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Acer Launches a New Range of Eco-Friendly, Solar-Powered, Portable Energy Solutions



Acer has announced the expansion of its product portfolio and business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a range of new eco-friendly, solar-powered, energy storage solutions. The rising demand for sustainable energy has led to the increasing popularity of mobile power stations. These portable solar-powered systems offer multiple benefits, providing backup power in storm-prone areas, additional power generation on-the-go and access to enough stored energy to power a household for up to 24 hours in the event of a power outage*.

The new range of mobile power stations comes in 600W, 1800W and 3000W models, coupled with a choice of 100W, 200W and 400W foldable solar panels, supporting the increasing need for variable, renewable energy. As a 100% clean energy source, the power stations with solar panels are ideal for indoor, outdoor or off-grid living. These solar-powered systems are ideal for countless scenarios such as camping, power outages, an outdoor office, home emergencies, entertainment on the go, wireless charging of medical equipment, powering fish tanks in a power outage and supporting outdoor activities.

Power Station Range
Each of the three power stations in the new range comes with a bidirectional topology that supports fast charging, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), a switch to backup power within 14 ms, aluminium alloy brackets featuring a stronger structural design and intelligent air cooling system. They each feature automatic detection of input frequency, 50 Hz or 60 Hz AC output frequency and multiple types of input ports for charging via solar panels, wall, or car charger. The built-in intelligent battery management system protects against overvoltage, overheating and short circuits.

The APS311 600W Portable Power Station
The APS311 600W is a portable power station with a 512W battery that can be fully charged in less than 2 hours and weighs just 7 kg. Even with standard dimensions of just 301 mmW, 227 mmH, and 193 mmD in size, its rated power is up to 600W with peak power up to 1000W and it will still have over 80% capacity after 3,000 charging cycles. With a generous selection of ports to connect multiple types of devices, it features 2 x AC, 2 USB-A ports, 2 Type-C ports, a car charging port, 2 x AC and 2 x DC 5521. For charging, there is an AC input jack, a carport and a 200W PV input system for connecting to a solar panel.

The APS321 1800W Portable Power Station
The APS321 is a medium-power portable station sized at 432 mmW, 270 mmH, 300 mmD with a 1229Wh battery capacity that is fully charged in less than 2 hours. Weighing just 22KG, it has a rated power of up to 1800W, peak power of up to 3000W and a life span of up to 3000 charging cycles. The APS321 Power Station features 2 x AC output ports, 2 x USB-A, 2 x USB-A quick charge ports, 2 x Type-C, a carport and 2 x DC 5521. It connects for charging via an AC port, car charging port or a 400W PV solar panel.

The APS331 3000W Portable Power Station (with optional additional battery)
The APS331 3000W is a high-power portable station, sized at 536 mmW, 303 mmH, and 343 mmD and weighing in at 34 kg. It comes with a bottom wheel design making it easier to transport. The square lithium iron phosphate battery, with 2560Wh capacity, is fully charged in less than 2 hours. The device supports battery expansion technology for larger battery capacity, supporting up to 6 extra batteries to reach a total capacity of 17.5KWh.

With a rated power of up to 3000W, peak power of up to 5000W and ultra-durable life span of up to 4000 charging cycles, it provides many years of service. The APS331 model boasts a host of ports to make the wireless charging of any device a breeze. It features multiple output ports including 3 x AC, 2 x USB-A slots, 2 x USB-A quick charge slots, 2 x Type-C slots, a car port, 2 x DC 5521 and an Anderson plug. It can be charged via its AC jack, a car charger or 2 x 400W solar panel PV input slots.

APS300 2.5kWh Battery
The APS300 is a 2.5KWh optional extra battery for the APS331 3000W portable power station. It can be expanded by connecting to an outdoor power source and can currently be connected to a maximum of 6 power packs in parallel to reach a capacity of 17.5kWh. With the average home drawing 750W to 1,000W of power per hour, this could power a household for more than 24 hours. The APS300 2.5KWh battery adopts large-capacity, high-safety square aluminum-shell battery cells and a built-in BMS management and protection system for real-time monitoring of battery working status.

