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

Acer Chromebook 11 C740 review


Chromebooks can be impressive laptops. We’ve seen some excellent options come from Samsung, ASUS, and even Acer. Some might be on the pricey side, but Acer recently introduced the Acer Chromebook 11 C740, a Chromebook for those who want a small form factor and are on a budget.

In my time with the C740, it’s been an impressive machine, even at its low price point.

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Acer Predator gaming tablet on way to market as production commences


With the tablet market cooling off so much recently, companies are starting to look for niches where special purpose tablets may make sense. One of those companies is Acer which announced plans to produce a tablet device that targets gamers. The only device on the market now that really focuses on the gaming market is the NVIDIA Shield. Acer hopes to capitalize on interest from gamers with the Acer Predator 8 tablet. Read more