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Acer Launches Four New Chromebooks for Powerful Performance

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Acer announced four new Chromebook lines in a wide array of shapes and designs, including the industry’s first 17-inch Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 317. They all come with the latest in-demand technology and features to meet the needs of consumers, students, and business users. 

“Since the introduction of Chromebooks 10 years ago, Acer has been a leader in expanding form factors in innovative ways that encourage our users to create, learn, and do more,”said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “Today, we hit another milestone by being the first Chromebook provider to introduce a 17.3-inch model, the ideal size for users working and learning from home.”

“Through our deep co-engineering efforts with Acer, the new Acer Chromebook Spin 713 signifies an important step in our Intel Evo platform journey. As the first Intel Evo platform-verified Chromebook, featuring Thunderbolt 4, and delivering new levels of performance, responsiveness and battery life – we’re opening up new possibilities for better gaming, creating and entertaining experiences that our customers will love,” said Josh Newman, Intel Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Innovation, Client Computing Group.

Acer Chromebook 317: Industry’s First 17.3-inch Chromebook for Multi-Tasking Masters

The new Acer Chromebook 317 (CB317-1H) gives users all the workspace they need for enjoying streamed content and getting more done. The large FHD 17.3-inch display features an anti-glare coating and is surrounded by narrow bezels, bringing the vibrant visuals front and center. Plus, the huge display and optional webcam makes group video chats and conference calls smoother for remote employees and anyone working or learning from home. Users wanting an even more flexible workspace can opt for a touchscreen model.

The Acer Chromebook 317’s high-quality keyboard (with optional backlighting)  and large touchpad is complemented with an integrated numeric keypad that simplifies 10-key input for accounting functions, filling in forms and number-centric work. The keyboard is flanked by two full-sized upward-facing speakers that bring streamed content to life and give music more depth. 

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713: Updated with 11th Gen Intel Core Processors and Thunderbolt 4

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W) and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713, the world’s first Intel® Evo platform-verified Chromebooks, build on last year’s award-winning model by leveraging the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors to deliver cutting-edge Chromebook performance. Lauded for a premium design that combines an aluminum chassis with military-grade (U.S. MIL-STD 810H) durability in a convertible form factor, the updated model now features best-in-class connectivity via two full-function USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 for data transfers, power delivery and sharing video and audio to external displays. In addition, the new Chromebooks now provide the option for a fingerprint reader, allowing for more convenient user logins.

The Chromebooks feature a VertiView 13.5-inch display (2256×1504 resolution) that gives users 18% more vertical screen space, which translates to less scrolling. These visuals are complemented by DTS® Audio and a built-in smart amplifier for higher-quality, distortion-free sound. At 1.37 kg (3.02 lbs) light and 16.9 mm (0.67 in) thin, the portable device sports a convertible design that enables users to choose the right form factor for each job, whether laptop, tablet, tent, or display mode—or any angle in between. Hybrid workers who work in multiple locations will appreciate the device’s fast-chargeable battery that offers 10 hours of usage, or up to four hours on a 30-minute charge.

Two New 14-inch Chromebooks Meet Range of User Needs

Acer today also debuted two Chromebooks with 14-inch displays, a popular size that offers a balance of portability and productivity.

The Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W/CB514-1WT) delivers maximum power and performance as well as fast wake from sleep by using up to 11th Gen Intel Core processors. Students as well as home and business users can count on the notebook lasting all day: The device’s quick-charging battery delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.

The Chromebook also comes with a bevy of functional features including dual full-function USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, a backlit-keyboard and an optional embedded fingerprint reader. It features a metal top cover and a streamlined, reinforced design that is verified to provide MIL-STD 810H military-grade durability. The Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchpad provides smooth navigation and next-level durability with resistance against scratches and corrosion. The Chromebook also includes Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+).

The Acer Chromebook Enterprise 514 (CB514-1W/CB514-1WT) features the business capabilities of Chrome OS to provide employees with a modern experience and devices that stay fast, have built-in security, deploy quickly, and reduce the total cost of ownership. Acer Chromebook devices free IT from mundane administrative tasks, facilitate collaboration, and secure access to data and apps for the cloud workforce.

