Acer debuts see-through trackpad gaming laptop and a slew of affordable notebooksEnlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)
NEW YORK—Acer’s big press conference last year brought new Chromebooks for work, a new Aspire laptop, and a tablet for the elderly.

This year, the company focused on machines that appeal to every level of gamer as well as those of us who want a laptop that won’t break the bank.

Acer announced additions to the Swift and Switch laptop families, all of which are more budget-friendly than their predecessors.

The company also unveiled a whole new line of gaming laptops geared toward casual gamers plus a few new devices for the hardcore gamer that requires portability as well as power.
A swift gear switch
A big theme of this year’s event was building: Acer debuted a few high-end notebooks last year including the Swift 7 ultrabook and the Aspire Switch 12.

This year, the company built on those laptop families with more accessible models—the Swift 7 now has siblings with the Swift 1 and 3 notebooks.

The Swift 1 models will likely be good options for the back to school season with their all-metal design, 14.95mm profile, and 13.3-inch FHD displays.

Acer estimates the Swift 1 notebooks will get up to 10 hours of battery life, and considering they don’t have many bells and whistles (no high-end GPUs, no biometrics), the devices should last at least all day.

Unlike the Swift 1, the Switch 3 models support the latest Intel processors, Intel HD or Nvidia graphics, up to 512GB SSDs or 1TB HDDs, and up to 8GB of RAM.

The Swift 3 is certainly the more versatile of the two affordable laptops, but both models keep a budget price tag.

Both can be upgraded to include a Windows Hello-ready fingerprint sensor, and they both come with Skype for Business certifications and Acer’s Blue Light Shield which helps prevent eye-strain during long periods of PC use.
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