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Acer Iconia Tab 8 Review: A Lot Of Tablet For Not A Lot Of Money

Three years ago (or thereabouts), if you would've asked me about Acer tablets, my response would likely have been something similar to DeAndre Jordan's face after this nasty dunk over Brandon Knight back in 2013. Or, to put it a little more bluntly, there probably wouldn't have been anything positive to say. At all.

The company has come a long way since then, and I feel like it has been offering especially good value for the money as of late, and the Iconia Tab 8 may be the crown jewel of its collection.

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Acer Launches Iconia One 8 Powered By Intel, And MediaTek-Powered Iconia Tab 10

Just about every major electronics manufacturer has something to show off at IFA 2014, and Acer is no exception. Amidst announcements for a handful of new laptop models, a few tablets made it on stage for a little bit of time in the spotlight. In a creative twist, the two Android tablets featured during the presentation were equipped with significantly different processors. Acer's Iconia One 8 is packing a quad-core processor from Intel while the Iconia Tab 10 is equipped with a MediaTek quad-core processor.

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Acer Iconia One 7 Lightning Review: Basically What You'd Expect For $130

Acer is one of those companies that, in my mind, builds very good budget-friendly hardware. It may not offer the fastest or the best on the block, but when you're on a tight budget, Acer is always a solid choice.

The same goes for its Android devices – Acer has done a pretty good job of placing itself in the "budget, but not really awful" category when it comes to its mobile division.

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Tegra K1-Powered Acer Chromebook CB5 Leaks, Sporting A 13.3" Display, 4GB RAM, And 32GB SSD

We've been hearing rumors about Tegra-powered Chromeboooks for quite a while now (anyone remember the supposed Tegra 4-powered Chromebook Pixel?), but it looks like the first one could actually be set to release in early August. According to a product listing on Swedish retailer Komplett.se's site, the Acer-built Chromebook CB5 is packing a Tegra K1, 4GB RAM, a 32GB SSD, and a 13.3" HD display. Looking at images on the site, it appears that the device is sporting two USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an exterior that's ready to give the Samsung Chromebook 2 a run for its money.

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Acer Unveils The Budget-Minded Iconia Tab 7 And One 7 Android-Powered 7-Inch Tablets

Today at its "A Touch More Connected" launch event in New York, Acer pulled the curtain off a plethora of new electronics. Most of them were Windows products, but a couple are here for those who would prefer something running Android: the Iconia Tab 7 and the Iconia One 7. Neither product is particularly powerful, and the latter gives consumers another One product to keep up with.

The Iconia Tab 7 has an unspecified quad-core processor, a 1280x800 display, a microSD card slot, and up to 6 hours of battery life.

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Acer A1-830 Lightning Review: There Are Worse Ways To Spend $180

While many budget smartphones have come a long way in proving that "affordable" no longer necessarily means "bad" over the past few years (Moto G, anyone?), the budget tablet is still oftentimes a gamble. On one hand, devices like the Nexus 7 provide a fantastic user experience for not a lot of moneydollars; on the other, there are devices like the Snakebyte Vyper that basically verify the saying "you get what you pay for." Of course, some manufacturers – like ASUS, for example – seem to have a better handle on the art of building usable, affordable tablets.

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Acer Announces New Aio Android-Powered Desktop With 27-Inch 2560 x 1440 Touchscreen Plus A Pair Of Iconia Tablets

That tiny Android tablet you've been using is cute and all, but Acer is doing big things with Android. I mean physically big. The newly announced Aio (model TA272HUL) is a massive 27-inch all-in-one desktop system that runs Android on a high resolution WQHD touchscreen.

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Acer's Extend Concept Is A New Smartphone-Workstation Prototype That Looks Kind Of Familiar

Part of the reason I was drawn to the Chromebook Pixel is that it's essentially a thin client for accessing the same content I interact with using my phones and tablets. Having to move and maintain files between separate machines is a chore I no longer wish to deal with, so I'm happy to see that this issue may soon be a thing of the past. Today at IFA, Acer demoed its Extend prototype, a laptop-dock that could enable you to use a smartphone as a your primary computer.

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Acer Announces Liquid S2 With 4K Video Recording, Iconia A3 Tablet, And 24" Android-Powered All-In-One Ahead Of IFA

Prepare for a week filled with new product announcements, Android newshounds. Acer isn't letting their rivals get the better of them at IFA in Berlin (or indeed at the pre-show events that are becoming standard). This morning the company announced no less than three new products: the Liquid S2, a 6-inch Android phone with 1080p video recording, the 10.1-inch Iconia A3 tablet, and the DA241HL, a 24-inch all-in-one desktop powered by Android 4.2.

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Acer Announces The Liquid S1 – A 5.7-Inch Mid-Range Smartphone With Almost-Stock Android And No LTE

Remember when phones were getting smaller? Ah, those were the days. Acer just announced the Liquid S1 at Computex in Taipei, and it's got a massive 5.7-inch screen. It doesn't quite have the high-end specs of some other giant phones, but this device could appeal to a niche consumer.

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The Liquid S1 is a 720p device, despite the screen being on the large side. As such, it won't be as crisp as some other devices.

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