CES 2021 Acer

CES 2021 has gone virtual. That’s exciting, and it also means things will be a bit different this year. Case in point, Acer. The computer company (which also offers the Predator and Nitro gaming PC brands) announced a number of compelling new product releases to kick off 2021.

Here’s everything you need to know about Acer’s current CES 2021 releases.

Chromebook Spin 514 featuring AMD Ryzen and AMD Radeon

Acer is well known in Chromebook circles, and the company’s Chromebook Spin series has been especially popular. What’s not to like about a premium design Chromebook, with a big, bright display and 360-degree hinge? 

Acer CES 2021

At CES 2021, Acer unveiled the ChromeBook Spin 514. What makes this one special is it’s the first Chromebook from the company to be built around AMD’s Ryzen 3000 C-series mobile processor, with AMD Radeon graphics. Thin, light, and with 10-hour battery life, the Chromebook Spin 514 also features an anodized aluminum case (that meets U.S. MIL-STD 810H durability standards), a 14-inch Full HD touch display, 360-degree hinge, two USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 1) ports, dual USB Type-A ports, an HD webcam, and 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi.   

New Predator and Nitro gaming monitors 

PC and console gamers can look forward to a trio of new gaming monitors. Each emits less blue light and all have earned Eyesafe certification—ideal for all that extra gaming we’ve all been doing these days.

CES 2021 AcerThe two new Predator monitors feature Acer VisionCare 4.0 technology.

The predator XB273U NX is a 27-inch WQHD model with a whopping 275 Hz refresh rate and 0.5 ms response time with HDR and 95 % DCI-P3 coverage.

The Predator XB323QK NV has a 31.5-inch 4K panel with VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. It has a 144 Hz refresh rate, 90% DCI-P3 spectrum coverage.

CES 2021 AcerThe Nitro XV282K KV is the company’s first 4K monitor wth HDMI 2.1 support.

HDMI 2.1 and 4K together are a big deal, because this combo makes the new 28-inch Acer Nitro gaming monitor perfect for Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X console owners. It can support 4K at 120fps, so players can make the most of their new, next-gen game consoles. Refresh rates are 144Hz, with 90% DCI-P3 color gamut and 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

CES 2021 Acer laptops with AMD Ryzen 5000Nitro and Aspire Laptops featuring AMD Ryzen 500 series mobile processors

It’s not just a Chromebook that’s getting the AMD treatment. In its second round of CES 2021 announcements, Acer took the wraps off Windows laptops that will be equipped with AMD’s all-new (just announced) Ryzen 5000-series laptops. 

The Aspire 5 and Aspire 7 offer a slim, high-performance mobile computing experience. The Aspire 5 packs a 15.6-inch FHD display in a 0.7-inch frame with a sandblasted aluminum cover. The Aspire 7 is aimed at mobile professionals, pairing the Ryzen 5000 with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU.

The popular Nitro 5 gaming laptop will be available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions, offering up to AMD Ryzen 9 5900 HX processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPUs, and QHD displays with a 165Hz refresh rate and 300-nit brightness.

New Predator Triton and Helios series gaming laptops

Acer is also incorporating Intel’s newly announced 11th generation H-series mobile processors in a range of gaming laptops, along with the latest NVIDIA RTX mobile gaming GPUs.

CES 2021 Acer laptops with AMD Ryzen 5000

The Predator Triton 300 SE is a 14-inch gaming laptop with Acer’s Vortex Flow cooling. It weighs just 1.7 kg, features up to an Intel Core i7 H35-series Special Edition processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, a 144Hz Full HD display, Killer Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, and a backlit RGB keyboard—all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life. The Predator Helios 300 gets an upgrade to NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics, and a 240Hz IPS display with 3ms response rates.

The Nitro 5—the same gaming laptop that is also now available with AMD Ryzen 5000 chips—gets the 11th Gen Intel Core H35-series processors, NVIDIA GeFORCE GTX graphics, and support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. In addition, the Nitro 5’s charge port moves to the back to get it out of the way of gaming.

Keep reading the blog for full CES 2021 coverage

Keep reading the blog for CES 2021 coverage. It will continue throughout the week as new products are announced.

Brad Moon
Editor Computing solutions
I’m a long-time electronics and gadget geek who’s been fortunate enough to enjoy a career that lets me indulge this interest. I have been writing about technology for several decades for a wide range of outlets including Wired, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, MSN, About.com, Kiplinger, and GeekDad. I’m in my 10th year as a senior contributor for Forbes with a focus on reviewing music-related tech, Apple gear, battery power stations and other consumer electronics. My day job is with the Malware Research Center at AI-native cybersecurity pioneer CrowdStrike.


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