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Acer Enduro : New Range of Rugged MIL-810G Devices!

Acer Enduro : New Range of Rugged MIL-810G Devices!

Acer just announced Enduro – their new range of rugged MIL-810G computing devices! Check them out!

 

Acer Enduro N3 Rugged Laptop

With MIL-STD-810G and IP53 certifications, the Acer Enduro N3 is a 14-inch rugged laptop that is just under 25 mm thick, and weighs less than 2 kg.

It features Corning Gorilla Glass protection for the display, and reinforced corners for the chassis, and water-resistant Aquafan that repels water.

It also has drainage holes for the keyboard and seals for the I/O ports to protect the Acer Enduro N3 against exposure to water.

Built around the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, it comes with 8 GB of onboard memory, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 protection.

The Acer Enduro N3 has a rated battery life of 13 hours, which allows it to be a true off-site device.

It is available for pre-order in two variants :

  • Core i7, 8 GB + 256 GBRM 5,699 (approximately US$1,403 / £1,056 / A$1,869 / S$1,881)
  • Core i5, 8 GB + 256 GBRM 4,699 (approximately US$1,157 / £871 / A$1,541 / S$1,551)

 

Acer Enduro T1 Rugged Tablet

The Acer Enduro T1 is a rugged tablet with an optional portfolio keyboard, weighing less than 500 grams.

With MIL-STD-810G and IP54 certifications, the Enduro T1 can survive drops of 122 cm, and is resistant against dust and water.

Its display is designed to work with gloves, and is protected by a layer of reflection-free Corning Gorilla Glass.

Acer offers processor options of either an Intel Celeron, or a MediaTek MT8385; with 64 GB of eMMC storage, and a 10 hour battery life.

It is available for pre-order, with a starting price of RM 1,599 (approximately US$394 / £296 / A$524 / S$528)

 

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Acer Swift, Aspire + TravelMate : December 2020 Models!

Acer just released new and updated Swift, Aspire and TravelMate laptops, just in time for Christmas 2020!

Take a look at the new slew of Acer Swift, Aspire and TravelMate laptops that you can buy now!

 

Acer Swift 3 : New December 2020 Model!

The Acer Swift 3 is a 14-inch laptop designed for the young, and comes in three colour options – Blue, Pink and Silver.

It has a 14-inch slim bezel IPS LED display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, in a chassis that is just under 16 mm thick, and weighs just 1.2 kg.

Built around the new 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, it comes with up to 16 GB of onboard LPDDR4X memory, and 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

The new December 2020 Acer Swift 3 model has a rated battery life of 11 hours, and supports fast charging to give you 4 hours of video playback with a 30-minute charge.

In addition, the December 2020 model of Acer Swift 3 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019.

 

Acer Swift 3X : New December 2020 Model!

The Acer Swift 3X is a 14-inch laptop designed for both games and creative apps, with its new Iris Xe Max discrete graphics.

It has a 14-inch slim bezel IPS LED display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, in a chassis that is just under 18 mm thick, and weighs just 1.37 kg.

Built around the new 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics, it comes with up to 16 GB of onboard LPDDR4X memory, and 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

The new December 2020 Acer Swift 3 model has a rated battery life of 17 hours, and supports fast charging to give you 4 hours of video playback with a 30-minute charge.

In addition, the Acer Swift 3X comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019.

 

Acer Swift 5 : New December 2020 Model!

The Acer Swift 5 is a 14-inch ultra-light Intel Evo-certified laptop, that is just under 15 mm thick, and weighs only 1.05 kg!

It has a 14-inch IPS LED touch display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 100% sRGB colour gamut. This touch display is protected by Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.

Built around the new 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, it comes with up to 16 GB of onboard LPDDR4X memory, and 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

The new December 2020 Acer Swift 5 model has a rated battery life of 15 hours, and supports fast charging to give you 4 hours of video playback with a 30-minute charge.

In addition, the December 2020 model of Acer Swift 5 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019.

 

Acer Aspire 5 : New December 2020 Model!

