Quit Starbucks and make your own cold-brew coffee for $68 – CNET

Let’s do some math, shall we? A grande Starbucks cold-brew coffee costs $3.45 (in my neck of the woods, anyway). If you order, say, three of those per week, in a month you’ll have spent around $41 — not including tax and tips.

Let’s do some math, shall we? A grande Starbucks cold-brew coffee costs $3.45 (in my neck of the woods, anyway). If you order, say, three of those per week, in a month you’ll have spent around $41 — not including tax and tips.

A much, much cheaper long-term solution: Brew your own. With this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the KitchenAid KCM5912SX Cold Brew Coffee Maker for $67.99 when you apply promo code CNETKAID at checkout. Price at Amazon: $100. Price when CNET previewed the smaller original version a couple years ago: $130.


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When you brew some coffee inside the KCM5912SX, you end up with a highly concentrated java that you then add to water, milk and/or ice. So, for example, pour 2 ounces of the concentrate into a mug with 6 ounces of water. Presto: cold brew.

The machine holds up to 38 ounces, meaning you can make up to 19 services using the aforementioned cup size. What I find particularly cool is that after it’s done brewing, you can toss it in the fridge for up to two weeks. Presto again: cold brew without the wait.

CNET hasn’t reviewed it, but over at Amazon it has a 4.4-star average from over 400 buyers. I’m eyeballing this as a potentially awesome Father’s Day gift — for the coffee-loving dad, of course. Your thoughts?

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Bonus deal: Get this smart scale for just $15.60

I’m done weighing myself. No good comes of it. Why do we judge ourselves based on the number on a scale? Why should my day be ruined if I discover I’m up a couple pounds?

That probably seems a weird way to introduce this deal, but here it is: For a limited time, Vodool (via Amazon) has the Hutbit wireless digital smart scale for $15.60 with promo code IFQACKPG. It’s currently listed at $39, though more often sells at $29.


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In addition to telling you your weight and syncing that info with your phone, this scale promises to measure a wide variety of metrics: BMI, bone mass, water weight, visceral fat and so on.

Whether you believe a simple scale can do all that is your call. I’ll simply say that similar smart scales sell for anywhere from $35-70, and that this one has a 4.4-star review average from 139 buyers.

So forgetting all that other stuff, a digital Wi-Fi scale for $15.60 is really a great deal. Assuming you still want to live your life by a number under your feet. 😉

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VersiTech, LLC Announces East Coast Expansion

PORTLAND, Ore., May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — VersiTech, LLC—a leader in restaurant point of sale software and hardware technology—announced today that the company is expanding its market presence to Portland, Maine.

PORTLAND, Ore., May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — VersiTech, LLC—a leader in restaurant point of sale software and hardware technology—announced today that the company is expanding its market presence to Portland, Maine. In addition to honing their range of innovative POS solutions, VersiTech, LLC has spent the past year establishing strong ties with their dealer network and business owners in the Pacific Northwest. Now the company is bringing this same “direct-to-developer” support channel to the New England area. VersiTech has hired Keith Whelchel, a POS veteran of 20-plus years and a Maine native, to provide technical expertise to Portland restaurants.

In addition to Whelchel, VersiTech CEO and owner Tyler Young, and other key team members will be relocating to Portland, Maine, for the summer to lay the groundwork for long-term partnerships. The team will be traveling across New England meeting with new and existing restaurant partners and offering personal onboarding support.

“We’ve worked with dealerships in the northeast area for decades, but now, businesses will have a direct, local line of communication with Keith Whelchel and his team. Restaurants in this area rely heavily on seasonal tourist revenue. If their systems go down, it’s crucial to have support in their backyard that can respond quickly to keep their business running smoothly,” said Young. “No other POS company is able to offer the same level of local support in Maine, and this support can be a game changer for busy seasonal merchants.”

