A casual (yet intense) gaming experience? Optane-powered Acer Nitro 5 gives an unlike gaming experience

A casual (yet intense) gaming experience? Optane-powered Acer Nitro 5 gives an unlike gaming experience

  • Acer Philippines unveiled last September 26 its new offering for the Nitro 5 gaming series – the Acer Intel Optane-powered Nitro 5.
  • The Acer Intel Optane-powered Nitro 5 offers an improved six-core design, an emphasis on premium performance for users to never drop a frame or miss a beat while the gaming action unfolds.
  • This new device is ideal for casual gaming, while packed with superior features for a greater experience.

Casual gaming, at times, is deemed rather too ‘casual’ (too undemanding or too laid-back) – that’s why, some techs offering ‘casual gaming’ tend to have lighter features (or say, inferior) when it comes to their devices. Casual, then, can sometimes be synonymous to ‘substandard.’

When it comes to gaming devices, it’s definitely difficult to experience such irony of just enjoying a casual game, but at the same time, be assured that a superior and top-of-the-line quality in gaming will be offered.

The coming of Acer Intel Optane-powered Nitro 5 is revolutionary. Lauded for its sophisticated styling and exceptional performance for casual gamers, the Nitro 5 is the first device to receive a speed boost from the Intel Optane Technology, assuring that casual gaming doesn’t need to have to be done with inferior features.

A truly immersive graphics experience

Apart from the increased responsiveness and load times, the Acer Intel Optane-powered Nitro 5 allows casual gamers to have a truly immersive graphics experience with faster rendering, finer textures, and dynamic lighting to attack ‘enemies’ hiding in even the darkest shadows – never allowing one to drop a frame or miss a beat while the game’s action unfolds.

Notably, the device is packed of NVMe PCIe solid-state storage with a memory of up to 512 GB – allowing for numerous apps and games installed while being ultra-fast at the same time!

Designed for supremacy

Basically, the design of the new Acer Intel Optane-powered Nitro 5 screams ‘gaming.’ Appearing bold and ultramodern, it’s surely pleasing to the eye for its laser texturing and downplayed matte hinge.

The crimson red hinge beautifully copes with the futuristic design of the backlit keyboard, while the 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display brings out a brilliant imagery with details so sharp. It can also be used to easily broadcast games live with Mixer, directly from the Game bar on Windows 10 simply by pressing the Windows key plus G.

Notably, its front-facing HD web camera allows its casual gamers to maneuver with the squad as they prepare to unleash terror on the competition, and celebrate together after winning the game.

Extra-awesome audio for responsive gaming

Gaming feels deficient with bad audio – because audio plays a significant role to speakers pick up on any would-be attackers entering the gaming scene. Teaming up to strengthen the sound quality of Acer Intel Optane-powered Nitro 5, Dolby Audio Premium and Acer True Harmony technology ensure that the device’s finely-tuned speakers would make its users extra-responsive in any case of attacks.

[The Acer Nitro 5 Intel Optane-powered laptops are now available starting at PHP 59,999.00 for Core i5+ and PHP 69,999.00 for Core i7+.]

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From gaming needs to new PCs, Acer unfolds new techs at IFA 2018

From gaming needs to new PCs, Acer unfolds new techs at IFA 2018

  • IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung – Berlin) is one of the biggest industrial exhibitions and consumer electronics shows in Europe.
  • This year, Acer unveils an array of new computer hardware and technologies – gaming hardware, refreshed PCs, virtual reality headsets, projectors, and new monitors.
  • Acer is one of the world’s top ICT companies and has presence in over 160 countries.

If there is one thing we all love about Acer, it surely is its quality of being user-friendly. Remarkably, despite its very much known quality of being easy to use, the brand never allows itself to get stuck in the rut or stop making improvements with its techs. Centred on “enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike,” Acer’s vision to provide user-friendliness and innovations is once again proved as it unfolds series of new technologies in the IFA 2018. Here are just some of Acer’s must-have new techs that we definitely should check out for:

For gaming: Ultra High-Res Monitors, Gaming Chair, and Gaming Gadgets

“[Our] gaming monitors have proven their quality and reliability as a top choice of pro-gamers and tournaments around the world.” – Victor Chien, President, Digital Display Business, Acer Inc.

Online gaming has been made better as Acer unveiled its new products under its Predator and Nitro gaming portfolio. With four new gaming monitors to offer, Acer also brings games to life with a next-level gaming chair and a complete set of gaming gadgets – basically, all gaming necessities a hardcore gamer could wish for.

  • Predator XB273K gaming monitor – Flaunting a tearing-free screen, the new Predator XB273K gaming monitor is best if you want a really smooth play – geared with an ultra-high definition (3840×2160) immersion and features a rapid 144Hz refresh rate. Notably, this model is actually designed to keep our eyes well, taking into consideration prolonged usage by heavy users like gamers, featuring Acer VisionCare to reduce eye strain and provide a comfier gaming or viewing experience.
  • Acer Nitro XV273K gaming monitor – is just ideal for those who want their casual games looking extra pro. This monitor delivers extremely high refresh rates and ultra-high resolution, backed by AMD Radeon FreeSync to satisfy every gamer’s need for high resolution play through a blazing fast response time of up to 1ms — plus, of course, a tear-free game play with true-to-life visuals as well.