High-Power Portable and Foldable Solar Panels
The three high-power portable and foldable solar panels in the new range from Acer are an efficient way to capture solar energy to charge devices and appliances both at home and on the go, especially useful when there is limited access to another power source. Each model in the new range is IP67 waterproof rated and comes with an adjustable kickstand. Made of high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon, the foldable panels offer up to 23% conversion rate, producing more power per square foot and ensuring they are very space-efficient.

The 400W ASP330 model in peak conditions can produce 1.6kW daily, making it capable of easily powering most consumer devices like laptops, gaming consoles, televisions, fans, printers and even an average-sized RV on a camping trip. It weighs just 19.3 kg and unfolded it is 2890 x 958 mm with 11.6A maximum operating current and 36V maximum operating voltage.

The mid-size 200W ASP320 solar panel, which can generate around 10-12 amps of energy per hour in peak conditions, is 1895 mm x 775 mm unfolded and weighs 11.25 kg with a maximum operating current of 11A and a maximum operating voltage of 20V.

The 100W ASP310 solar panel, which can generate approximately 300-600 watt-hours (Wh) of energy in a day, weighs just 6.6 kg and is 1683 mm x 554 mm in size when unfolded. Its maximum operating current is 6.1A and its maximum operating voltage is 18V.

The Acer ASP311 power station is available starting March 2024 at $699. The Acer ASP321 power station is available starting March 2024 at $1399. The Acer ASP331 power station is available on starting March 2024 at $2199. The Acer APS300 2.5kWh additional battery is available starting March 2024 at $1699.

 The Acer ASP310 100W solar panel is available starting March 2024 at $229. The Acer ASP320 200W solar panel is available starting March 2024 at $449. The Acer ASP330 400W solar panel is available starting March 2024 at $849.

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Lenovo Launches ThinkPad P1 Gen 7 Mobile Workstation



Lenovo has introduced its latest mobile workstation lineup tailored to deliver exceptional power and performance necessary for managing complex workloads. The ThinkPad P1 Gen 7, P16v i Gen 2, P16s i Gen 3, and P14s i Gen 5, equipped with cutting-edge AI technologies, aim to revolutionize the way professionals interact with AI workflows. Through collaborations with industry leaders Intel, NVIDIA, and Micron, Lenovo has developed powerful AI PCs capable of meeting the demands of modern AI-intensive tasks. The integration of Intel Core Ultra processors with integrated neural processing units (NPUs) and NVIDIA RTX Ada Generation GPUs represents a significant advancement in AI technology, enhancing overall performance and productivity.

The latest ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations, powered by Intel Core Ultra processors and NVIDIA RTX Ada Generation GPUs, offer flexible, high-performance, and energy-efficient AI-ready PCs. The integrated NPU handles light, continuous AI tasks, while the NVIDIA GPU manages more demanding day-to-day AI processing, ensuring smooth and reliable AI functionality for professionals engaged in various tasks, from 3D modelling and scene development to AI inferencing and training.

“Designed with mobile-first professionals in mind, the newest Lenovo ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations offer an ideal combination of workstation know-how, high levels of AI-ready performance, and true mobility,” said Rob Herman, Vice President, Worldwide Workstation and Client AI Business at Lenovo. “Representing the pinnacle of workstation innovation, the new ThinkPad P series laptops are built to power creative professionals, engineers, and data scientists through complex workflows, wherever they need to be.”

The ThinkPad P1 Gen 7 stands out as Lenovo’s ultraportable and high-performance mobile workstation designed for intensive machine learning tasks. Its premium aluminium construction complements powerful internals, including the latest Intel vPro, Evo Edition featuring Intel Core Ultra processors, integrated NPU, and up to the NVIDIA RTX 3000 Ada Generation laptop GPU. By leveraging the collective strength of the CPU, NPU, and GPU, this Lenovo workstation is optimized to meet AI processing requirements effectively.

Featuring a liquid metal thermal design in select configurations, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 7 enhances cooling performance and long-term reliability, crucial for critical workflows demanding maximum performance for extended periods. The laptop boasts a 16-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and narrow bezels, providing a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio, along with options for configuring an OLED touchscreen. With features such as low blue light displays, Dolby Vision, and colour calibration, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 7 caters to modern hybrid workers’ needs.