The VersiTech, LLC product suite includes: VersiPOS, the company’s hospitality and restaurant/bar point of sale system; VersiEats, online ordering for efficient grab-and-go service; VersiPay, synchronized payment processing; VersiPOS Mobile, a table side mobile system that seamlessly integrates with VersiPOS via tablets; VersiSites, an easy to use website builder; and VersiWiFi, a public WiFi hotspot for customers that gathers basic customer demographic information. Several other products are currently in development.

VersiTech, LLC is committed to providing restaurants with point of sale software and additional features that are customizable, with unparalleled versatility. For Maine area merchants that are interested in local support, visit VersiTech.com, email sales@versipos.com or call (503) 788-5933. Follow the company on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates.

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The 35 best battery life laptops for 2019 – CNET

It should come as no surprise that battery life is one of the key things we look for in a laptop. What is surprising is which laptop brands and models take the top spots.

It should come as no surprise that battery life is one of the key things we look for in a laptop. What is surprising is which laptop brands and models take the top spots. They’re not always the usual suspects.

Why are we so obsessed with battery life? More than screen size, processing power or number of ports, it’s the first thing many laptop shoppers think about before making a purchase. After all, you don’t want your PC shutting down in the middle of a Netflix binge or while taking notes in a long lecture class.

Based on the extensive battery testing conducted in the CNET Labs, these are the PCs with the longest battery-life scores that we’ve seen over 2018 and 2019. The top five current performers are below, and a full list of the top 35 (up from our original 25) can be found below the five leaders.

While at one time Apple’sMacBooks controlled much of the top of this chart, the current winner comes from an unexpected place. LG’s Gram series is best known for being very light, and the 15-inch LG Gram 15 is no exception at 2.5 pounds (even slim 15-inch laptops are usually over 4 pounds). But besides that, it ran for almost 14 hours, which is exceptionally good. Part of the secret is that a larger 15-inch body just has room for a larger battery. Apple, on the other hand, just squeaks into the top 10 with the 15-inch MacBook Pro — again, helped by a 15-inch body that can hold a larger battery.

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Our master list includes Windows and MacOS laptops, Windows two-in-one hybrids and Chromebooks running Google’sChrome OS. Not included are Android or iOS tablets.

The specific test used here streams a private video over Wi-Fi on an endless loop. Note that these scores reflect the specific configurations we tested, and that screen resolution and CPU choice are some of the major factors that affect battery life.

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If lightweight, all-day battery life and a large screen size are your top must-haves for your next laptop, the LG Gram 15 is worth the expense.


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The Asus NovaGo makes good use of its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 brain for long battery life and always-on cellular, but the performance feels more like a phone than laptop.


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Besides adding HDR support and Alexa integration, last year’s X1 Carbon update also scored for major battery life.


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The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 laptop is an ultralight pen-enabled convertible with extraordinary battery life for its class, plus it’s really, really light (just 2.5 pounds).


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It’s not the most exciting design out there, but the 2019 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a slim, lightweight two-in-one with extra-long battery life, plus strong performance for its size.


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For the rest of our top battery life performers, see the full list here.

Update: May 24, 2019, with current test scores for 35 laptops, up from 25.


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Here’s how to play your Steam library on your iPhone or iPad – CNET

After a delay that lasted a full year, Valve recently released the iOS version of its Steam Link app in the App Store. The app was originally set for release in early 2018, but Apple ultimately rejected the app, postponing its launch.

After a delay that lasted a full year, Valve recently released the iOS version of its Steam Link app in the App Store. The app was originally set for release in early 2018, but Apple ultimately rejected the app, postponing its launch. Steam Link ($46 at Amazon) allows you to play games in your Steam library on your iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) or iPad ($249 at Walmart) as if you were gaming on your computer.

It’s a nifty solution for those who want to get in one more match of the full PUBG experience, but like the portability that an iPhone or iPad brings to the table. You’ll need to do a little work to get it all set up, but it’s worth it if you just can’t get enough gaming in your life.

