Acer launches a new range of laptops for multimedia creative professionals this summer. This range is known as ConceptD, and the concept was born when Acer realized that many people who bought the gaming computers of the company used them for activities other than games, including video and photo editing.
In fact, Acer claims that 15% of customers who buy their gaming computers do not use them at all for games, while 50% of regular players also use them to create content.
Thus, the Acer ConceptD range of computers offers the type of high-performance hardware you expect from laptops and gaming desktops, while adding features such as low noise fans, more enclosures professionals and features such as support for stylets. The strangest feature of the range is the ConceptD 9, which has the shape of an easel that allows the screen to unfold on the keyboard while you are working with a stylus.
But the most user friendly model is probably the ConceptD 5. Let’s start by discovering the latter.
Acer ConceptD 5, a first model
The Acer ConceptD 5 is a 1.49 kg laptop that measures 1.78 cm thick, and has a 15.6-inch matte display with a resolution of 3 480 x 2 160 pixels. The display is validated by Pantone, and supports the Adobe RGB color gamut at 100%, and brightness up to 400 nits.
Under the hood, the computer is powered by an Intel Kaby Lake-G processor, which combines an 8th generation Intel core processor with an AMD Radeon Vega graphics chip. Acer will offer core i5-8305G or core I7-8705G processor options. While the Kaby Lake-G chips date back about a year, there are not many computers on the market that use these processors, so it is interesting to see a new laptop with the chips, even if the ConceptD 5 is the least computer of the new ConceptD range.
good news is that with a starting price of 1 700 dollars, this is also the cheapest product in the range. The computer has a maximum capacity of 16gb of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, up to 1Tb of NVMe PCIe SSD storage, and has USB type-C, USB 3.1 type-A, HDMI and one port for an SD card.
The ConceptD 9 is the high-end model
If you are looking for something that has a little more power, the ConceptD 7 has a similar screen, but it is available with an Intel Core I7 processor up to the 9th generation and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics chips. It supports up to 32 GB of RAM, and has two SODIMM slots as well as a thunderbolt 3 port. It is also about a thicker millimeter, and weighs 2.08 kg. And this model is more expensive, with a starting price of 2 300 dollars.
Acer’s ConceptD 9 is technically a laptop as long as it has a battery that allows you to take it with you and use it anywhere. But, this is a 4.08 kg laptop with a 17.3 inch screen. It belongs to a category different from that of its smaller brothers listed above.
But, the computer is very enticing. It has a 4K display that you can use in laptop mode. You can also pull the screen forward to use it as an easel, giving the impression of facing a semblance of “Microsoft surface Studio”.