Editors’ observe: This hands-on preview is predicated on a non-final hardware construct offered by Acer early within the manufacturing course of. We’ll replace with new benchmarks and a ranking when the ultimate hardware is launched.
Once we see a Home windows pill with a built-in kickstand and a keyboard cowl that clips on magnetically, we are inclined to name them Floor-alikes, after the Microsoft product line that kickstarted the fashionable Home windows pill motion. However the Floor has been largely the identical for its previous few iterations, so if a Home windows pill comes alongside that gives some new and thrilling twists on the class, perhaps it deserves a brand new nickname.
The Acer Change 7 Black Version definitely does just a few issues otherwise than the Floor and its clones. The three main promoting factors are: a self-deploying kickstand; an Nvidia MX150 GPU; and a type of liquid cooling, to maintain the GPU and high-end eighth-gen Intel Core i7 operating easily — all with out the assistance of any inner followers.
Acer calls its cooling system the twin Liquidloop. It is not precisely the identical as the large liquid cooling tubes and pumps present in massive gaming desktops, nevertheless it does channel warmth away from the CPU and GPU in a a lot quieter trend than a fan.
Notice that our impressions are primarily based on a not-quite-final model of Acer’s hardware. Our demo unit lacks a fingerprint reader, and will bear different beauty or configuration modifications earlier than its remaining launch.
At a deliberate $1,699 for this Core i7/16GB RAM/512GB SSD configuration, which additionally contains the Nvidia MX150, a keyboard cowl and a fundamental stylus, this is not an impulse purchase. But it surely’s a lot cheaper than a equally configured Microsoft Floor Professional at $2,199 (£1,999 or AU$three,299), plus $159 (£149 or AU$249) for a keyboard cowl and $99 (£99 or AU$139) for a stylus. A 13-inch MacBook Professional begins at much less, however the identical i7/16GB/512GB setup additionally jumps to $2,199. Official UK and Australian worth and availability have but to be confirmed, however pricing converts to round £1,300 and AU$2,280, respectively.
Not that that is the hands-down winner for everybody a removable Home windows pill. It is in all probability extra highly effective than most individuals want. I nonetheless like Microsoft’s clip-on keyboard cowl higher, and the included stylus is small and never as well-designed as Microsoft’s sold-separately Floor model. The Change 7 can be heavy as hell, weighing three.6 kilos, together with the 13.5-inch 2,256×1,504 decision pill and the keyboard. (The Floor Professional with keyboard cowl is about 2.four kilos.)
Worth as reviewed
13.5-inch 2,256×1,504 contact show
1.6GHz Intel Core i7-8250U
8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz
2048MB Nvidia GeForce MX150
802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.zero
Window 10 Professional (64-bit)
Get your kicks
The kickstand will get a wise improve that is deceptively easy in its implementation, however amazingly helpful and intelligent in real-world use. Known as the AutoStand, it makes use of two black buttons on the very backside edge to robotically come out the kickstand when that edge is pressed towards a flat floor, reminiscent of a desk.
It is not rocket science, nevertheless it’s significantly better than manually working your fingernails below another pill kickstands and awkwardly pulling them out. The kickstand additionally leans again easily when the pill display screen is pushed down, decreasing itself till it is a hair below three inches from the desk.