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Innovative devices from Microsoft partners bring Windows 10 experiences to life

It’s been an exciting last few weeks watching our OEM partners introduce a collection of new Windows PCs at variety of recent industry events including gamescom in Cologne, IFA 2016 in Berlin, and PAX West 2016 in Seattle. Partners including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo have all unveiled their latest Windows 10 2-in-1s, ultrathin notebooks, unique desktop PCs, all-in-ones and gaming rigs.

Nick Parker

Windows 10 is better than ever at helping people and businesses be more productive and secure, and our partners continue to introduce innovative devices that bring the Windows 10 experiences to life. From the world’s thinnest notebooks to the first curved-screen gaming notebook, the devices announced recently are on the bleeding edge of design and performance and highlight just some of the Windows 10 features including Windows Hello, Cortana  and increased gaming capabilities.

Here are just a few of the highlights of the dozens of new products introduced at gamescom, IFA and PAX.

Thin and beautiful, packed with features

For those who seek a thin and sleek PC, Acer is expanding their ultra-slim notebook offerings with its Swift Series, ultra-thin Windows 10 devices designed for a broad range of budgets and lifestyles. The pencil-thin Swift 7 measures just 0.39 inches and weighs just 2.48 pounds.

The Acer Swift 7 with Windows 10

In addition, Acer introduced the Spin Series, which boasts a convertible notebook at 0.43 inches and 2.6 pounds. Ranging in size from 11.6-inches to 14-inches, these new convertible Windows 10 notebooks incorporate innovative 360-degree hinges and can be used as either a notebook or tablet, with a space-saving display mode, or in tent mode for sharing presentations or watching movies.

The Acer Spin 7 with Windows 10

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Meanwhile, Lenovo is expanding the Yoga family with the new Yoga 910, an ultra-thin 0.56” convertible laptop that offers up to 15.5 hours of battery life, while harnessing the power of up to Intel’s latest 7th Gen Core i7 processor. The Yoga 910 includes 10 percent more screen area than its previous generations with a 14 percent increase in pixel density for sharper images, 100 percent sRGB color gamut coverage, enhanced music and sound with Dolby Audio Premium, and the choice of a 4K or Full HD display.

The Lenovo 910 with Windows 10

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ASUS announced new European pricing and availability for its for ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro, Transformer 3, ZenPad 3S 10 and ZenScreen. The ZenBook 3, an ultra-sleek 0.47” laptop, offers a built-in fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support. The reader provides customers with instant, one-touch access so they can sign in quickly and securely without having to type their password or PIN. The ZenBook 3 also showcases an innovative cooling system with ultra-thin 3mm thermal system design and Intel’s core i7 performance. The Transformer 3 is a beautiful 2-in-1 pc that is 0.275” thin and crafted from aluminum with color options in Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray. The Transformer 3 Pro gives customers an integrated metal kickstand with a step-less hinge that allowing the device to be used at almost any angle up to 170°.

The ASUS ZenBook 3 with Windows 10

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Productivity meets entertainment

Lenovo’s latest innovations also include the Miix 510, a detachable that gives users a full-size keyboard when they want it with the freedom to leave it behind when they’re on the go. With the power of up to the 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processor to get work done, the Miix 510 detaches from its keyboard to become a standalone tablet, great for browsing and online entertainment. Combined with a full-size touchscreen, you can take notes, sketch, draw and create in any way you want using Windows Ink in the Windows 10 Anniversary edition. And with up to 7.5 hours of battery life, the Miix 510 also makes a great presentation device, an e-reader or a work laptop.

The Lenovo Miix 510 with Windows 10

Big entertainment in a small package

Acer is bringing Windows 10 to the world of entertainment with the launch of the Revo Base home entertainment hub. This addition to Acer’s award-winning Revo mini PC lineup packs powerful performance into a compact 1-liter chassis that’s ideal for use as a multimedia hub in homes where space is at a premium. The entertainment, browsing and content-serving device features up to Intel Core i7 processor, and up to 8GB of DDR3L system memory, ensuring that it runs smoothly when handling intensive tasks such as decoding high-quality multimedia content. The Revo Base also offers plentiful storage for all your entertainment needs including playing videos, music and pictures.

