Articles about Acer

Light the lanterns people, Acer made a profit in 2014

A recovery of sorts is taking place at Acer with calendar 2014 P&L accounts returning to the black in a meaningful way, bringing closure to three consecutive years of losses. The latest CEO Jason Chen is steadying operations, and more conservative sales forecasts are also paying off, as Acer wasn’t forced to write down stock, …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015

Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

CES 2015 Acer has bigged up an embiggened Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen ahead of the opening of the world's largest consumer electronics trade show – CES – in Las Vegas in a few days' time. The vendor claimed that it had developed a robust Google OS-powered laptop with a case that it promised would "withstand up to 60kg of force, …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2015
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Acer: We're still a thing! We're still alive. And we are touting 300M shares

Acer wants to become a "hardware + software + services" biz – and issued 300 million shares on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange to fund this strategy and pay down debts. It’s been a challenging couple of years for Acer: a returning demand for PCs will help relieve the pain, although all the crystal ball strokers from Gartner to IDC …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015
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Acer slips Wang Andresen into senior Euro slot

Weeks after Acer waved goodbye to EMEA chief Luca Rossi, it has handed some control of the region’s ops to UK chief Marco Grieco Wang Andresen, who has in turn been succeeded by Gavin Parrish. As revealed by The Channel, Rossi left Acer on the eve of Christmas Eve after less than six months on the job, with little explanation …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2015
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Acer puts fundraising plan on ice as stocks struck by chilly winds

Acer could well postpone cash-raising activities on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange due to some volatility in its share price, according to founder Stan Shih. The plan was to issue shares with a target price of NT$20 per unit but the PC maker’s valuation dipped NT$0.35 on the Exchange yesterday to NT$19.80, so investors are …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014
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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

MWC 2015 Acer is entering the Windows Phone market, with a low-end model that will retail for just €79, making it the cheapest mobile in the vendor’s range. The Taiwanese firm announced the Liquid M220 today in Barcelona, on the eve of Mobile World Congress. It has a 4-inch display with 233 pixels per inch, 512MB RAM, 8GB storage, 1.2GHz …
Tim Anderson, 01 Mar 2015
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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

Acer has announced the first Chromebooks powered by Intel's Core i3 processors. The new C720-3871 and C720-3404 will sell for $US349.99 and $US379.99 respectively. The extra $30 buys 4GB of RAM, rather than 2GB. Both machines feature a Core i3-4005U CPU at 1.7GHz, 32GB solid state disk, 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 display, Intel HD …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2014
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Acer pair charged with insider trading for '$72k pre-results stock dump'

Two senior Acer staffers have been charged with insider trading – after allegedly offloading shares worth $72,300 just before the PC giant announced fresh financial losses. Former company mouthpiece Henry Wang and investor relations division senior manager Jiong Yuan Chen were charged in Taiwan late last week along with five …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014

Acer parachutes cofounder Huang in as new chairman

The board of directors at troubled device maker Acer have again elected a key figure from the past to help it get "back to success", the company confirmed following today's Annual General Meeting. Co-founder and general secretary of the Transformation Committee George Huang is to replace the firm's other co-founder, Stan Shih, …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2014
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Acer coughs to insider trading probe on 2 staffers

Senior execs implementing a turnaround strategy at sickly PC maker Acer have another plate to spin after prosecutors stormed the firm's HQ in Taiwan over an insider trading probe. Ten peeps, some of whom are still employed by the firm, were held and quizzed about the alleged offence, according to the New Taipei District …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014
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Acer founder Shih to step down for second time next month

Stan Shih, chairman and founder of ailing PC maker Acer, is set to retire next month as the company continues to try and claw back market share and force its way into the global top three. Shih, 69, will leave the company on June 18, the same day shareholders meet to elect a successor, according to Reuters. He is apparently …
Phil Muncaster, 05 May 2014
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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

Review Take a quick gander at any decent tech news site and you'll find stories about Chromebook sales doubling in 2014 and the Googly laptop being a gadget that is here to stay. That’s why every self-respecting PC maker is muscling in on the Chromebook scene. Acer Chromebook 13 Acer's Chromebook 13: full HD display anyone? Newest …
Alun Taylor, 16 Jan 2015
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Acer suffers terrible let-down after unexpected withdrawal of Wang

Shares of Acer fell by their daily limit in Taiwan after the company announced that chief exec JT Wang was abandoning ship and it was going to cut seven per cent of its staff to try to save some money. Acer stocks opened the session already down 6.9 per cent, the maximum they are allowed to fall in any one trading session, to T$ …

