Acer has debuted four new Chromebooks that meet a range of customer needs, ranging from home and business users to hybrid workers and students. Equipped with the latest processors and sought-after features such as reliable Wi-Fi 6, video conferencing technology, and durable designs, the new Acer Chromebooks keep customers connected, productive, and entertained. “Acer’s expansive line of Chromebooks means that we’re well-equipped to meet any sort of customer need—from the display size, processors, durability, connectivity and more,” said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “Whether a customer needs a device for work, school or entertainment, we’ve got a Chromebook with exactly the features they’re looking for.”
Acer Chromebook Spin 514
Featuring a compact design and 14-inch FHD display, the new Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-2H) and Acer Chromebook Spin Enterprise 514 were designed to provide maximum performance for productive multitasking and video conferencing. Powered by up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, the new Chromebooks are performance-minded yet run silently, utilizing a fan-less design that is ideal for shared workspaces. The Chromebook’s 14-inch FHD IPS 14-inch display has narrow borders on all four sides, allowing for an 84% screen-to-body ratio.
When video conferencing, an FHD MIPI webcam leverages a blue glass filter and noise-reduction technology to provide clearer images and reduced light flares. The device’s dual upward-facing speakers flank the keyboard and combine with dual microphones to deliver a clear video conferencing experience, DTS Audio provides high-quality surround sound, and a built-in smart amplifier enhances the Chromebook’s speakers for louder and clearer audio.
The new Chromebook Spin 514 and Chromebook Spin Enterprise 514 sport a convertible design, empowering hybrid employees with the ability to choose the right form factor for each job, whether laptop, tablet, tent, or display mode. The device is also durable: it has a reinforced design with aluminum top and bottom covers and carries a MIL-STD 810H certification. Additionally, the Chromebook comes with an array of additional features, including dual USB Type-C ports, a Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad, a backlit keyboard, and reliable Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+).
Acer Chromebook 515
The Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W/T) and Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 continue Acer’s track record of creating award-winning large-screen Chromebooks for customers who need a powerful device to tackle projects for work, home use, and even play. The Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 is ideal for businesses utilizing cloud technology and for IT administrators to deploy, manage and secure their cloud workforce. The new Chromebooks are powered by up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, plus up to 512 GB PCIe NVMe storage and up to 16 GB of RAM, delivering responsive performance and allowing the Chromebook to wake from sleep in less than a second.
A huge 15.6-inch FHD IPS display, available with optional multi-touch capability, delivers extra real-estate for multi-tasking—complemented by DTS Audio for high-quality surround sound and built-in smart amplifiers for louder, clearer audio. Advanced conferencing technology helps to keep employees connected whether working from the office or home, further enhanced by dual microphones that help users’ voices to come through clearly, while a webcam shutter protects their privacy when the video conference is done.
Boasting military-grade (U.S. MIL-STD 810H) durability, the Chromebook 515 and Chromebook Enterprise 515 have an aluminum top cover and a reinforced design that is both protective and stylish. A smooth Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad ensures that tapping, swiping and scrolling are smooth and accurate, while a numeric keypad further enhances its backlit keyboard. Additionally, these new 15.6-inch Chromebooks feature best-in-class connectivity with two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports (one on each side) for data transfers, power delivery, and sharing video and audio to external displays. They also connect wirelessly with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and include HDMI and microSD.
Acer Chromebook 514
The Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-2H/T) features an ultraportable design with the latest technology to promote efficient and responsive performance. Powered by an octa-core MediaTek Kompanio 828 processor, the Chromebook handles everything from streaming entertainment to multitasking apps and creating content. It delivers all-day battery life of up to 15 hours and can be fast-charged to up to 50% of those battery’s capacity in only 30 minutes.
The sleek device weighs only 1.3 kg and measures just 16.85 mm thin (0.66 inches), making it compact enough to be taken anywhere. A stylish aluminum top cover delivers protection against dents, while a Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad provides smooth navigation. The Chromebook’s 14-inch matte display (multi-touch optional) has narrow bezels that highlight the visuals, while additional features like DTS Audio, a backlit keyboard, and USB Type-C ports make the Acer Chromebook 514 an all-around performer.
Acer Chromebook Spin 314
The Acer Chromebook Spin 314 (CP314-1H/N) features a unique environmentally-friendly OceanGlass touchpad made entirely out of the plastic waste that has been recycled into a glass-like texture to provide sleek and responsive tactile feedback. Contributing to the reduction of plastics adrift in the ocean, this Chromebook also features the latest Intel processors, up to a 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display with narrow 6 mm (0.24-inch) bezels and a 10-hour battery life that makes it a good choice for students. The new Chromebook also features a wide range of connectivity options, such as a USB 3.2 Type-C port, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and a MicroSD slot, plus Wi-Fi 6 and 2×2 MU-MIMO technology for faster wireless speeds.