The ThinkPad P1 Gen 7 also introduces LPDDR5x LPCAMM memory, up to 64GB, making it the world’s first mobile workstation to include this innovative memory solution. Developed by Micron in collaboration with Lenovo, LPCAMM delivers one of the fastest energy-efficient modular memory solutions for PCs, ideal for high-performance memory requirements in mobile workstations and AI PC workloads.

Lenovo’s AI-ready mobile workstations are poised to enhance user productivity across industries like AEC, M&E, automotive, and healthcare, providing accelerated power for sophisticated workloads. With advanced AI and graphics processing capabilities, Lenovo’s ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations empower professionals to tackle larger datasets without sacrificing performance, enabling significant gains in AI-powered productivity.

Through the seamless integration of NVIDIA RTX technology and Intel Core Ultra processors, Lenovo’s AI-Ready mobile workstations boost overall performance, reducing time to outcome for professional creators and data scientists across various workflows, from content creation to business productivity tools.

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HP Unleashes Latest OMEN and HyperX Gaming Arsenal



HP ignited the Dubai gaming scene today with a showcase of its latest OMEN and HyperX devices and accessories. The event unveiled a collection of cutting-edge products designed to elevate the gaming experience for all. “HP understands the evolving needs of gamers, creators, and streamers. The OMEN and HyperX lineup caters to this diverse audience, offering a blend of power, performance, and quality. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a casual player, or just starting your PC journey, OMEN and HyperX offer a perfect match for an immersive and seamless experience,” the company said.

OMEN Transcend 14
The star of the show was the highly anticipated OMEN Transcend 14. This lightweight 14-inch powerhouse is built for those who demand both gaming excellence and creative freedom. Featuring a stunning 2.8K 120Hz OLED display and powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra Processor, the OMEN Transcend 14 seamlessly blends portability with premium performance. This allows users to transition between gaming and creative tasks on-the-go, without sacrificing processing power.

Beyond the Transcend 14, the showcase also featured:

  1. A broad selection of other OMEN laptops boasting impressive performance and design.
  2. An array of HyperX gaming gear, including mice, headsets, backpacks, and the world’s most customizable mechanical keyboard.

HyperX Alloy Rise

“With PC gamers numbered 1.1 billion and an expected growth to 1.85 billion this year, gaming is not just a pastime; it’s a dynamic and evolving culture that connects people worldwide,” said Peter Oganesean, Managing Director of HP Middle East. “Our Gaming Showcase in Dubai underscores our dedication to providing gamers with the latest advancements in technology, empowering them to reach new heights of performance and enjoyment.”

HyperX QuadCast

HP’s Dubai Gaming Showcase wasn’t just about unveiling new products, it was a strategic move aligning with the region’s thriving gaming scene. Gaming in the Middle East is no longer a solitary activity; it’s a social phenomenon fostering vibrant communities. With the UAE gaming market expected to grow steadily at 5.40% annually from 2024 to 2027, OMEN and HyperX are stepping up to meet this growing demand.

HyperX Pulsefire Mat RGB

HP’s latest offerings prioritize personalized experiences, delivering top-notch performance, sleek designs, and extensive customization options to cater to the diverse needs of Middle Eastern gamers. Attendees at the showcase weren’t just passive observers. Interactive demos and expert insights allowed them to experience firsthand the power and versatility of the OMEN and HyperX lineup. The message was clear: from competitive esports to immersive storytelling, these products offer limitless possibilities for gamers to explore and excel.

HyperX Cloud III

The showcase also highlighted HP’s commitment to a sustainable future. Eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient designs were incorporated into the showcased gaming devices and accessories, demonstrating that responsible practices can go hand-in-hand with high-performance gaming gear. By aligning with the Middle East’s burgeoning gaming community and prioritizing personalization, performance, and sustainability, HP positions itself as a leader in the region’s ever-evolving gaming landscape.

HP’s Dubai Gaming Showcase wasn’t just about announcements, it was an exhibition of cutting-edge technology for passionate gamers. Here’s a closer look at some of the key highlights:

OMEN Transcend 14: This ultra-light champion weighs in at only 1637g, defying expectations for a portable powerhouse. Featuring a stunning 2.8K 120Hz OLED display and the latest Intel Core Ultra Processor with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs, it allows seamless switching between gaming and creative endeavors, anywhere, anytime.