Thinking outside the box

Innovative design is at the core of the HP Pavilion Wave, a Windows 10 desktop PC for home users that features an iconic triangular form. HP’s new desktop PC is 85 percent smaller than traditional PC towers, but still has the power of a full-sized desktop. The desktop design is built around the central audio system and finished with premium materials including acoustic fabric engineered for room filling sound. A parabolic reflector on top of the PC reflects the sound coming from the speaker grille in parallel from all directions and acts as an outlet vent for hot air to come out. The 360 Degree Multi-Directional Reflective Audio delivers a crisp audio profile at all frequencies and is tuned by B&O Play for amazing sound whether listening to mid, high or low ranges. The HP Pavilion Wave also incorporates dual array microphones to take full advantage of Cortana, allowing users to talk to their computer for hands-free interactions.

The HP Pavilion Wave with Windows 10

HP is also pushing the boundaries of workplace collaboration and productivity with the HP Elite Slice, the first modular commercial desktop with cable-less connectivity. The cable-less design allows for a clean work environment without the need for separate cables plugged into the wall to power each component. Its modular design features stunning curves in matte black with polished copper accents to streamline workplaces. It allows customers to pick and choose a factory cover or stackable options to add functionality including the Collaboration Cover or Wireless Charging Cover (The Wireless Charging Cover is expected to start shipping in the first half of 2017 and requires factory configuration), or additional stackable modules such as the Audio Module or ODD (Optical Disk Drive) Module. These options create a beautiful PC that is unique to each business and its employees. The ultra-small, big power form factor is just 6.5” x 1.38” x 6.5” and weighs 2.31.

The HP Elite Slice with Windows 10

The HP Elite Slice portfolio also includes the new HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms solution to help users get more out of their meetings by having seamless technology to drive immersive conferencing and collaboration experiences with integrated audio and full desktop functionality. HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms combines HP Elite Slice, the HP Collaboration Cover, HP Audio Module and Intel® Unite™ software to create a unique Microsoft Skype for Business conferencing solution making meeting rooms more intuitive and efficient with crisp, clear sound.

More immersive gaming

In the world of gaming, Acer and Dell are taking the experience to the next level with their new Windows 10 gaming notebooks. Acer is expanding its Predator series with the Predator 21 X, the world’s first notebook to offer a curved display to deliver the ultimate, immersive gaming experience. The Predator 21 X offers a curved 21-inch IPS display that offers wide-angle viewing to ensure smooth and sharp gameplay. The notebook also integrates Tobii eye-tracking technology that tracks a gamer’s eye movement that lets players aim, identify enemies and take cover simply by gazing at objects on the screen.

The Acer Predator 21X with Windows 10

Dell’s new Alienware Windows 10 gaming notebooks are the company’s thinnest and first virtual reality-ready line of notebooks. Offered in 13-, 15-, and 17-inch screen sizes, the Alienware family includes the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series family of GPUs, desktop-class graphics performance, and are up to 25 percent thinner than previous versions. Games sound great due to an enhanced new speaker design that includes internal smart amps that monitor audio waveforms, enabling the use of the entire thermal margin of the speaker. All of this in enclosed in new construction materials that improve both heat management and durability. In addition, Alienware also includes support for optional Tobii eye-tracking technology, and an exclusive Overwolf app that can replay gaze patterns so gamers can learn from mistakes and find new opportunities to crush the competition.

The Dell Alienware 17 with Windows 10

ASUS showcased their latest lineup of gaming innovations including the ROG 3DMod PC, which demonstrates the latest synchronized ASUS Aura RGB lighting technology and creative 3D-printed accessories, providing gamers with new options for customization. The PC build features a liquid-cooled system and ASUS Aura RGB lighting with nine programmable lighting effects that can be synchronized across its ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, ROG Strix GTX 1080 graphics card and attached RGB strips, giving gamers the freedom of customization.

Taking gaming to the next level

As if all these brand-new devices aren’t enough, HP recently announced its OMEN X family of gaming products for “domination-level gaming.” The high-end lineup includes an upgrade to the OMEN 17.3-inch diagonal laptop, OMEN X Desktop, OMEN X Curved Display and OMEN with SteelSeries accessories, delivering aggressive performance, customization, and flexibility for the hard-core gamer.

The HP OMEN X family with Windows 10

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Lenovo jumps into virtual gaming with the recently announced IdeaCentre Y710 Cube and IdeaCentre AIO Y910 desktop PCs. Offering portability for the serious player, both devices come in space-saving form factors to give top-of-the-line performance around the home and elsewhere. The compact IdeaCentre Y710 Cube even comes with a built-in carry handle for easy transport. And the sleek IdeaCentre AIO Y910 offers massive gaming power — without the mass — while also filling the bill as a family PC or video entertainment center.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube with Windows 10

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These new devices represent some of the most impressive PCs and Windows 10 experiences in the market today, and I couldn’t be more excited with the work our partners continue to do to push the boundaries in modern devices and solutions. Whether at home, work or play, these devices do a fantastic job of lighting up the experiences Windows 10 has to offer.

