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The Beam Machine

A Retrospective
In late 2016, the Windows Insider team did something new. We hosted a real-time Webcast. While the concept of a webcast is not new, this was the first one for us. We hosted it during the development cycle for the Creator’s update and we timed it with the first Bug Bash. It was a small but fun session and we immediately knew it was something we’d want to do again. When the second Bug Bash for the Windows 10 Creators Update occurred in February of this year, we hosted two more webcast sessions. Each session was a success and brought in more Insiders from around the world. The webcasts provided an opportunity to chat directly with, for Insiders to chat with one other, and to have a little face-to-face time with some of the Microsoft employees they engage with frequently on social media.
As with anything new, there were some growing pains. The webcast sessions were fun and engaging, but the broadcast itself was a bit rough around the edges. There were a few technical difficulties with the streaming software, the PC hosting the video stream was a bit underpowered, and Insiders reported the video quality as being sub-par. Although the general feedback about the webcasts was positive, we knew we could make some improvements and provide a better experience.
What to do?
Insider feedback in-hand, it was time to make a few changes, but where to start? The easy thing to tackle was the video quality. We used a small lower-resolution webcam for the original webcasts, so making a change here was straight-forward. To enhance this part of the webcast experience, we acquired a Logitech BRIO 4k webcam. It is the first 4k consumer webcam and during our internal testing with it, it provides a huge leap in video quality compared to our previous hardware.
The Logitech Brio
Next up for review was the broadcasting software.  Our first broadcasts were run using OBS Studio with FTL.  This software was simple to set up and configure and was easy to become familiar with for our webcasts. Knowing we wanted to get progressively “fancier” over the course of time, we posed some questions to the web community and to our partners on the Beam team as to what the best software out there is and were pointed to XSplit Broadcaster. While we haven’t hosted a webcast using this new software, it does look like it will allow us to achieve some of our future goals with providing higher quality webcasts.
Having tackled two of the three important aspects of the webcast, it was time to overhaul the computer being used to host the broadcast. That brings us to the birth of the #BeamMachine.
The #BeamMachine
How do you start a new PC build?  If you could pick out the parts and build to your own specifications, what hardware would you choose? The core of any new PC builds comes down to two key questions: what is your budget, and do you want an Intel or AMD based setup? Our focus for this build was video streaming, a function that is CPU intensive and is good to support with the proper RAM.  We weren’t building a gaming rig, so we didn’t need the most cutting edge graphics card. The rest of the core components would fall into place as we compiled our parts list.
Wanting to build a solid machine that would be somewhat future-proof, we chatted with some partner teams and set our build expectations. As much fun as it is to spend money on new computers, we have budgets too! Being the figurative core of the new build, the first part up for consideration was the CPU.  Intel has a reputation for being the fastest and most cutting-edge, but that performance comes at a price. Comparatively, AMD recently released their new Ryzen series processor and the initial reviews on performance were promising. Keeping our budget in mind, the new Ryzen chipset was now the focal point of the build. The difference between the 1700x and the faster 1800x was $100, so we decided to splurge a bit and go for the faster version.
The AMD Ryzen 7 1800x Processor
Having settled on a processor, the rest of the #BeamMachine build fell into place quickly. Being a first-generation processor, the list of compatible motherboards was somewhat limited, but thankfully some of the better-known OEMs have already been working on their supporting hardware. Given our timeline for the build, general availability, and MSI’s reputation for ease of setting over-clocking configurations, the new X370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard rose to the top of our build list.
MSI’s X370 Gaming Pro Carbon
Next up was RAM and the choices were bountiful. Honestly there were more options than we could sort through. There’s a lot to take into consideration though. What speed RAM do you want? Are you going to over-clock it?  What’s the performance vs. cost ratio?  I personally have had great past experiences with G.Skill RAM and overclocking and quickly settled on a choice.
G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM
Next on the list was graphics.  As mentioned before, we didn’t need the most powerful graphics card out there since it’s not vital to the streaming experience. Knowing this wouldn’t be a constraint, there were plenty of options to select from. Hard drive capability was another important factor if we were going to record the video streams, so we made sure to put a high-quality solid-state drive (SSD) on the build list.
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD
At this point we were down to the finishing components. We needed to top off the build with a quality power supply, a case that would show off the internal components, and we made the decision to add a closed-loop liquid cooling system (because hey, why not!).  With these final components selected, the #BeamMachine was ready to go! Well, on paper at least.  Now it was time to order parts and wait for the boxes to arrive. Over the course of about two weeks, boxes arrived one-by-one until the full slate of components was ready to go and the new PC was ready to come to life. It was finally time to start building!
Here’s a quick recap of the system components used in the build:
AMD Ryzen 7 1800x CPU
MSI x370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard
32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4 RAM
Samsung EVO 960 M.2 NVME solid-state drive
MSI GEFORCE GTX 1050 TI graphics card
Corsair H110i liquid cooling system
Corsair RM750x power supply
Thermaltake X71 full-tower case
Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste
And of course, some awesome LEDs to make the build stand out
Thankfully we took many photos throughout the build process as we wanted to document and share the build process for anyone who has never assembled their own PC, or for those who love watching new PCs come to life.  Without further ado, let’s get to the photos!
The pile of internal components.

