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Nitro 5 affordable gaming laptop leads new range of Acer devices

WIth Computex about to kick off, Acer has unveiled a new range of devices ahead of the big show, including a new affordable gaming laptop.

Acer Nitro 5

The Nitro 5 laptop comes in a few different configurations for casual gamers and will start at $799 (about £615) when it arrives in July.

It features a dual-fan setup, and comes packing either GeForce 1050 Ti graphics with an Intel i7 chip or AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with a seventh-gen AMD A-series processor.

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The fans themselves come assisted by “Coolboost” technology, adding higher fan speeds and giving users the ability to control the cooling process.

There’s also a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution display, along with 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SSD, or a 2TB HDD.

The black and red chassis should reassure buyers this one’s made for gaming, too, with the usual angular design and harsh lines.

That distinct design is supported by red back-lighting on the keyboard, with Acer adding a USB 3.1 Type-C port, USB 3.1 Type-A port, a Gigabit Ethernet connection, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and HDMI 2.0.

Acer Spin 1

Alongside the Nitro 5 Acer also introduced an upgraded Spin 1 convertible, which now comes with newer hardware and a new metal design frame.

The Spin 1 also features a stylus-supporting 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen with a 360-degree hinge, and is said to offer up to eight hours of battery life.

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Spin 1

It weighs just 1.25kg, and comes with a USB 3.1 Type-A (gen 1) port, USB 2.0 Type-A port, an HDMI connection, and a microSD card slot.

There’s also support for up to the latest Intel Celeron and Pentium processors, along with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB storage.

The Spin 1 comes with support for Bluetooth version 4.1 and is set to arrive in North America in July starting at $329 (about £253).

Acer Iconia 10 and Iconia One 10

Acer’s last new announcement was a couple of new 10-inch Android tablets in the form of the Iconia 10 and Iconia One 10.

iconia 10

Both run Android 7.0 Nougat, with the Acer Iconia Tab 10 being the more media-focused of the two newly-launched devices.

Sporting a quantum dot display, four speakers, and a built-in sub-woofer, the Iconia 10 also uses a MediaTek quad-core processors.

That’s the same chip powering the less media-focused One 10, though you’ll find more connectivity options on the One 10, with two micro-USB ports.

That’s something many users have been asking for since it allows for charging the device while using peripherals such as a keyboard.

You’ll also find DTS-HD Premium Sound on both machines, along with a claimed eight-hour battery life, but Acer is yet to reveal the full specs and pricing details for the Iconia 10 and One 10.

Let us know what you think of Acer’s new machines in the comments.

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