Acer launches 2 notebooks, tablet that emphasize touch
The Taiwanese computer maker showed off the Aspire R7 notebook, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, and Acer Iconia A1 tablet during an event in New York.
NEW YORK--Acer on Friday launched two new touch-screen notebooks and a tablet, hoping to attract buyers and stem its steep declines in the PC market.
One notebook, the tablet. The company moved the keyboard closer to the edge of the lower tray and shifted the trackpad closer to the screen, which it said should make it easier to use the touch screen. The $1,000 product will be in stores in mid-May, with an exclusive U.S. partnership with Best Buy., features a 15.6-inch touch screen and a hinge that allows users to rotate and flip the screen to convert it in
Acer also unveiled theultrabook that can be converted into a tablet, as well as a 7.9-inch Acer Iconia A1 Android tablet that will retail starting in June for $169. The P3 sells for $800 and is available now.
"Users will have the opportunity to enjoy a totally different experience through those devices," Acer CEO JT Wang said Friday.
The Taiwanese computer maker revealed the products during a press event, with the tag line "redefining the computing experience through touch," in Milk Studios in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.
Wang said Friday during the event that Acer expects second-quarter sales of Windows 8 touch notebooks to double from the first quarter.
Updated at 7:50 a.m. PT and 8:10 a.m. PT with more details.