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PC Shipments Down 4.4% On-Year in Q1, According to IDC

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a decline of -4.4% year-on-year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%.

Similar to the latter part of 2013, the upside in the first quarter arose primarily from demand in mature commercial markets. Commercial refresh projects, which had already been protracted, received a last push from the impending end of Windows XP support, particularly in Japan. In addition, slowing demand for tablets seems to have helped constrain previously drastic cutbacks in notebooks. Nevertheless, emerging regions continued to post weak results, with growth in Latin America and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) falling even faster than recent declines as both economic conditions and continued tablet penetration stifled PC shipments.

Acer Announces the GN246HL 144 Hz Gaming Monitor

Acer today unveiled the GN246HL, a new, gaming-focused 24-inch monitor with a refresh rate f 144 Hz and a response time of just 1 ms. Acer's display makes use of a TN panel and features a an LED backlight, a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 350 cd/m2 brightness, a 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI 1.4a connectivity.

The GN246HL is set to become available at the end of this month priced at 279 Euro.

Acer Introduces the K272HUL 27-Inch WQHD Monitor

Acer America is now offering its Acer K272HUL 27-inch WQHD LED display for consumers in the United States. The large screen size, wide viewing angles and ultra-high resolution deliver exceptional image quality on a big screen.

Boasting high pixel density with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, the new Acer K272HUL displays brilliant images for digital entertainment. In addition, the large screen is ideal for working with large spreadsheets and viewing the entire page of an online retailer with little to no scrolling. By enabling PiP using both DisplayPort and either a HDMI or DVI port simultaneously, it also supports multitasking whether it's enjoying social media while watching a movie or comparing two Word documents. In some cases, it can replace a multi-monitor set-up. The picture-perfect display also offers wide viewing angles - up to 178 degrees horizontally and vertically - to enhance collaboration with others whether it's viewing slide shows, creating presentations or watching movies.

Acer Readies Aspire S7 Ultrabook with WQHD Display

Acer is working on a variant of its 13.3-inch Aspire S7 Ultrabook with a higher resolution display. It will offer WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution, which works out to a pixel density of 221 ppi, which is not too far away from the 227 ppi that Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display offers. Depending on its other innards, the WQHD Aspire S7 will come in two variants - a base model priced at US $1,499, driven by Intel Core i5-4200U, and a top model priced at $1,799, with a faster Core i7-4500U chip. Both feature 8 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory, and 256 GB of SSD storage, each. The two will begin to show up on leading US retailers in the coming week.


Source: Engadget

Gartner Says PC Shipments Down 6.9 Percent in Q4 2013

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6.9 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the seventh consecutive quarter of shipment decline.

"Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs for tablets."

Acer Also Announces European Arrival of Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 Tablet

Acer today presents the new 8.1-inch Iconia W4 tablet running Windows 8.1 and the 4th generation Intel Atom processor. Compact enough to hold in one hand yet spacious enough for comfortable viewing, the Iconia W4 brings mobile productivity and media consumption to the next level.

It targets consumers and professional users who want a tablet that's easy-to-carry and convenient for all the multitasking they do - all in one sleek device. It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, at no additional expense, for managing documents and an optional ultra-slim and portable keyboard for those who need to type as well.

Aspire S3 Ultrabook Now Available in Europe

Acer today announced that its Aspire S3 Ultrabook is now available in Europe, Middle East and Africa starting at €999. The S3 has inherited some of the industry-leading design and innovations of the Aspire S7, making it an impressively stylish and productive notebook at a more affordable price.

As on the celebrated Aspire S7, the S3's patented dual-torque hinge design allows users to easily open the lid up to 180° for sharing content, while keeping the display wobble-free for an outstanding touch experience.

Aspire V5 Broadens "Touch and Type" Offering with A Touch More Versatility

With the introduction of the new Aspire V5 Series, Acer continues to bring touch and type to the mainstream segment. Designed in line with the current trend towards thinner and lighter notebooks that allow users to enjoy both entertainment and content creation anytime, anywhere, the new V5-561P comes with a built in optical drive as there is are still a lot of customers who prefer to view and store content using an optical drive.

