Acer Next May 2022: 3D displays, Predator gaming laptops and more

Acer Next, the company’s announcement event in May, gave us a slew of products, mostly a series of refreshes. We’ve seen updates to existing models including the Spin 5, Swift 3, and Predator gaming laptops with current-gen processors and a few design tweaks. One movement in particular stands out, however: Acer is expanding its SpatialLabs technology to bring glasses-free stereoscopic 3D to games. It will do so with a 15-inch 4K display, which will be offered as a standalone monitor and integrated into one of its Predator Helios 300 gaming laptops.

SpatialLabs launched at the Acer show in May last year in conjunction with new hardware from Acer’s Concept D line of creator-focused gear and a Unreal Engine developer program. Therefore, new games supporting the technology. “Support” means that the developer has created a profile for the game, which loads when you launch it through the new TrueGame app, along with the auxiliary files needed to render properly on screen. A helper application, SpatialLabs Go, will allow the computer to render stereoscopic 3D from most content that can be displayed full screen. Content is rendered to make parts of the scene appear closer to the scene in front of the screen (rather than rendering as if other objects are behind it, as shown in the illustration above).

A rear view of the Acer SpatialLabs View 3D monitor, showing the kickstand and rectangular bump with ports and battery

Rear view of the SpatialLabs View portable monitor.

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Acer says more than 50 games will support the display, dubbed Acer SpatialLabs View, when it becomes available this summer starting at $1,099. New games will be added to the list regularly. It doesn’t sound like a display you’d want for fast-paced gaming, given its 60Hz refresh rate and up to 30ms response time. (For comparison, a decent response time for a gaming monitor is closer to 5ms or less.) There will also be a retail version of the monitor, the SpatialLabs View Pro, aimed at kiosks and other commercial and marketing uses. .

Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition with game character and motorcycle on screen

The Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition.

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The monitor can run on battery power, but we don’t know how long. The battery explains why it’s relatively heavy – at around 3.3 pounds (1.5 kilograms), it weighs as much as a laptop. Other specs include a maximum brightness of 400 nits, typically 323 nits, and 100% Adobe RGB gamut coverage.

You’ll find the screen in the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs edition, which also gets a bump up to a maximum of an Intel Core i9-12900H processor, 32GB DDR5-4800, and PCIe 4 SSD. It is expected to ship in October starting at $3,400.

Acer has also added a 16-inch model to its Predator Triton 300 SE line and updates the slim 14-inch model with 12th generation Intel Core processors, LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe SSD 4 and new display choices including OLED. The smaller model will be available in July starting at $1,600 and the 16-inch model will be available in August starting at $1,750.

The company has also upgraded its gaming monitors, taking the 27-inch XB273 up to 4K at 160Hz with DisplayHDR 600 and the Nitro XV272 up to 1440p 144Hz (overclocked to 170Hz on DisplayPort) with a peak brightness of 400 nits. Both are expected to ship between July and September, with the Predator starting at $999 and the Nitro at $449.

Acer Aspire Vero 2022, in blue and silver, showing the front and rear

Acer Aspire Vero 14 inch model.

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Aspire Vero

Acer’s range of eco-friendly products gets new members, adding a 14-inch laptop with a full HD screen and a new blue choice to the existing one Aspire Vero 15-inch option, replacing both with 12th Gen Intel Core processors. A 24-inch Vero Veriton all-in-one desktop computer, 24- and 27-inch monitors (the larger model has a KVM switch and supports power delivery), a keyboard, and a projector join the range, expanding Acer’s use of plastic post-consumer recycled materials to a wider variety of products.

Acer Veriton Vero all-in-one desktop with pop-up webcam and wireless keyboard and mouse

Acer Veriton All-in-One with matching accessories.

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Desktop Veriton incorporates 30% PCR materials and some components are upgradable. It features a pop-up webcam, up to 12th Gen Core i9 and GeForce MX550 processors, supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and takes advantage of some of Intel’s chipset updates, such as Wi- Fi 6E.

For low-end projection, the Vero PD2325W offers a low resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels and a low light output of 2,200 lumens. It has automatic keystone correction (to correct vertical distortion) and can be ceiling mounted.

  • Acer Aspire Vero 14-inch laptop (AV14-51) ships in September starting at $750
  • Acer Aspire Vero 15-inch laptop (AV15-52) ships in September starting at $750
  • Acer Veriton Vero (VVZ4694G) AIO Desktop PC ships in October starting at $799
  • Acer Vero monitors will ship in Q3 2022. The 27-inch CB273 starts at $350; the 24-inch B247Y G starts at $200.
  • Acer Vero PD2325W projector ships Q3 2022 starting at $559
  • The Acer Vero Keyboard and Mouse Combo ships in November starting at $80; the mouse alone will cost $30.

Spin and Swift and more

A new version of the Swift 3 has a 2,880 x 1,800 pixel OLED display (DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified) and upgrades to an H-series 12th Gen Core i7 processor – that’s the range of more powerful processors – and upgrades to LPDDR5 memory and PCIe SSD 4.

Acer Spin 5 convertible laptop shown in various positions including tablet, kiosk, tent and case

The Spin 5 has a high resolution display with thinner bezels.

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Along with a slight redesign that has much more attractive and thinner bezels on the screen, the 14-inch Spin 5’s screen gets a slight resolution boost to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. It also works with the upgraded Acer Active Pen (Wacom AES 2.0) and is replaced by the latest generation of core processors, LPDDR5 memory, PCIe SSD 4, Wi-Fi 6E and more. The Spin 3’s bezels have also gotten a bit narrower and now also uses 12th Gen Intel processors.

  • Acer Swift 3 OLED Laptop (SF314-71) ships in July starting at $900
  • Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop (SP514-51N) Ships in July Starting at $1,350
  • The Spin 3 Convertible Laptop (SP314-55/N) ships in August starting at $850
Acer ConceptD 100 tower desktop computer with matching display, keyboard and mouse

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Acer also updated the $750 Chromebook Spin 714’s screen and components to keep it fresh and competitive, and launched a rugged tablet, the $400 Chromebook Tab 510. The 10.1-inch tablet is built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform, with a 00-pixel display, 5 and 8-megapixel MIPI cameras (front and rear) and includes a dockable stylus. Acer claims an 11-hour battery life and says it meets MIL-STD 810H standards for durability. The Chromebook Spin 714 will ship in August while the Tab will be available in July.

The company’s lightweight business laptops, the TravelMate P4 and TravelMate Spin P4 and the more capable P2, are moving to vPro versions of its 12th-gen processors as well as AMD’s Ryzen Pro equivalents (up to Ryzen 7); you’ll have both 14-inch and 16-inch options for the P4. The P4 and P2 also incorporate more PCR plastic into their construction.

They will all be available in the third quarter of 2022. The P4 models start at $1,099, the Spin P4s at $1,199, and the Spin P2 at $899.

And finally, Acer has beefed up its Concept D 5 and 5 Pro laptops and Concept D 500 and 100 desktops with the latest generation Intel Core processors and Nvidia RTX GPUs. However, the entry-level compact Concept D 100 still uses latest generation T-series GPUs, and none have been replaced by DDR5. And it looks like only the D 5 will be available in the US, at least for now; it ships in August starting at $2,500.

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