Acer this week introduced its new ConceptD brand that will be used to market computers and other equipment designed primarily for content creators and engineers. The initial family of products includes high-end desktop and mobile workstations, professional displays, and an AR/VR headset.

Performance to the Max

Because of engineering prowess of its Predator division, Acer has become one of the world’s largest supplier of gaming desktops and laptops in the recent years. The company, which certainly knows how to build high-performance PCs, has been eying professional solutions for some time now with its Veriton desktops as well as ProDesigner displays. However, Acer has not significantly directly addressed the market of workstations with all the guns and ammo it has. This week, the company rolled out its ConceptD lineup of products that includes:

  • Two desktop workstations,
  • Three mobile workstations,
  • Two professional monitors,
  • and a Windows Mixed Reality headset.

All the new ConceptD products take a lot of pages from the Acer Predator book when it comes to things like cooling, internal architecture, ergonomics, and so on. In the meantime, since these are workstations aimed primarily at architects, animators, graphics designers, engineers, film makers, product designers, visual effects specialists, and so on, stability and reliability are the cornerstones of these PCs.

Note: We are going to cover Acer’s flagship ConceptD offerings in more detail in the coming days.

The Desktops

The portfolio of desktop ConceptD machines includes the ConceptD 500 based on Intel Core i9-9900K with up to 64 GB of DDR4 as well as the Concept D 900 workstation powered by two Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors with up to 192 GB of DDR4. It is quite surprising to see anyone trying to enter the market of dual-processor workstations, which is lucrative, but rather small these days, but this is exactly what Acer is doing.

Both PCs use NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 4000 or Quadro RTX 6000 professional graphics cards and offer features and expandability that one comes to expect from workstations aimed at content creators and engineers. The Quadro RTX graphics cards have been certified by leading developers of professional applications, so the new machines are ready to go out-of-box.

The Laptops

The lineup of ConceptD mobile workstations includes three machines. Apart from performance, the key feature of Acer’s mobile workstations is color accuracy of their IPS displays featuring a 3840x2160 resolution. All of the screens are Pantone Validated and factory-calibrated for the Adobe RGB color gamut.

The 15.6-inch ConceptD 5 based on Intel’s Core i7 ‘Kaby Lake-G’ CPU with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics is the thinnest and lightest in the family targeted at those who work on the go. Given the positioning, this PC is outfitted with a Windows Hello-certified fingerprint reader, and a TPM module.

The 15.6-inch ConceptD 7 is powered by Intel’s 9th Gen Core i7 CPU accompanied by NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 GPU in Max-Q configuration, thus, offering a balance between performance, power consumption, and portability (the laptop weighs 2.1 kilograms).

Acer’s top-of-the-range mobile workstation is the 17.3-inch convertible ConceptD 9 also runs Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 (something tells me we are dealing with a six-core or an eight-core variant) and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080, but the latter comes without Max-Q limitations, but at the cost of additional weight and a bulky chassis.

The Displays

The ConceptD monitor family currently includes two displays of today’s most popular sizes: the 27-inch CP7271K and the 32-inch CM7321K. Both LCDs are Pantone Validated and ship factory calibrated with color accuracy of Delta E <1. Besides, both carry VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 badge, thus offering a peak brightness of 1000 nits and supporting at least one HDR transport.

The smaller 27-inch CP7271K is a 4K display featuring a 144 Hz refresh rate along with NVIDIA’s G-Sync Ultimate technology. Essentially, this is one of the world’s first professional monitor featuring a 144 Hz refresh rate and therefore suitable for creation of appropriate content.

The bigger 32-inch CM7321K is a 4K LCD that uses a Mini LED-based FALD backlighting with 1152 local dimming zones and thus delivering an ultimate contrast ratio. Being aimed primarily at DCC specialists, the monitor covers 89.5% of the Rec.2020 color space.

The Headset

The Acer ConceptD Ojo Windows Mixed Reality is a yet another 4K head mounted display aimed primarily at professionals. The HMD is equipped with two 2.89-inch screens featuring a 2160×2160 resolution per eye (4320×2160 combined resolution), a 90 Hz refresh rate, and an unknown field of view. The AR/VR headset features integrated inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) positional tracking and therefore does not require any external sensors. Besides, it also has its own audio headset, and two front-facing cameras to enable augmented reality applications.

The device will ship with Acer’s motion controllers that the company yet has to describe in detail.

At a Glance

Here is a quick summary of Acer’s ConceptD products announced this week that will ship in the coming months. Note that we are going to cover the flagship offerings in more detail a bit later.