  • Predator Thronos: The Gaming Chair for Royals – With its steel structure and elegant color of menacing dual-tone black, this gaming chair looks as though it is not from this era, a rip-off from a Black Mirror episode. Remarkably, it puts the player in the game through deep impact vibration, where the chair vibrates upon in-game impact. It is adjustable and includes an ergonomic seat design, foot rest, and a cabin that reclines up to 140 degrees. In addition, the overhead brace supports three 27-inch gaming monitors and a space for a Predator gaming PC. Indeed, the Thronos becomes more than a gaming chair — it’s a gamer’s personal cocoon.
  • A Line of Gaming Gadgets – Acer’s new range of compatible Nitro gaming gadgets is a breakthrough for everyone, gamers or non-gamers. These include (1) Acer Nitro optical sensor mouse with seven buttons, with a burst fire button and 20g acceleration with up to 4,000 dots per inch (DPI); (2) Acer Nitro membrane keyboard with rainbow backlit color lighting, 19 key anti-ghosting and multimedia keys; (3) Acer Nitro headset with adjustable band with steel slider, acoustic-sealing ear pads, 50mm driver and powerful bass with omni-directional boom microphone; (4) Acer Nitro lightweight, durable polyester backpack with compartments for both a notebook and tablet, and a water repellent exterior; and (5) Acer Nitro mousepad with non-slip rubber backing to create a stable gaming surface.

Refreshed PC’s: For Families, Travellers, Freelancers, Students, and Workers

Acer gives its Aspire notebooks (Aspire 7, Aspire 5, and Aspire 3 series) and all-in-one PC (Aspire Z24) a revamp.

  • Aspire Z24 all-in-one – This one is ideal for families with its all-around functions for communicating, web browsing, social media surfing, movie watching and even casual gaming. In addition, it is fitted out with a far-field microphone array, coming with four digital microphones. With this, we can make use of our voices of choice – Amazon Alexa or Cortana – to carry out certain tasks without actually approaching the device. From up to four meters away (13.12 ft), we can get weather reports, play music, and a lot more.

  • Acer Aspire 7 – is ideal for visual artists, designers, content creators, or those who want a PC ‘with more bite’ – as it speeds through rich content creation, video and photo editing, or viewing 4K content. Notably, it also offers an incredible, high-powered multimedia experience.
  • Acer Aspire 5 – is very much ideal for travellers, writers / bloggers, photographers and content creators alike. The Acer Aspire 5 offers both looks and mobility – its hairline brushed pattern provides an exquisite, tactile finish accenting the premium aluminum cover so users can travel with ease. This beauty has an exceptional CPU and graphics performance with up to the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi for blazing fast connectivity.

  • Acer Aspire 3 – This is a great value laptop made for everyday tasks at home, work or school. The stylish 14-inch Full HD display Acer Aspire 3 comes in a variety of vivid colors and is perfect for delivering powerful multimedia experiences and entertainment. The Aspire 3 also packs in up to 8GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory, a Precision Touchpad, Acer BluelightShield, an HDMI port, 3 USB ports and an optional built-in DVD drive.

The Acer Ojo 500 Windows Mixed Reality headset

A year after releasing its very first Windows Mixed Reality headset (the revolutionary headset which delivers immersive virtual experiences), Acer updated its design and specs, bringing in the new Acer Ojo 500 – detachable, easier to use and to clean, and of course, packed with a better integrated audio system.  This new design enables the lens and head strap to be individually detached, making the headset easy to store (in small bags) and of course, to clean, just like how a lens of a camera can be removed or cleaned. Coming either with a hard or soft head strap, the headset offers a snug yet comfortable fit – something unlike with its last year’s Windows Mixed Reality headset model. The soft head strap is washable, and the extra-large padding on the hard head strap enables the headset to fit securely and stay in place. Moreover, the mask can be flipped up, eliminating the need to remove the entire headset to do other things.

Acer Projectors for Better Prezos

Acer announced its new PL and SL series projectors — the Acer PL6610 (WUXGA), PL6510 (1080p), SL6610 (WUXGA)and the SL6510 (1080p) — powered by laser light sources, with the SL series providing short throw projection in tight spaces such as classrooms, and the PL series for customers who are less space conscious. Designed for those looking for a reliable, low maintenance projector solution, these projectors are optimized for large venues and demanding commercial and educational applications.

Acer’s Lightest Notebook – The Swift 5 Notebook

The Swift 5 (SF515-51T) notebook, the world’s lightest notebook PC with a 15-inch display, is ideal for discerning customers who want an envy-inducing PC. The Swift 5 delivers exceptional performance in an elegant chassis that weighs less than one kilogram. Notably, it can deliver responsive performance and up to 10 hours of battery life for day-to-night productivity. Running Windows 10, the new Swift 5 is a large-screen productivity powerhouse.

