Acer unveils bevy of Window 8 devices at Computex

Hardware maker takes the wraps off a pair of ultrabooks, two all-in-one desktops, and twin tablets running Microsoft's next OS.

The new Aspire all-in-one desktop. Acer

With four months to go before the final version of Windows 8 is expected to land, the parade of devices putting its faith behind Microsoft's next operating system has officially begun.

Acer got the ball rolling Monday at the Computex 2012 trade conference in Taipei, unveiling a bevy of Window 8-enabled devices. The company unveiled a pair of ultrabooks running Windows 8 -- considered a key combination to sparking growth in the PC market.

The Aspire S7 series includes two touch screen models: a 13-incher as well as the company's first 11.6-inch Ultrabook. The company was light on specs but did reveal that both models have aluminum unibody construction and full HD screens that fold back 180 degrees.

The company introduced two all-in-one desktops with the new OS: the 27-inch Aspire 7600U and the 23-inch Aspire 5600U. The 7600U supports up to 64-point simultaneous touch from all angles, allowing multiple people to use the device simultaneously. Both devices are designed to be used placed on a desk or mounted on a wall, feature full HD visuals, and Dolby surround sound.

Acer also unveiled its first Windows 8 tablets: the Iconia W700 and Iconia W510. The W700 features 11.6-inch full HD touch screen and a cradle that allows for multiple viewing angles. The W700 also has three USB 3.0 ports for expansion.

Meanwhile, the W510 sports a smaller 10.1-inch touch screen and the ability to rotate the tablet 295 degrees, allowing to be used for making presentations, watching video, or browsing the Web. It also comes with a detachable keyboard dock that can be connected to the tablet.

 

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