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Acer dishing out 16,400 cheap OLYMPIC laptops to schools

Acer plans to flog 500 "Olympic" laptops to school children in North East London after the Games close. The Taiwanese firm has also promised that the other 15,900 computers they put into London 2012 will be packaged up and sent into schools around the UK. The PCs were used for everything from planning athletes' travel to …
Anna Leach, 12 Aug 2012
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Acer to announce ultrabook at IFA

Acer has let slip that it will announce a super-skinny notebook of the type chip giant Intel is calling an "ultrabook" at the IFA consumer electronics show. Emailed invites to the IFA press conference don't mention the U-word, but the text of the message itself does. As you can see from the snap below, Acer promises the gadget …
Hard Reg, 26 Aug 2011
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Former Acer CEO Lanci trousered £27m after PC-mountain cockup

Acer's former CEO pocketed a tidy pay-off worth NT$1.28bn (£27.2m) after exiting the Taiwanese PC giant last year, the vendor has revealed. Lanci left the firm in March 2011 following a boardroom bust-up over the future direction of the company and carried the can over a calamitous inventory cock-up that forced Acer to write …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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Acer Q1 profit falls

Acer's recovery at the end of last year was short lived as Q1 sales and profits moved south. Revenues and operating income declined 11.4 per cent to NT$113bn and NT$138m respectively in the three months, which the firm described as being "in line with expectations". Profit after tax fared worse, crashing 72.1 per cent to NT$ …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2012
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Acer Iconia A1-810: The Android tab longing for eight-inch Apple action

The Iconia A1-810 is, of course, an iPad Mini clone. How else could Acer, after years of offering slates with 16:9 widescreen panels, have suddenly hit on the idea that punters want a 4:3 tablet - “the right aspect ratio”, an Acer exec eagerly told me - without being inspired by Cupertino’s latest? Acer Iconia A1-810 Mini me- …
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2013
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Acer slides 16GB Iconia Tab A500 onto UK shelves

Acer has stocked retailer's shelves with a 16GB version of its Iconia Tab A500, available now to UK punters from £350. First revealed at CES earlier this year, the 10.1in fondleslab packs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS with the Acer UI and a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU. Acer Iconia A500 Check out Reg Hardware's Acer …
Caleb Cox, 28 Jun 2011
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Acer unveils 'world's thinnest' Ultrabook

CES 2012 Week Acer has become the most recent company to stamp the 'world's thinnest' moniker upon an Ultrabook release - Toshiba has already made that claim - launching the Aspire S5, which it reckons will also be the first Windows-based PC to feature a Thunderbolt port. The Aspire S5 measures just 15mm at its thickest point …
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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Acer to launch Windows Phone 8 smartphone in 2013

Acer has confirmed to The Reg that it plans to launch six new handsets next year including a Windows Phone 8 device. Company president Jim Wong told Taiwanese tech title Digitimes that the six new models would be aimed to appeal to all segments of the market in Europe, south-east Asia and China. The handsets will be Android- …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Sep 2012
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Banks bung hard-up Acer £315m loan

Troubled Acer has penned a new financing deal to cover working capital requirements and pay off a previous loan it took out to acquire Gateway. The firm has gone through a major reshuffle of management following a loss-making year in which sluggish consumer demand caught it by surprise and resulted in an inventory pile-up. The …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2011
Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet

Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet review

If you're looking for a cheap 10in Tegra 3 Android tablet, I'd say buy an Acer A510. If you want one with a 1080p screen and have deep pockets, then take a look at the Asus Transformer Infinity. Now, if you want something in between, with the Infinity’s screen resolution but the A520’s relative affordability, well, that's a …
Alun Taylor, 18 Sep 2012
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Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

Acer's recent tablet bash in London not only showcased its latest A1 Iconia Android fondleslab but also on display was its forthcoming Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate. This model exists in the convertible-cum-tablet twilight zone, as it comes with a keyboard cover as standard. Yet Acer really wants you to forget it's a tablet and …
Bob Dormon, 07 Jun 2013
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Acer Android 3.1 update leaks out early

Acer's Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for its 10in Iconia Tab A500 tablet has leaked out ahead of schedule. Originally expected to debut in a week or so, the update file was this weekend spotted on an Acer server in China, downloaded, uploaded elsewhere, and tinkered with to create custom ROMs. Android 3.1 on Acer A500 The cat …
Hard Reg, 27 Jun 2011
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Acer smears punters' lives over iCloud clone for Android

