02 August 2011

Acer Iconia Tab A500's retail price cut down to $395 to increase sales

In order to increase sales of its current flagship Android tablet, Acer has decided to cut the price down of the Iconia Tab A500 from $450 USD to $395 USD. With this move, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 which was launched alongside several other Iconia series devices in Bangladesh recently, is now a good deal cheaper than the cheapest Apple iPad and several other Android tablets, except maybe the pseudo-Android tablet from Barnes & Noble that runs a version of Honeycomb (Android 3.0).

On top of the price reduction, Acer has also updated the Acer Iconia A500 software to Android 3.1. But the question remains, is this enough to entice potential customers to start buying more of these 10-inch tablet computers from Acer? Competition in the Android tablet market space is a lot stiffer nowadays. Only time will tell if consumers side with the Acer Iconia Tabs.

15 July 2011

Acer officially launches Iconia series devices in Bangladesh

Acer has just officially launched its Iconia series of devices in Bangladesh, and apart from the dual-screen Iconia notebook that's already been on sale for a few months now, the Iconia Tab A500, Iconia Tab W500, Iconia A100, and Iconia Smart A300 are joining the ranks as Acer's latest mobile offerings.

Before the Iconia series launch, Acer had already been selling the Iconia notebook through various retail outlets across Bangladesh. It features two 14-inch touchscreen displays, an Intel Core i5 mobile processor and Windows 7. Perhaps because the market was receptive, Acer will now roll out the rest of the devices in their Iconia series, which are the tablet computers and smartphones that have been mentioned above.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 and W500 are essentially two flavors of the same thing. The Iconia Tab A500 runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb by default while the Iconia Tab W500 runs Windows 7. These are Acer's two main tablet computer offerings.

Meanwhile, Acer also has a 7-inch Android tablet in the form of the Iconia A100. Then there's the 4.8-inch Acer Iconia Smart A300 that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. All of these devices will start to become available in Bangladesh in the coming days and weeks. It isn't known how much each one of them will cost individually, though. You might be able to get local pricing information from a retail outlet that's near you.


Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook (Wi-Fi) shows staying power in Amazon's laptop bestseller list

The much awaited Google Chrome OS-powered netbook from Acer was finally released to market this month, and already it has occupied a spot in Amazon's bestselling laptop computer list. It doesn't look like it's going away any time soon, either, as it shares a number on the site's top ten list with a similar offering from Samsung.

The ultra-thin and ultra-light Chrome OS powered Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook (Wi-Fi)
boasts similar specs to the Acer Aspire One Happy 2 that I reviewed here recently. Weighing just a quarter of a kilogram heavier than the Aspire One Happy 2, the Acer Chromebook features an 11.6-inch 1366x768 pixel resolution LED-backlit LCD screen, a dual core Intel Atom N570 processor running at 1.66GHz, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of Solid State Drive storage.

Graphics is handled by the Intel GMA 3150 and there's a single HDMI-out port located on one side of the Acer Chromebook. Other features include a built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam, stereo speakers, SD card slot, draft-n Wi-Fi and 2 x USB 2.0 ports. With a feature set like this, it's no wonder a lot of people are buying it. About the only thing one might want to question about it is the OS it runs--the cloud-centric Google Chrome OS.

As Google further develops its cloud offerings and adds many new features, perhaps things can only get better for devices such as the Acer Chromebook. It's hard to tell what the future holds for now, but one thing's for sure: consumers are loving the Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook.

Buy the Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook (Wi-Fi) on Amazon.com


14 July 2011

Acer Aspire One Happy 2 review

Acer Aspire One Happy 2 10-inch netbook
If netbooks could have feelings, then this one right here is the model that I want to hang out with. The Acer Aspire One Happy 2 is a unique kind of netbook that is all-business when it comes to mobile computing features but still manages to maintain its cuteness after all is said and done. Can you name any other netbook that's available in a shocking pink color? I didn't think so. In fact, it's the only netbook in the market that's available in such a wide range of colors. It scratches backs, too. Okay, maybe not. But anyway, read on to find out the nitty-gritty on the 10-inch Acer Aspire One Happy 2 netbook.