Acer hosted a one-hour event this morning to announce two dozen products in six categories. There are three that seem to me the most interesting: the Predator Orion 7000 gaming desktop computer, the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition workstation, and the ApexVision L811 short throw projector.
Predator Orion 7000
This powerful gaming desktop can be configured with (up to) the NVIDIA RTX 3090, two 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs, 64GB RAM (DDR5, 4 GHz) and Intel’s upcoming “Alder Lake” 12e Generation CPU. It will be one of the best tech you can get ahead of the holiday season.
There’s going to be a lot of competition based purely on specs, and that’s why Acer’s chassis design and cooling setup might be influencing people. Liquid cooling extracts heat from the processor cores (up to 16) to be dissipated by a large heatsink and 120mm fan.
Acer’s FrostBlade fans appear to be well built and feature quality components that meet specs. In turn, they should have high endurance and continue to protect expensive chips from overheating. The hot-swappable hard drive at the top is the icing on the cake for this otherwise gorgeous design (Official page).
ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition
If you haven’t heard of it, Acer’s ConceptD series is for creative users and maybe even engineers. They might not be as powerful as Acer’s gaming laptops, but they can handle high load tasks, and their chassis design is most definitely made for people who appreciate refined design.
The ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition comes with a 3D display without glasses. Acer announced the SpatialLabs technology in May 2011, and the industry was wondering when it would be in people’s hands. Well, it looks like the time has come.
SpatialLabs can track how you view the image (via a camera), so the computer knows from which view to render the 3D image. The screen displays two images (left + right eyes) thanks to an additional screen layer. Two images are rendered, and that is why the GPU must be twice as fast as for a non-stereoscopic application.
The whole point is to allow users to have stereoscopic 3D images without wearing glasses. This could be beneficial for industrial design or architects, for example. I can’t guarantee the quality of the 3D yet, but it’s a very cool development.
Projectors aren’t always worth talking about, but with the time people have spent at home recently, the idea of having a much better TV or home theater setup is appealing to many.
As a rule, I go for a YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL TVs (from those LG OLEDs look so cute…) if I want the absolute best picture quality, but it’s fair to say that the home / apartment setup may not be suitable and 120 inch TVs are still very expensive.
Yes, Acer ApexVision L811 can project a 120 inch picture on any suitably clean and bright surface and does so with an ultra-short throw design. As a result, you can casually place it on top of furniture you already own. It only needs 12 inches of space away from the screen.
To 3000 NIT, It is bright enough for most uses (even in daylight) and is packed with modern features like HDR10, 4K resolution, and 240 Hz (1080p alone). I wish there was a black color model in addition to white.
I’ve added the full video below in case you want to see it all launched today, and here is the official event link.