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Acer Highlights its Range of Gaming Devices and Accessories for the Festive Season

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As the festive season is almost upon us, avid gamers will be looking to explore their hobby further with the anticipation of the release of upcoming video games like Fortnite Season 5, Need for Speed Unbound, God of War Ragnarok, and The Callisto Protocol. Acer is offering the perfect range of devices for professional and amateur gaming aficionados alike to experience the best that these new games have to offer.

Both the gaming and esport sector in MENA is set to soar to unprecedented heights, and the size of the gaming market is projected to increase 19% to more than $5 billion by 2025, according to a report by the consultancy RedSeer. Against that backdrop, gaming enthusiasts who are looking for dependable and affordable devices need to look no further than Acer. From stationary gaming devices such as the Predator XB253 Monitor to gaming laptops such as the Predator Triton 300 and Nitro 5, to the newly launched Predator Gaming Chair, exclusively available in Kuwait, Acer offers a wide range of solutions for every need and budget.

“This gaming season, we are proud to present a wide variety of powerful devices from Acer. Powered by innovation and backed by some of the fastest processors in the industry, our exciting range of devices push performance for amazing gaming experiences and provide a stunning platform for gaming aficionados in the region,” said Michele Montecchio, General Manager at Acer Middle East.

The Predator Triton 300 SE and the Predator Helios 300 notebooks offer advanced specifications for gamers powered by up to 12th generation Intel Core iProcessor. The all-powerful gaming machines are supported by Acer’s 5th Generation AeroBlade 3D Fan, a custom-engineered fan with eighty-nine 0.8 mm metal blades that generate 55% more airflow than a plastic fan. The devices also use Acer’s Vortex Flow Design concept to enhance cooling on the CPU and GPU.

Predator Triton 300 SE is designed for gamers who want a powerful device that can also excel in the workplace. The special edition notebook takes on the latest AAA games and the busy workday. The thin gaming laptop is impressive with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs, 16:10 OLED panel options, supports blazing-fast wireless connectivity with Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i, up to 16 GB RAM memory, and plentiful ports with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, and USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A options.

Meanwhile, the Predator Helios 300 Gaming Notebook possesses up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU and 64 GB of DR4 3200 MHz memory, giving gamers more than enough power to take on all of the latest titles, while a pair of PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 and one SATA HDD means that the notebook has plenty of space for the next generation of games, too.

The Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition is another powerful gaming laptop that enables glasses-free, stereoscopic 3D gaming experiences. With the SpatialLabs TrueGame application, gamers can effortlessly play in a 3D mode on the device in real time, and without special glasses. The SpatialLabs experience is created through the combination of an eye-tracking solution, a stereoscopic 3D display, and real-time rendering technologies. To power the real-time 3D experience, the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition features up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPUs, 32GB DDR5-4800 memory, and PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs RAID 0 storage.

The Acer Nitro 5 notebook allows users to reign over the gaming world with the combined power of either a 12th Gen Intel Core Processor or AMD Ryzen 9 and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. Maximum speed and massive storage can be utilised with two slots for M.2 PCIe and SATA SSDs and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The 4-zone RGB keyboard provides the keys to victory to take command of their game via the dedicated NitroSense Key. Users can step into an immersive experience through dual 2W speakers, with DTS:X Ultra, to deliver clear sounds in a 3D spatial soundscape.

For the best experience, gamers can pair up their favourite Acer devices with the Predator XB3 monitor that will take their experience to the next level with turbo-charged refresh rates, up to 4K UHD resolutions, and hyper-quick response times. In addition to that wide array of devices, the Predator Gaming Chair, currently available in Kuwait, offers the best vantage point for gamers to indulge in their favourite sport. With cool blue coloured leather, the chair allows gamers to take their most comfortable positions with its tension-minimising and body-hugging design, completed by a detachable lumbar and headrest.

Users of Acer gaming devices such as the Nitro and the Predator can also access Planet9, an eSports platform that brings together a community of like-minded gamers and provides them with the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches, meet and match up with gamers, and play in tournaments.

The 14-inch Predator Triton 300 SE (PT314-52s) is available in UAE starting at $2,179. The Predator Helios 300 (PH315-54) is available in MENA starting at $2,585. The Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition (PH315-55s) is available in UAE and Kuwait starting at $4,081. The Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-58) is available in MENA starting at $1,360. The Predator XB3 monitor (XB253Q GP) is available in ME starting at $390. The Predator Gaming Chair (NP.GCR11.001) is available in Kuwait starting at $390.

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Sonos Ace Headphones Review: A Stylish Entry with Excellent Performance

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Sonos, the renowned home audio brand, took a bold step into the world of personal audio by introducing the Sonos Ace headphones. This premium, over-ear wireless headphones boast a sleek design, active noise cancellation (ANC), and the promise of signature Sonos sound.

Design and Comfort
Sonos doesn’t disappoint when it comes to aesthetics. The Ace headphones exude a minimalist elegance. Available in black and soft white, they feature a matte finish with metallic accents. The build quality feels substantial, with a mix of plush memory foam earcups and a sturdy, lightweight frame. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, thanks to the generous earcup padding and a well-distributed weight balance.

Controls and Functionality
Sonos opts for physical buttons over the now-commonplace touch controls. A multi-function “Content Key” on the right earcup handles playback, volume, and track skipping. A separate button cycles through ANC modes and voice assistant activation. The buttons offer a satisfying tactile response, a welcome change from the finicky nature of touch controls.

The Sonos app, though not as feature-rich as some competitors’ offerings, provides basic controls such as ANC adjustments and a five-band EQ, which allows for some sound customisation. One notable feature is multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two devices simultaneously. This is a convenient feature for users who switch frequently between phones and laptops.

Sound Quality
The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly. For audiophiles, the Sonos Ace offers an outstanding soundstage.

The ANC is excellent, effectively blocking out low-frequency noise such as aeroplane hum and traffic rumble. Call quality is also very good, with the built-in microphones doing an adequate job of picking up your voice during calls.

Battery Life and Connectivity
Sonos boasts a stellar battery life of 30+ hours with ANC turned on. This is a major plus for frequent travellers and long listening sessions. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable connection with minimal latency.

A unique feature of the Sonos Ace is its potential integration with the Sonos ecosystem. The app allows you to switch seamlessly between the headphones and your Sonos home speakers. This functionality is currently limited, but future updates could unlock features such as using the headphones as surround sound speakers for your Sonos home theatre setup.

Verdict
The Sonos Ace headphones are a solid first entry into the wireless headphone market. They boast excellent noise cancellation, a comfortable design, and long battery life. The sound quality is quite good, too. The potential for deeper integration with the Sonos ecosystem is intriguing, however, the hefty price tag might deter some budget-conscious consumers.

If you’re a Sonos loyalist looking for a pair of stylish headphones with excellent ANC and good sound quality, the Sonos Ace is a compelling option, especially if the promise of future ecosystem integration appeals to you. The Sonos Ace headphones are a promising debut with a clear focus on comfort, noise cancellation, and design. They offer a well-rounded listening experience with the potential for exciting future developments within the Sonos ecosystem.

Price: AED 2099

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The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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