Windows 8 Round-up so far at Computex – Acer, Asus, MSI
Computex 2012 has thrown up a lot of Windows 8 computers and tablets so far, and we’re going to quickly zoom through each on and let you decided which one you’d prefer. Of course, if you’re not familar with Windows 8, then you have to check out our extensive reports and articles we’ve written thus far here. We’ve not included every model, just ones we found interesting or we thought you might as well.
So let’s get to it!
Aspire 7600U & Aspire 5600U
The Acer Aspire 7600U is a massive 27-inch Windows 8 All-in-one PC while the Acer Aspire 5600U is a 23-inch All-in-one PC . Both are very slim All in one’s as well, with the 7600U coming in at just 35mm in frame while the 5600U is dubbed to be the thinnest All-in-one. Both comes with Full HD ‘glossy’ Screen, 64-point multitouch display (meaning it’s touch screen) and Dolby surround sound. The stand is adjustable on both, as far as 90 degrees as well.
As far as other specs go, we’re not entirely sure since Acer have yet to let us know but we can expect them to be decently speced in accordance to Windows 8 regulations and for their own value.
And speaking of Value – the Acer 5600U will be priced around $999 to $1,599, while the 7600U will be priced around $1,599 to $2,199 making it a very premium model.
Acer Aspire S7 Windows 8 ultrabook
The Acer Aspire S7 is a Windows 8 packing touchscreen ultrabook. It comes in 11.6 and 13.3-inch screens, with a 1080p resolution on both model (and glossy glass on both). Acer says they will get 9 hours and 12 hours of battery life respectively, which is quite good for something so small.
Acer says the 11.6-inch S7 is “the world’s smallest form factor ultrabook with touch,” measuring a tiny 12mm thickness. Both laptops open out and fold 180 degrees so you can lay the screen out flat if you want.
The S7 will be available for between $999 and $1799, depending on your configuration, putting it firmly under then $2000 mark. Both will be available once Windows 8 launches.
Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 convertible tablet
The Acer Iconia W510 is actually a Windows 8 computer than converts into a tablet once you undock it from the keyboard. Measuring just 10.1-inches, this convertible features a full HD touchscreen, an IPS display tablet with three different use “modes,” including standard tablet style, docked with its detachable keyboard and rotated 295 degrees from the dock in “presentation mode”.
While it may not be considered a premium, it’s definitely quite versatile meaning a lot of people will be interested in a tablet and laptop in one. When docked, Acer claim this useful device will get a whopping 18 hours of battery life.
While no official specs were give, and from Acer’s press conference it looks like the Acer Iconia W510 will run from $599 to $799 when it becomes available definitely placing it in the affordable category.
Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet
The final piece of the Acer lineup at Computex includes Acer’s 11.6-inch Icnonia W700 Windows 8 Tablet. The W700 is apparently a fairly chunky looking tablet which features a Full HD screen, and is a 10-finger multitouch touchscreen tablet with Dolby Home Theater sound. It’s also got a base to go with it, which makes it look more like a Touch Screen phone base. The base is adjustable up to 70 degrees for better viewing angles for those who like watching videos on it and such.
It also features 3 USB 3.0 ports, and surprisingly one thunderbolt port. While no specs were given, it is running an Intel Ivy Bridge procesor and it also features a mini HDMI jack as well.
The Acer Iconia W700 will cost around $799 to $999 and will also have an optional keyboard to purchase as well for those who want a keyboard along with this tablet, though it’s already looking like an expensive tablet.
Asus Taichi Hybrid
The Asus Taichi Hybrid is actually the first of it’s kind, and one Asus slipped to us last year when we met with one of the Managers (although we were told swivel screen, which didn’t make it in the end). Basically, it’s a dual display laptop/tablet running on Windows 8 (what else?). It features a full functional Windows 8 pc on the front, and a standard looking keyboard, but it’s the back thats impressive, where a fully functional touch screen tablet has been implemented. You’re looking at either 11.6/13.6-inch models for both displays, running i7 Ivy Bridge processors, 4GB or RAM, SSD storage, two USB 3.0 ports, Micro HDMI, mini DisplayPort, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and “HD” front-facing camera.
Aside from the tablet, the keyboard itself is actually a backlit keyboard with a standard trackpad. Both screens can work individually, or mirror each other if you wish to show someone in front of you what you’re looking at without having to move anything around. Its external screen is capable of multitouch and supports stylus input and is capable of running like a standalone tablet when the screen is closed. No availability or pricing has been announced, but expect it to be a premium price with technology like this.
Asus Transformer AiO
The Asus Transformer AiO is an interesting machine. It’s basically a All-in-one desktop pc with such good specs such as an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, a discrete graphics card, and an 18.4-inch 10-finger multitouch display. Furthermore, it’s actually detachable from it’s base and it doubles an an amazing 18.4-inch tablet! Even more shockingly, the tablet will be able to dual boot in both Windows 8 AND Android 4.0, making this the machine for everyone, if it wasn’t entirely too big for a tablet.
No other specs have been announced, nor has pricing or availability – but this is one we’ll certainly be keeping our eyes out for because of the enourmous potential it could have. Asus are killing it.
Asus Transformer Book
The Asus Transformer book is actually very similar to the Android packing Asus Transformer Prime announced earlier this year, but this is a convertible notebook/tablet powered by Intel’s 3rd generation Core i7, i5, and i3 processors. It also features USB 3.0 ports, 4GB of RAM, and Nvidia Graphics (though unknown at this point). It comes with a full HD IPS display in 11.6, 13, and 14-inch options, giving users quite a bit of alternatives in the size department (and price for that matter). A detachable full-size keyboard is available on the Transformer Book as well, for your Windows 8 needs.
Pricing and availability as usual are unconfirmed at this point.
Asus Tablet 810
The Asus Tablet 810 is very similar to the Transformer Book in that it’s a detachable tablet which can connect to a full sized keyboard. It comes with a 11.6-inch Super IPS+ panel, 8-megapixel rear camera, and Intel Atom processor so you cna use the desktop mode as well.
It also comes with a Wacom digitizer with stylus support, and packs a thin frame that measures only 8.7mm in thickness (or is that thinness?). The Tablet 810 will also ship with a 2-in-1 mobile dock with a hidden hinge design.
No other details have been revealed on this yet.
MSI Slider S20
The MSI Slider S20 is also an interesting Windows 8 convertible ‘ultrabook’. More of a slider, this ultrabook is actually one of the most different factors running Windows 8. The Keyboard also doubles as a stand, but unlike Acer and Asus models, this one is not actually detachable. The only other thing we know about this model is that is features a 11.6-inch screen (which means that keyboard might well end up feeling cramped).
No pricing and availability is known as this point.