A freshly unboxed PC case.
The new MSI motherboard, complete with built-in M.2 SSD slots.
Time to start building!
What’s a PC build without a little Mountain Dew? And a CPU!
The new AMD Ryzen 7 1800x CPU taking its place.
Dropping the new SSD into place.
Next in: the Corsair RM 750X Power Supply.
A fully-modular power supply is a dream for cable management! 

It’s starting to look a little like a PC!
Now for some cooling capability: Corsair H110i liquid cooling unit.
Yours truly attaching the radiator to the top of the case.
The Corsair H110i comes with the necessary AMD Ryzen bracket!
Four quick snaps and our 32GB of RAM is quickly installed.
Graphics anyone? Remove two accessory panels from the back of the case and the new MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a quick install.
Attaching up the case header pins, some fan plugs, and of course… the speaker!
Easy clean: the Thermaltake X71 case has a removable magnetic mesh top.
A view from “the dark side”. Cable management is important!

The end is near!
A quick-power on to ensure all is well and that the BIOS posts as expected.
Who is going to clean up this mess?

The #BeamMachine is alive and well. And in the words of the late Bob Ross, “we’ll put a happy little tree right here…”
In total the build took a little over two hours. I’ll admit that I’m picky about cable management, a topic that many home PC builders tend to be very particular about (and rightfully so). If you’re going to take the time to build a beautiful new PC, it’s worth putting in the effort to do it properly.
Overall the build went very smoothly; there were no hardware install problems and with the careful consideration put into the parts before purchase, all the hardware chosen was fully compatible and we did not encounter any inter-operability issues. It’s nice when a build comes together! There’s something special about putting in the time and effort to build it yourself, and while not all Windows Insiders out there build their own PCs, there are no doubt many of you who have gone through this same process and felt the wave of joy when it boots and posts after you press the power button for the first time.
Any time you set out to create something, be it a piece of software, a new PC build, or something as altruistic as sharing feedback on a bug or new feature idea you have, you’re taking the time to invest yourself. You’re investing in your abilities, your ideas, and your desire to have an impact. Windows Insiders invest every day via participation in this program. Our efforts to build a new PC to better connect with you all via our monthly webcasts is another way of showing our appreciation for all you do day-in and day-out to make the Insider program the success it has become and will continue to be. I look forward to connecting with you and am excited about our new series of webcasts.
Continue creating, and as Dona always says, “keep hustlin’”!
– Jason

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16184 for PC + Build 15208 for Mobile

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are excited to be a) hosting our very first Insider webcast from the brand new #BeamMachine AND b) doing our first ever build release during a webcast. We are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16184 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15208 to Insiders in the Fast ring.
What’s New in Build 16184 For PC
My People: Technology is all about making it easier for you to connect with your most important people. Whether you want to share a photo, make plans for dinner, or get an answer from a friend or coworker – My People is here to take it to the next level and bring the people you care about most to the center of your experience.