To learn more about the wide range of powerful devices built on Windows 10, please see our Windows 10 devices website.

HP announces new Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice with Windows 10

Today, HP Inc. debuted two new desktop PCs with Windows 10 that are revolutionizing traditional desktop design for the home and workplace. These PCs light up great Windows 10 features – for example, the dual microphones in the HP Pavilion Wave and the dual microphone module in the HP Elite Slice both enable Cortana* with voice integration, so you can communicate naturally by talking with your own digital personal assistant.

Let’s take a look at these new desktop PCs:

The HP Pavilion Wave with Windows 10

With the HP Pavilion Wave, design, entertainment and productivity come together in an exciting new design. For customers who want a PC that can fit into small places, the new offering is a beautiful and compact design with the power of a full-sized desktop, running on Windows 10. The dual microphones enable voice integration with your digital personal assistant, Cortana. It features an iconic triangular form with an innovative parabolic reflector with an integrated speaker on top of the PC for superior, 360-degree audio experiences to a fill room with crisp audio. This unique desktop is built around a fully integrated, advanced audio system to play music, listen to movies and web chats.

Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • Fully integrated, advanced audio capabilities
  • Up to two 4K displays are supported out-of-the-box to power entertainment and productivity
  • Peripheral support with three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port for data transfer, one HDMI port, one DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet and a microphone/headphone jack.
  • Cortana support with two dual microphones for customers to talk to their PC for a hands-free experience
  • High-performing power house with up to 6th  Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core desktop processors, ample storage up to 2 TB HDD, an optional dual drive with 128 GB SSD5 and up to 16GB of DDR4 system memory
  • Optional AMD Radeon R9 M470 discrete graphics for photo and video editing or light gaming

Pricing and Availability: HP Pavilion Wave starting price is $549.99 and is expected to be available on HP.com and select retailers on September 23, 2016.

The HP Elite Slice with Windows 10

The HP Elite Slice is the first modular commercial desktop with cable-less connectivity and enables customers to build the desktop of their choice. This desktop changes the way office space is designed by creating streamlined work environments that boast productivity and collaboration between employees while transforming the workplace and workstyles.

Its modular design features stunning curves in matte black with polished copper accents to streamline workplaces. It allows customers to pick and choose a factory cover or stackable options to add functionality including the Collaboration Cover or Wireless Charging Cover, or stackable modules such as the Audio Module or ODD (Optical Disk Drive) Module for a beautiful PC that is unique to each business and its employees.

The ultra-small, big power form factor is just 6.5” x 1.38” x 6.5” and weighs 2.31 lbs. The cable-less design allows for a clean work environment because customers do not separate cables plugged into the wall to power each component. This is the first commercial desktop powered from a display via only one USB 3.1 Type-C cable with a Type-C compatible display including the optional new Quad HD HP EliteDisplay S240uj Monitor. The display is equipped with integrated wireless charging and USB Type-C to perfectly complement the desktop.

With this new offering running on Windows 10 Pro, versatility, performance and security merge to deliver greater productivity and collaboration between employees while transforming the workplace.

HP Elite Slice versatility is provided by cover and base expansion options. You can choose from different covers when configuring the PC and expand the solution at any time with additional modules to create the desktop that best fits your needs:

  • HP Collaboration Cover: turns the desktop into a Microsoft Skype for Business phone for easy call management with capacitive touch keys.
  • HP Wireless Charging Cover: wireless charging starts automatically upon contact to eliminate charging cables and ensure mobile phones and devices are powered, ready for use. The Wireless Charging Cover is expected to start shipping in the first half of 2017 and requires factory configuration.
  • HP Audio Module: spoken word tuning makes virtual meetings and call experiences crisp and clear with audio tuned by Bang & Olufsen, 360-degree speaker design, dual-microphone array with range of five meters and HP Noise Cancellation software.
  • HP ODD Module: for quick and easy back up or to archive files and access legacy content on CDs or DVDs.

Other features include:

  • An optional touch fingerprint sensor for improved security and easy authentication.
  • HP Sure Start with Dynamic Protection, the industry’s first self-healing BIOS-level protection.
  • Up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7 35-watt processors for the performance to easily handle productivity and collaboration needs.
  • Unique 360-degree dual fan pipe ring keeps the powerful device running cool.
  • Peripheral support for enhanced productivity including one Ethernet port, built-in Wi-Fi module and antennas, one HDMI and one DisplayPort to power multiple displays.

