One of the submarkets that we are quite surprised to see kick off is the growth of large portable touch screen all-in-one machines. Lenovo’s Horizon and Sony’s TAP series of machines have sold surprisingly well, and Acer wants to get in on the fun with their latest machine, the Aspire Z3-600.
Acer announced a new 21.5 inch Portable All-in-One that will be touching down this month in the United States, starting at $779. The new machine, which Acer describes as “flexible”, features a full HD touch display and can sustain over 2.5 hours of battery life when not plugged into an outlet.
Like many other Portable All-in-One desktops, the Aspire Z3 has a stand that allows you to use the PC flat down on a surface or at varying angles that cover 90 degrees of motion.
The machine itself has been designed for multimedia use and includes two front-facing Harmon Kardon speakers at 2.5 Watts each. Dolby powers the software end of the spectrum and provides “balanced sound for movies… and clear dialog during live reports”.
The Full HD screen offers viewing angles of up to 170 degrees both horizontally and vertically. The unit itself can also adjust itself automatically based on ambient light in the room. An included HD webcam also sports a wide field of view for Skype videoconferencing with the entire family.
Under the hood, the machine packs an Intel Pentium Quad Core CPU, Intel HD Graphics, 4 GB of RAM, and up to a 750 GB Hard Drive.
"Our newest all-in-one series is our most flexible and dynamic one yet," said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer America. "Outfitted with a Full HD display and premium Harman Kardon speakers, it provides superb audio and visuals for movies, games and music. It's also ergonomic. The flexible hinge allows it to be used in several positions from upright to tilted back or flat on a desk or lap, while gesture control enables commonly used OS functions to be controlled with hand gestures from several feet away."
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