Acer’s annual global press conference in New York saw the company introduce a wide selection of laptops for everyone from lifestyle, to education to gaming. The recently announced ChromeOS tablet was on display too, of course.

Jason Chen, CEO of Acer revealed some interesting stats about their brands like a 45% yoy growth in the flagship Swift series; 16% yoy growth for education products; a 17% yoy increase in PC gaming, and an astonishing 94% yoy growth.

Amongst the big line-up revealed today at the Alice Tully Hall in New York City is the new flagship Swift 5, a 15.6” laptop that weighs less than 1kg – lightest in its class; and on the gaming side, the Nitro range of desktop and monitors, and the Predator range of desktops and laptops; a range of Chromebook laptops (we’re not getting those); and of course the first Chrome OS tablet, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10.

My highlight was checking out the first ChromeOS tablet, the Chromebook Tab 10. Acer South Africa says that in partnership with Google, the Chromebook Tab 10 was on a roadshow in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Kimberly over the last couple of days on an education drive that comprised of school visits (and not the public, apologies about the error on my tweet).

Acer Africa marketing manager Belinda Marais tells Wired to the Web that the roadshow has been a success and it is confirmed that the tablet will be coming to South Africa this year, in Q3. Additioanally there will be more education tours in Durban, Johannesburg and East London (these are not open to the public).

The tablet is essentially a large Android phone at its core, but just feels weird to navigate – if you’re used to a home button on a tablet. Everything is of course tied to Google so if you’re in the Android ecosystem, this may be worth considering. Maybe this is the device that will bring Android tablets a new lease of life.

I wanted to get a closer look at the Swift 5, but unfortunately it will only be released later this year. The powerhouse new flagship is the lightest 15.6” laptop you will find, weighing under 1kg; the same weight as its predecessor. If you’re a traveller, or need a business laptop this is definitely one to consider. It features a 87.6% screen-to-body ratio display, meaning narrow bezels (5.87mm) and maximum screen. Acer claims the battery will last all day but we all use our devices differently so that would depend on each individual. If you’re interested in specs, you can get up to 16GB of RAM; up to 1TB of storage; USB-C and USB-A ports; and a fingerprint scanner.

On the gaming side, the Predator Helios 300 special edition is available in gold and white.. if that’s your thing, though no word if it will come to South Africa. It is a very “blingy” for my taste personally but I’m sure there’s a market for it and it will sell.

Unfortunately there’s not much for the South African market when it comes to Chromebook laptops as they are not officially available here. 

Stay tuned for pricing on the products that will make its way to SA.

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