7 New ACER Devices in Malaysia: Aspire Switch 10, Iconia One 7, Aspire ES1-511, All-in-Ones, and More

The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected

Acer Malaysia officially launched Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in–1 notebook. Along with Aspire Switch 10, Acer also introduced 6 more products, including new Acer Iconia One 7, Iconia A1, Acer Aspire ES1–511 notebooks and new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series.

1. Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10
Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 2-in–1 Windows 8.1 notebook consists of tablet and keyboard dock, connected via a magnetic hinge.

The multi-touch IPS display is 10.1-inch with 1366×768 pixels resolution, provides wide viewing angle of up to 178-degree.

It is powered by Intel Atom Z3745 1.86GHz processor, 2GB RAM. The storage space is 32GB eMMC on tablet plus 500GB with keyboard dock. 2MP front webcam for 1080p video recording; no rear camera.

For connectivity, it has a micro USB port on tablet, USB 2.0 port on dock, micro SD card reader, HDMI micro port. Supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n.

Aspire Switch 10’s 22Wh battery provides battery life up to 8 hours, Acer says. The 2-in–1 notebook includes free license of Microsoft Office 365 Home & Students.

Aspire Switch 10 price in Malaysia is RM 1,399.

2. Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7
Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7 is 7-inch (1280×800) Android tablet powered by Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB eMMC storage. 2MP rear camera and HD camera at front. Its weight is 330g with build-in 3680 mAh battery, estimated battery life of up to 7 hours.

Iconia One 7 price in Malaysia is RM399.

3. Acer Iconia A1–830

Acer Iconia A1
Acer Iconia A1

A1–830 is 7.9-inch Android tablet with aluminium build. Same as Iconia One 7, A1–830 is powered by same Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage.

The screen resolution is 1024×768, a 4:3 aspect ratio suitable for web browsing and ebook reading.

Iconia A1–830 has 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, plus two speakers. The battery is 4000 mAh Lithium Polymer.

Iconia A1–830 price in Malaysia is RM 599.

4. Acer Aspire ES1–511

Acer Aspire ES1-511
Acer Aspire ES1-511

Aspire ES1–511 is the cheapest Acer E-series notebook. The display is 15.6-inch with resolution 1366×768 pixels. Powered by Intel Celeron Quad-core N2930 1.83GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 500GB SATA hard disk. The notebook runs Windows 8.1 with Bing*.

It equipped with a DVD drive, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI port. Supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The 15.6″ notebook weight 2.4KG with 36 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack, offers battery life up to 4.5 hours.

Aspire ES1–511 price is Malaysia is RM 999.

[box type=”info”]*Note: Windows 8.1 with Bing is cheaper licensing for PC maker’s low-cost computers that PC maker cannot change the Windows default search engine. User can change the default search engine, anyway.[/box]

New Acer Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series

Acer introduced 3 new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) desktop computers with Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater with 2 build-in stereo speakers:

Acer Aspire U5–620

Acer Aspire U5-620
Acer Aspire U5-620

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX850M 2GB, BlueRay combo. Feature special hinge that allow it to tilt all the way to flat with only one finger, awarded Computex 2014 d&i (design and innovation) award. Price: RM 3,499

Acer Aspire Z3–615

Acer Aspire Z3-615
Acer Aspire Z3-615

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i3 3.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 2,399

Acer Aspire ZC–606

Acer Aspire ZC-606
Acer Aspire ZC-606

19.5-inch 1600×900 display, Windows 8.1 with Bing, Intel Celeron 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 1,299

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AcerMalaysia

16 Best New Features of Windows 8.1 You Want to Know

Windows 8.1 personalized lock screen

Windows 8.1 – a free update to Windows 8 – has been launched in October 2013. Windows 8.1 maybe looks identical to Windows 8 but there are many new features and improvements inside.

Here I compiled a list of 16 best new features of Windows 8.1. Let us know which feature you like most in the comment section?

1. Start button is back! (not really…)

Windows 8.1 Start button
Windows 8.1 Start button

Good news: “Start button is back in Windows 8.1.”
Bad news: “It is not THE Start button.”

Microsoft brings back the classic “Start” button in Windows 8.1 after removed it in Windows 8 (criticized by many users).

However, it is not the old Start button that we know. Click/tap on it bring you to Start screen (Modern UI a.k.a Metro UI) by default, not the old Windows cascade menu.

“What da…!”

Good thing is that you can change the Start button to show all your apps (Apps view) – Goto “navigation” tab on the taskbar properties dialog, tick “Show the Apps view automatically when I goto Start”.

In media discussion with Sunny Ooi, Consumer Channels Group Director Microsoft Malaysia, pointed out that “traditional Windows cascade menu is not ideal for touch screen and different screen sizes – small to big”.