Acer has launched an iCloud-like cloud data-sharing service as part of its PC business re-energising initiative. Consumer users with AcerCloud can now share a content library on their Acer PC with Android tablets and phones across all brands. Acer Windows PC users can share their documents, music, photos and videos across all …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2012
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Acer CloudMobile S500 Android phone review

When I recently took a quick shufti at the alternatives on offer to anyone harbouring doubts about the iPhone 5 I stuck my neck out and awarded a Recommended badge to a phone I’d only used briefly at a trade show. After using it for a week has my enthusiasm waned? Nope. Acer CloudMobile S500 Android smartphone Bargain blower: …
Alun Taylor, 19 Nov 2012
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Acer set to unleash 15in fibreglass MONSTER

Taiwanese hardware giant Acer is set to continue with its plans to target Intel’s super-skinny laptop segment with the launch of a new 15in fibreglass Ultrabook in the next couple of months. Unnamed Taiwanese supply chain makers revealed to Digitimes that ODM Pegatron has been producing the machines since mid-March, and is …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Mar 2012
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Distie Stordis plans to steer clear of Acer server biz

Stordis, distributor of the soon to be murdered Gateway brand wants to play no part in Acer's server business when it relaunches early next year. The German-owned HPC components minnow says it had a pan-European contract with the Taiwanese firm but enduring such an unpredictable working relationship that it decided to call it a …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2011
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Acer's proud Wang: We're on the rise at last

Acer returned to profit in the fourth quarter, albeit marginally, but the recovery came too late in the year to prevent it from posting very significant losses for the whole of 2011. The once high-flying Taiwanese notebook linchpin was slapped by an inventory crisis in March when it discovered stock "abnormalities" in a European …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2012
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Ex-Acer chief grasps reins of Lenovo's EMEA biz

Gianfranco Lanci, who quit Acer after a series of boardroom wrangles nine months ago, has been picked up by rival computer company Lenovo to head up their operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Lanci, CEO of Acer until March last year, has just been appointed head of Lenovo's EMEA PC division as the Chinese giant …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2012
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Acer UK disties expect big things of new boss

Distributors have backed incoming Acer UK boss Neil Marshall to turn the ailing operation around and confine the channel-stuffing saga to history. As revealed first by El Reg, Marshall was parachuted into the UK organisation after previous incumbent Bobby Watkins was shown the door following a staggering drop in sales. An …
Paul Kunert, 01 Dec 2011
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Acer flings forth SSD-booting, HDD-data-storing laptop

Acer has built both an SSD and a hard drive into its latest laptop, the 13in TravelMate 8481. Pick one up and you get 320GB of magnetic storage for data and such, but the 8481 also has a 64GB mSata form-factor SSD to quick-load the OS and your apps. Acer TravelMate 8481 The 8481's battery life runs to nine hours, Acer claimed …
Hard Reg, 15 Jul 2011
Acer Iconia Tab A510 10in Android tablet

Acer Iconia Tab A510 10in Android review

In my view, the 16GB Google Nexus 7 is pretty much the ideal Android tablet, but if that form factor is too small for you, then you might be interested in what Acer has cooked up lately. Say hello then to the Iconia Tab A510. Targeted at those who want a quad-core machine, it offers a 10.1in screen, 32GB of storage and for a …
Alun Taylor, 06 Aug 2012
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Acer sues ex-boss Lanci for shacking up with Lenovo

Acer has sued former president and CEO Gianfranco Lanci amid claims that he breached a non-compete clause by joining rival Lenovo. The lawsuit was lodged in a Milanese court today, according to a notification Acer made to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The PC giant will seek to ascertain whether Lanci violated the "non-compete …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2012

Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

Microsoft has been hinting at smaller tablets running full Windows 8 for months, and with the arrival of the Iconia W3, an 8.1-inch Windows 8 fondleslab from Acer, we finally have a taste of what those look like. Unfortunately, the result is a mixed bag. Acer Iconia W3 tablet running Windows 8 The tiny Acer Iconia W3, shown …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2013
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Acer, Samsung, Lenovo line up behind Nvidia Tegra 3

Add the names Acer, Lenovo and Samsung to that of Asus as members of the list of manufacturers who'll be offering Android tablets based on Nvidia's five-core Tegra 3 chip. So say the inevitable Taiwanese notebook maker moles cited, as always, by local newssite DigiTimes. They also express some scepticism that any of these …
Hard Reg, 29 Nov 2011
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Acer tweaks tablet with MeeGo move