You can now:
Pin your people to the taskbar – we’ll suggest some to start with, or you can pick your own! (Note: you are currently limited to having 3 people pinned to your taskbar currently.)
View multiple communication apps together and filtered to each person on your taskbar.
Choose the app you want to use to chat and we’ll remember for next time.
By now, you are wondering ‘but how do I host this party in my taskbar?’. To start with, go to the Store app and make sure you have all the latest updates for the Skype, Mail, and People apps. Then click on the People icon in the taskbar to activate the first run experience and get setup.
Note: Contact syncing is enabled by default following system settings in versions 11.13+ of Skype. If you have an older version of Skype you will need to manually enable contact syncing via the Skype app settings.
Have feedback you want to share with the team? We want to hear it! You can send us feedback by tapping the ellipsis in the People flyout and selecting “Send feedback”, or by opening the Feedback Hub and sharing your thoughts in the Desktop Environment > My People section. We have some more work on its way for this that will soon be lighting up for Insiders, including our improved Share story for People, so stay tuned!
New experience for Gmail accounts in Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps: Last week, we announced we’re introducing a new experience for Gmail accounts in the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps that brings our latest features such as Focused Inbox and richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries that were previously only available to those with an Outlook.com or Office 365 email address. Windows Insiders will be the first to try out the new experience as the roll-out gradually happens over the next few weeks. You’ll know the new experience is available for your account when you are prompted to update your Gmail account settings.

Changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
We fixed an issue where night light could get stuck in a disabled state.
We’ve updated Start to use the improved XAML scrollbar style announced during Creators Update development.
We fixed an issue from recent flights where dragging an app from Start’s All apps list into the tile grid would result in Start crashing.
We fixed an issue for those using Windows in Japanese, where on first login after an upgrade certain apps would unexpectedly appear at the bottom of the Start’s All apps list for an hour or until being launched, instead of the normal sorted position.
Since the preview picture in Start Settings only previewed background and theming changes, which are already available to be previewed on their corresponding Settings pages, we’ve made the decision to remove it.
We’ve improved the loading performance of the Notification Settings page.
Some audio drivers have an “encoding Audio Processing Object” feature; this is commonly known as “Dolby Digital Live” or “DTS Connect”. This takes the output of the Windows audio engine mix, encodes it (as Dolby Digital, DTS, or some other format) and sends it out over a S/PDIF optical link for decoding by an external audio receiver. An issue was introduced which resulted in this feature no longer working, which is now fixed.
We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in Photos crashing if you opened a picture from the Collection page and then pressed the back button in the title back.
We fixed an issue resulting in Counter Strike Global Offensive hanging or freezing during game play on the latest builds (16176+).
We fixed the issue where pressing F12 to open the Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge while F12 is open and focused may not return focus to the tab F12 is opened against, and vice-versa.
Known issues for PC
ADDED: PC Reset via Settings > Update & security > Recovery will not work on this build.
Some Insiders have reported seeing this error “Some updates were cancelled. We’ll keep trying in case new updates become available.” in Windows Update. See this forum post for more details.
Double-clicking on the Windows Defender icon in the notification area does not open Windows Defender. Right-clicking on the icon and choosing open will open Windows Defender.
Surface 3 devices fail to update to new builds if a SD memory card is inserted. The updated drivers for the Surface 3 that fix this issue have not yet been published to Windows Update.
exe will crash and restart if you tap any of the apps listed in the Windows Ink Workspace’s Recent Apps section.
Insiders who use Simplified Chinese IMEs or the Traditional Chinese Changjie or Quick IME to input text will find that the candidate window doesn’t appear when typing into certain apps. If you press space, the first candidate will be finalized. Using the number keys will not finalize any other candidate. If the candidate you need is not the first one, for now you will have to enter your text into an app where the candidate window appears, such as Notepad, and copy it into the desired text field.
Navigating to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update may crash Settings app. You can simply re-open the Settings app again and it should work again.
The “Save” dialog appears to be broken in several desktop (Win32) apps. The team is investigating. This will break things such as Chinese IME, etc.
Localized apps on localized x64 Windows 10 Insider Preview builds will not work.
We’ve heard some reports that the Action Center isn’t opening as reliably in recent builds, and are investigating.
Changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile
We’ve fixed the issue where some Insiders were unable to open both the Connect UX page and/or the “Add Bluetooth or other devices” setting on the Bluetooth Settings page.
We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected extra ~20 sec being added to the phone shutdown process due to a deadlock if you tried to shut down soon after switching from one network to another.
Known issues for Mobile
A small percentage of devices may experience text message backup loss related to backup and recovery of the messaging database.
The copyright date is incorrect under Settings > System > About. It shows as 2016 when it should be 2017. Thanks to the Windows Insiders that reported this!
Insiders may experience random shutdowns on some devices.
In some cases, the WeChat app may crash on launch.
 Community Updates
Many Windows Insiders have asked to be introduced to members of the team beyond the four of us they engage with daily on the Twitters/forums. This is something we’ll do in these blog posts and publish them on our SHINY new website that will debut in June. Today we’ll start with the Windows Insider team.

