New Acer laptops heading to SA

2016-04-25 14:48 - Duncan Alfreds, Fin24
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Cape Town - Computer maker Acer has announced that it is bringing its new series of notebooks to South Africa.

The company announced that its flagship Aspire S 13 would be available locally, along with the Aspire R 15, Aspire E and Aspire F models.

The S 13 is aimed at mobile users with a claimed 13 hours on one battery charge capacity as well as a sixth generation Intel processor mated to 8GB of LPDDR3 system memory.

Acer’s flagship weighs in at 1.3kg, is just 14.58mm thick, and is powered by Windows 10. It has a recommended retail price of R15 999.

The Aspire R 15 convertible notebook also runs the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and is aimed at both casual and heavy users.

“From casual to serious users, design-conscious to budget-conscious, there’s an Acer notebook that suits any way of life and level of productivity required,” said James Lin, general manager for Consumer Notebooks and IT Products Business at Acer.

PC market pressure

The new set of notebooks launched in New York includes the Aspire E and Aspire F, but the R 15 is slightly more expensive in SA at a recommended price of R8 999.99.

The Aspire E and F will retail for R8 499.99 each.

Acer is under pressure with a sales decline of 42.9% in a difficult PC market, according data from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC said that PC shipments declined 28.7% year on year, with Acer being overtaken by Asus.

The R 15 is aimed at mobility with a convertible screen that acts as laptop, tent and tablet and the company claims a nine hours’ life from a charge.

Under the metal hood is a sixth generation Intel Core processor mated to 12GB of RAM.

Acer said it has made improvements in connectivity because of the metal cover and the device features a reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port.

WATCH this online video on the Aspire S 13 notebook:

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