Acer held a one-hour event this morning to announce two dozen products across six categories. There are three that I think are 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 computer can be configured with (up to) the NVIDIA RTX 3090, two 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs, 64GB of RAM (DDR5, 4GHz), and Intel’s upcoming “Alder Lake” 12th generation CPUs. That’s going to be some of the best techs you can get ahead of the holiday season.
There’s going to be a lot of competition based on specs alone, and that’s why Acer’s chassis design and their cooling setup might sway people over. The liquid cooling extracts heat away from the CPU cores (up to 16) to be dissipated by a large radiator and 120mm fan.
Acer’s FrostBlade fans seem to be well-built and feature quality components according to the specs. In turn, they should have high endurance and keep protecting the expensive chips from overheating. The hot-swappable hard drive at the top is the cherry on the cake for this otherwise beautiful design (official page).
ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition
If you haven’t heard of it, Acer’s ConceptD Series is dedicated to Creative users and perhaps 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 fine design.
The ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition comes with a glasses-free 3D display. Acer announced the SpatialLabs technology back in May 2011, and the industry was wondering when it would get into people’s hands. Well, it looks like the time is now.
SpatialLabs can track how you’re looking at the image (via a camera), so the computer knows which view to render the 3D image from. The screen displays two images (left+right eyes) thanks to an additional screen layer. Two images are rendered, and that’s why the GPU needs to be 2X faster than for a non-stereoscopic application.
The whole point is to allow users to have stereoscopic 3D images without wearing glasses. It could be beneficial for industrial design or architects, for example. I can’t vouch for the quality of the 3D yet, but this is a very cool development.
Projectors aren’t always worth talking about, but with the amount of time people have spent at home recently, the idea of having a much better TV or home theater setup is attractive to many.
Typically, I go for an OLED TV (of these LG OLEDs look so sweet…) if I want the absolute best image quality, but it’s fair to say that one’s home/apartment setup might not be a good fit and 120-inch TVs are still very expensive.
Yes, Acer’s ApexVision L811 can project a 120-inch image on any decently clean and bright surface and does it with an ultra-short-throw design. As a result, you can casually place it on a piece of furniture you already have. It only needs 12 inches of space away from the screen.
At 3000 NITs, It is bright enough for most uses (even in broad daylight) and comes with modern features such as HDR10, 4K resolution, and 240Hz (1080p only). I wish there were a black color model in addition to the white one.
I’ve added the full video below in case you want to see everything launched today, and here’s the official event link.