The Aspire V5-561P features an M-DISCTM enabled optical media drive, designed to save valuable content for up to several decades. This means it's capable of storing data into the M-DISC to provide permanent storage of up to 4.7GB. In addition, the M-DISC is not vulnerable to failure like traditional DVDs and CDs, as it's made up of a special layer that undergoes any permanent physical change not fading or deteriorating.

Acer Expands C720 Touchscreen Chromebook Line With New Color Offering

Acer is extending its touchscreen Chromebook line with a new model in a new color -- the Acer C720P-2600 in Moonstone White.
The new Acer C720P-2600 Chromebook will be shown at Pepcom's Digital Experience! media event on Monday, Jan. 6. The event previews some of the hottest gadgets and technologies at this year's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The striking Moonstone White chassis complements the sleek design of the Acer C720P-2600 Chromebook. The entire chassis is white, giving the device a consistently stylish look from any angle. In addition, customers will enjoy the benefit of touch on the device's 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display to do more with Chrome apps, media, games and more.

Acer Appoints Jason Chen as Corporate President and CEO

Acer announces the appointment of Jason Chen as Corporate President and CEO from January 1st next year. Taking the important role of leading Acer through its corporate transformation, Chen is currently the senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The resolution was approved by Acer's board of directors today.

Acer Chairman Stan Shih said, "Jason is an excellent manager with extensive management experience and proven execution capability. Acer's search committee met with him on several occasions for in-depth dialogue and exchange of views. We consider him to be the ideal executive to lead our transformation with his wealth of new thinking, international perspective, and willingness to face this challenge. Moreover, he shares the consensus on our strategy and development for Acer's future."

Acer Announces FT200HQL Touchscreen Monitor

Acer America is now offering its FT200HQL 20-inch class LED-backlit display with 10-point capacitive touch for consumers in the United States for an affordable price of $199. The ergonomic design provides an excellent Windows 8 experience for a wide range of environments.

The new monitor displays bright and clear images for enjoying digital photography, online shopping, social media and movies. The 19.5-inch screen size is large enough for the comfortable viewing of most applications, yet compact enough for multi-monitor setups and space-constrained areas. Windows 8 compliant, it enables users to take advantage of the user-friendly features in Windows 8 with a 10-point multi-touch screen, whether using a new PC or an old PC upgraded to the new operating system.
To make the most of the capacitive-touch capabilities, the display is VESA wall-mountable and its stand enables users to view images tilted back from 10 - 90 degrees for optimum comfort and ergonomics. This tilt feature is especially beneficial for touch-friendly activities like playing games, viewing photo albums and cookbooks as well as Web surfing.

Acer Debuts the UT220HQL 21.5-inch Touch-Enabled Monitor

Acer is just about ready to roll out a slick new monitor, the 21.5-inch UT220HQL which features a VA panel with 178/178 degree viewing angles, and offers 10-point touch support. Pictured below, Acer's display features an LED backlight, a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, an 8 ms response time, a 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, D-Sub, HDMI and USB connectivity, and MHL capabilities.

The UT220HQL is backed by a two-year warranty and costs 299 Euro.

Acer Readies the Aspire Z3-600 21.5-inch All-in-One PC

Acer's Aspire lineup will soon be updated through the release of the Aspire Z3-600, a 21.5-inch all-in-one PC running Microsoft's Windows 8. The upcoming system packs a 1080p panel with 10-point multi-touch capabilities, an Intel Pentium J2580 (quad-core) processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 750 GB hard drive, Harman Kardon speakers, a webcam, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output, a stand that tilts up to 90 degrees back, and even a battery that will deliver up to 2.5 hours of operation.

The Aspire Z3-600 is coming out this month priced at $779.