The December 2020 Acer Aspire 5 comes in 14-inch or 15.6-inch display options, with an all-metal chassis.

The 14-inch Aspire 5 is 15.6 mm thick, and weighs 1.45 kg; while the 15.6-inch Aspire 5 is 17.9 mm thick and weighs just 1.65 kg.

Built around the new 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, they both with up to 16 GB of onboard LPDDR4X memory (upgradable to 20 GB), and 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

Acer also offers an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 discrete graphics option for both models.

Both 14-inch and 15-inch models have a rated battery life of 13 hours, and supports fast charging to give you 4 hours of video playback with a 30-minute charge.

In addition, they both come pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019.

 

Acer TravelMate P2 : New December 2020 Model!

The Acer TravelMate P2 is a rugged laptop designed for business executives, with handy business features and advanced connectivity options.

Built to comply with MIL-STD-810G standards, the Travelmate P2 has a spill-resistant keyboard, and shock-absorbent corners to survive bumps and drops.

It also comes with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 protection, a fingerprint reader and Windows Hello for secure authentication, to safeguard sensitive data while working away from the office.

Built around the new 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, it comes with up to 32 GB of onboard LPDDR4X memory, and 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage or a 1 TB hard disk drive.

The new December 2020 Acer TravelMate P2 model has a rated battery life of 13 hours, and supports fast charging to give you 4 hours of video playback with a 30-minute charge.

 

Acer Swift, Aspire + TravelMate (Dec 2020 Models) : Price + Availability

The December 2020 models are available with immediate effect at these RRP :

  • Acer Swift 3 : RM 3,299 (approximately US$813 / £611 / A$1,082 / S$1,086)
  • Acer Swift 3X : RM 3,799 (approximately US$935 / £704 / A$1,245 / S$1,250)
  • Acer Swift 5 : RM 3,999 (approximately US$985 / £741 / A$1,312 / S$1,316)
  • 14-inch Acer Aspire 5 : RM 2,799 (approximately US$689 / £519 / A$918 / S$921)
  • 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 5 : RM 2,899 (approximately US$714 / £537 / A$951 / S$954)
  • Acer TravelMate P2 : RM 2,699 (approximately US$665 / £500 / A$885 / S$888)

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Acer TravelMate P6 “Project Athena” Laptop : First Look!

The Acer TravelMate P6 – co-engineered with Intel for advanced mobile performance – is here!

Here is everything we know so far about this Project Athena laptop!

 

Acer TravelMate P6 : A Project Athena Laptop!

The Acer TravelMate P6 is designed for mobile professionals who have to be on-the-go. To do that, it is designed to be thin, light and yet tough and last long. It also comes with the ability to stay connected on both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

Co-Engineered With Intel

The Acer TravelMate P6 is co-engineered with Intel under the Project Athena program. This means it has been verified to deliver advanced mobile performance in responsiveness, instant wake and battery life.

Performance

The Acer TravelMate P6 can be configured with up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, with an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU, and up to 24 GB DDR4 memory.

It comes with a fast PCIe x4 SSD, with up to 1 TB of storage – delivering high throughputs, as well as a large storage capacity.

High-Speed Connectivity

The Acer TravelMate P6 comes with Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology, that delivers 3X faster speeds than Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). It can be configured to support eSIM to let you to stay connected using 4G LTE.

Thin + Light + Lasts Long

The Acer TravelMate P6 has a premium magnesium-aluminium alloy chassis, and weighs just 1.1 kg and is only 16.6 mm thick.

Yet its battery will last up to 23 hours, with fast charging capability that lets it recharge up to 50% in less than 45 minutes!

Military Tough

The Acer TravelMate P6 is both MIL-STD-810G and 810F compliant, allowing it to withstand bumps, drops and other mishaps. It is also resistant to rain, humidity and extreme temperatures.

Secure

Users can log into the TravelMate P6 using Windows Hello via the fingerprint reader on the power button, or through the IR webcam that utilises biometric facial recognition. When not in use, the camera shutter can be physically closed for added security.

