Acer unveils Windows 10 devices, including convertible laptop and battery … – GeekWire

The battery-powered Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one desktop
The battery-powered Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one desktop

Windows 10 has been out for 2 and a half months now, but the hardware race around Microsoft’s operating system is just heating up. Less than a week after Microsoft announced its first laptop, Acer today debuted its first batch of Windows 10 devices.

The new lineup includes the convertible Aspire R 14 notebook and the Aspire Z3-700, an all-in-one PC with a built-in battery for portable use. Both machines were optimized for Windows 10, and have improved Cortana support in particular with dual microphones for better listening in noisy environments.

“We worked closely with Acer to help ensure their devices would make the most of Windows 10,” Microsoft hardware boss Terry Myerson in a press release.

The Acer Aspire R 14
The Acer Aspire R 14

The Aspire R 14 is a four-mode touchscreen laptop featuring tablet, tent, display and laptop functions enabled by its 360 hinge. The 18.5 mm laptop weighs 4.19 pounds and comes with up to 8GB RAM and MU-MIMO support for faster WiFi speeds. It will come to the U.S. in late October starting at $699.

The Aspire Z3-700 is perhaps the more interesting device. The all-in-one PC can ditch the power outlet for up to five hours, allowing users to take the machine anywhere they want to work. The built-in kickstand allows it to be used like a traditional desktop or a large tablet with a 10-point touchscreen built in. The Z3-700 will be available in the U.S. by the end of the year for around $910.

While Windows 10 had an explosive adoption rate for upgraders, hardware manufacturers have been slower to bring Window 10 devices to market. While many expected Europe’s IFA tech conference to be the launch pad for a host of new hardware, it was mostly a letdown. Microsoft kickstarted the hardware game last week with the introduction of its high-end Surface Book laptop—the first true laptop in the company’s history—and the fourth edition of its Surface Pro tablet.

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