Acer Chromebook Enterprise devices provide employees with a modern experience and devices that stay fast, have built-in security, deploy quickly, and reduce the total cost of ownership. Acer Chromebooks with Chrome Enterprise Upgrade unlocks the built-in capabilities of Chrome OS, allowing IT to deploy, orchestrate, and power the cloud workforce securely and effectively from anywhere. The new Acer Chromebooks all support apps via Google Play and web-based apps, so users will have access to all the apps they love for productivity, creativity, and more.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-2H) will be available in EMEA in October starting at EUR 799. Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 will be available in EMEA in October starting at EUR 1,049. The Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W/T) will be available in EMEA in October starting at EUR 499. The Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 will be available in EMEA in October starting at EUR 799. The Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-2H/T) will be available in EMEA in November starting at EUR 399. The Acer Chromebook Spin 314 (CP314-1H/N) will be available in EMEA in October starting at EUR 449.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region.
Review: BenQ GV30 Portable Projector
After televisions, it’s time for projectors to get smart. BenQ’s new GV30 is one such smart portable projector that comes packed with the goodness of Android TV. This means you get access to Google Play’s entire suite of apps – which includes apps such as YouTube, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and lots more.
The GV30 also is one of the first projectors to accompany a 2.1-channel Bluetooth speaker setup. This setup includes one speaker each on either side of the projector and a subwoofer. This is brilliant since the speakers offer that extra bass and punch to take your viewing experience to a whole new level.
In terms of design, the projector offers a very modern design that fits perfectly into the overall décor of your living room. The overall build quality is top-notch, something we have come to expect from a brand like BenQ.
Once you remove the outer packaging the device comes packed in, you come across a very good quality carry case. This carry case includes everything – the GV30 projector, the remote control, and the power adapter. The inclusion of the carry case is quite thoughtful since it lets you securely stow away the projector after each use.
On the side of the projector, you will find all the ports. This includes the power port, a USB-C DisplayPort, a full-size HDMI port, and the 3.5mm audio jack. Since this is an Android TV projector, you get an Android TV dongle included in the packaging.
To install the Android TV dongle, you need to remove the cover from one side of the projector. You will then find a separate compartment within to install the dongle and connect it to a dedicated power outlet within the projector. Doing all of this takes just minutes.
Once you are done, switch the projector on, and you are now ready to watch content immediately. The BenQ GV30 also offers automatic focus and keystone correction. So, once you switch on the projector, it will automatically set up everything for you – no need to mess around with the setting menu or manually adjust the keystone and the focus.
The BenQ GV30 is an LED projector – the LED bulb offers around 30,000 hours of watch time, which roughly translates to about 8 years of use if you were to watch around 10 hours of content every day. The projector also comes with a built-in battery that offers a battery life of 2.5 hours. Of course, it can also be powered using the bundled power adapter.
The projection size offered by the GV30 ranges between 30-inches and 100-inches, depending upon the distance between the projector and the projection area. The resolution offered by the GV30 is 720p – it would have been nice if it were at least 1080p. The projector also offers an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a brightness of 300 lumens.
Even though the resolution supported is only 720p, the quality of the projection by the GV30 is quite good. Whether it is watching movies, playing games, or even browsing through YouTube, everything looked good. Since this is an Android TV-based projector, it supports casting through Android phones and AirPlay on iOS devices.
The BenQ GV30 is also probably the first projector we have come across that supports 135-degrees of projection angle. This means, while the GV30 supports projection on walls, it also supports projection on the ceiling if you were to watch a movie lying down on your bed, for instance.
This is made possible by the magnetic base of the projector which makes changing the angle of projection, a child’s play. On the top of the projector, you get four buttons, which include the power on/off, volume controls, and the Bluetooth selector button.
The projector offers a good overall picture and sound quality. For a price of AED 2499, the BenQ GV30 isn’t cheap. However, if you are on the market that offers portability with a good selection of features and great performance, the BenQ GV30 could match your needs.
Price: AED 2499
BenQ GV30 Portable Projector AED 2499
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Review: Nokia XR20
The words “rugged” and “smartphone” usually do not go well together. This is because most rugged smartphones you see on the market are bulky and brick-like with low-end features. But, Nokia is changing all of that with the new XR20. This thing is not only rugged but also comes with very good specs and features to boot.
The Nokia XR20 comes with a 6.67-inch touchscreen display on the front with a resolution of 1080-by-2400 pixels. The display also offers an aspect ratio of 20:9. Under the hood, the Nokia XR20 rocks a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor that features 4 cores clocked at 2GHz and 4 cores clocked at 2GHz.
You also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. The phone itself runs on the Android 11 operating system under the Android One program. The phone is powered by a 4630mAh battery. That’s not all – the XR20 also comes with a bunch of features that are hard to find on rugged devices. For one, the Nokia XR20 supports wireless charging, as well as Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging!
In terms of look and feel, the phone is a bit bigger than regular phones that comes with a 6-inch plus display. However, it is quite easy to hold in one hand and use. The back of the phone has a textured finish that helps with the grip when holding the XR20. On the front, the display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
The phone is also protected by IP68 dust and water resistance, for a worry-free user experience. There’s also a rubberised strip that runs along the edges of the phone to protect the screen from drops or bumps. On the left edge, you get a Google Assitant shortcut button – it’s a bit large for my liking because I kept pressing it by accident, every time I wanted to put the phone into my pant’s pocket.