This ultraportable Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-2H/CB314-2HT) is designed for students seeking a Chromebook for classes, projects and on-the-go activities. Weighing only 1.5 kg (3.31 lbs), the super-portable device provides everyday performance with its MediaTek MT8183 octa-core processor and battery that delivers up to 15 hours[1] of uptime. It delivers immersive visuals with up to a 14-inch FHD IPS display (1920×1080) surrounded by narrow 7.3 mm (0.29 in) bezels, making the visuals even more vibrant and compelling. A touchscreen option eases navigation even further, while a fully functional USB Type-C port boosts connectivity.

App Support

The new Acer Chromebooks all support apps via Google Play and web based apps, so users will have access to all the apps they love for productivity, creativity and more.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Chromebook 317 (CB317-1H) will be available in North America in June starting at USD 379.99; and in EMEA in June starting at EUR 399.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W) will be available in North America in June starting at USD 699.99; and in EMEA in June starting at EUR 769.

The Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W) will be available in North America in October starting at USD 599.99; and in EMEA in August starting at EUR 549.

The Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-2H) will be available in North America in July starting at USD 269.99; and in EMEA in August starting at EUR 329.

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Get Rid of Slow Charging, Mi Brings New HyperSonic PowerBank

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Mi India announced the launch of Mi HyperSonic PowerBank, the most powerful and feature-rich powerbank from the house of Mi. Designed to meet the needs of the modern consumer, the device is equipped with hyper-fast 50W fast-charging capabilities and comes with triple ports, enabling users to charge multiple products at the same time.

Hyper-Fast 50W charging 

With a triple port design including the USB-C + Dual USB-A ports, Mi Hypersonic power bank can fast-charge compatible smartphones at 50W and is also capable of fast charging a laptop at 45W (PD 3.0). The 50W fast charging can power up a typical 4500mAh smartphone battery in just ~1 hour 5mins of time. With up to 45W charging, the USB-C not only reduces the time needed to charge devices, but it also allows users to fully recharge the power bank in just 3 hours 50 mins.

It features a premium matte black design that is made from high quality PC + ABS material making it lightweight yet strong and durable for all types of usage. The triple ports are designed in a way that it is comfortable to hold the device at all times, thereby completing the overall  exquisite and clear look of the power bank.

Quality and Safety

Mi Hypersonic power bank is designed to provide consumers not just faster charging but enhanced safety and protection as well. It comes with high density 20,000mAh Li-poly batteries that ensure fast and safe charging with every use. Equipped with 16-layers of advanced chip protection, the power bank safeguards itself and the devices from short circuit protection, temperature protection, input over-voltage protection, electrostatic protection, battery over-current protection, over discharge protection and much more, making it perfect for everyday usage. It is a must have accessory that is safe and powerful for the devices’ required charging needs.

Mi Hypersonic power bank also features a low power charging mode that can be activated by simply double tapping the power button, to allow safe charging of devices with low-power output such as Bluetooth headsets, fitness bands, smartwatches etc. 

Price and Availability Mi HyperSonic Power Bank 20000mAh is available at a crowdfunding price of INR 3,499 on Mi.com starting today (30 July’2021) 

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ViewSonic Unveils PX748-4K and PX728-4K Home Cinema Projectors

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ViewSonic Corp. launched the new-generation PX748-4K and PX728-4K home cinema 4K projector. The successor of PX747-4K and PX748-4K are an upgraded version featuring bigger, pixel-perfect visuals in true 4K clarity and richer colors delivering unbelievable home cinema experience. Complementing to this, the projectors also offers ultimate gaming experience with 4.2ms Ultra-Fast Input & 240Hz high refresh rate, the microsecond-level response time, you can game with low delay and seamless viewing of fast-moving objects.

