Browsing: Acer

PC sales go into freefall

The personal computer industry is under severe pressure. New, preliminary data from research and analyst firm Gartner shows that 79,2m PCs were shipped in the first quarter of 2013, an 11,2% decline over the same quarter in 2012. This is the first time the number had fallen below 80m since the second quarter

Tablets to drive Mustek growth

A growth in market share in tablets by PC makers, at the expense of Apple, which makes the market-leading iPad tablet, should help boost JSE-listed technology distribution company Mustek’s revenues in future, it says in notes accompanying its interim results, which were published on Thursday

Gadgets & Reviews
Reviewed: Acer’s Aspire S7 supermodel

This beauty’s a head turner! When Acer’s new top-end Ultrabook, the Aspire S7, arrived in TechCentral’s offices last week, it was like a supermodel had entered the room. There’s no doubt that Acer, whose previous Ultrabooks have underwhelmed next to the competition, is back in the game in a big way

TalkCentral: Ep 78 – ‘It’s war’

Vodacom and Cell C have declared war on each other, that much is clear. It was the bigger of the two that made the latest move – on Friday, Vodacom cut prepaid tariffs to R1,20/minute (on per-minute billing) and, more significantly, began offering huge amounts of effectively

Alistair Fairweather
Is the PC era over?

The year 1975 was a bumper one for the personal computer. Nearly 50 000 of them were sold, hatching an entirely new market. Just a year or two earlier, only giant corporations could afford computers. Jump forward to 2012: between July and September 87m new PCs were shipped and more than

Duncan McLeod
Nokia: still burning

Microsoft dealt a blow to its partner Nokia late last week when it said current Windows Phone devices would not get upgraded to the latest version of the operating system. In the process, the US software giant may have shot itself in the foot. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop could be forgiven for thinking

Gadgets & Reviews
Acer Aspire V3 review: big boned

While other manufacturers focus much of their effort on creating the most compact and lightweight laptops possible, Taiwan’s Acer has released the Aspire V3: a 3,3kg monster with a 17,3-inch screen. The question is, with its lack of monstrous innards, just who is it aimed at? That’s not to say you can’t get

Ultrabooks: Macbook Air knock-offs or real revolution?

If 2011 was the year of the tablet computer, 2012 looks set to be the year of the Ultrabook, chipmaker Intel’s term for next-generation, ultra-thin and portable laptops running Windows. But are these machines a desperate reaction from a PC industry trying

Gadgets & Reviews
Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook: light on the pocket

For a long time, the only real manufacturer of the sort of slim, lightweight laptops that have earned the title “ultrabooks” has been Apple with its MacBook Air range. That’s fine if you’re an Apple user, or don’t mind becoming one, but not if you want or need to use Windows. Finally

Gadgets & Reviews
Acer’s Iconia A500 Tab: an exercise in optimism

Just about every computer and phone manufacturer now makes tablets in the hope of grabbing some of the scraps of market share Apple doesn’t hold with the iPad. Acer has a couple of tablet offerings, but its headline act is the Iconia Tab A500, a 10,1-inch Android-powered