What you need to know

Steam Link is a straightforward service, with little setup or requirements, but nonetheless, there are some things you’ll need to know before you get started:

You will need to be logged into your Steam account on a computer that’s on the same local network as your iPhone or iPad.Valve recommends the computer either have an Ethernet or 5GHz Wi-Fi connection.Your iPhone or iPad should also be on the same 5GHz connection.You’ll need a Steam controller or a MFi wireless controller for the best experience. You can use touch controls, but it’s not recommended. Pair the controller to your iOS device before you setup Steam Link.

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Start by installing Steam Link on your iOS device.

With your computer and iOS device on the same local network, and a controller paired to your phone or tablet, open the Steam Link app.

The app will begin scanning your local network for a Steam library. After a few seconds, you’ll see which computer(s) have been found. Tap on your computer.

Enter the four-digit PIN shown by your iOS device on your computer.

Steam Link will run a speed test to ensure your device and computer have a strong connection.

Tap Start Playing.

Steam will then launch a touch-friendly version of the Steam app, where you can then browse your library and launch a game. Audio will play through your iPhone or iPad, not your computer, but whatever you see on your mobile device, will also be shown on the computer’s display.


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Google Duo group video calls have arrived

Google Duo’s long-awaited group video calling feature has finally arrived for users of the app around the world.

Having been tested on select users since January, the feature had already been spotted in a few countries by eagled-eyed users earlier this month, according to Android Central.

Google Duo’s long-awaited group video calling feature has finally arrived for users of the app around the world.

Having been tested on select users since January, the feature had already been spotted in a few countries by eagled-eyed users earlier this month, according to Android Central.

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Now group calling on Google Duo is available globally on iOS and Android, and means that you can video call up to seven other people at one time. According to a blog post by Google, “group calls are also encrypted end-to-end so your conversations stay private” – which is how video messages are handled on the service.

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Google has also announced a new data saving mode for the app in select regions, “including Indonesia, India, and Brazil”. In these countries, turning on data saving mode in the app’s settings will limit data usage on mobile networks and WiFi, “for both you, and the person you’re calling”.

This feature is only available on Android right now, but Google says it will be “rolling out to more markets in the coming months”; whether that means it will also come to iOS remains to be seen.

As well as that, Google has updated Duo’s video messages feature, which allows you to send quick recorded messages to your contacts. Now on Android and “coming soon to iOS”, you’ll be able to personalize video messages by “adding text and emojis, or even drawing on your message using brushes”.

Whether these new features will prove a problem for Apple’s FaceTime isn’t clear yet; after all, Google Duo allows up to seven users per chat, which pales in comparison to FaceTime’s 32 users per chat.

That being said, who really wants to speak to 32 people at once? Seven sounds far more manageable.

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Swoop lifts-off with three more inaugural summer routes

Coast-to-coast celebrations include welcoming Kelowna to the Swoop network

CALGARY, May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Today Swoop celebrates three inaugural routes as part of its 2019 summer schedule. The routes include service from London, ON to both Abbotsford and Halifax, as well as service between Winnipeg and Kelowna.

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CALGARY, May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Today Swoop celebrates three inaugural routes as part of its 2019 summer schedule. The routes include service from London, ON to both Abbotsford and Halifax, as well as service between Winnipeg and Kelowna.

The day-long inaugural celebrations begin at Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) where Swoop President, Steven Greenway will send-off the 10:20a.m. flight to London International Airport (YXU). Travellers at participating airports can take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats, gifts and more.

“Not only does today highlight three new routes, but it is also the induction of Kelowna into our network,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We are welcoming many first-time Swoop travellers this month and are encouraged by research showing that more than 94% of those who try us would fly Swoop again.”†

†Based on a 2019 Swoop survey of 23,830 participants.

The inaugural-filled day concludes with a 9:46p.m. EST arrival at London International Airport (YXU) from Abbotsford International Airport (YXX).

Details of the May 24, 2019 inaugural flights

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Halifax to London, ON

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11:40a.m.

