Meet ConceptD, Acer’s New PC Hardware Family for Creative Pros


People who love slick-looking PCs highly effective sufficient to edit 4K video or render virtual-reality worlds won’t put an Acer desktop or laptop computer in the identical class as an Apple iMac Pro or a Dell Precision workstation laptop computer. But Acer is making an attempt to alter their minds with a complete lineup of highly effective, smooth machines and companion show panels.

The Taiwanese firm unveiled three new laptops, two new desktops, a pair of latest PC screens, and a VR headset on Thursday at its annual world launch occasion at Brooklyn Navy Yard, a gritty post-industrial nexus for the inventive execs who Acer hopes will purchase these new gadgets. All of the brand new creator-minded gear falls below a brand new “ConceptD” model launched as we speak.

A Line of Pro-Creator Laptops, Tuned in ‘D’

The entry-level laptop computer within the lineup, known as the ConceptD 5, boasts a 15.6-inch 4K display screen, an Intel Core i7, and an AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics processor inside a smooth, snow-white chassis that weighs simply 3.Three kilos. (It’s obtained the 15-inch MacBook Pro sq. in its sights.) It will begin at $1,699.

The subsequent rung up the ConceptD ladder is the ConceptD 7, whose obtainable GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card is bound to chew via graphics-accelerated workflows. It’s additionally a 15.6-inch machine with a 4K show, nevertheless it weighs considerably extra, at 4.63 kilos. It will begin at $2,299.

The third laptop computer is the ConceptD 9, which Acer watchers might acknowledge as a minimally modified model of the corporate’s audacious Predator Triton 900 gaming rig. Both machines have a folding hinge that acts as an easel, just like the one on the HP Spectre Folio.

At greater than 9 kilos and beginning at $4,999, the ConceptD 9 is neither moveable nor a cut price, although it makes up for its heft with an much more highly effective non-Max-Q RTX 2080 GPU and a Ninth-generation Intel Core i9 CPU. Unlike its two smaller, white siblings, the ConceptD 9 has an all-black exterior.

All of the ConceptD laptops include shows which are Pantone licensed and may show 100 % of the Adobe RGB colour spectrum.

Big Iron (With a Wood Ceiling)

For Hollywood movie editors and different individuals who want much more computing energy and are prepared to decide on a desktop over a laptop computer to get it, Acer may also supply two ConceptD tower PCs. The ConceptD 500, which is able to begin at $1,699, is an entry-level workstation with a wooden grain sample on the highest that provides built-in wi-fi charging. Like the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 7, the perimeters are white. Inside, you can configure it with an Intel Core i9 CPU and an Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000.

Then there’s an extraordinarily high-end ConceptD 900 workstation, which is actually an all-out efficiency powerhouse. It’s all black, has two Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors (for a complete of 40 processor cores), an Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, help for up 192GB of ECC reminiscence throughout 12 DIMM slots, and as much as 5 storage drives for a staggering most of 60TB of storage. This beyond-beastly machine will begin at a jaw-dropping $19,999.

Rounding out the ConceptD lineup is a pair of screens (see our arms on right here)and a mixed-reality headset. The ConceptD OJO headset has inside-out monitoring and shares the identical white colour scheme as the remainder of the lineup. It’s an indication that Acer hasn’t given up on digital actuality after rumors surfaced late final yr that the corporate was contemplating shuttering its StarVR subsidiary.

New Gaming and Consumer PCs

Acer additionally introduced updates to its Predator gaming PC lineup, together with a brand new Predator Helios 700 with a slide-able keyboard to enhance the effectivity of the cooling followers. The Predator Helios 700 has a 17-inch display screen and an elective GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, and can begin at $2,699; learn our arms on right here.

Acer Predator Helios 700

Other new Acer gaming rigs embrace the Predator Helios 300 and the Nitro 7, and on the desktop facet of issues, a 43-inch Predator monitor with a 4K native decision. Meanwhile, Acer additionally introduced a brand new premium Chromebook for enterprise customers and updates to its Aspire mainstream laptop computer lineup and its TravelMate enterprise laptop computer. (Check out our arms on with the Chromebook 715 and TravelMate P6)

Sales of the brand new merchandise begin as early as subsequent month within the US. But lots of the most notable ones, together with the ConceptD lineup, will grow to be obtainable in phases from June till the tip of this yr.


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