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The screen is touted as being incredibly precise with a 100% NTSC color gamut rating, too. Acer has included four front-facing speakers on the aluminum frame of the device, plus enhanced tactile feedback for gaming. Read more