First a quick walkthrough of how our org works.
Windows and Devices Group – thousands of people who build Windows, our apps, devices and services. Within WDG are a group of people called.
Community Champs + FlightOps – Engineers throughout WDG who live and breathe customer data/feedback – these are all the lovely humans who help make flight/no flight decisions based on data and feedback from Windows Insiders. Each person is responsible for a specific area from Core UX to deployment and are the main evangelists for customer feedback for their area. Within this group are a bunch of folks you all probably know well.
Windows Insider Team – a scrappy group of six who represent the Windows Insiders both internally and externally. Here we are below left to right with our Twitter handles. Please get in touch with us if you want to know about the things we’re working on!
Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) – Chief #NinjaCat wrangler Dona’s main responsibility is making sure the right bugs and features are being invested in by the engineering teams for this release and future releases and communicating back to Insiders. Another responsibility is engaging with all of the other community engagement programs in Microsoft and figure out how they can Insider like Windows does. A third area of investigation is figuring out how to empower Insiders to grow and use their technical superpowers to create a lasting impact in their world.
Blair Glennon (@jbglennon) – Baseball loving Blair leads the Windows Insider Program for Business sub-program and owns Insider Insights. He is the one who partners with our AMAZING data science team to understand the happiness and health of our overall community. Through both quant and qual data (cluster/trend analysis, surveys, side convos at meet-ups), he helps us determine what we need to do to better co-create Windows and the Insider program with you all.
Jason Howard (@northfacehiker) – #TeriyakiTuesday-loving Beam Master Jason leads social sentiment from Insiders to communicate to the overall WDG org. He also spends a ton of his time helping Insiders get unblocked on build issues and rolling up lists of top issues to the product teams. He is also the creator and owner of the monthly Insider Beam webcasts.
Tyler Ahn (@skrelnick) – Chihuahua-mom Tyler leads the Global fan programs and the Insider MVP Program. She is partnering with Brandon on the website spec and launch and thinking about how to create Insider-in-a-box so you can run Insider programs within your own organizations! She has over a decade of experience doing business development in emerging markets and has the superpower of taking an activity and figuring out how to scale it globally eg CAT-in-a-box, forums, etc. She has been an INVALUABLE asset for our team as we think about building products and services to empower EVERY person and organization on the planet to do the thing.
Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) – Bat’leth wielding Brandon owns the main communication to Insiders. He works with the Community Champs to make sure the features and bugs are represented in our communication. Brandon is working on the Insider all-up social media strategy as well as content creation for our shiny new website.
Jeremiah Marble (@jeremiahmarble) – Global negroni hunter Jeremiah is the architect of the Windows Insider Program. He drives projects for our core audiences and projects, deciding where and how to grow our community. This year, he’s focusing heavily on global entrepreneurs and creatives. He also leads our “Co-Creating with Sub-communities” initiative, which will launch its first pilots in June. As a third area, he’s looking at ways to better connect Insiders seeking to help others. Jeremiah was a founding member of the Windows Insider Program and our current “village elder”.
Keep hustling team,
Dona