Pricing and Availability: The HP Elite Slice starts from $699 and is expected to be available in September 2016.

The HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms with Windows 10

The HP Elite Slice portfolio also includes the new HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms solution, the first conferencing room PC with one-touch meeting start. This offering helps users get more out of their meetings by having seamless technology to drive immersive conferencing and collaboration experiences with integrated audio and full desktop functionality. HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms combines HP Elite Slice, the HP Collaboration Cover, HP Audio Module and Intel® Unite™ software create a unique Microsoft Skype for Business conferencing solution making meeting rooms more intuitive and efficient with crisp, clear sound. For a more immersive conference room experience, this configuration can be combined with the new HP LD5511 55-inch Large Format Display, which features 178-degree viewing angles with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The high brightness and contrast ratio provide excellent picture quality and readability that is perfect for meeting rooms that seat up to 12 people.

Pricing and Availability: The HP Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms starts from $949 and is expected to be available in September 2016. The HP EliteDisplay S240uj Monitor starts from $429 and is expected to be available in October 2016.  The HP LD5511 55-inch Large Format Display starting price is $999 and is expected to be available September 2016.

Look for these great new desktops with Windows 10 from HP as soon as September! Visit HP.com for more information.

*Cortana available in select markets.

Lenovo announces convertible and detachable PCs with Windows 10

Today at IFA 2016, Lenovo announced great new additions to their multimode PC family, including the new Yoga 910 convertible laptop and the Miix 510 detachable. These new devices with Windows 10 arrive with the newest industry technology built-in, including the Yoga 910’s fingerprint reader that utilizes Windows Hello to simplify logging in.

Let’s take a look at a few of the devices announced today:

The Lenovo Yoga Book 2-in-1 tablet with Windows 10

The new Lenovo Yoga Book with Windows 10 is a 2-in-1 tablet designed for unmatched productivity while on-the-go. It’s thin and light – weighing less than two pounds – and the touchscreen allows you to easily take notes with Windows Ink or markup webpages in Microsoft Edge. The thin and light design, up to 13-hour battery life and 360-degree watchband hinge gives you the freedom to write and draw anywhere, matching the mobility of a smartphone without having to carry a laptop or detachable. The Yoga Book’s halo keyboard has built-in artificial learning software to learn and adapt to your typing habits, and lacks any physical keys, showing up as a solid white outline on the second panel only when it’s needed.

Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • 64GB of memory
  • Up to 13 hours of battery life
  • 10.1-inch IPS FHD screen
  • Music and sound are enhanced with Dolby Atmos
  • Transitions easily between four modes – Browse, Watch, Create and Type
  • The standard real-pen accessory, a Wacom dual-use stylus, works as a stylus on the Yoga Book’s screen and also holds real ink tips so you can write on paper covering the multi-use keyboard panel

Pricing and Availability: Pricing for the Yoga Book with Windows 10 will start at $549 in the US. Pricing and availability may vary from country to country. All will be globally available beginning in September. In the US, the Yoga Book will be sold online by the end of October.

The Lenovo Yoga 910 with Windows 10

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The Lenovo Yoga 910 is the world’s thinnest Intel Core i convertible laptop – just 0.56 in – and the ideal convertible for both work and entertainment. The Yoga 910 has an embedded advanced fingerprint reader so, with the touch of a finger, you can quickly log onto your PC using Windows Hello without entering a long password. It also offers a choice of a 4K or Full HD screen and near edgeless display (5mm bezel) that offers better screen area and better pixel density for sharper, clearer images.

Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • Up to 15.5 hours of battery life
  • Available with up to Intel’s latest 7th Gen Core i7 processor
  • Music and sound are enhanced with Dolby Audio Premium
  • New all-metal unibody casing available in Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver and Gunmetal
  • The signature watchband hinge enables flexible usage modes –type in laptop mode, present in stand mode, watch videos in tent mode or browse in tablet mode

Pricing and Availability: The Yoga 910 starts at $1299, available starting in October 2016 on lenovo.com.

The Lenovo Miix 510 detachable with Windows 10

The Miix 510 with Windows 10 gives you the format and functionality of a tablet with the comfort and convenience of having a full-size, fully functioning keyboard. With the laptop power of up to 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processor to create content, the Miix 510 detaches from its keyboard, turning into a standalone tablet for online entertainment. Combined with a full-size touchscreen, you can take notes, sketch, draw and create in any way you want using Windows Ink. The Miix 510 is versatile enough to carry you from day to night with up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • 2-inch touchscreen
  • Up to 1TB of PCIe SSD (solid-state drive) storage
  • Beyond Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the Miix 510 includes optional LTE – so you can use a mobile network when you don’t have Wi-Fi
  • Weighs less than 2 pounds without the keyboard for easy carrying on-the-go
  • 280 individual pieces of stainless steel give the integrated kickstand 150-degree angle adjustment, so it’s comfortable to use

Pricing and Availability: The Miix 510 (keyboard included) starts at $599, available beginning in October 2016 on lenovo.com.