You can put away the microscope – you can see Acer's profit from HERE (for a change)

Red ink was again conspicuously absent from Taiwanese device slinger Acer’s second quarter numbers, despite continued sale slippage. The biz turned in a net profit of NT$486m (£9.6m, $16.1m) for the calendar quarter versus a net loss of NT$343m (£6.77m, $11.3m) a year ago when it had stumped up for rising DRAM prices and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2014

Acer cozies up to Google with new 'droid PCs and fondleslab, Chromebook

CES 2014 Acer might traditionally be a Microsoft client, but the OEM is using next week's CES to display a much deeper relationship with Google, sticking the Chocolate Factory's Android operating system on two new all-in-one desktop PCs and a new tablet, and adding another Chromebook to its lineup. The all-in-one systems can be used as …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2014
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Acer names Jason Chen as its white knight

Acer has named the man it thinks can dig it out of the hole created by the collapsing PC market. Jason Chen, currently the senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), steps into the CEO and president's chair on January 1st, 2014. Chen doesn't have a high profile …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2013
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Acer UK seeks new overlord for Blighty tentacle

Neil Marshall, the Brit Acer brought home to clean up its British business, has bagged a promotion. An internal candidate will be lined up to replace him as he moves further up the ladder. Staff in Blighty were told this week that Acer UK managing director Marshall is rising to regional director for northern Europe, an area that …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013
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Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

Stan Shih, the man who founded Acer and returned late last year to stem the losses and rebuild the organisation has elevated his eldest son to overlord of slabs and cloudy wares. A company spokesman confirmed that as part of a wider management re-shuffle, Maverick Shih (for it is he) is now president of the Build Your Own Cloud …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2014
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Acer names Marco Andresen as UK boss... yes, you read that right

Hardware giant Acer is keeping the UK MD's role in the family with Marco Grieco Wang Andresen, currently chief of the operation in Sweden, set to place, er, one cheek in the hot seat from next month. As revealed by El Chan last week, the current boss, Neil Marshall, is set to become director for northern Europe - but will share …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013

Our Moderately Sized Data analytics engine pooh-poohs Acer '30 second support' claims

Biz customers with broken Acer kit might want to sling a call into the technical centre: then put on the kettle and make a cuppa, because they could be on hold for a lot longer than they were expecting. Certainly longer than the half a minute average response time that Jakob Jersild Olsen, veep at Acer's commercial division EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014

Acer fairly sure it made a profit in Q1. Assuming it got the office tea-bag account right

Ailing Acer has told us "transformation plans" are on track despite generating a profit after tax of just NT$1m - or £19,600 - in the first calendar quarter of 2014. This titchy cash haul would cover a small bunch of non-golden parachutes for execs that want to bale: or equates to a £2.80 handout for each employee in the company …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
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Acer's new Haswell all-flash Chromebooks sip power for less than $200

As the holiday shopping season looms, Acer is once again looking to undercut the budget Chromebook market with a new low-end model that retails for $199. This isn't the first time Acer has lowballed Google's other Chromebook partners on price. Last Christmas it rolled out the 11-inch C710, the first Chromebook to break the $200 …
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2013
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Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out

It is a momentus day for ailing PC maker Acer: founder and former CEO Stan Shih has agreed to exit retirement, albeit temporarily, to try to dig the business out of a deepening hole. Just weeks after the resignation of CEO and chairman JT Wang - the man that replaced Shih in 2005 - the board at the Taiwanese firm elected the …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013
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Acer writes off MEELLIONS again, scraps raw materials

Beleaguered PC maker Acer is back in the red again after scrapping millions of pounds worth of raw materials inventory as the first move to "dig" itself out of a deepening hole. With a new broom on board - the latest CEO Jason Chen was plonked into the top job back in December - operating under the gaze of founder and returning …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014

Acer shakes fist at rising DRAM and R&D costs

Acer has swung to a calendar Q2 loss caused by rising component costs and R&D investments, the Taiwanese PC maker has claimed. The world's fourth largest shifter of computer tin reported operating losses of NT$613m (£13.2m) for the three months ended 30 June compared to an operating profit of NT$433m (£9.3m) a year earlier. " …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

Struggling Acer pulls out Wang too late, then calls Wong number

Acer CEO and chairman JT Wang has quit amid widening losses and a resulting company restructure that involves job cuts at the Taiwanese PC maker. The firm has also turned to its retired founder to help carve out a future. Wang succeeded Gianfranco Lanci at the top of Acer back in March 2011 as the company wrestled with …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013