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Acer announces powerful new gaming notebooks with Windows 10

These devices are built to take advantage of everything that’s new for PC gamers in the Windows 10 Creators Update. With the Creators Update, you have access to built-in game streaming with Beam and a better gaming experience on Windows 10 with Game Mode, which dedicates more system resources to your game. With Windows 10, these devices also have your personal digital assistant, Cortana*, built-in, are equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12 and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere. Head over here for tips on getting started using the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC.
Let’s take a look at these devices:
The Predator Triton 700: a Thin yet Powerful Gaming Notebook without Compromise

Powered by Windows 10, the Predator Triton 700’s svelte 18.9 mm (.74 inch), 2.6kg (5.7 pound) aluminum chassis houses a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display and best-in-class computing technologies, striking just the right balance of size and performance without sacrificing thermals, features or rigidity.
Must-have gaming tech and features include standard-voltage 7th Gen Intel Core processors, the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics, speedy NVMe PCIe SSDs and lightning-fast Thunderbolt 3. two NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration and up to 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz memory.
As the first of the new ultrathin Predator Triton gaming notebook series, its understated black chassis features a minimalist design. A large glass plate above the keyboard serves as a window into the notebook’s cooling system, showcasing the AeroBlade 3D Fan and five heat pipes, and also functions as a touchpad.

Other features include:
Killer DoubleShot Pro networking and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which provides speeds up to 40 Gbps and supports dual 4K video output
Bright, vibrant visuals on a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC support for connecting to an external monitor
Acer TrueHarmony delivers immersive audio with crisp, rich acoustics. Skype for Business Certification ensures conversations are clear and lag-free.
PredatorSense software enables you to control and customize the Predator Triton 700’s vitals from one central interface, including lighting, hotkeys, fan control and general system monitoring.
Dual Acer AeroBlade 3D Fans provides advanced thermal performance allowing for its ultrathin form factor
Two USB 3.0 ports (featuring power-off USB charging), one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort connector and a Gigabit Ethernet port for those preferring a hard-wired connection.
Price and Availability: The Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook will be available in North America in August starting at $2,999; and in EMEA in August starting at €3,399.
The new powerful Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook line offers strong performance at midrange prices

The new Predator Helios 300 line is powered by Windows 10, 7th Gen Intel Core i7 or i5 standard-voltage processors, overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti graphics, fast wireless connectivity and solid state drives.
At the heart of the Predator Helios 300 is an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti GPU combined with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 (7700HQ) or i5 processor (7300HQ) for outstanding performance. All of this processing power is supported with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory (upgradable to 32GB), a speedy SATA SSD and a 1TB HDD.
Bright 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch FHD IPS displays provide vibrant, vivid imagery, while Acer TrueHarmony delivers immersive audio with crisp, rich acoustics. Skype for Business Certification ensures conversations are clear and lag-free while providing a great Cortana with Voice experience.
For smooth game play, a dual fan system featuring AeroBlade 3D Fans with ultra-thin metal blades keeps the notebook running at optimal temperatures. Preloaded PredatorSense software provides real time system information and overclocking, so gamers can monitor and control the system’s vitals from one central interface.
Other features include:
A classic but tasteful gaming chassis with an iron red backlit keyboard, selected models include a metal top cover and keyboard area for added strength and rigidity
Available with 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch FHD IPS displays.
Shipping with Windows 10, it offers powerful features and technologies at mid-range price points, making gaming notebooks more accessible than ever.
Includes a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port (featuring power-off USB charging), two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 connection
Connects wirelessly through fast 2×2 802.11ac technology, and also includes a Gigabit Ethernet port for those preferring a hard-wired connection.
An access compartment doors on the bottom of the notebooks makes it easy to upgrade memory and storage components.
Price and Availability: The Predator Helios 300 gaming notebooks with a 15.6-inch display will be available in North America in July starting at $1,299; in EMEA in August starting at €1,199; and in China in June starting at ¥9,999; models with a 17.3-inch display will be available in North America in July starting at ,399; in EMEA in August starting at €1,199; and in China in July starting at ¥9,999.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.
These new devices were unveiled this week at the next@acer press event held in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for gamers, creators, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit acer.com/nextatacer.
*Cortana available in select markets.