Acer has revealed the first product in its forthcoming M Series - a 10in tablet that runs on MeeGo, the mobile-centric version of Linux. The Iconia M500 - unveiled by Acer's Asst VP David Lee at Computex this week - is a doppleganger of Acer's android alternative, the A500, sharing similar dimensions and an identical screen …
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2011
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Acer vows to lose its rep as cheap consumer tat-pusher

Acer UK has flushed away its previous channel programme after polishing off a shiny new scheme to underpin its pursuit of biz customers. The once high-flying consumer brand, best known for punting low-cost notebooks in huge volumes, is trying to spread its tendrils in the commercial markets and needs tools to more effectively …
Paul Kunert, 03 May 2012
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Acer UK boss Watkins quits

Acer UK boss Bobby Watkins has quit after a string of disastrous quarters in which the firm's sales collapsed, The Register can reveal. It is understood that Acer veteran Neil Marshall, currently director of global sales and marketing transformation, will be picking up the reins. Channel sources reckon that Watkins resigned as …
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2011
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Acer cuts losses and inventory in Q3

Acer losses narrowed in its third quarter ended September but the bust consumer sector and inventory woes still weighed heavy on its bottom line. The troubled Taiwanese titan reported prelim losses of NT$1.1bn (£22.9m) compared to profits of NT $4.29bn (£89.3m) for the three month trading period a year earlier. Sales fell 28 per …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
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Acer execs play musical chairs

Acer is shuffling the chairs on its exec deck with EMEA president Walter Deppeler moving to become chief marketing officer, and head of the China operations Oliver Ahrens replacing him. Long-serving exec Deppeler will also lead global marketing and branding, assuming the responsibilities of Gianpiero Morbello who left in the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2011
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Google defends drowning Acer's newborn Alibaba Linux mobe

Google exec Andy Rubin has defended his advertising giant's decision to block Acer from launching a mobile phone for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, claiming the Android ecosystem is quite fragmented enough. The phone was supposed to launch on Friday, but hours before the event Acer, the handset's manufacturer, pulled out …
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2012

Asus boasts of Haswell fondleslab threesome to get Acer hot under collar

Asus did its best to upstage local rival Acer on Monday, unveiling a 3-in-1 notebook-desktop-tablet Android-Windows 8 hybrid - plus a 6in “phablet”, and the world’s first Tegra 4-powered fondleslab. Never one to hide his firm’s light under a bushel, chairman Jonney Shih was in a typically gung-ho mood as he used a 45-minute pre- …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jun 2013
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Acer unveils easy access all-in-one

Acer has revealed its latest AIO touchscreen PC, which includes an all-new media sharing system and can double up as a TV. The Acer Aspire Z5761 has a 23in 1920 x 1080 touchscreen and comes with the option of an Intel Core i5-2400S, i5-2500S or Core i7-2600S processor. Acer Aspire Z5761 Graphics are interchangeable between …
Caleb Cox, 08 Apr 2011
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Acer claims first Core-i7 Ultrabook

At IFA in Berlin today, Acer took the wraps off its first Ultrabook, the Aspire S3. At 1.3kg and 13mm thick it falls well within Intel’s 18mm max to claim this slimline performance computing marque. Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Also requisite is an Intel Core-i Sandy Bridge ULV CPU, with Acer making claims to be the first to …
Bob Dormon, 02 Sep 2011
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Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra review

It seems safe to say that Ultrabooks haven’t given the PC market the shot in the arm that Intel was hoping for. The high prices haven’t helped, of course, and there also seems to be some evidence that many people are turned off by the relatively small 13in screens that dominate the Ultrabook category. Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra …
Cliff Joseph, 13 Aug 2012
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Acer big cheese: Microsoft Surface sales will be 'superficial'

Microsoft Surface tablets Microsoft Surface: No competitive threat, says Acer Acer EMEA boss Oliver Ahrens has brushed aside Microsoft's foray into the tablet market, dismissing the Surface as a competitive threat. Last week the covers were lifted off the Surface, a 10.6 inch devices, based on ARM and Intel platforms. " …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2012
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Hands on with Acer's Aspire S3 Ultrabook

It's almost impossible to view Acer's Aspire S3 - the company's first laptop built to Intel's Ultrabook spec - and not think of the MacBook Air. Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Acer's S3: shades of the MacBook Air? There's the metallic look, the sunken keyboard, the sparse port array, the - a first time for a Windows machine? - …
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2011
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Acer restructure continues as another honcho heads out

Restructuring at Acer continues with another high level director exiting the business in the wake of its inventory woes and declining sales. The firm parted with CEO Gianfranco Lanci in March and then began initiating an operational re-jig during the summer, creating three divisions: consumer, professional and Touch. Among the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2011
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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