Additionally, power users can access Windows admin tools – event viewer, device manager, disk management, computer management, Windows PowerShell, etc – and shut down/restart device by right clicking the Start button.

2. Start directly to Desktop

Many traditional Windows users and those who do not own a touchscreen device would like to skip Windows 8 start screen and boot directly into Desktop mode.

Windows 8.1 Start screen settings
Windows 8.1 Start screen settings (Image credit: MaximumPC)

Now you can do it with Windows 8.1. On the “navigation” tab on the taskbar properties dialog, tick “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.

3. More Start Screen visual options

Windows 8.1 Start screen showsing 4 different tile sizes
Windows 8.1 Start screen showsing 4 different tile sizes

App tiles on Start screen now can have 4 sizes: Large, Wide, Medium, Small. Large and Small are new tile sizes. Large tile size is 2x the height of Wide tile; Small tile is a quarter of Medium size.

You can select multiple app tiles and move them all at once. No more moving one-by-one as in Windows 8.

Start screen background can use Desktop wallpaper. The setting is “Show my desktop background on Start” on the “navigation” tab on the taskbar properties dialog.

4. All Apps view

Windows 8.1 all apps view
Windows 8.1 all apps view

Want to see all your installed apps in a view? Simply hit Ctrl+Tab to toggle between the All Apps View and the default Start Screen view.

Or, swipe up for All Apps View and swipe down for default view in the middle of the Start Screen.

5. Improved multitasking and productivity

Windows 8.1 multi-tasking
Windows 8.1 multi-tasking

Now you can have up to 4 apps side-by-side in Windows 8.1 for double productivity (only 2 apps in Windows 8). Each app on screen can have flexible size.

Multi-monitor support has been improved so that you can view the desktop or modern apps on any or all monitors.

6. Bing Smart Search

New Bing Smart Search will find everywhere – documents on device, SkyDrive, apps, song from Xbox Music, website – for your search query.

You can watch videos, play music and check Bing maps directly from the search results.

7. Windows Store Redesigned

Windows 8.1 redesigned Windows Store
Windows 8.1 redesigned Windows Store

Windows Store has new layouts and categories, such as New & Rising make it easier to stay up to date on the hottest apps.

Personalized recommendations powered by Bing advanced recommendation and relevance system help you to find your new favorites.

Best of all, apps are updated automatically by default. You always have the newest and best version of any app.

8. New lock screen

Windows 8.1 personalized lock screen
Windows 8.1 personalized lock screen

New Windows 8.1 lock screen allows you to turn your device into a digital picture frame by showing your selected photo gallery.

You can also access camera and answer Skype calls without unlock screen first.

9. Modify settings from Start

In Windows 8.1, you do not need to enter Desktop mode to modify your computer settings. Many settings can be accessed from within the Start Screen interface.

10. Better touchscreen typing

Windows 8.1 now has better touchscreen typing. It learns as you type and make suggestions based on what you have written before.

Touch keyboard child keys
Touch keyboard child keys (Image credit: Winsupersite)

Plus, you can press and hold on a key to get other options such as numbers or language-specific alternatives.

One more thing, Emoji icons are now in colour!

11. Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11
Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 is designed for touch screen with larger tabs and simpler controls, as well as speed boosts, and sync browsing history, favorites and settings across all your Windows 8.1 devices.

IE 11 features redesigned developer tools, support for WebGL,enhanced scaling for high DPI screens,SPDY, prerender and prefetch. (WikiPedia)

12. Your Windows follows you

When you logon Windows 8.1 with your Microsoft account, your Windows stuff – Windows settings, photos, apps, music, and so on – are automatically synced. Apps not on your device are not automatically download but you can see the app icon in All Apps View and one-click to install them.

13. SkyDrive Cloud in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Skydrive
Windows 8.1 Skydrive

With deep SkyDrive cloud integration in Windows 8.1, you can create, edit and save files to SkyDrive cloud just like you save files on your PC.

Then, you can online access the latest version of your files anywhere, anytime on whatever device you are using.

Since your files are online and backed up on SkyDrive, they are always safe, even something bad happens to your device.

14. Native 3D Printing Support

Windows 8.1 is the 1st operating system provides native support for 3D printing. It has plug-and-play support for 3D printers, enable apps to print 3D jobs and understand 3D file formats.

15. High-DPI and DPI Scaling Support

In Windows 8.1 each display can have its own dot-per-inch (DPI) scaling factor which makes the relative scale of content consistent.

Meaning, if you have multiple displays mixed with normal resolution and 4K monitor or ultra-high resolution laptop, the on-screen content will be scaled consistently across different displays.

16. Quiet Time

Windows 8.1 Quiet Time
Windows 8.1 Quiet Time (Image credit: Lifehacker)

Windows 8.1’s Quiet Time is your device’s “Do Not Disturb” mode. You can put your device to stay silent — no app notification allowed — for a preset time, like nighttime. Goto Windows Settings, then Search and Apps, turn Quiet Hours on in Notifications and set the quiet hours.