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Acer announces new notebooks, desktops, and 2-in-1s powered by Windows 10

These light up some of the best of Windows 10 – the touchscreens allow you to do everything from drawing on and highlighting webpages in Microsoft Edge, to drawing on your memories in the Photos app or adding notes to your map route with Windows Ink.
With Windows 10, these PCs also have Cortana* – your digital personal assistant who can help you find things, complete tasks, set reminders, and more – as well as comprehensive protection including anti-virus, firewall, Windows Defender and anti-phishing technologies – all delivered built-in at no extra cost to you. Some also include facial recognition or built-in fingerprint readers to allow you to login quickly and securely with Windows Hello.
Let’s take a look at these devices announced this week:
Acer’s all-new Aspire notebooks provide powerhouse computing for everyday needs

Acer revealed the all-new Aspire notebook line featuring Windows 10. The range of everyday notebooks cater to a wide range of consumer needs, spanning from the family-and-student friendly Aspire 1 and Aspire 3, the practical and mainstream Aspire 5, all the way to the top-of-the-line Aspire 7.
Aspire 1 – Essentials for the Cloud Era

The Aspire 1 has been crafted to hit the sweet spot for users looking for a notebook for family sharing and web browsing or as a second device.
1-year subscription of Office 365 Personal, and 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
11ac wireless technology, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI port and Ethernet
Powered by Intel Celeron or Pentium processors with 32 or 64 GB eMMC storage, 4 GB DDR3L memory and Intel HD Graphics supported by up to 9 hours of battery life
Measures less than 18 mm in height and weighs in at just 1.65 kg.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire 1 series will be available in North America in June starting at $219; and in EMEA in June starting at €249.
Aspire 3 – Everyday Computing

Following the same design and creative inspirations of the Aspire 1, extras were added to the Aspire 3 to give it a power and performance boost for more intensive media consumption needs.
The Aspire 3 comes with either a 14-inch HD, 15.6-inch HD or 15.6-inch Full HD display. Processor options for the Aspire 3 include Intel Core, Celeron and Pentium processors, with up to 12 GB of memory. It also includes Acer’s BlueLightShield technology to reduce the exposure of blue light.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire 3 series will be available in North America in June starting at $299; in EMEA in June starting at €399; and in China in April starting at ¥2,799.
Aspire 5 – A workhorse that stands out from the crowd

Stepping up the capabilities and design to match more demanding user requirements, the Aspire 5 looks to fit a media heavy lifestyle – it’s a dependable workhorse for anyone needing to create and share.
Powered by up to 7th Gen Intel Core processors, the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and a maximum of 20 GB DDR4 2400 MHz memory.
Range of options to choose from with HDDs up to 2 TB and M.2 SSDs up to 256 GB.
6-inch HD or Full HD display with IPS technology provides consistent colors and viewing from wide angles.
Acer TrueHarmony – which delivers bolder, more lifelike audio for a richer and immersive media enjoyment experience – ensures a great Cortana with Voice experience.
Skype for Business Certification ensures crisp and lag-free communication.
For additional peripherals, there’s a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port, USB 3.0 port that supports power-off charging, and another two USB 2.0 ports.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire 5 series will be available in North America in June starting at $449; in EMEA in June starting at €549; and in China in April starting at ¥3,999.
Aspire 7 – Powerhouse Performance for Creators