NCKU Develops World's First Switchless Cluster Supercomputer

The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Supercomputing Research Center (RSC) has built the world's first switchless cluster computer. Known as the "CK-Star", this computer connects eight computers without switch control, thus breaking Intel's performance record. Together with the computer systems provided by Acer, the CK-Star is jointly built by NCKU RSC Director Dr. Chi-Chuan Hwang and Dr. Yuefan Deng of Mainland China's National Supercomputing Center in Jinan (NSCCJN), who is also a Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY).

NCKU RSC Director Dr. Chi-Chuan Hwang added that CK-Star is the most unique switchless cluster supercomputer compared to traditional cluster supercomputer which requires switch control to control interaction between nodes. He explained that the weakness of the traditional one is that switches will become performance bottlenecks when the number of nodes is large. Besides, switches also consume large amount of power, estimated to be 50% of the total power consumption. With the introduction of the CK-Star which allows the unrestricted expansion of supercomputers, these problems can be overcome.

Acer Introduces Industry's First $299 Touchscreen Chromebook

Acer America today announced the availability of its first touchscreen Chromebook, the new Acer C720P, a new model in the Acer C720 Chromebook line that was introduced last month. The new C720P provides the many benefits of touch on the device's 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display to take advantage of the Chrome interface.

"Our new touchscreen C720P gives customers an intuitive way to browse sites online, enjoy apps, and do more with the Chromebook," said Arif Maskatia, CTO for Acer. "The Acer C720 Chromebook line has been praised for its performance and battery life, and this new touchscreen model allows us to address the needs of an even wider range of customers with exciting new capabilities. We're certain many holiday shoppers will jump at the chance to get a touchscreen Chromebook for just $299.99."

Acer Aspire R7 Notebook Gets 4th Generation Intel CPU and Active Stylus Support

Acer America today announced the immediate availability of the new Aspire R7-572, the second generation of Acer's revolutionary notebook that redefined the touch and type computing experience through its unique Ezel-Hinge. The Ezel-Hinge allows the display to flip, reverse, lie flat or float above the keyboard to maximize usability.

New features include a 4th Generation Intel processor for increased battery life and performance, more memory and a larger hard drive. And continuing to deliver the best touch and type computing experience, it also includes support for an optional active stylus pen and a new set of apps called Acer Touch Tools that make using the touchscreen easier and more productive.

Acer Board Elects Stan Shih as New Chairman and Interim Corporate President

Acer announces that its Board of Directors has elected the company founder, Stan Shih, as Chairman and interim Corporate President with immediate effect. Shih shall serve as Acer's Chairman until the end of his term on the Board. Chairman & CEO J.T. Wang and Corporate President Jim Wong have both stepped down in light of the company's recent performance. The Company will hand over the Corporate Presidency to the appropriate candidate as soon as possible.

Despite their resignations, reluctantly accepted by the Board, both J.T. Wang and Jim Wong have committed to remain with Acer as advisors to ensure a smooth transition and transfer of the management team and to help the company back to stability.

Acer Introduces New, Haswell-Powered Veriton Commercial Desktops

Acer America today announced that its new Veriton Series commercial desktops are now offered with powerful 4th generation Intel Core processors, Intel's fastest and most advanced chips to date. Powerful, yet energy efficient and bundled with a robust security and management suite, the refreshed range of desktops offer leading technology, solid performance and a low total cost of ownership to meet the needs of professional customers.

"Our newest Veriton desktops continue to provide excellent management and security features in both space-saving and expandable models to meet a wide variety of budgets and professional requirements," said Michael O'Beirne, Acer senior director, commercial product marketing. "For our customers wanting the best performance, we're pleased to offer Intel's fourth generation processors, which provide more speed, improved graphics and better power management than the prior generations."

Acer Expands C720 Chromebook Line With $199 Model

Acer America today announced the availability of a new $199.99 entry-level model in its new Acer C720 Chromebook line for budget-minded customers. Like all Acer C720 models, the Acer C720-2848 runs on an Intel Celeron processor based on the Haswell micro-architecture to deliver fast performance and up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

"Since the Acer C720 debuted last month, it's been acclaimed for delivering industry-leading performance and long battery life to mobile savvy computer users," said Arif Maskatia, CTO for Acer. "Our new $199.99 model delivers an incredible value proposition for this level of performance at a time of year when so many people are shopping for gifts for loved ones."