Head over here for terms and conditions, discover more at lenovo.com/lenovolaunch and lenovo.com/ifa, and look for the new devices starting in October!

Acer announces new and redesigned Windows 10 PCs

Today at IFA 2016, Acer unveiled several great new Windows 10 devices and desktop monitors, including PCs built ready for gaming or working on-the-go. The Acer Swift 7 and Spin 7 with Windows 10 are both less than three pounds and extremely thin, so you can take them anywhere. The Predator 21 X, a 21” Curved-Screen Notebook with Windows 10 comes with built-in eye-tracking hardware (infrared sensors and software), introducing new interactions in gaming like aiming, identifying enemies and taking cover simply by gazing at objects on the screen. The infrared sensors also enable Windows Hello for added security and convenience, scanning your face to unlock the device, in place of typing passwords.

Let’s take a look at a few of these devices:

The Acer Swift 7 with Windows 10

Lightweight and extremely thin, the Swift 7 weighs in at just 2.48 pounds and measures .39 inches thin. Its black-and-gold dual tone design adds a touch of elegance to its durable all-aluminum unibody, while tough Corning Gorilla Glass provides superior scratch resistance to the 13.3-inch Full HD IPS2 display with a micro-bezel.  With up to 9 hours of battery life, it is the perfect notebook for those on-the-go.

Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life
  • HD webcam with HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging support provides clear, bright and detailed images.
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, fast 256GB SSD and up to 8GB of memory
  • dual USB 3.1 Type-C ports are included for quick data transfer, connection to an external display, and to charge the notebook

Pricing and Availability:  The Acer Swift 7 will be available in North America in October with prices starting at $999; in EMEA in October with prices starting at €1,299.

The Acer Spin 7 with Windows 10

Thinner than a standard DVD case, the Spin 7 convertible notebook with Windows 10 is a mere 0.43 inches thin and weighs just 2.6 pounds. Its 13-inch all-aluminum unibody houses a 14-inch FHD IPS Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display with a narrow bezel, perfect for drawing with Windows Ink or marking up webpages in Microsoft Edge. Sleek and contemporary, the Spin 7’s matte black chassis is complemented with polished silver hinges and diamond-cut edges around the touchpad. A wide-glass touchpad helps fingers glide smoothly across the surface with minimal friction.

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Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to 8GB of memory and a speedy 256GB SSD
  • Dual USB 3.1 Type-C ports included for quick data transfers

Pricing and Availability:  The Acer Spin 7 will be available in North America in October with prices starting at $1,199; and in EMEA in October with prices starting at €1,299

The Acer Predator 21” Curved-Screen Notebook with Windows 10

Acer’s new Predator 21 X, the first notebook with a curved screen, integrates eye-tracking technology for an even more immersive user experience. With 7th Generation Intel Core processors and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards in SLI, the Predator 21 X takes the AAA gaming experience to a new level, while the curved screen also features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to ensure smooth and sharp gameplay in every scenario.

Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • Features the latest 7thGeneration Intel Core processors, 5 cooling fans and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI for unmatched graphics performance
  • Full-sized mechanical keyboard featuring CherryMX switches, with customizable RGB backlight settings for each individual key.
  • SoundPound2+ (4 speakers and 2 subwoofers), 3-way audio and Dolby audio
  • Advanced cooling architecture with 5 system fans, 3 of which are ultra-thinAeroBlade metal fans, to extract excess heat for uninterrupted performance during intense sessions
  • ThePredator 21 X’s numeric keypad also touts a unique design as it can be flipped over and turned into a Precision

The Acer Predator 15 and 17 with Windows 10

Acer’s Predator 15 and 17 gaming notebooks with Windows 10 now also feature GPUs with the all-new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. This brings the note-books in line with Acer’s push to have the Predator series ready to power the latest VR devices.

Pricing and Availability: The refreshed Predator 15 will be available in North America in September with prices starting at $1,699; and in EMEA in October with prices starting at €1,799. The refreshed Predator 17 will be available in North America in September with prices starting at $1,699; and in EMEA in October with prices starting at €1,799.

To learn more about all the devices announced today at IFA 2016, head over to Acer.com!