WO 316

London, ON to Halifax

12:25p.m.

3:23p.m.

WO 415

Winnipeg to Kelowna

11:17a.m.

11:48a.m.

WO 416

Kelowna to Winnipeg

12:40p.m.

4:57p.m.

WO 223

London, ON to Abbotsford

12:10p.m.

1:52p.m.

WO212

Abbotsford to London, ON

2:45p.m.

9:46p.m.

To round-out the summer schedule, Swoop looks forward to celebrating two more routes between Edmonton and Orlando on June 1, 2019 and between Kelowna and Las Vegas on June 27, 2019.

“We’re delighted to welcome another destination at Halifax Stanfield with Swoop service to London, Ontario,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We know that offering more choice and price points provides more reasons for passengers to travel to, from and through Halifax Stanfield, whether it’s for business or leisure. We appreciate Swoop’s confidence in our market through the addition of this new destination for us in Southern Ontario.”

“Swoop now offers three great options with ultra-low fares from London International, allowing passengers from Southwestern Ontario to reach cities across Canada,” says Michael Seabrook, President and CEO of London International. “Today’s additions of non-stop service to Halifax and Abbotsford (Vancouver) expands options, combining low-cost and easy, comfortable travel.”

“We serve our community by connecting our region to the world, and our collaboration with Swoop helps us continue building Winnipeg’s network,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are committed to increasing travel options for our community to discover great destinations like Kelowna. This also gives more travellers an opportunity to discover all our city and province have to offer.”

“We are proud to welcome a new ultra-low-cost carrier to YLW,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “Having Swoop in Kelowna is a great opportunity for the Okanagan, as it gives travellers more options to fly, and explore other parts of Canada this summer.”

“The City of Abbotsford is pleased to congratulate Swoop on yet another new flight option from Abbotsford International Airport,” said Abbotsford Mayor, Henry Braun. “This new daily service to London, Ontario is great news for travellers from across our region. I look forward to seeing Swoop continue to expand their flight options at YXX.”

Flights are now available for booking through to October 26, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s May 24 inaugural service

Service
Between

Service Offered

Weekly
Frequency

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transportation
charges (ATC)

base fare
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Taxes, fees
and charges

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From*

Winnipeg and
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Monday,
Wednesday &
Friday

3 x weekly

$81.21

$37.79

$119CAD

London, ON and
Abbotsford

Daily

7 x weekly

$100.04

$28.96

$129CAD

London, ON and
Halifax

Daily, except
Saturday

6 x weekly

$91.19

$27.81

$119CAD

*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model or to enter the contest visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

About Swoop

Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering point-to-point scheduled service to 16 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travellers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire.

Swoop operates a modern fleet of six Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. A total of ten aircraft are expected in operation by the end of 2019.

Swoop’s mobile app allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.

For more details on Swoop, including employment opportunities, visit FlySwoop.com.

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The current-generation iPad 9.7 drops to $240 – CNET

For the last few months, the current-generation iPad (not to be confused with the brand-new iPad Air and iPad Mini) has been on something of a pricing rollercoaster.

For the last few months, the current-generation iPad (not to be confused with the brand-new iPad Air and iPad Mini) has been on something of a pricing rollercoaster.

Apple still charges $329 for the 32GB model, but vendors like Amazon, MassGenie and Walmart have frequently run sales for $249. Back in mid-December, it briefly dipped to $229, but I haven’t seen it that low since. Maybe again on Prime Day?

As of today, the iPad 9.7 (Wi-Fi, 32GB) is still $249 shipped at Amazon. But for a limited time, and while supplies last, MassGenie has the iPad 9.7 (Wi-Fi, 32GB) in gold for $239.99 shipped. That’s after clicking the orange Power Deal button, which requires you to be signed into your MassGenie account. Depending on where you live, you might not get charged sales tax, either.


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You can also get it in space-gray for the same price. And just so you have all the options, Walmart also continues to sell the 2018 iPads for $249, with all three colors available at that price. But you’ll still be on the hook for sales tax.