Acer Also Introduces the TravelMate X313 Convertible Ultrabook

Offering all the benefits of an ultrabook in a unique design that easily transforms into tablet-mode, Acer America today announced that its new TravelMate X313 convertible ultrabook with Windows 8 Pro is available to commercial customers in North America. It's a versatile all-in-one solution allowing users to switch easily between office use and commuting, touch and type, and creating and presenting via the 11.6-inch convertible screen.

The new convertible ultrabook combines the many benefits of a tablet with a design that allows the touch-screen display to be used freely or in the keyboard case. With the cradle and separate keyboard, users get expansion capability enabling them to use the device like a desktop. Offering up to six hours of battery life in a 0.39-inch thin and 1.74 pound device, this convertible delivers excellent performance in a highly portable form factor.

Acer Releases the TravelMate P645 Ultrabook

Acer America today announced the TravelMate P645 Series commercial ultrabooks that deliver longer battery life and improved performance as well as new reliability features that will keep customers working longer and more effectively.

The new Acer TravelMate P645 features 4th generation Intel Core processors, which reduce power consumption by as much as 12 percent. This results in longer battery life of up to 8 hours for enhanced productivity. Customers who multi-task throughout the workday as they review documents, compare spreadsheets and create multimedia will now experience greater responsiveness and speed using the new 4th generation Intel Core processors. They provide performance improvements of up to 15 percent and 3D graphics performance that is two times faster than 3rd generation Intel Core processors. Models will be powered by an Intel Core i7 or i5 processor.

Acer Debuts the Iconia W4 8-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablet

Acer today debuted the new 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet that features IPS and Zero Air Gap technologies providing a sharp display with enhanced clarity and brightness. In addition, the Iconia W4 is also equipped with Windows 8.1 and a 4th Generation Intel Atom processor, offering faster tablet performance as well as battery life up to 10 hours for web browsing and up to 8 hours for video playback.

Compact enough to hold in one hand yet spacious enough for comfortable viewing, the Iconia W4 brings mobile productivity and media consumption to the next level. It targets active and professional users who want a tablet that's easy to carry and convenient for the multitasking they do -- all in one sleek device. It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, at no additional expense, for managing documents, and an optional ultra-slim and portable keyboard for those who need to type as well.

Acer Launches the C720 Chromebook

Acer America today debuts its new Acer C720 Chromebook line that features processors based on the Haswell micro-architecture for faster performance and up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

This third-generation Chromebook has a design that is 30 percent thinner than its predecessor. It's also lighter and for the first time, it features an anti-glare display, making it ideal for families and students who want a Chromebook that can be enjoyed in a range of settings, even outdoors in sunlight.

PC Shipments Down 7.6% in Q3, According to IDC

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 81.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13). In year-on-year terms, the market contracted -7.6%, ahead of a projected decline of -9.5% for the quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. While shipments remained weak during the early part of the quarter, the market was somewhat buoyed by business purchases, as well as channel intake of Windows 8.1-based systems during September.

A slight uptick in business volume contributed to shipments. The top three vendors (Lenovo, HP, and Dell), which all have an important presence in the enterprise and public sectors, each saw modest positive year-on-year growth during the quarter. Conversely, consumer sentiment remained lukewarm at best, as evidenced by the continued struggles of Acer and ASUS.

Acer Releases the Aspire ZC-605 Windows 8 All-in-One PC

Acer America has today announced the latest addition to its PC offer, the Aspire ZC-605 All-in-One. This new model runs Windows 8 and features an LED-backlit 19.5-inch (1600 x 900) display, a 1.9 GHz Pentium 2127U processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, and a SuperMulti optical drive.

Acer's AIO also packs a 1 MP webcam, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, and a 2-in-1 card reader. The Aspire ZC-605 costs $600 and should become available through Amazon shortly.
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