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Jan 10, 2013

Acer Plans Better “Retina-Class” Displays for Certain Laptops

Acer has done its best to change from a quantity-focused laptop maker to a quality-focused one, and it hasn't had much to brag about yet, but maybe 2013 will be the time of rebound for it.

At the very least, the purported plans for the notebook market, where Acer draws most of its revenue from, seem solid. Of course, things may still go sour, but there are only so many tactics one can take for promoting laptops. Since everyone, consumers and IT companies alike, seems to be gushing over displays with resolutions beyond Full HD, Acer decided to do the same. This year (2013), there should be quite a few special laptops equipped with “retina-class” screens. That is to say, displays with a native resolution of 2880 x 1620 pixels. Not exactly the same resolution as on Apple's MacBook Pro laptops, but close enough. For those that need that remark elaborated upon, Apple was the one that actually caused “Retina displays” to become a marketing term.

The MacBook Pro 15-inch has a screen of 2880 x 1800 pixels, while the Pro 13.3-inch has a 2560 x 1600 screen. PC World website is where all this information comes from. Acer, sadly, has chosen to withhold the list of laptops that will feature high-end panels. The number may even be larger than some would expect, since the LCDs can simply be added to all notebooks as a high-end option. Granted, Acer doesn't have many high-end products, having focused on low-end and mid-range electronics devices over the past decade. Nevertheless, as we said, the company has been changing its aims and, thus, a different tactic will be attempted this year.

On a related note, Acer may decide on “retina” panels when making monitors and all-in-one PCs as well. The 23-inch and 27-inch sizes would do well with the resolution.

Select Acer laptops getting Retina displays
Image credits to Acer


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