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Last month after putting Iconia Tab A700 for pre-order, Acer has already started shipping its newest line of tablet.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 and its specifications
Acer Iconia Tab A700 comes pre-installed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, cloud-based apps, music app, and games. Also, the tablet includes a few Google apps, including Google Music and Google+.
Priced at $499, Acer Iconia Tab A700 features a 10.1-inch 1920×1080 full high-definition display, 12 core NVIDIA GeForce GPU, and a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
Talking about its memory, the newest tab by Acer has a storage capacity of 32GB, 1GB of RAM, and a micro SD slot for extra storage capacity of up to 32GB. In addition to this, Acer Iconia Tab A700 also boasts of 5MP rear camera along with a 1MP front-facing camera.
For superior connectivity Acer Iconia Tab A700 has support for 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, an accelerometer, GPS, and a gyroscope. As far as battery life is concerned, the battery of Acer Iconia Tab A700 can last for 8 hours.
Acer’s Timeline X 3830TG-6431 was the first thin and light laptop to arrive in market. It has a 13-inch display fixed in a light and sleek frame. The notebook design makes Acer TimelineX 3830TG-6431 extremely portable in comparison to a standard notebook. The laptop is a powerful combination of performance, portability and long battery life. It is also therefore called as Portable Power. Let’s take a closer look at what more this Acer’s laptop has to offer.
The Acer Timeline X 3830TG-6431 is the latest laptop in Acer’s Timeline X series. Acer’s Timeline X 3830TG-6431 chassis is extremely thin and has blunt edges. The vibrant metal chassis houses the new Intel second generation Core-i series processor and an Nvidia graphics cards. The most intriguing part of its design is it features a metallic lid in a unique cobalt blue color and a palm rest of same color. The TimelineX 3830TG-6431 provides user with three USB ports out of which one is a USB 3.0 high speed port. It also has a HDMI port which can be used to connect HD monitor or TV. Other connectivity options include a VGA port, a 5-in-1 media card reader, Ethernet port and headphone and mic jack. The Acer TimelineX 3830TG-6431 features a 13.3 inch wide screen display. It is equipped with a long speaker placed just above the keyboard which is capable of delivering a Dolby Home Theater experience. User can select any one option; Game Music, Movie while using the laptop for entertainment. Acer has not added any DVD optical drive this laptop. If you ignore this one drawback, many users will agree that Acer’s new 13-inch TimelineX 3830TG-6431 is superior to any laptop offered by its competitor.
This laptop measures 12.6 x 9 x 0.9 inches and weighs around 4.2 pounds. You can carry it around easily without any hassle. The Acer TimelineX 3830TG-6431 features a chiclet style keyboard. The chiclet style keyboard is bit different from a regular laptop keyboard. It has square island keys and an oddly shaped Enter key with Home, Pg Up, Pg Down and End keys sitting in far right corner of the keyboard. These keys also function as multimedia controls when you are using laptop to listen to music or view movies. User will find it comfortable to type on this keyboard. The touchpad on Acer TimelineX 3830TG-6431 is extremely small yet very responsive
Acer TimelineX 3830TG-6431 runs cool even when you run processing intensive tasks such as watching HD video. The most striking characteristic of this laptop is it also features a discrete graphic card which is not normally found in small laptops. Despite having a graphics card, the battery life provided by Acer TimelineX-3830TG-6431 is quite good in comparison to other laptops of same category. It is one of the lightest and cheapest laptop available in small laptop category.
In the recent past, product recalls by various manufacturers have been making news worldwide, bringing consumer product safety to a peak and massive market losses, inevitable. When a core component is recalled, like in the case of Intel, it is not only Intel which suffers, but a whole range of product manufacturers, having had designed and manufactured their products, using the said defective components as their core parts. Code named “Cougar Point”, Intel’s chip is a part of the total chipset contained in the second generation Core series of Sandy Bridge processors. Having had released this product in early January, Intel had already shipped over 8 million chips which will need replacement after detection of the design flaw and are in a way happy that the realization came in quite early, limiting the extent of damage to Intel.
This unfortunate debacle has definitely put Intel on a backfoot, but their prompt and quick handling of the situation with the “Cougar Point” recall is estimated to cross the 1 billion mark, net loss, in the first quarter of 2011 considering lost revenues in addition to repair and replacement expenses associated with the fallout.
Some of the companies affected in this debacle include, Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, etc. In the US, product recalls is a known concept as early as 1959 – 1960, when Cadillac recalled and the steering linkage was replaced on a phenomenal number of cars. 1994 saw Intel Pentium processors recalled, setting them back financially, in a massive way. 2010 saw Toyota recalling several million vehicles because of faulty accelerator pedals. Internationally, consumer protection is now coming of age. In many other countries also this adds value to the brand if they can do it in an honorable manner. Each country has their product recall agency defined.
Acer like many other manufacturers is adopting the Android Honeycomb operating system in a big way. AT the MWC 2011 the Honeycomb based Iconia A100 and A500 were announced. Apart from these two tablets, a large display based smartphone, the Iconia Smart, was also announced. The third tablet, the W500 was released in Europe, however running the AMD Fusion and the Windows Phone 7 OS, also comes with a docking station. The A100 and A500 have the Tegra 2 processor and runs on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.
The Iconia Smart has a 4.8-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1000 x 850 pixels. Using a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the smartphone sports a front facing 2 mega pixel camera. It also sports an 8 mega pixel LED Flash camera at the back. The Iconia Smart runs the Android 2.3 OS and has features of HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 plus EDR for connectivity.
The Iconia A100 is an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, with a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen. It uses the NVIDIA GeForce GPU, offering 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth services. The Acer Iconia A100 uses the NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU and includes the USB 2.0 port. A 2 megapixel front – facing camera and a 5 megapixel camera, on the back, are available on the tablet. It also has 8 GB storage space. It also consists of dual speakers. The device will be available in Wi-Fi and 3G versions. Like the A500, the A100 is also scheduled to come to Verizon, 4G LTE network, slated to be released in April this year. The most unique feature of the A100 is the Acer’s Zones software. With the tapping of the touch screen, gaming, multimedia, reading, or social networking, brings up menu screens, with lists of apps that fit each category, such as an e-reader and magazine store in the Reading Zone, and themed wallpaper like a set of book shelves in the background. An attractive social jogger in the form of a graphical wheel allows access to your contacts’ social feeds.
The Iconia A500 tablet has Android 3.0 version with a larger screen in its 10.1 inch capacitive multi-touch screen display. It uses a customized Acer User interface, powered by Tegra 2 processor. It also consists of NVIDIA GeForce GPU, a 5 mega pixel rear facing camera and a front facing web cam, 1 GB RAM and 16 or 32 GB of storage space. The Iconia A500 will be made available through the Verizon 4G LTE network. It also consists of Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth.
The W500 however, in Europe, is also available with a docking station / keyboard, housing a single USB port and an Ethernet connection. This 10.1 inch multi-touch slate is powered by the AMD C-50 processor and has the AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics processor. The operating system is Windows Phone 7.