Acer just announced ConceptD, the company’s new brand of premium laptops that are specifically designed for creators. The company essentially took its gaming laptops and turned them into more focused devices for things like professional video editing and illustration. To kick things off, Acer is announcing a trio of ConceptD laptops: the ConceptD 9, the ConceptD7, and the ConceptD 5.
The ConceptD 9 is the flagship of the line, and Acer says it’s specifically designed for drawing and 3D work. It features a transforming 17.3-inch 4K display with an Ezel Aero Hinge (similar to the one featured on Acer’s Predator Triton 900 gaming PC) and built-in Wacom pen support.
The ConceptD 9 isn’t skimping on specs, either: this is basically a Acer gaming PC, minus the dragons, with a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, an RTX 2080 GPU, and either 512GB or 1TB of NVMe SSD storage. Acer is also applying its experience with gaming laptops here in a big way. The ConceptD 9 uses the same 3D Aeroblade fans as the gaming lineup, for example.
The ConceptD 7 is a big smaller, with a 15.6-inch 4K panel, and slightly less powerful specs. It’s powered by a 9th Gen Core i7 processor and either a RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU or an RTX 2060, although storage and RAM options are on par with the ConceptD 9. It’s also more of a traditional laptop form factor, so it lacks the convertible screen and pen support that the larger ConceptD 9 offers.
Finally, there’s the ConceptD 5. It’s the bottom of the line in terms of specs (and presumably, price), but it’s still a pretty powerful computer in its own right. Like the ConceptD 7, it also has a 4K 15.6-inch panel, but it bumps things down to 8th Gen Core i7 and Core i5 processors with onboard AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. RAM is limited to either 16GB or 8GB, with storage options including 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSDs. It’s also the smallest and lightest of the three ConceptD laptops.
In my brief time with the ConceptD machines, there’s a lot to like. They’re very much laptops that are eschewing the race to the bottom for size and weight that’s dominated the last few years of the laptop market, and while a lot is going to depend on what Acer prices these at, the idea of having a top-notch portable computer that doesn’t have to be festooned in glowing lights and flaming skulls is an attractive one.
Acer has yet to announce pricing or release information for any of the ConceptD machines, but hopefully we’ll hear more in the near future.