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Revealing its new range in its home of Taiwan at the Computex conference, Acer announced the Iconia W510 and W700 tablets that pride themselves on optional docking stations and HD resolution displays.

The sexier tablet of the pair is the W700, an 11.6in slate with an HD 1920×1080 touchscreen. It can dock with an optional cradle that can store the tablet horizontally, vertically or tilted up to 70 degrees, and can be paired with a keyboard to turn it into a desktop PC if you prefer punching keys rather than pixels.

Less exciting but probably less expensive is the W700′s sister, the Iconia W510, which slots into a keyboard docking station similar to the Android-powered Asus Transformer tablet range, turning it into a clam notebook but running Windows 8 instead.

It’s got a 10.1inch screen, but its main quirk is that it can be docked back-to-front so it can be used to give presentations without the need to be swivelled around. Obviously to small groups only as 10 inches worth of visibility isn’t going to go far.

Acer said 510′s dock gives the tablet a total of 18hours of battery life, just in case you want your presentations to last that long.

Accompanying the tablet range is Acer’s updated Aspire S7 Ultrabook series, coming in two different sizes of 13.3inch that promises a 12 hour battery life and an 11.6inch model that should chug along for around nine hours.

asus-s7What’s worth noting here though is that Acer’s new ultrabooks also feature touchscreen displays, just like its W510 tablet but with a keyboard that you can’t physically remove.

Acer drew attention to the fact the S7 also has a particular feature in its hinges, as it can be laid entirely flat so users can experience a completely new way of using an Ultrabook. No, we didn’t understand that either.

As for Acer’s all-in-one PCs, it announced two multi-touch screen devices with HD displays under a ‘U series’ branding. Named the Acer Aspire 7600U and 5600U, the Windows 8 PCs measure 27inch and 23inch respectively.

Acer once again bigged up the hinges of the series stating that the 7600U can tilt from 0 to 90 degrees and swivel at four sides when laid flat so more than one user can partake in the Windows Metro experiience. The 5600U can only manage 30 to 80 degree tilts, however.

When rotated into portrait mode, Acer said its all-in-one PCs are transformed into the ‘world’s biggest ebook reader’. Ideal, if 27inch or 23inch ebook pages are just what you’ve always wanted.

Acer were very hush-hush about any exact dimensions, processor specs, UK prices and arrival dates for its new line-up but a representative let slit it should be around Q3 or Q4, or basically whenever Windows 8 launches.

via The Inquirer




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