The Windows 10 ecosystem continues to grow, with new notebooks and hybrids popping up all over the place from Microsoft's OEM partners. Quality continues to increase and prices to remain reasonable compared to Windows 10's macOS competition, and today the Microsoft Windows blog highlighted a new machine coming this fall from Acer.
Today, Acer announced their new TravelMate X3 notebook series perfect for professionals and small businesses, which will be available this fall. This series lights up great Windows 10 features, including your personal digital assistant Cortana, convenient and secure login with Windows Hello using the integrated touch fingerprint sensor and access to great apps, games, movies and TV shows through the Windows Store.
The 14-inch TravelMate X349 notebook, first in the series, is ideal for busy professionals looking for a portable device built to work on-the-go. It has an impressive battery life of up to 10 hours and a sleek, all-aluminum chassis that’s less than 18 mm thin and weighs just 3.3 pounds. The thin and light design is perfect for productivity, anywhere. This notebook also comes with a 720p HDR webcam for high-quality videoconferencing and Skype for Business.
Starting at $649 in October in North America, EMEA in September from €480, and in China in September from ¥5,999, here are the new machine's basic specs:
- Powered by Windows 10
- Has up to 10 hours of battery life, 6th Generation Intel Core processors, DDR4 memory and SSDs
- Enhanced usability with a brilliant Full HD IPS display that reclines 180-degrees to lie flat, and a LED backlit keyboard with a bigger, wider touchpad
- Integrated touch fingerprint sensor supports Windows Hello for fast and secure sign-in, while a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip increases platform integrity and provides hardware-based protection for passwords and encryption keys
- Includes a USB Type-C port for pairing with an Acer USB Type-C Dock (sold separately) to connect to up to two 4K displays, providing power and a variety of peripheral connections through a single cable.
We're glad to see OEMs continuing to push out excellent Windows 10 machines across all of the various price ranges. Let us know in the comments if you agree and if you're interested in the upcoming Acer TravelMate X349.