It also comes with an integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip hardware-based protection for passwords and encryption keys.

The pre-loaded Acer ProShield includes a suite of security and management tools that help safeguard sensitive data, while Acer Office Management lets IT professionals deploy security policies and monitor assets from one unified interface.

 

Acer TravelMate P6 : Specifications

Acer is offering two variants in Malaysia, with these specifications :

Specifications Acer Spin P6 2020 (Core i7) Acer Spin P6 2020 (Core i5)
Model P614-51TG-G2-78WZ P614-51T-G2-55Z1
Display 14-inch Full HD IPS Touch Display
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Processor Intel Core i7-10510U Intel Core i5-10210U
Memory 8 GB LPDDR4, Upgradable to 24 GB
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX250 Intel UHD Graphics
Storage 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Weight 1.1 kg
Launch Price RM 6,299 RM 4,899

 

Acer TravelMate P6 : Price + Availability

The Acer TravelMate P6 will be available in these regions, with these starting prices :

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  • North America : February 2020, starting at USD 1,149.99
  • EMEA : February 2020, starting at EUR 1,099
  • China : January 2020, starting at RMB 9,999

Here in Malaysia, it is available in two variants with a 3-year warranty, including a 1-year international traveller warranty :

  • P614-51TG-G2-78WZ (Core i7) : RM 6,299
  • P614-51T-G2-55Z1 (Core i5) : RM 4,899

 

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Acer TravelMate P2 : MIL-Spec Always-Connected Laptop!

At CES 2020, Acer just unveiled the TravelMate P2 – a MIL-Spec laptop that is always-connected via 4G LTE! Here is what we know so far!

 

Acer TravelMate P2 : MIL-Spec Always-Connected Laptop!

The Acer TravelMate P2 is designed for mobile workers who have to be on-the-go. The ability to connected not only to a Wi-Fi network, but also 4G LTE will ensure that the user can stay connected, no matter where he/she is.

Performance

The Acer TravelMate P2 can be configured with up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, with an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX230 GPU, and up to 32 GB DDR4 memory.

It also has a configurable dual-drive system – giving you the option of using up to a 512 GB PCIe SSD, with an additional 1 TB HDD.

High-Speed Connectivity

The Acer TravelMate P2 comes with Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology, that delivers 3X faster speeds than Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). It also supports both a Nano SIM card, as well as eSIM, allowing you to stay connected using 4G LTE.

Wide Range Of Ports

The Acer TravelMate P2 also comes with a wide range of ports, including VGA, HDMI and USB Type C. If that’s not enough, you can add an optional Acer USB Type C dock for even more ports!

Tough + Long-Lasting

The Acer TravelMate P2 is MIL-STD-810G compliant, and can deliver up to 13 hours of battery life!

 

Acer TravelMate P2 : Price + Availability

The Acer TravelMate P2 will be available in these regions, with these starting prices :

  • North America : February 2020, starting at USD 699.99
  • EMEA : January 2020, starting at EUR 599
  • China : January 2020, starting at RMB 4,499

 

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Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme : Light + Tough!

Dell just released the new Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme tablet that’s designed to take on desert sandstorms and even the harshest Arctic conditions!

Let’s take a look at this new 12-inch tablet, and find out just how tough it is!

 

Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme : Light + Tough!

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is a light and powerful 12-inch tablet designed for those who have to work in challenging conditions.

It now comes with an ultra-bright 1000 nits Full HD display, with anti-glare coatings to use in harsh sunlight. This display is also glove-responsive, and multi-touch capable.

High Performance In A Small Package

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core processor, with vPro Core i7 and Core i5 options.

It comes with a PCIe NVMe SSD, with storage capacities from 128 GB all the way to 2 TB, with self-encryption options for those who work with sensitive data.

Toughened For Extreme Environments

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is built to withstand the worst environments you can get into. It is IP65-rated against dust and water ingress, and is both MIL-STD-810G/H and Class 1 Div 2 certified.