At the top of the Aspire line sits the Aspire 7, designed for professionals such as designers and anyone who needs power and performance to match their professional ambitions.
The Aspire 7 comes with either a 15-inch or 17-inch display
Powerful 7th Gen Intel Core standard-voltage processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics
The Aspire 7 comes with up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory and ample storage (HDD up to 2 TB and M.2 SSD up to 512 GB)
The Aspire 7 also packs a HD camera with HDR while Dolby Audio Premium provides a great entertainment experience.
Speedy network connectivity is provided with 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology and Gigabit Ethernet.
Pricing and Availability:  The Acer Aspire 7 series will be available in North America in June starting at $799; in EMEA in July starting at €899; and in China in May starting at ¥5,999.
Acer unveils two new additions to its Swift series of ultraslim and stylish notebooks for on-the-go lifestyles
The two newest additions to its Swift series notebook line up, the Acer Swift 3 and Swift 1, both feature Windows 10 and support Windows Hello through fingerprint readers for fast and secure login, while Skype for Business certification ensures crisp and lag-free communication and a great Cortana with Voice experience. These highlight some of the best of the recently released Windows 10 Creators Update, such as 3D in Windows 10, tab management features in Microsoft Edge, night light, dynamic lock, and more.
Acer Swift 3 – Essential Features at a Compelling Price

Up to 10 hours of battery life
Vivid 14-inch or 15.6-inch Full HD IPS anti-glare displays
Measuring in at 0.71 inches (17.95 mm) in height and weighing 3.9 pounds (1.8 kg)
7th Generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD or NVIDIA GeForce graphics
Up to 8GB of memory and 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology for fast and reliable internet connectivity
USB 3.1 Type-C port and an HD webcam with Super High Dynamic Range.
Acer BluelightShield allows users to control how much blue light is emitted for reducing eye strain
Acer TrueHarmony delivers bolder, more lifelike audio for a richer and immersive media enjoyment experience
Optional backlit keyboard makes typing in dimly lit environment effortless and a spacious Precision Touchpad provides ample room for navigating, scrolling and zooming.
Pricing and Availability: The Swift 3 series will be available in North America in June with prices starting at $599; in EMEA in June with prices starting at €649; and in China in April starting at ¥3,999.
Acer Swift 1 – light and budget-friendly

Lightweight and priced right for a student or others on a budget, the Swift 1 is highly portable and includes essential features for productivity anywhere, making them great value. Measuring in at 0.7 inches (14.95 mm) in height and weighing 2.87 pounds (1.3 kg), the Swift 1’s all-metal chassis is available in three colors (Pure Silver, Luxury Gold, and Sakura Pink).
Up to 10 hours of battery life
A 13.3-inch Full HD IPS1 display, an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, 4GB of memory and either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of SSD or eMMC storage.
Like the Swift 3, the Swift 1 also includes ultra-fast 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology, providing seamless connectivity.
Pricing and Availability:  The Swift 1 series will be available in North America in June with prices starting at $329; in EMEA in June with prices starting at €399; and in China in April starting at ¥3,499.
Acer expands Switch 2-in-1 line with powerful yet silent models
Acer expanded its popular Switch 2-in-1 notebook line with two new models – the Switch 5 and Switch 3 – featuring Windows 10 with the Creators Update, built with versatile, highly-mobile designs for work, school, and fun.
Both new Acer Switch 2-in-1 notebooks can be used with an Acer Active Pen on the touch screen to sketch, take notes or annotate documents or photos with Windows Ink or draw on the web with Microsoft Edge. Tablet Mode in Windows 10 delivers a smooth, touch-first experience where apps scale smoothly and onscreen features adapt for easy navigation.
They come with front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and capturing memories, with front webcams that provide 720p Full HD video recording. Both also have an attachable keyboard that snaps on with ultra-secure magnets and can be adjusted to your preference.
The Switch 5 and Switch 3 are available with ample storage and memory options, with a MicroSDXC slot. and a thin and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port for fast data transfers of up to 5Gbps from connected peripherals, to share video and power other devices. Both lines also have an additional USB 3.1 Type-A port and Bluetooth 4.0.
Fanless Switch 5 is performance-minded, quiet, and reliable

The Acer Switch 5 builds on the industry-leading innovations of its predecessor, the Acer Switch Alpha 12, providing a fanless, quiet experience through Acer LiquidLoop cooling, and excellent performance with up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors. Acer’s patented auto-retracting kickstand allows for easy one-handed adjustments to the viewing angle. It also supports Windows Hello with a built-in fingerprint reader for fast and secure access.