OMEN Transcend 16: This desktop replacement boasts a stunning 240Hz, 16:10 display with vivid colours and high refresh rates. Powered by the latest 14th-generation Intel processors and up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070, it empowers creators and gamers alike.

HyperX QuadCast

HyperX Cloud III Wireless Headset Black: This evolution of the legendary Cloud II Wireless incorporates next-gen technology and a sleek design, delivering exceptional audio for the most dedicated players.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini Wireless Black Mouse: Weighing less than 60 grams, this ultra-light, wireless mouse offers precision control in a compact form factor.

HyperX Pulsefire Mousepad: Engineered for durability and precision tracking, this mousepad features an optimized surface and anti-fray stitching for enhanced comfort and control during intense gameplay.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini Wireless

HyperX Alloy Rise 75 Gaming Keyboard: The “world’s most customizable” toolless mechanical keyboard, the Alloy Rise takes personalization to a whole new level. Hot-swappable key switches, magnetic top plates, badges, and more let you tailor your keyboard to your exact needs.

HyperX QuadCast S Black Microphone: This condenser microphone delivers both broadcast-quality audio and stunning aesthetics. Customizable RGB lighting adds a touch of style to any stream setup.

HyperX Knight and Delta Backpacks: These durable, weather-resistant backpacks offer secure storage for your gaming essentials, with classic HyperX colours and airline carry-on compliance for ultimate portability.

OMEN 17: OMEN recently announced the upcoming launch of the OMEN 17 Gaming Laptop. Designed for the multi-faceted gamer who dabbles in content creation and esports, this laptop boasts increased performance, larger screens, and captivating visuals. It caters to a growing segment of gamers who demand versatility from their machines.

Staying true to its innovative spirit, OMEN will integrate a dedicated Copilot key for quick AI accessibility. This intriguing feature remains shrouded in a bit of mystery, but it hints at AI-powered functionalities to streamline the gaming experience. Additionally, an AI-driven OMEN camera and voice enhancer will elevate your audio and video quality, ensuring seamless communication with teammates or viewers.

The showcase also highlighted HP’s recent partnership with Riot Games, the powerhouse behind popular titles like League of Legends (LoL Esports), VALORANT (VCT), and Teamfight Tactics (TFT Esports). This groundbreaking global collaboration will reshape the gaming and esports experience for players worldwide. As the official Riot Games Technology partner, OMEN and HyperX gain access to Riot’s massive player base. This collaboration empowers them to provide top-tier hardware and technological solutions that will fuel various aspects of the Riot Games ecosystem, from powering the experiences of millions of players to supporting record-breaking esports events.

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LG Launches “World’s Smallest” 4K Portable Projector



LG Electronics (LG) will reveal its groundbreaking CineBeam Q 4K UHD smart portable laser projector that is coming to market by next month, and will unveil it to local media and stakeholders at a spectacular showcase event in the Ballroom of Abu Dhabi’s Conrad Etihad Towers this Wednesday 24th of April, setting a new standard for home entertainment in the Middle East, combining small simplicity, premium picture quality, and ease of use in a compact, portable design. Measuring a mere 5.5 inches long, 5 inches high, and just over 3 inches wide, the CineBeam Q boasts a refined, minimalist design that seamlessly integrates into any space, its innovative rotating handle offers practical benefits, allowing users to easily transport the 1.3 kg projector anywhere or adjust the viewing angle for a personalized cinematic experience.

Whether for a movie night on a living room wall or pointed above for a celestial skyscape shown on a ceiling, with auto screen adjustment, customers can simply place, point, and play. With the ability to create a screen size of up to 120 inches, the CineBeam Q delivers an epic home cinema experience with 8.3 million pixels for 4K UHD, a DCI-P3 154% color gamut, and a 450,000:1 contrast ratio that ensures clear color detail and deep, rich blacks on screen. The projector’s brightness of up to 500 ANSI Lumens, combined with a three-channel RGB Laser light source, further enhances the viewing experience.

Another standout feature of the CineBeam Q is its seamless integration with webOS, allowing users to stream the latest hit series and blockbuster films directly from the projector, while popular platforms such as Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and Apple TV are all supported, providing endless entertainment possibilities. The LG CineBeam Q projector will go on sale in the UAE and Qatar next month.

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