“ViewSonic is driven towards developing new products as well as upgrading the existing line of our products. After becoming No.1 brand in Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors globally, we are introducing our first DLP projectors which are upgraded and improvised version of PX748-4K and PX728-4K projectors. Observing an overwhelmed feedback for our PX series earlier, we have developed the newly launched product with innovative and cutting-edge 4K technologies,” said Mr. Muneer Ahmad, AV Head, ViewSonic India.

ViewSonic PX748-4K Home Projector

The PX748-4K is a 4,000 ANSI Lumens 4K home projector best known for its 4K Ultra HD features and striking brightness. This HDR-compatible projector is the world’s first high brightness DLP home theatre projector that can consistently offer clear and vibrant images under any setting. The immersive features and realistic images will drown you into deep endearment, be it a cinema, video streaming, console gaming, or big screen broadcasting. Effortless image adjustment with comprehensive H/V keystone and 4 corner adjustment capabilities, equipped with a 1.3x optical zoom lens, perfect projection even on curved surfaces, LAN control capability that is compatible with a variety of home automation systems, the latest SuperEco+ mode technology makes it a perfect addition to your smart home.

ViewSonic PX728-4K Home Cinema Projector

Available with 2,000 ANSI Lumens, the newly launched PX728-4K home cinema projector offers excellent value for upgrading to 4K home entertainment. Enjoy bigger, better visuals in true 4K clarity with HDR/HLG support and richer colors through Cinema SuperColor™ Technology that covers 100% Rec.709. Gaming also gets an upgrade with 4.2ms Ultra-Fast Input, a 240Hz refresh rate, and a USB Type-C connectivity for direct streaming from Nintendo® Switch. Powerful warping, auto V keystone, H/V keystone, and 1.3x optical zoom make setting up a big screen of up to 300” on any surface easier than ever. Additionally, it offers the LAN control capability compatible with home automation systems and 12V trigger output gives a satisfying performance right out of the box.

“Being a leader in the 4K ultra-high-definition home cinema market, we are expecting that the industry will be observing a huge growth in the coming four to five years. The current pandemic has shifted the consumer preferences towards home entertainment products. Understanding the needs of our end-consumers we are introducing new features which are embedded with high-end technologies giving cinema-like experiences at home at affordable prices”

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Get Rewards and Enjoy New Game Mode This Weekend on Free Fire

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The Free Fire collaboration with McLaren hits its peak this weekend, with login rewards, exclusive collection items, as well as a new game mode release.

Log in this weekend to receive rewards & enjoy the new time-limited game mode: Convoy Crunch

There’s no better time to log in to Free Fire than this weekend! From 31 July to 1 August, players who log in to the game will be entitled to receive Free Fire and McLaren rewards, which includes the collection backpack.

That’s not all! Players who complete the playtime mission over the weekend will also receive the McLaren Racing Overalls Bundle.

Players will also be able to enjoy the new time-limited game mode: Convoy Crunch. There will be two rounds per game in this new mode. Players will either be tasked to be Invaders or Defenders at the start of each round. The Invaders have to escort the vehicle to a specific destination while the Defenders need to prevent this from happening. 

Teams will take turns to play the roles of Invaders and Defenders. The vehicle only moves forward when the Invaders are around, within a set radius, and will move backwards when the Defenders are within proximity. The vehicle stops moving when both the Invaders and Defenders are within range. The team that (1) uses the least amount of time to get the vehicle to the destination or (2) advances the vehicle the furthest distance wins. Enjoy this all-new Convoy Crunch game mode until 3 August 2021!

Gear up in Free Fire and McLaren exclusives

Keep a lookout for  Free Fire and McLaren items that will both dress your character up and give your McLaren P1™ – the world’s first hybrid hypercar – a new look with boosted stats.

Available now are the Free Fire and McLaren Male Costume – Winning Spirit and Surfboard – Turbo Ace.

From 31 Jul to 13 Aug, 2 brand new McLaren P1™ skins will be released for players looking to change up the look of their cars and give them a boost. The McLaren P1™ – Kyanos and McLaren P1™ – Gold Spark will be introduced to the game. Both looks will only be available for a limited time period, so be sure to log in from next week to check the collections out.

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