The Aspire and Spin product lines get pretty straightforward refreshes with 11th-generation (Tiger Lake) Intel CPUs, but otherwise they remain largely unchanged.
Aspire 5 systems currently listed at Acer.com have CPUs ranging from eighth-generation to 11th-generation Intel, as well as AMD Ryzen 4000 models.
Acer tends to lump an enormous array of designs and processors under the same overarching product line without changing the branding name—for instance, we counted 29 separate models of Aspire 5 with buy links on Acer's own site and 12 models of Swift 3.
These are the only laptops announced at Acer Next 2020 that don't feature 11th-generation Intel CPUs—instead, and despite the price tag, they're designed with 10th-generation Comet Lake processors.
That's because Tiger Lake's H-series (extremely high core count and TDP) hasn't yet arrived, so maximum, no-holds-barred performance in an Intel laptop still means an older generation.
Like the 15.6-inch ConceptD 7, the 14-inch Porsche Design Acer Book RS leaves Acer's typical "value laptop" category in search of deeper-pocketed users.
Unlike the ConceptD 7, which is aimed squarely at engineers and filmmakers, the Porsche Design Acer Book doesn't seem targeted to any particular use case beyond style consciousness.
The new system features Intel 11th-gen processors and Iris Xe integrated graphics, with optional Nvidia discrete MX350 GPUs.
The MX350 is unlikely to be a good idea for systems with higher-end Core i7 CPUs, since Iris Xe in those higher-end CPUs already outperforms the MX350 on benchmarks such as 3DMark Time Spy—but it might come in handier on lower-end Intel CPUs with fewer graphics Execution Units (EUs) available.
This design is Intel Evo certified, and Acer says that the i7 version of the Porsche Design Acer Book RS can provide 17 hours of video playback—although that figure was achieved by using headphones, disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and limiting its screen to 150 nits brightness.
The base model of the Porsche Design Acer Book RS will be available starting at $1,400; we don't yet have details about CPU or RAM on the base model beyond "Intel 11th generation." A matching Porsche Design Acer Mouse RS will be available for $110, and a Porsche Design Acer Travelpack RS (including mousepad, mouse, carrying pouch and notebook sleeve) will be available for $330.
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