Acer's ConceptD Products at a Glance
  Key Features ETA Price
Desktop Workstations
ConceptD 500 up to Intel Core i9-9900K
up to 64 GB DDR4-2666
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000
NA: June
EMEA: July
NA: $1,699
EMEA: €2,799
ConceptD 900 Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6148 (40 cores)
up to 192 GB DDR4-2666
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000
NA: May
EMEA: June
NA: $19,999
EMEA: €17,999
Mobile Workstations
ConceptD 5 15.6-inch 4K IPS
Intel Core i5-8305G/Core i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL
8 or 16 GB DDR4
1.5 kilograms
NA: April
EMEA: July
NA: $1,699
EMEA: €1,699
ConceptD 7 15.6-inch 4K IPS
Intel 9th Gen Core i7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 w/ Max-Q
or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
up to 32 GB DDR4
2.1 kilograms
NA: April
EMEA: July
NA: $2,299
EMEA: €2,299
ConceptD 9 Convertible
17.3-inch 4K IPS
Intel 9th Gen Core i9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
up to 32 GB DDR4
4.1 kilograms
NA: April
EMEA: July
NA: $4,999
EMEA: €4,999
Professional Displays
ConceptD CP7271K 27-inch
3840×2160 at 144 Hz
DisplayHDR 1000
G-Sync Ultimate
Adobe RGB 99%
NA: July
EMEA: July
NA: $1,999
EMEA: €2,099
ConceptD CM7321K 32-inch
3840×2160 at 60 Hz
DisplayHDR 1000
Mini LED FALD w/ 1152 zones
Adobe RGB 99%
Rec.2020 89.5%
NA: September
NA: $2,999
EMEA: €3,199
Professional Headset
ConceptD Ojo 2 × 2.89-inch 2160×2160 screens
6 DoF inside-out-tracking
Proximity Sensor
2 × Cameras
Built-in speakers
Motion controllers
NA: ?
NA: $
Note: Exact features, configurations, and prices will vary from market to market

More to Come

With five workstations, two professional displays, and a headset announced this week, it is clear that Acer is serious about (re-)entering this market. The company stated at the presentation that more ConceptID products are to come in the future. Considering the fact that Acer dared to enter a very niche market of dual-processor workstations dominated by Dell, HP, and Lenovo, it is highly likely that the company will try to address other niche markets as well.

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  • stanleyipkiss - Friday, April 12, 2019 - link

    Honestly, this looks like an amazing product line that I wish my employer would support me ordering.
  • Samus - Friday, April 12, 2019 - link

    I agree. This is surprising if not shocking coming from Acer of all places. They're always marketed their crappiest products here in the USA and are considered somewhat of a joke in the industry. But in Europe and Asia they sell considerably higher quality products.

    Which makes me wonder how they expect to be taken seriously shaking a reputation they have carved for themselves over 2+ decades here in the USA.
  • DanNeely - Friday, April 12, 2019 - link

    Does this mean fake wood accents will be coming back to cars next?
  • Samus - Friday, April 12, 2019 - link

    God I hope so, woody's give me a woody!
  • Flunk - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - link

    They're already on the way back in (interior at least). Check the new car reviews on YouTube.
  • KateH - Friday, April 12, 2019 - link

    i really like the design of the 500 workstation. something a little different at least. not sure if i'm sold on the wood grain but I think i like it. Would it be too much to hope it'll be actual hardwood (if only a laminate) and not a decal?

    interesting how Acer is slowly moving upmarket... they used to be utter bargain big rubbish but their hardware lately is rather nice. Got their 32" curved 1080P display recently for a new build and found the image and build quality to be nothing short of excellent.
  • Flunk - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - link

    A very small slice wouldn't add much cost.
  • Lord of the Bored - Saturday, April 13, 2019 - link

    Acer thinks we all want the D.
    They might not be wrong. Some of the ConceptD stuff looks real nice.
  • hMunster - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - link

    It'll take a while for pros to seriously consider Acer, a company known for low-price low-build-quality consumer products.
  • toomanylogins - Monday, April 15, 2019 - link

    I understand for gaming content you need a widescreen but for the rest of us professionals doing mainstream graphic work for print or web 16:9 is wrong. Monitors are the wrong shape. in our case 80% of web traffic is via mobile and sites/content are desiged to be long ie scroll down not wide. On top of that there is no limit to the height of a monitor on your desk whereas the wider it gets the further away your coffee is. Someone needs to introduce a decent 26/28 inch monitor with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

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