Bonus: FREE Windows 8.1!

Windows 8.1 is free update for Windows 8 users. The online update download size is over 3GB.

  1. At Start screen, tap or click Store tile.
  2. Tap or click the Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 in Store.
  3. Tap or click Download.
  4. Download will start and install in the background while you can still use your PC to do other things.

Read more information on Windows 8.1 update here.

New Windows devices are also shipped with Windows 8.1 since October 2013.

Buy Windows 8.1

If your PC is not currently running Windows 8 or Windows RT, you can buy Windows 8.1 online download at USD119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro for USD$199.99. DVD box edition is USD$169 for Windows 8.1 and $289.99 for Windows 8.1 Pro.

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Now you learn the 16 best features of Windows 8.1. Which one is your favourite? Did I miss out any new features? What are the features you would like to see in Windows 8.2? Please tell us in the comment.

10.1-inch ASUS T100 Tablet with Windows 8.1 and Free Office 2013 (Hands-on)

ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100 (ASUS T100 tablet) is 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with keyboard dock and powered by Intel Atom “Bay Trail” quad-core processor, bundled with free Microsoft Office 2013.

ASUS T100 tablet is the first device to use Intel Atom Z3740 ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor. It is also one of the first device that shipped with Windows 8.1.

Read also: Understanding Intel Bay Trail processor family

T100 10.1-inch IPS multi-touch display has 1366×768 pixels resolution. A keyboard dock is included. It has 11 battery life and 14 days standby time, says ASUS.

Hands-on: ASUS T100 tablet

ASUS Transformer Book T100

I spent a brief time with Asus Transformer Book T100 at an Intel event.

The tablet is lightweight, the included keyboard dock has a brushed metal look. The display is bright and clear, very responsive to touch gestures.

On the right, you found MicroSD card slot, micro USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI port and headset port. On the right are volume button and Windows button. Stereo speakers are at each side of the rear.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 side
ASUS Transformer Book T100 side

Glad to know that T100 runs latest Windows 8.1 and not Windows RT that only support modern apps. You can install all your Windows application on T100… Wait!

Sorry to tell you that T100 only has 32GB storage space, you probably left half space after installed Windows 8.1 and Office 2013. Ouch!

However, ASUS T100 comes with free Microsoft Office 2013. Unlike Office 365, it is a standalone version with no annual fee.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 with free Office 2013
ASUS Transformer Book T100 with free Office 2013

As part of Microsoft OEM partner program – Windows 8 Small Screen Touch – other manufactures’ Windows 8 tablets would includes free Office 2013 bundle, too.

When docked (laptop mode), T100 tab is becomes a lightweight (1.07KG) ultraportable laptop. The keyboard dock also adds a USB3.0 port at the left side.

ASUS Transformer Book T100

Immediately, I noticed an issue. The dock weighs less than the tablet, thus does not feel balance. You would worry the tablet will tip over (it did not happen) when you poke the touchscreen or use on your laps. Good to know that the hinge is very firm.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 keyboard dock
ASUS Transformer Book T100 keyboard dock

ASUS T100 keyboard has small tile keys. The right “Shift” key is so small and squeezed by arrow keys… Typing on T100 keyboard feels “plastic” and my typing error rate is extremely high because I have used to full size keyboard.

When folded, ASUS Transformer Book T100 becomes bulk like a thick book, 2.3cm height – 5mm thicker than MacBook Pro retina.

Asus Transformer Book T100 Specs

ASUS Transformer Book T100

  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 (32-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core (1.33GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel HD graphics
  • Display: 10.1-inch (1366×768 pixels) IPS with capacitive multi-touch
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Camera: 1.2MP (front)
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB port, Micro-HDMI port, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone/mic; 1x USB3.0 port on dock
  • Battery: 31Wh lithium polymer
  • Dimensions: 263x171x10.5mm (tablet), 263x171x13.1mm (dock)
  • Weight: 550g (tablet), 520g (dock)

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Price and Availability

ASUS Transformer Book T100 available in Malaysia from 18th October 2013. The recommended retail price is RM 1,299.

Thoughts

ASUS Transformer Book T100 powered by Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ processor allows the tablet to run Windows 8.1 while provides long battery life.

32GB storage space is not enough to install your giant Windows software. I would see it as temporary space for your work documents before you save them to cloud.

ASUS T100 is a more acceptable laptop choice – Windows 8.1 with MS Office – by mass when you compare it with Google Chromebook (Chrome OS, runs everything in browser).

Though I dislike the keyboard, I think T100 is worth to consider.

With a Android/iPad tablet price range, ultraportable laptop like ASUS Transformer Book T100 would be your better choice to be productivity on-the-go, and for your kids’ studies.

➤ ASUS Malaysia