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Acer Gets Skinny For Back-To-School PC Line; Shows Off Microsoft Mixed Reality

Acer unveiled it full 2017 back-to-school product lineup at a press conference in New York, including new all-in-one PCs, gaming notebooks and detachables, all with slimmer profiles.

Acer highlighted its advanced thermal technologies — such as a new Aeroblade 3D metal fan in its new gaming notebooks and a patented LiquidLoop cooling system in its Switch 5 detachable two-in-one — that enable the thinner form factors.

The company gave what it billed as “the world’s first public hands-on demonstrations of Windows Mixed Reality” with a head-mounted display that fuses together the physical and digital worlds. StarVR virtual-reality headsets were also on hand. They feature industry-leading resolution and a field-of-view close to natural vision, according to Acer. Attendees sampled the ultra-immersive “John Wick Chronicles” VR game complete with realistic rifles and full motion tracking.

Joining Acer on the stage was VR pioneer Mark Bolas, program management director, Windows mixed reality at Microsoft, who shared with the audience details on how the platform blends physical and digital worlds to produce new environments. Acer and Microsoft teamed to release the first Windows Mixed Reality development kits in March.

In gaming, Acer has expanded its Predator gaming lineup. The first device, the Predator Triton 700, packs standard-voltage seventh-generation Intel Core processors and the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics in an aluminum chassis at just 0.74 inches thick, thanks to the dual AeroBlade 3D metal fans that increase air flow by 35 percent yet take up less space within the device.

Acer also introduced a Predator X27 Ultra HD HDR gaming monitor.

New desktops will be available with the new generation of AMD Ryzen 7 1700X processors engineered for handling graphic-intensive content.

The entire webcast can be seen below.