Although I recently stated that the new $399 iPad Mini was a definite no-sale for me, this larger iPad — especially at this price — deserves a look.

Indeed, when you compare it with the $150 Fire HD 10, you’re getting faster performance, much better cameras, more apps to choose from, an ad-free user experience and other benefits. (I also find iOS much easier to navigate than Amazon’s clunky Fire OS, but that’s just my two cents.)

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These JBL wireless headphones double as a heart-rate tracker — and they’re slashed to $29 – CNET

It’s pretty widely accepted that keeping tabs on your heart is a smart move, whether it’s to keep you “in the zone” for maximum exercise benefits or make sure your resting heart rate isn’t too high or low.

It’s pretty widely accepted that keeping tabs on your heart is a smart move, whether it’s to keep you “in the zone” for maximum exercise benefits or make sure your resting heart rate isn’t too high or low.

Lots of smartwatches and fitness bands can do this, of course, but did you know there are earphones with this capability as well? There are, and today only they’re crazy cheap. Meh has the JBL Reflect Fit Heart Rate Wireless Headphone for $29, plus $5 for shipping. Price at JBL: $149.95. Best price elsewhere: $52.


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The Reflect Fit employs a neckband design, which is fine for walks, hikes, cycling and the gym, but not necessarily ideal for running. From what I’ve read, the band fits fairly snugly, and therefore shouldn’t bounce around too much unless you have a small frame.

The big advantage to this design is that you can pop one or both earbuds out and let them dangle, something you definitely can’t do with true-wireless earbuds.

As for the ‘buds themselves, they’re definitely of the noise-isolating in-ear variety, which is how they’re able to measure heart rate: Once inserted, they analyze light that’s refracted from blood vessels in your ears. You go, science!

CNET hasn’t reviewed the JBL Reflect Fit, but there’s a hands-on preview that discusses both performance (“the earphones don’t overemphasize the bass, and deliver respectable highs”) and fit (“I tried them out while jumping and running around, and found it pretty hard to dislodge the earbuds once they’re in place”).

Thankfully, Meh is selling them new, not refurbished, and at this writing they’re still available in all four colors (blue, black, red and teal). Even if you’re not that excited by the heart-rate monitoring, a good pair of JBL wireless neckband earphones for $29 is hard to pass up.

Bonus deal: Brother’s stupid-good auto-duplexing monochrome laser printer can also scan and copy for $80

Tired of replacing pricey ink cartridges? If you mostly print in black and white anyway, it’s time to consider a laser printer, one that can get a ton of mileage from inexpensive toner.

Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Brother DCPL2550DW Multifunction Laser Printer for $79.99 — the lowest price it’s ever been (on Amazon, anyway). It lists for $160 and typically sells in the $100-120 range.


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This thing does all the things (except faxing). It prints, scans and copies, all by way of an auto document feeder. Its paper tray can hold 250 sheets, and it can automatically print on both sides of the page (also known as auto-duplexing).

It’s also wireless, of course, with support for AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Wi-Fi Direct and several other lesser-known protocols.

Perhaps best of all, you can find Brother TN760-compatible toner cartridges for as little as $25. So not only is the hardware itself cheap, it’s cheap to operate. Woot!

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These are the features Microsoft has killed with Windows 10 May 2019 Update

With every update, Windows 10 gains a lot of new features, but Microsoft also gives the elbow to some functionality, and highlights features which will no longer be developed.

So, the list of features being ditched with the freshly launched May 2019 Update has just been published by Microsoft, and the good news is that in terms of what’s being removed, it’s nothing that you will likely shed any tears over.

With every update, Windows 10 gains a lot of new features, but Microsoft also gives the elbow to some functionality, and highlights features which will no longer be developed.

So, the list of features being ditched with the freshly launched May 2019 Update has just been published by Microsoft, and the good news is that in terms of what’s being removed, it’s nothing that you will likely shed any tears over.

