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Chromebooks compared: New and upcoming Chrome OS laptops

With a small but growing slice of the PC market, Chromebooks are finally a viable choice for anyone looking to buy a secondary or travel laptop. Unlike the similarly priced netbooks of old, these systems, running Google's Chrome OS instead of Windows, tend to focus on doing one thing and doing it well -- giving you low-cost access to online tools and services.

But with myriad models available from Acer, HP, Toshiba, and even Google -- many with annoyingly similar names -- which is the Chromebook to beat?

Compare our hands-on reviews and impressions of the major Chromebook entrants … Read more

Acer 27-inch monitor offers extreme resolution for a moderate price

Though its name reads more like a cryptic Captcha password than a monitor display, the Acer K272HUL is a high-resolution 27-inch monitor with a budget-friendly price. Starting at $449, the Acer display boasts a 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution WQHD display, also known as extreme definition.

It has purported 178-degree viewing angles and 16.7 million colors, with a 6ms response time. The Acer monitor houses dual built-in speakers and connectivity options are limited to DVI and DisplayPort, as well as two HDMI ports. The VESA wall-mountable K272HUL also comes with Acer ComfyView, which lowers reflection and glare.

When it comes to … Read more

Microsoft said to slash Windows 8.1 price on low-cost devices

Microsoft will implement a 70 percent discount on the price of Windows 8.1 for inexpensive devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. This follows a similar report last year.

Device makers will be charged $15 "to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250, instead of the usual fee of $50," according to Bloomberg.

A similar report emerged from Asia last year. But that report cited size and device-type restrictions. That will no longer apply, however, said Bloomberg. (Other reports last year also cited discounts.)

Some observers see this as … Read more

Acer claims its compact, affordable Liquid Z4 is plenty phone for less (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Some iPhone owners may bemoan their small screens, but Acer feels there's a place in your pocket for compact Android handsets. Its new Liquid Z4 device is built to be easy to use one-handed yet still offer lots of smartphone for the money. In fact, Acer says that although the Z4 is priced at just 99 euros ($136), the device will provide a quality camera, a classy design, and Android Jelly Bean software.

Design Perhaps taking a cue from Samsung, HTC, and Motorola, Acer says its Liquid Z4 is crafted to fit comfortably in the hand. … Read more

Acer's new smartphone made for easy selfies (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Acer plans to follow up last year's underwhelming Liquid E2 with a smartphone that has a touch more pizzazz. Tagged the Liquid E3, this updated Android handset made its debut at MWC 2014 and features a host of modern upgrades. These include quad-core processing, a big 4.7-inch screen, and a sharp 13-megapixel camera. Priced at a mid-range 199 euros, the Liquid E3 isn't unreasonably expensive either. That said, with heavy hitters such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and even the HTC One’s successor all poised to become realities, the E3 … Read more

Tablets of CES 2014

Though companies flock to CES to show off big tech, like TVs and smart appliances, there are still plenty of tablets shown off at the event. We've already seen two big releases from Samsung, the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro and plenty of models from Asus. Stay tuned to this page for videos of the tablets from our CNET team on the ground. We'll update this page with new releases as they happen.

Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 home and gaming console Available starting January 31, the Vyper is an Android tablet packaged with a docking … Read more

The Liquid Z5 from Acer provides modern Android punch for less cash

LAS VEGAS -- Who says you can't get a satisfying smartphone experience for not much money, and with no contract? Certainly not Acer. The company just pulled the wraps off of its Liquid Z5 handset at CES 2014 which packs a big screen, Android Jelly Bean, and DTS sound into a solid unibody design.

Powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core Mediatek processor that's paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, the Liquid Z5 is by no means a mobile powerhouse. Even so, Acer explained to me that it has worked hard to optimize the Liquid … Read more

Acer launches 27-inch all-in-one Android PC

Acer's latest all-in-one PC can serve double duty as an Android entertainment center and a high-resolution monitor.

Already shipping around the world, the Acer TA272 HUL offers a 2,560x1,440 WQHD display, four times sharper than conventional high-definition monitors, according to the company. Equipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the TA272 includes a 10-point touch screen so you can tap into the wide lineup of available Android apps.

The system is outfitted with an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor, 16GB of memory, and dual-band 802.11 abgn wireless connectivity. A 2-megapixel Webcam and two front-facing Dolby surround sound … Read more

The Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet hits in first quarter with $149 price, underwhelming specs

If Acer's new 7.9-inch Android tablet is any indication CES 2014 will be chock full of products with only marginal upgrades from their predecessors. Thankfully, the chances of that happening are pretty slim. Hopefully.

The Iconia A1-830 is Acer's newest 7.9-inch Android tablet, following the release of the Iconia A1-810 in mid-2013. However, aside from a new aluminum backside and a new processor there aren't much in the way of upgrades for the new tablet.

Available in the first quarter of 2014 for $149, the new tablet will feature an identical design to the 810, … Read more

CES 2014 battle of the budget tablet begins with $129 Acer Iconia B1-720

Expectations for budget tablets are continually increasing, and the Acer Iconia B1-720 is one of the first at CES 2014 to try to meet them. The new model, a slight upgrade from last year's Iconia B1-A71, boasts fresh features including a slimmer build, textured back, and faster internals.

The Acer Iconia B1-720 tablet ships with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 and houses a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It also packs a microSD card expansion slot and front-facing camera, as well as purportedly better sound quality and battery life.

Acer's … Read more