Features of the Acer Switch 5 include:
The Acer Switch 5 is thin and light, weighing 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 5 tablet alone measures just 9.6 mm (0.38 inches) in height, and weighs 0.92 kg (2.03 pounds).
Acer TrueHarmony and Smart Amplifier provide enhanced audio performance for clarity and robust volume to complement the exceptional display.
A vibrant 12-inch wide-view FHD+ touch display with IPS technology, an impressive 2160 x 1440 resolution and support from Intel HD Graphics 620
The Switch 5 supports a 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM .
For commercial customers, the Acer Switch 5 can be purchased with the Acer USB Type-C Dock that transforms the device into a powerful workstation.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Switch 5 will be available in North America in June starting at $799; in EMEA in June starting at €1,099; and in China in July starting at ¥7,499.
Switch 3 delivers 2-in-1 flexibility on a budget

The Switch 3 brings excellent usability and performance to students, families and anyone looking for an excellent all-around value. The device runs on Intel Pentium and Celeron processors that deliver solid every day performance and up to 8 hours of battery life. The 12.2-inch display is designed to deliver incredible precision and a responsive 10-point touch experience. It has a wide 178-degree viewing angle and 1920×1200 FHD resolution with IPS technology.
Features of the Acer Switch 3 include:
The Switch 3 weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 3 tablet alone measures just 9.95 mm (0.39 inches) in height, and weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds).
The Switch 3 supports 32GB, 64GB or 128GB eMMC memory and up to 4GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM4.
The front-facing speakers complement the stunning visuals with enhanced volume and quality for rich, expressive tones.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Switch 3 will be available in North America in June starting at $399; in EMEA in June starting at €499; and in China in July starting at ¥4,999.
Ultra-slim all-in-one Aspire desktops with Windows 10
Yesterday, Acer also announced two new sleek all-in-one desktops with Windows 10: the 27-inch Aspire U27 and 23.8-inch Aspire Z24. With 7th Gen Intel Core processors and optional Intel Optane Memory, both devices provide a powerful and responsive Windows 10 experience, while adding a touch of style to the home environment.  Both have up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory and boast elegant, space-saving aluminum stands. With Windows Hello, members of the family can each log in to their accounts faster and more securely than before via facial recognition. Skype for Business certification ensures a crisp and lag-free communication experience during video conferences.
The Aspire U27 with Windows 10:

An impressive ultrathin 12 mm (0.5 inches) chassis with an elegant diamond-cut v-shaped metal stand, bringing a new dimension to home computing and entertainment.
A 27-inch Full HD wide viewing angle display (1920 x 1080), and a specially designed subwoofer bringing powerfully deep bass
Acer’s LiquidLoop fanless cooling system uses liquid evaporation and condensation to transport and dissipate heat, making it energy efficient and extending the product’s lifetime by doing away with detrimental dust buildup.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire U27 will be available in North America in July starting at $1,099; and in EMEA in May starting at €1,299.
The Aspire Z24 with Windows 10:

Extremely thin at 11 mm (0.4 inches) with a beautifully shaped rear cover, making it a handsome addition to any room in the house.
Available with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, providing extra power for a wide range of activities.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire Z24 will be available in North America in July starting at $899; in EMEA in June starting at €749; and in China in June starting at ¥4,999.
To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.
These powerful new devices were unveiled at the next@acer press event held in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for gamers, creators, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit www.acer.com/nextatacer.
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