It has also been drop-tested from a height of 1.2 metres at the Dell Latitude Rugged Lab, and tested to withstand a wide temperature range of -29 to 64 Celsius.

Hot Swappable Batteries!

It has an optional built-in hot-swappable battery design, which gives you the ability to continue working without interruptions.

Mission Critical Connectivity

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme comes with a plethora of connectivity options to ensure that you can stay connected, wherever you are – 802.11ax Wi-Fi, global 4G LTE broadband, and even a GPS module.

Compatibility With Existing Docks

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is compatible with most existing Latitude Rugged Extreme tablet vehicle and desk docks, as well as previous-generation accessories.

 

Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Specifications

Specifications Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit)
Display 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1000 nits
– Anti-Glare, Anti-Smudge, Polariser, Glove-Capable
Processor Options Intel Core i7-8665U (4 cores, 8 MB cache, vPro)
Intel Core i5-8365U (4 cores, 6 MB cache, vPro)
Intel Core i3-8145U (2 cores, 5 MB cache)
Memory Options 8 GB / 16 GB LPDDR3 (2133 MHz)
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage Options 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD (Class 35)
256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB PCIe NVMe SSD (Class 40)
256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD (Class 40, self-encrypting)
Front Camera 5 MP RGB + IR FHD webcam, with privacy shutter
Rear Camera 8 MP camera with LED flash
Connectivity Options Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (Wi-Fi AC + BT 5.0)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Wi-Fi AX + BT 5.0)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Wi-Fi AX only)
Snapdragon X20 4G LTE card
NEO-M8 GPS card
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Digital Compass, Gyro, Lid, SAR
Audio Combo headphone and mic jack
Stereo speakers
2 x non-array microphones
Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type A (with Power Delivery)
1 x USB 3.0 Type C (PowerShare / DisplayPort(
1 x combo microphone / headphone jack
Optional mini serial RS-232 port
1 x docking Pogo connector
Optional Backpack Pogo connector
Slots Micro SD and SIM card slot
Kensington lock slot
Battery 34 Whr, 2-Cell ExpressCharge primary battery
34 Whr, 2-Cell secondary battery
Charger Options 45 W / 45 W Type C / 90 W
Dimensions 203.0 mm wide
312.2 mm tall
24.4 mm thick
Weight 1.33 kg

 

Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Price + Availability

The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme will be available for purchase in early December 2019, with local pricing to be announced later.

 

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Kenxinda Ruggedised Smartphones Torture Test

On the 31st of December, Kenxinda launched their Flattop series of ruggedised mobile devices. The Kenxinda Flattop series consists of five ruggedised smartphones, one ruggedised feature phone and one ruggedised power bank. Take a look at their specifications and prices.

Ruggedised devices are currently a very niche market, but they could well become mainstream as smartphone users start to use their mobile devices to more challenging environments. How often have you been forced to leave your mobile devices at home, or at the beach?

 

IP68 & MIL-STD-810G

The Kenxinda Flattop mobile devices are waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof. They are designed to work in harsh conditions, being IP68-certified and MIL-STD-810G rated. That means they will take pretty much all the abuse you can throw at them and still work. Water, dirt and shock will no longer be a problem with one of these devices. Take a look at what they have been dunked in.

Their IP68 rating means they are rated to be impervious to dust, as well as waterproof up to 1.5 meters in depth for up to 30 minutes. It is not known if Kenxinda actually subjected these devices through the extensive and expensive MIL-STD-810G stress tests. They probably just built them to withstand the MIL-STD-810G laboratory tests.

 

Torture Tests Of Kenxinda Ruggedised Smartphones

Kenxinda demonstrated the ability of their ruggedised smartphones to withstand water, dust, dirt and shock at the launch event. Here is the video of their demonstration :

The phones were immersed in water, dirty sandy water and flour. Later, the media was invited to throw the ruggedised devices in any manner they wish. They continued to work normally no matter what abuse we subjected them to. We even tried to scratch the phone screens with sand, but failed to visibly scratch them.