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Firstly, support for XDDM-based remote display drivers is set to be removed in a future release, Microsoft notes, adding: “Independent Software Vendors that use XDDM-based remote display driver should plan a migration to the WDDM driver model.”

And secondly, the desktop messaging app is losing the sync feature which allowed it to sync text messages received from Windows Mobile devices, keeping a copy of them on the PC desktop. Of course, Microsoft’s mobile OS is dead in the water and reaches end-of-life in December 2019, so it’s not surprising that this particular piece of functionality isn’t important to the company any more.

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As for the features which are no longer under active development, these include the roaming of Taskbar settings (where it’s positioned, whether it auto-hides, and so forth), and Microsoft advises that this capability will be disabled in a future release.

Windows To Go – which allows you to boot up a workspace from a USB drive – will also no longer be developed, and the Print 3D app is being replaced by 3D Builder (which you can snag from the Microsoft Store).

Finally, when it comes to Wi-Fi networks using outdated WEP security, or TKIP encryption (used in WPA – as opposed to WPA2 or WPA3), Windows 10 will now issue a warning when you connect, and in the future, connecting to these networks will be blocked completely. Microsoft rightly doesn’t consider them secure enough anymore.

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Acer Announces new Nitro 5 and Swift 3 Notebooks Powered by 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Acer today announced ahead of Computex Taipei 2019, support for 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics on the Nitro 5 gaming notebook and the Swift 3 thin-and-light notebook — delivering astonishing power and efficiency; stunning HDR quality visuals for streaming and gaming; and responsive processing power.

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Acer today announced ahead of Computex Taipei 2019, support for 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics on the Nitro 5 gaming notebook and the Swift 3 thin-and-light notebook — delivering astonishing power and efficiency; stunning HDR quality visuals for streaming and gaming; and responsive processing power.

Nitro 5 with Ryzen for Next Level Gaming

The Nitro 5 powered by up to 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor with Radeon RX 560X Graphics provides exceptional performance. Users can expect stunning visuals and responsive performance from the new AMD technology. It allows users to enjoy their favorite games in exceptional detail with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS[1] display with an impressive 80 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Nitro 5 effortlessly streams gameplay with Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology. Users can also connect supporting gadgets with an array of ports such as HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), and more.

The Nitro 5 features dual fans, plus Acer CoolBoost™ technology and a dual exhaust port designed to keep it chilled out during extended gaming sessions. CoolBoost increases fan speed by 10 percent and CPU and GPU cooling by 9 percent compared to auto mode.

It features Acer’s Network Optimizer to optimize online gaming and keep the data flowing fast and strong. A specially configured easy-to-use GUI (graphical user interface) helps users manage their bandwidth in both Auto Mode — categorizing and prioritizing programs to eliminate network issues — or manually by letting users adjust the priorities, change the bandwidth for each application, or even block specific applications to get the best network experience.

Swift 3 with Ryzen for Enhanced Productivity

Up to 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processors with Radeon Vega Graphics on the Swift 3 notebook deliver power and efficiency for getting work done with effortless speed. With optional discrete Radeon 540X graphics, customers have the performance they need for more computing-intensive tasks such as video editing and casual gaming.

The Swift 3 comes with 14-inch displays surrounded by slimmer bezels, sleek aluminum designs that open 180-degrees to lay-flat, and the latest technologies for performance and connectivity, packed into a super-light 1.45 kg (3.2 lbs)[2] design that is only 17.95 mm thin (0.71 inches).

The new Nitro 5 and Swift 3 with 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen mobile processors will be on display at Acer’s showcase at Xinyi Plaza, Xiangti Avenue Plaza in Taipei on May 28 to June 2, 2019.

About Acer

Founded in 1976, today Acer is one of the world’s top ICT companies and has a presence in over 160 countries. As Acer looks into the future, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will infuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer’s 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

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[2] 1.45kg is the weigh with one SSD, 1.5kg is the weight with one HDD and one SSD

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