Acer to downplay Windows in favor of Android, Chrome OS

Acer has told investors that it will reduce its emphasis on Windows PCs and laptops over the next few quarters in favor of devices based on operating systems from Microsoft's archrival Google. The Wall Street Journal reports that that Taiwanese hardware maker plans to grow its "non-Windows business" rapidly, such that Android …
Neil McAllister, 08 Aug 2013
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Acer denies 'false and libellous claims' of Oz factory closure

Acer has issued a letter (PDF) making it plain that a media report it will close its Australian PC factory and sack many workers is wrong. “Nothing could be further from the truth and we have no plans to either stop or slow down our production capacity,” wrote Charles Chung, managing director of Acer's Oceanic Region. A report …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2013

Hey, Acer: Is that a rounding error, or did you actually make a profit?

Only a foreign exchange tailwind and stock disposal helped ailing Acer return to profit for calendar Q1 of 2013. The Taiwanese firm booked sales of NT$91.9bn (£2bn) during the period, down more than 18 per cent year-on-year. This was "in line with the original shipment outlook", Acer said in a statement accompanying the numbers …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2013
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Acer slashes book worth of brands by £76m

Acer has slashed the book worth of PC brands in its stables by the tune of NT$3.5bn (£76.1m). The write-down, relating to acquired firms including Gateway, Packard Bell, eMachines and e-Ten, will be seen in the 2012 annual report. "This asset impairment evaluation has no impact on the business operation and working capital," …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2013
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Acer silences Thunderbolt

Intel's Thunderbolt I/O protocol looks just a little less likely to threaten USB's status as the world's preferred way of connecting stuff to computers, after Acer decided it can't be bothered using it in PCs any more. The Taiwanese company, which is clinging on as the world's fourth most-prolific PC-pusher, last week slipped …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013
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Acer kicks off Computex with tabs and phabs

Computex 2013 Acer got Computex 2013 off to a less-than-spectacular start this morning with the launch of the world’s first “one-handed” Windows 8 tablet, a 5.7in phablet and a new version of its flagship ultrabook. In a relatively subdued press conference, Acer president Jim Wong unveiled the company’s latest attempt to get back into the …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jun 2013
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Acer aims low, gets into BT's trousers

Pics At BT Tower in London this week, Acer was all smiles having secured positions for two of its recent smartphones on the BT Business mobiles roster. The Acer Liquid E1 and Z2 are both Android handsets running Jellybean and are pitched at BT biz customers whose pockets are not so deep. The Liquid E1 features a 4.5in 540 x 960-pixel …
Bob Dormon, 28 Jun 2013
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Acer takes fight to Nexus 7 with seven-inch Iconia tablet

Acer has announced its take on the Asus-made Google Nexus 7: the Iconia Tab A110. The debt it owes to the Nexus is clear. The A110 has an almost identical spec, from its Tegra 3 core to its OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but Acer has addressed the Google slate's limitations by adding a Micro SD slot, a micro HDMI port and upping …
Hard Reg, 18 Sep 2012
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'Google strangled Acer phone using Alibaba Android rival at birth'

Google has reportedly forced Acer to cancel the launch of a phone that used an Android rival as its operating system. In an embarrassing U-turn, Acer cancelled a launch event for the smartphone so late that journalists were left milling outside the doors of the venue in Shanghai this afternoon. Acer had been collaborating with …
Anna Leach, 13 Sep 2012
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Carphone Warehouse fires starting gun for Acer Olympics tablet

It's all a bit Alan Partridge, but Acer has an Olympic-themed tablet out, and Carphone Warehouse has the sales gig. Acer Iconia A510 Olympics The £349 Iconia Tab A510 runs Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chip. The UI is rendered on a 10.1in, 1280 x 800 touchscreen. There's 32GB of Flash storage on …
Hard Reg, 19 Jun 2012
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Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month

Acer's boss expects the vendor's PC shipments to slump up to 15 per cent sequentially in the first quarter, but insists the firm has a "good chance" of scraping back to black this year. The prediction illustrates the massive challenges faced by Acer, given the massive year-on-year slump in shipments it showed for the fourth …
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2013
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Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

Taiwanese hardware giant Acer has made a bold bid to claw back some of the market share it’s been hemorraghing over the past few months, taking the wraps off the Aspire R7 – a tablet/notebook/desktop hybrid device complete with “floating” touchscreen. The R7’s main talking point is what Acer has dubbed the “Ezel hinge”, which …
Phil Muncaster, 06 May 2013
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Acer touts Tegra 3 tablet

