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Ultrabooks, Tablets and PCs, Oh My: Acer Unveils Windows 8 Lineup

The final version of Microsoft’s newest operating system isn’t due for another four months, but that isn’t stopping device manufacturers from showing off their upcoming Windows 8 products.

Acer Aspire S7 13.3

At the Computex 2012 trade show in Taiwan yesterday, Acer got things started by revealing two Ultrabooks, two tablets and two all-in-one desktops — all designed to run on Windows 8.

The company didn’t reveal full specs, pricing or availability dates but did note some highlights of each product.

Starting with the Aspire S7 Ultrabook series, the company is claiming that both the 13.3-inch model and the 11.6-inch model will be the thinnest and smallest, respectively, full-HD touch Ultrabooks on the market.

Both will feature an aluminum unibody design and a keyboard that automatically adjusts its backlight depending on your current lighting conditions.

Acer Iconia W510

The Iconia W510 is a Windows 8 tablet with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and promises up to 18 hours of battery life.

Meanwhile, the Iconia W700 bumps up the screen size to 11.6 inches and adds full-HD support, as well as an adjustable cradle so you can adjust the viewing angle of the tablet.

Last but not least, there is the Acer Aspire U Series AIO all-in-one desktops. The Aspire 7600U boasts a 27-inch touch display with 64-point simultaneous touch support, so more than one person can use it at the same time. The display can also be rotated 90 degrees.

Acer Iconia W700

If you don’t need that much screen, Acer will offer a 23-inch model in the Aspire 5600U with a tilting radius of 30 degrees to 85 degrees. Both systems support full-HD and Dolby Surround Sound technology.

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