 

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Kenxinda Flattop Ruggedised Mobile Devices Revealed

The smartphone market today can be divided into three segments – the premium segment, medium segment and the budget segment. The premium segment is dominated by Apple and Samsung with smartphones that are made from the best materials available and offer superior user experience. The medium segment is dominated by the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi with an emphasis on performance. Finally, we have the budget segment with entry-level smartphones at very low cost.

While the premium segment remains relatively rarefied, the medium segment is getting squeezed by the budget segment. With many small manufacturers entering the smartphone market, it is getting harder for them to differentiate their products in such a saturated market.

Kenxinda aims to penetrate this difficult market with focusing on the niche ruggedised devices market. Hence, on the last day of 2015, they officially launched the Kenxinda Flattop series of ruggedised mobile devices, as well as the Kenxinda W3 smartwatch. The stars of the launch were, without doubt, their Flattop series of ruggedised mobile devices.

 

Kenxinda Flattop Launch Video

 

Kenxinda Flattop Ruggedised Mobile Devices

The Kenxinda Flattop mobile devices are waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof. They are designed to work in harsh conditions, being IP68-certified and MIL-STD-810G rated. That means they will take pretty much all the abuse you can throw at them and still work.

Kenxinda launched a mix of 7 devices – 5 smartphones, together with one feature phone and one power bank. The Kenxinda smartphone models (W5 to W9) run on Android 5.0.1 Take a look at their key specifications and recommended retail prices :

ModelBasic SpecificationsPrice
Kenxinda Flattop W9 Smartphone1.3 GHz octa-core processor
2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage
6.0" HD display
8 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
4000 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 2,299
~US$ 539
Kenxinda Flattop W8 Smartphone1.3 GHz octa-core processor
2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage
5.5" HD display
8 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
3000 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 1,699
~US$ 399
Kenxinda Flattop W7 Smartphone1.3 GHz quad-core processor
1 GB RAM + 8 GB storage
5.0" HD display
8 MP rear + 5 MP front cameras
2800 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 1,399
~US$ 329
Kenxinda Flattop W6 Smartphone1.3 GHz quad-core processor
1 GB RAM + 8 GB storage
4.5" QHD display
5 MP rear + 2 MP front cameras
2600 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 1,099
~US$ 259
Kenxinda Flattop W5 Smartphone1.3 GHz quad-core processor
1 GB RAM + 8 GB storage
4.0" display
5 MP rear + 2 MP front cameras
2800 mAh battery
4G LTE, dual SIM, dual standby
RM 899
~US$ 209
Kenxinda Flattop W3 Feature Phone32 MB RAM + 32 MB storage
2.2" TFT display (240 x 320)
1800 mAh battery
2G connectivity
RM 239
~US$ 59
Kenxinda Flattop Max7 Power Bank10400 mAh lithium-ion battery
Output current : 2.1 A
Input current : 1.5 A
RM 299
~US$ 69

Kenxinda also demonstrated the ruggedised capabilities of these mobile devices, subjecting them to water, dust and dirt. We were also given the opportunity to throw these mobile devices around. You can check out their demonstration here.

 

Kenxinda W3 Smartwatch

Kenxinda also launched a smaller and more affordable smartwatch – the Kenxinda W3. The name is confusing since Kenxinda also has a Flattop feature phone with the same model number.

[adrotate banner=”4″]The Kenxinda W3 has a 1.44″ LCD display with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels, and even a 0.8 MP camera built-in! It even has telephony capability through a SIM slot that supports the quad-band GSM network (you don’t need an LTE connection on a smartwatch and the GSM connectivity offers the best battery life).

It has 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of internal storage, with a microSD slot for additional storage. Its 300 mAh battery is sufficient to provide up to 50 hours of use. The Kenxinda W3 also comes with an integrated FM radio and Bluetooth 3.0 support.

Unbelievably, Kenxinda is pricing the Kenxinda W3 smartwatch at just RM 169 (~US$ 39), with a FREE Bluetooth earphone to boot!

 

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