Extreme PC Week Acer unveiled the Iconia Tab A110 at Computex in Taipei this week - a quad-core tablet that should be available for £130. Wowzers. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 - set to replace the Iconia Tab A100 - features a 7in display with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Acer Iconia A100 7in Android tablet A100 to get the Quad- …
Caleb Cox, 06 Jun 2012
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Mighty Acer still weaving after 2011's knockdown punch

The once unstoppable sales juggernaut Acer still hasn't regained the momentum that carried it close to the top of the PC market, certainly if its Q3 prelims are anything to go by. Revenues for the calendar third quarter slid 5.6 per cent to NT$104.4bn (£2.22bn), down 11.4 per cent on the same period a year ago. The problem is …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2012

Acer's tiny raft of profit smashed onto rocks by Gateway and co

The much touted recovery at PC maker Acer didn't show up in 2012: a write-down on its assets dragged its accounts into the red. The vendor said its sales in 2012 slid 9.6 per cent year on year to NT$429.5bn ($14.4bn, £9.53bn), bagging it a razor-thin operating profit of NT$1.03bn ($34.6m, £22.8m). But that was wiped out by an " …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2013
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'Twas the night before Christmas, and Rossi was OUT!

Beleaguered notebook maker Acer has split with its EMEA president after he'd spent less than six months in the role. There’s never a better time to swap out top level execs than just before Chrimbo - or any other major holiday for that matter - and the Taiwanese firm did just this, parting company with Luca Rossi on 23 December …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jan 2015
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Acer crosses Ivy Bridge with latest laptops

Acer has revealed a pair of Ivy Bridgers through a new addition to its TravelMate laptop range and another Aspire M-series Ultrabook with dedicated graphics and an optical drive. The Acer Aspire M5 comes in both 14in and 15in models with screen resolutions of 1366 x 768 pixels. As with the Aspire M3 - launched earlier this year …
Caleb Cox, 21 May 2012
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Acer claims first discrete graphics Ultrabooks

CeBit 2012 Acer has been busy at the CeBit trade show this week, with announcements of a fresh 15in Ultrabook and a range of slimline notebooks. The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 packs a 15in display with the latest Intel Core processor and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics chip. The latter ending sole reliance on Intel's …
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012
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Acer lowballs on price with Celeron-powered C7 Chromebook

Google has added a third laptop to its current Chrome OS range with the Acer C7, a budget Chromebook that will sell for under $200 in the US from Tuesday and will arrive in the UK shortly. The C7 is a three pound laptop with an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 screen powered by a 1.10GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor with 2MB L3 cache and 2GB …
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2012
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Acer intros skinny 15in notebook

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week We can't call Acer's newly announced slimline 14in and 15in Aspire Timeline Ultra laptops 'Ultrabooks' - that's an Intel trademark for a well-defined class of machine. So how about 'skinnybook'? Acer didn't specify the either Timeline Ultra's thickness, but they'll be impressively slim if the pics are anything …
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop

Acer has postponed the release of its Windows RT tab on the channels say so as it waits to see how market adoption rates develop. The Taiwanese giant had planned to push out its version around February next year but EMEA president Oliver Ahrens confirmed the date has slipped by a couple of months. "We talk to channel partners …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2012
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Acer joins NFC party with mid-range blower

Acer has boosted its Liquid range of smartphones with its first handset to boast touch-to-pay NFC capabilities. The Acer Liquid Express is a mid-range blower that comes with an 800MHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. There's a 3.5in touchscreen and a 5Mp camera, as well as a 2GB Micro SD card included in the box. Acer …
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2011
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Acer releases second-gen Android tablet

Updated Acer has taken the wraps off its next-gen Android tablet, the 10.1in Iconia Tab A200, oddly numbered successor to the Iconia Tab A500. Announced in Taiwan today, the A200 will initially come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb pre-installed, but will gain Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in January 2012, Acer promised. Acer Iconia Tab …
Hard Reg, 02 Dec 2011
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Ultrabooks to account for 35% of Acer laptop shipments

We already know that, having failed to set the world alight with its tablets, Acer is keen to talk up alternatives, most notably Intel's Ultrabook platform. So it comes as little surprise that the PC maker is saying it's going to sell a lot of them this year. Specifically, it reckons at least a quarter and perhaps more than a …
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2012