Recent releases include the touch-screen Aspire S7 and hybrid W700.
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Like many PC companies, Acer released a wide range of new laptops and hybrids alongside Windows 8 at the tail end of 2012. With fresh systems just hitting shelves, the company is highlighting those products at CES 2013, rather than announcing new additions.
We've gotten a few chances to check out Acer's Windows 8 launch lineup over the past two months, and have come away with a generally favorable impression. They run the gamut from traditional clamshell laptops with added touch screens to hybrids that straddle the line between PC and tablet. Highlights include:
Acer Aspire S7
This was one of the sharpest-looking new Windows 8 systems, incredibly thin and light, although the glass-covered lid makes it a bit top-heavy. While the hardware and design of the Aspire S7 is definitely premium, it's a tough sell at $1,649 (for the Core i7 version), especially with touch-screen Windows 8 laptops available for as little as $529.
Acer Iconia W700
The Acer Iconia W700 is one of only a handful of Core i5-or-better slates we've seen with Windows 8. When docked, it feels like a mini all-in-one desktop, although some felt this full Windows 8 touch-screen tablet and keyboard combo looked ridiculous.
Acer Iconia W510 Overpriced for a system with an Intel Atom, this laptop with a detachable screen works as a standalone Windows 8 tablet when separated. Still, the idea of a touch-screen slate running a full Windows operating system that can instantly transform into a working laptop is an appealing one.
The three PCs referenced above were originally announced alongside the launch of Windows 8 in late 2012, and are available to buy now.