Truly, Acer’s quality of being user-friendly is one of a kind. But being user-friendly is merely the tip of the iceberg, as Acer has a lot more to offer – promising to open up more possibilities and opportunities for the people of our generation and the people of the future.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com

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Clash Royale: Will this game overtake Clash of Clans?

Clash Royale: Will this game overtake Clash of Clans?

Supercell, creator of the online multiplayer hit game Clash of Clans, released a new game Clash Royale on March 2, 2016. Within just 12 hours after its release, the game has become the top downloaded app on Google Play and Apple store at about 500,000 downloads. Clash Royale is already the No. 7 highest-grossing game on iPhone and No. 25 on the iPad according to Venture Beat.

Clash Royale is an online multiplayer tower-defense game which has all the elements of Supercell’s other hit games like Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, and Hay Day. What sets the game apart is its one-on-one real-time duels. The game also has the popular icons from Clash of Clans. The difference is that the troops are used differently since they compete with another human instead of a computer. It is another strategy game in which you collect (or buy) cards in order to use and upgrade troops.

The screen is split into two “kingdoms” where players will battle each other using their cards. A player wins by taking down the other player’s castle or by taking down the two defense towers. With over 200,000 reviews and a rating of 4.6 on Google Play as of this writing, Clash Royale may definitely surpass Supercell’s mega-hit Clash of Clans.

Watch the video here:

PasaData with Big Bytes Barkada offers

PasaData can be used with both Big Bytes Barkada 99 (which comes with 700MB valid for 7 days) and Big Bytes Barkada 299 (which offers 2GB valid for 30 days).

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Both full-packed offers, you can use the Big Bytes Barkada to play ‘Clash Royale’ and other mobile games, stream videos and music on apps like YouTube, iflix, and Spinnr, and stay active on all your other apps, such as Facebook, Viber, and Instagram, among others.

To register to Big Bytes Barkada offers, simply text BBB99 or BBB299 to 9999, respectively, or dial *121# – the all-access portal for all Smart Prepaid promos. Once registered, you can easily make use of PasaData for your friends anytime and anywhere by simply texting SHARE<SPACE>No. of Recipient<SPACE> (Amount)MB to 808.

Best mobile gaming experience

Smart takes the lead in making available the widest breadth of digital content, innovative offers, and engaging event to give its subscribers the best mobile gaming experience.

Aside from offering full-packed data promos perfect for gaming, Smart enables its subscribers to level up their online adventure through an easy mode of purchasing in-app and in-game items using their prepaid load or charged to their postpaid account.

If you are an Android user, you can enjoy convenient transactions when you activate Smart’s Google Direct Carrier Billing. Simply go to the Play Store, click ‘My Account’ and enable ‘Smart Communications billing’ under Payment methods. On the other hand, if you are an iOS device user, you can activate Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service by texting to REG to 4949.

In September last year, Smart staged the Philippine Clash, the country’s biggest and most prestigious nationwide CoC tournament with over P2.3 million in prizes – the largest pool prize ever in a local gaming competition.

To get updates on Smart’s latest offers, follow its official accounts on Facebook (www.smart.com.ph/SmartCommunications), Twitter (@LiveSmart) and Instagram. To know more about the game, visit www.clashroyale.com.

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Did Tekken Insult Filipinos with Their Newest Character?

Did Tekken Insult Filipinos with Their Newest Character?

Talk about video games and people would definitely mention “Tekken”. Talk about Filipino heroes and people would definitely say “Jose Rizal”. Now, let’s combine Tekken and Filipino heroes… What do you get? Tekken 7’s newest character: “Josie Rizal”. As if it couldn’t get much worse, the character actually weeps when she wins a game, typical Filipina, eh?

But, maybe, the explanation as to why she was name Josie would be enough for Filipinos. Mark “Markman” Julio, Global Community and Sponsorship Manager of Mad Catz Interactive was consulted for the new Tekken 7 character (Mad Catz  is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products). Julio actually has Filipino roots and offered advice to Tekken project head Katsuhiro Harada. Julio talked to Harada about the Filipino culture and mentioned many character traits of Filipinos that shaped Josie’s traits, including her name. (That’s why she has tears of joy after she gets victory). She has brown skin too. She also resembles one of the almost nakedly clad dancers on noontime TV (Think: Sexbomb). Except for her short hair, she wears a gold top and a blue mini skirt, and sandals that are like of a goddess to complete her outfit.

Photo Screen-grabbed from Mark Julio's Facebook Page
Photo Screen-grabbed from Mark Julio’s Facebook Page

But Josie isn’t just a typical Filipino heroine, she actually uses a combination of  Kickboxing and Eskrima in her fighting skills. She looks really tough and says, “Got this!” before her game starts, which is a typical Filipino trait as well. This actually means “Ako ang bahala” in Filipino.

While some gamers are excited about this development, this could easily be an insult to Filipinos. But what do you think about this mini-skirt clad, brown-skinned, and crying “tears of joy” character in Tekken 7? Don’t you think it’s an insult to Filipinos? But, before you judge, watch the video of Tekken 7’s newest characters which includes, none other than our very own, Josie Rizal.

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