It may be a niche, but the market for Chromebooks will grow, according to research company Gartner. The analyst has predicted 5.2 million of the Google OS-powered laptops will be sold this year. Not only that, but the number-crunchers also reckon sales will nearly triple by 2017. That growth will come from Chromebooks breaking …
Simon Rockman, 11 Aug 2014
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Acer to deliver ARM notebook within nine days

Acer needs to hurry. Apparently, it's going to launch the first ever notebook based on an Nvidia Tegra 2 chip this month, and there only nine more days to go. The - we suppose we have to say "smartbook", the moniker once given to ARM-based netbooks but sadly much out of favour in these tablet-centric times - will run Android 3.2 …
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2011
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Acer turns to trains for imports

PC vendors may be finally bowing to pressure to build more flexibility into the supply chain amid reports that Acer is to start shipping PCs by train. Forty carriers are already en route to Europe. Disties have been calling for alternative transportation techniques following the growing mountain of notebooks in the region caused …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike

Acer has become the first major PC vendor to confirm a price rise in response to flooding in Thailand, which it says has led to a 20 per cent hike in the cost of disk drives. This comes just days after Acer described the outlook for HDD supplies as uncertain, while rivals firms agreed drive component prices would head north, and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011

Acer EMEA boss: PC crash hit us like a coal mine GAS BLAST

Acer's channel-cramming strategy that left it with a pile of unsold PCs almost visible from space was "terribly wrong", a top boss has admitted. EMEA president Oliver Ahrens, who led Acer China while Europe's inventory mountain grew, told The Channel the hardware vendor has learned its lesson after consumer demand swerved …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2012
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Gartner: Acer's glory days may be over

Gartner reckons the inventory debacle at Acer may have permanently cost the vendor its position near the summit of the PC market. According to Q3 worldwide numbers from Gartner, Acer sales into the channel declined 23.2 per cent in a market that grew 3.2 per cent. As a result, the Taiwanese giant remained in fourth spot behind …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2011
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Acer shows laptop lid look tablet

Acer has unwrapped its iPad alternative, the ten-inch Iconia Tab A500, which features the now de rigeuer Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Due in April, the A500 is powered by Nvidia's two-core Tegra 250 chip running at 1GHz. The 10.1in screen has a 1280 x 800 resolution, but you can also play content through the tablet's mini HDMI port. …
Tony Smith, 14 Feb 2011
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Acer makes play for the cloud with iGware acquisition

Acer is making a play to build out its own cloud infrastructure after forking out $320m for US firm iGware. The troubled Taiwanese hardware vendor is going through a make-over by top brass following the departure of CEO Gianfranco Lanci at the end of March, before it publicly admitted to inventory woes that would cost it $150m …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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Hackers say Acer breach leaked data for 40,000 users

Hackers say they breached the website security of computer-maker Acer and made off with data for 40,000 of its customers. Screenshots posted on Friday on The Hacker News appeared to show the purchase histories, names, email addresses, and partial addresses and phone numbers for a limited number of customers stored on acer-euro. …
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2011
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Acer eyes 'untapped' rural China as West snaps purse shut

World number four PC-maker Acer is focusing on the folk still buying computers and hoping to grow its China sales by 20 to 25 per cent next year. The Taiwanese firm set up a strategic alliance with Founder Technology last year for that Chinese company to use its trademark on the mainland in an effort to boost its presence there …
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Misery at Acer: 'Breaking even this year is impossible'

Acer has announced its first-ever quarterly loss as a veritable vortex of inventory backlogs, internal reshuffling, sluggish PC demand and runaway iPad popularity chewed through its profits. The Taiwanese firm's Q2 loss after tax was NT$6.8bn ($236m), according to its preliminary results, which came from "$150m in sales …
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Acer to murder Gateway brand

Acer is to kill off the Gateway branding on all its server and storage kit from Q1 2012, partially purging its multi-brand strategy. The Taiwanese giant blew $710m (£443m) on Gateway in 2007. But following a disastrous run for Gateway, which was positioned by its parent as a channel-only mid-market infrastructure player, the …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2011
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Acer insists fondleslab 'fever' is fading

Acer has once again claimed that punters are turning back to notebooks, tempted by the likes of Windows 8 and the ultra-skinny machines chip maker Intel calls "ultrabooks". The PC giant is seeking to spin this as a sign that consumer interest in tablets is waning. Yes, tablet fever is cooling down, Acer chairman JT Wang is …
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2011