Acer’s 7.9-inch A1-830 tablet is now available in Australia, RRP $249

Acer's on a roll today - not content with launching the C720 Chromebook in Australia, they've also announced local availability for their new 7.9-inch tablet, the affably-named A1-830. The tablet will be sold at major retailers starting right now, priced at $249. The A1-830 has a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 IPS display with 178-degree viewing angles. It's a 4:3 display, too - we haven't seen many Android tablets with a 4:3 aspect ratio, so this should be interesting to put through its paces (we've got a review unit coming). The device features an aluminium rear cover and a... Continue reading

Acer’s C720P Chromebook is now available in Australia with an RRP of $499

Acer has announced that its touchscreen Chromebook, the C720P, is now available for sale in Australia at an RRP of $499. The C720P is available in "Moonstone White", is just 19.8mm thin and weighs in at 1.35kg. It's got an 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display running at 1366 x 768 resolution with 2GB RAM and is powered by an Intel Haswell processor (Celeron 2955U) which sips power, allowing for an impressive battery life - quoted at 7.5 hours. You can connect to Wifi a/b/g/n networks, and there's a HD webcam for use with Google Hangouts. The Australian... Continue reading

Upgrade the Acer C720 Chromebook with a 128 GB SSD

If you've recently bought a new Acer C720 Chromebook, or in fact, any Chromebook, you may have noticed that the built-in storage is only 16 GB on most models. For a Chromebook, this is (usually) more than enough; all your storage is supposed to be in the cloud, and you really shouldn't have anything running or stored locally beyond Chrome and maybe a few cache files. However, if you're a power user and wanting to have a lot more local storage, or you might be wanting to experiment with Crouton, you're definitely going to want to upgrade from a 16... Continue reading

Acer C720 Chromebook on sale at JB HiFi with 15% off this weekend

Are you in the market for a new laptop? Are you considering a Chromebook? If you are, then this might be a good weekend to head into your local JB HiFi store and check out the Acer C720 Chromebook. JB is offering 15% off all Acer laptops this weekend, including the C720. Chromebooks have come a fair way since they first hit the market here in Australia, and the C720 truly is a powerhouse of a laptop for under $400. Featuring a dual-core Intel Haswell CPU running at 1.4 GHz, with 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 98 – CES-a-palooza

Welcome to the 98th episode of the Ausdroid podcast, and the first episode for 2014! This week Jason, Dan and Adam looked at the Android-related announcements from CES 2014. It's taken a little while to get back into the podcasting groove and get this episode online. We promise we'll do better next week! Topics: Open Automtoive Alliance Sony - Xperia Z1 Compact Huawei - Ascend Mate 2 4G Asus - Padfone Mini, Zenphone 4/5/6, Transformer Book Duet Acer - 7" and 7.9" tablets Acer - C720P Chromebook Samsung - Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablet lineup Pebble Steel Kogan... Continue reading

Acer announces two new tablets and two All-in-One Android desktops ahead of CES

Acer has this morning released specs on two new tablets and two All-In-One Android desktops ahead of their unveiling at CES in Las Vegas next week. The Tablets - a 7" and 7.9" - as with previous releases from Acer are not the highest specced devices on the market and are expected to retail at the lower end of the spectrum. First, the Acer Iconia B1 will come in two variants, the B1-720(Wi-Fi, 16GB) and the B1-721 (3G, 16GB), Both come with a 7" display, 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and front facing camera, the 16GB of onboard... Continue reading

Acer’s C720P touchscreen Chromebook is now available in ‘Moonstone White’

By now we know that Acer have made a bit of a name for themselves in the Chromebook space, first entering with one of the second generation Chomebooks, the Acer C7. More recently, they've released the Acer C720 for sale in Australia, and while it's pretty neat, there's a slightly newer version, the C720P which is floating around in the US, which may well make its way here. The difference, and it's a doozy, is that the C720P offers a touch-screen interaction (ala the Chromebook Pixel) as well as the keyboard and mouse. It had previously been available... Continue reading

Acer Iconia A3 10″ Android Tablet on sale at the Acer Store for $399

In an email that was sent out, it would seem Acer are looking to get into the last minute gift frenzy that is happening just before Christmas, with the computer company selling the Iconia A3 10" Android Tablet for $399 through its own online store. The Iconia A3 Tablet is something close to what could be considered a Nexus 10 device competitor with the device offering some pretty good specs for such a big device. The full list of specs include: 10.1" Multi-touch Screen (1280 x 800 resolution) Cortex A7 Quad-core CPU 1GB Memory 32GB Storage 5MP Rear Facing camera, 0.3MP front facing Android 4.2... Continue reading

New Intel Haswell based Chromebooks and Chromeboxes announced

Google and Intel have announced some new Haswell based Chrome devices overnight, announced at the Intel Developer Forum which is currently going on in San Francisco they have advised that there will be new devices from existing ChromeOS partners Acer and HP as well as devices from new entrants to the ChromeOS market Asus and Toshiba. There will be new Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Toshiba and a new Chromebox from Asus. The new devices from Acer and HP are now showing on the international Google Chromebook Page, but so far details on the new Toshiba Chromebook and the... Continue reading

Acer Australia launches the Haswell powered Acer C720 Chromebook

After releasing details in the US about the new Haswell powered Acer C720 Chromebook in the US last week, Acer Australia has today advised that the C720 will be available this month in Australia. Priced at $399, Acer is advising that the C720 will again be available through Google approved retailers JB-Hifi and Harvey Norman as well as online through their Acer web-store this month. Daniel Goffredo, Head of Commercial Client Products at Acer Australia spoke about the C720 and working with Google Working with Google on the C720 Chromebook has given Acer the opportunity to offer customers an affordable... Continue reading

Acer announces the Acer C720 Haswell based Chromebook in the US

When Google announced four new Haswell based ChromeOS devices at the Intel Developer Forum last month they neglected to announce any official details such as specs, but now the US arm of Acer has announced some more details on at least one configuration of the device. Acer has advised that the initial system given the model # C720-2800 are available to order now in the US for $249.99 from Amazon and Best Buy with 'Additional configurations will be available in the coming weeks'. The C720-2800 will be powered by an 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel... Continue reading

New Intel Haswell based Chromebooks and Chromeboxes announced

Google and Intel have announced some new Haswell based Chrome devices overnight, announced at the Intel Developer Forum which is currently going on in San Francisco they have advised that there will be new devices from existing ChromeOS partners Acer and HP as well as devices from new entrants to the ChromeOS market Asus and Toshiba. There will be new Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Toshiba and a new Chromebox from Asus. The new devices from Acer and HP are now showing on the international Google Chromebook Page, but so far details on the new Toshiba Chromebook and the... Continue reading

Acer announce 24-inch Android-powered all-in-one PC with Tegra 3

If Acer were looking to build a computer that no one will buy, they've hit the nail on the head with this one. The DA241H1 is 'designed to offer users the same familiar experience as with tablets and smartphones', except without the mobility. Anyone who has used an HTC One X or last year's Nexus 7 for extended periods of time will know how badly the Tegra 3 can perform, and why Acer has chosen to use it in a 24-inch desktop PC can only be a matter of cost. The PC will be running Android 4.2 (with access... Continue reading