Acer’s New Ultra-Thin Desktop Arriving Soon in U.S.
Set to arrive in U.S. stores later this month, Acer’s new Aspire S24 desktop features a streamlined profile that’s just 0.235 inches thick. The base also supports wireless charging for mobile devices. Powered by an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, and with a 23.8-inch display, the S24 is priced starting at $879.99.
Unveiled in August during the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, the Aspire S24 (pictured above) has won design awards in Taiwan, where Acer is headquartered, and in Japan. The Taiwan Excellence Award highlighted the hyper-slim profile and user-friendly display of the all-in-one device, while the Japan Good Design Award singled out the S24 for its "geometric lines and simple design."
Describing the S24 all-in-one as its "slimmest ever," Acer said the new desktop is designed to be both functional and stylish. The company said the thin design also helps to free up desk space, as does the base support for Qi wireless charging, which reduces the need for extra plugs and cables.
In a statement, Frank Chang, senior director of stationary products for Acer America, touted the S24’s "elegant aesthetics and convenient feature set." He added, "The ultra-slim form factor and wireless charging free up desk space, while ample power delivers smooth performance."
The desktop’s thin display also features a narrow bezel of just 0.106 inches, with a black and gold color scheme for "luxurious appeal." In addition, the Full HD screen uses Acer’s ExaColor, BluelightShield and Flickerless technologies to optimize color saturation and contrast and reduce blue light and flickering that can bother eyes and disturb sleep.
The screen is supported by a tiltable display that can be angled at anywhere from -5 degrees to 25 degrees, and offers 178-degree viewing and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.
1 TB of Storage
Offering 12 GB of memory and a hard drive with 1 TB of storage, the Aspire S24 comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. It also includes one USB 3.1 Type-C port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports as well as a USB 2.0 port, and can be linked to a second display via an HDMI connection. The Aspire S24 runs Windows 10 with Microsoft’s Cortana intelligent assistant and Edge browser.
While calling it a "solid midrange machine," PCWorld today noted that the S24’s 5,400rpm SATA hard drive is "spacious, but very slow. Luckily, there are two M.2 interfaces for adding an SSD."
Other features of the Aspire S24 include two 2-watt speakers with Acer TrueHarmony audio technology and Dolby Audio Premium, and Intel’s Dual-Band Wireless AC networking technology.
Although it’s arriving in the U.S. market later than initially promised, the S24 will be offered at a lower price than Acer initially announced. Acer’s IFA announcement on Aug. 30 gave a North American arrival date of January, with a starting price of $999.