On the right edge, you get the volume rockers and the power button which also doubles up as a fingerprint reader. The phone also offers face unlock feature for added security. On the top edge, you get a programmable emergency key in red colour, and a dual SIM slot. One of the slots can also be used to bump the internal storage to up to 512GB using a microSD card.
On the bottom edge, you get a speaker grille, a noise-canceling microphone, a 3.5mm audio jack (yes!), and a USB-C charging port. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia XR20 on the rear packs a dual-camera setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary camera, and a 13-megapixel camera. The rear camera setup also has autofocus. You also get an 8-megapixel front camera for all your selfies.
Connectivity options on the Nokia XR20 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes, GPS, Bluetooth v5.10, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G, 4G and 5G support. Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.
The Snapdragon 480 used on the Nokia XR20 is usually used on mid-range devices. Having said that, however, the overall performance of the Nokia XR20 is quite good – we did not find any lags or stutters when using the device. Swiping across multiple open app windows was quite smooth and gaming on the device was also pretty good.
Camera functionality is quite good, too. Under good lighting conditions, the phone was able to take some very good shots. Under low light conditions, the XR20 did struggle sometimes. The phone also comes with a Night Mode which did a decent job at clicking pictures under low light conditions.
HMD Global also promises 3 years’ worth of software upgrades and 4 years of security upgrades with the Nokia XR20. That makes it a worthwhile investment if you are looking for a smartphone that can go on and on for years. For a price of AED 1849, the Nokia XR20 may seem a bit expensive, considering there are better alternatives available on the market if you are looking for a smartphone.
However, if you are on the market for a smartphone that offers good overall features and at the same time is also rugged, Nokia XR20 comes across as a value for money device.
Price: AED 1849
Nokia XR20 AED 1849
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Dynabook Updates its AR Smart Glasses Solution
Dynabook Europe GmbH has announced an update to its dynaEdge AR (Assisted Reality) solution with the launch of the dynaEdge DE200, the next generation of its high-performance Windows 10/11 Pro mobile edge computing device. The edge computing market has accelerated substantially over the past year, driven by factors including Covid-19, and as a result over half (52%) of IT decision-makers regard purchasing decisions around edge computing to be more important now than pre-pandemic. At the same time, most employees (70%) believe that AR will cause either slight or significant disruption to their industry.
It is perceived as the most disruptive emerging technology, ahead of AI, the IoT, and cybersecurity (GlobalData). This in turn is driving innovation and adoption around edge infrastructure, with IDC projecting an 800% increase in the number of apps at the edge by 2024. The new dynaEdge AR solution is designed to provide lightweight, hands-free functionality for mobile working, and improve efficiency, connectivity, and security for the enterprise in today’s constantly evolving working environments. It accelerates diagnostic and repair scenarios, information sharing and collaboration, information capture, and data processing – even in the most remote locations.
The new enhancements – including 4G LTE, latest 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, and Edge AI – enable full mobility while maintaining security for the corporate environment with the device’s secure operating system:
- Faster connection with 4G LTE integration: Wherever there’s a 4G signal, the worker can be connected – without tethering to a phone or relying on a WiFi signal.
- Smart vision with Edge AI: Edge AI Engine improves camera visuals with image stabilisation, brightness compensation, and object tracking. It also enables the processing of video streams to be completed before the recipient receives visuals. Furthermore, the AI engine processes the camera stream to the DE200 and runs the software as a virtual camera. Edge AI can be incorporated into customers’ own developed software solutions.
- Improved charging and battery life: Offers up to 6.5 hours of battery life and includes a universal Type C charging connector which can be extended with an optional power bank, enabling front-line workers to achieve all-day operation.
- Advanced power: Provides enhanced power and full performance through a choice of the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.
- Maximum endpoint security: Running on Windows 10/11 Pro, the dynaEdge DE200 supports Active Directory, in conjunction with two-factor authentication including PIN and fingerprint to secure end-user data. On-device data classification can be used to determine, how data is shared, addressing a major concern for many industries.
dynaEdge AR was developed for industries with a strong focus on the frontline and field-based workers, including manufacturing, inspection, logistics, maintenance, emergency services, healthcare, and education. Now with 4G LTE integration, the solution provides a significant opportunity to drive digital transformation in even more remote working environments such as first responders, field service, visitor attractions, and national parks.
“Over the last 20 months, mobile edge computing and smart glasses solutions have become integral to many industries,” said Damian Jaume, President, Dynabook Europe GmbH. “Indeed, our latest research has found that 63% of IT decision-makers plan to deploy smart glasses in their organisation over the course of the next three years, suggesting that widespread adoption will continue to rise. Work trends are evolving rapidly, and the latest dynaEdge AR solution is evidence that we understand what our customers need to operate in a hybrid working world.”
The new dynaEdge AR solution includes a host of accessories, including various mounting options for the AR100 wearable device, plus different carry cases, shoulder sling, and holster options for the DE200. The new dynaEdge AR is available now across the Middle East and Africa (pending certification).
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