Acer this week announced plans to spin off its gaming accessories and smart devices businesses into a new subsidiary. The new entity, tentatively called Gadget Technology Inc, will focus on various premium gadgets, including those for gamers as well as for emerging segments of the market. The wholly owned subsidiary will formally start operations in mid-September.

Acer’s Gadget Technology will focus on market segments with “higher profit margins," covering a wide bredth of products. Initially, Gadget Technology will have two lineups of products: the first one will include premium PC gaming mice, keyboards, headphones, chairs and cases. The second one will comprise of smart devices, including air quality monitors, according to a report from the Taipei Times that cites the company’s officials.

Acer has been producing Predator-branded gaming desktops, laptops, and displays for a number of years now. To make the PCs more appealing to gamers, the company bundled various peripherals with the products, such as premium mice that featured similar design elements as the rest of the Predator series. In addition, the company offers Predator-branded keyboards, mice, headsets, bags, and mousepads separately. Furthermore, Acer has a broad lineup of wearables, smart cameras, accessories, and a number of other emerging categories.

It is unclear whether Gadget Technology will simply absorb Predator-branded peripherals as well as existing smart devices from Acer, or will just inherit IP and development teams from the parent company. On a high level, gaming peripherals from Gadget Technology are supposed to compete against dedicated gaming brands and to do so successfully the new subsidiary will need to radically expand the number of offerings. The situations seems a bit different with the “smart devices” part of the business, but normally if you want to compete for, say, smart home, you need to offer more than one product.

Having two (and potentially more) very diverse lineups of products under one roof is a bit odd. The spin off decision enables Acer to focus on PCs, but Gadget Technology will have to balance its resources while developing products because it will barely have any synergy between different design teams.

Acer’s Gadget Technology will start operations on September 14. The company will receive NT$75.66 million ($2.467 million) in assets and NT$30.66 million (~$1 million) in liabilities.

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Sources: Taipei Times, TSE MOPS

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  • pancakes - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    Sweet. Now everyone on the airplane can know how much of a GAMER I am!
  • sandtitz - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    Yes. The big PREDATOR letters in your luggage is a babemagnet.
    This is also the first time Acer and Premium have appeared in the same sentence.
  • tygrus - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    No. The big PREDATOR letters in your luggage is a "THIEF MAGNET".
  • rocky12345 - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    Yep I guess it is a good way to boost/inflate prices of these products.
  • rocky12345 - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I just wanted to add I would never buy any product like a suit case I travel with that had a high end product name on it like this or just looked like the suit case itself cost more than the items that are inside of it. You are just screaming come steal my crap I won't mind.
  • Hxx - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    "Gadget Technology" ROFL. wow . Imagine having this writing in RGB on the gaming peripheral u own ...
  • rocky12345 - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I can not imagine walking through an airport with my luggage with flashing RGB I would have to hang my head in shame as everyone just stared at me as I walked by them.
  • rocky12345 - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I did have one thought about it though..Something like this probably would go over big time in a place like Vegas for sure and you would blend in with all of the other flashing lights every where. lol
  • mobutu - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    look! more "high-end" crap-looking shining shit at piss-off stellar prices ;)
    all those are ugly as f..k
  • Diji1 - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    I wonder if those raised sections at the front on the outside of the main buttons are extra buttons?

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