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The first 'The Wild Update' pre-release snapshot is here for Minecraft

The Wild Update is inching closer to a full release.

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios has been working on The Wild Update, Minecraft's next content update, for many months.
  • On Wednesday, the studio officially began to test pre-release builds of The Wild Update with Minecraft: Java Edition players.
  • This means The Wild Update is nearing completion, with only bug fixes and general improvements planned from this point.
  • Minecraft: Java Edition 1.19 Pre-Release 1 is now available for players to test with a host of changes and other fixes.

Minecraft players regularly enjoy injections of fresh content through successive updates, and the next release is arriving later this year in the form of The Wild Update. Mojang Studios has been actively developing The Wild Update in tandem with the Minecraft community for months, but the update is now rapidly approaching an official release to all players.

Mojang Studios is now testing Minecraft: Java Edition 1.19 Pre-Release 1, which includes a fresh batch of bug fixes, changes, and technical updates for players to explore. As The Wild Update is now officially in the "pre-release" era of development, don't expect any major changes or feature additions from this point forward. The release is now more-or-less feature locked, with only minor fixes and improvements to occur until completion.

The Wild Update is the next content update for one of PC's greatest games, and will bring new biomes, mobs, gameplay mechanics, and more to Minecraft. Players will be able to discover the terrifying Deep Dark and Ancient Cities, guarded by powerful Wardens, or explore idyllic mangrove swamps populated by frogs and mud. The Wild Update still doesn't have an exact release date, but we should learn more in the next few weeks or months.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition 1.19 Pre-Release 1 includes:

Changes

  • Slightly reduced the number of Mangrove trees in Mangrove Swamps
  • Endermen, Skeletons, Wither Skeletons, and Piglins now spawn in a wider range of light levels in the Nether (from light level 0 to 11)
  • Item interaction vibrations are now emitted when you start or finish "using" an item with a start and finish state (such as Bows, Crossbows, Goat Horns, Shields, Food)
  • Item interaction vibrations are now ignored when sneaking
  • Placing items that aren't armor (such as Pumpkins and Skulls) in your headwear slot now plays a generic equip sound

Technical updates

  • Auto-completion is now available for the template argument to place template
  • Custom servers can now enable or disable chat preview for certain clients by sending a new network packet
  • Now, a chat preview is also shown for chat-related commands, such as /say and /msg
  • test-rainbow-chat has been removed from server.properties

Added game events

  • note_block_play with a vibration frequency of 6
  • instrument_play with a vibration frequency of 15

Fixed bugs

  • Equipping armor / elytra through inventory or dispenser doesn't play sounds
  • PacketBuffer.writeString's max length is in bytes, while readString is in characters
  • Attempting to open the Minecraft Realms menu claims that the client is outdated, even if the snapshot may be newer than the release
  • Sculk sensors are not activated upon entities being summoned by a spawner
  • Equipping armor through the inventory does not count as a vibration
  • Distance value for Sculk Sensors is limited to integers
  • Goats don't panic when tempted with their favorite food
  • "FOV Effects" setting description is inaccurate
  • No subtitles are produced upon frogs stepping
  • The entity.frog.tounge sound is misspelled
  • Frogs don't panic when tempted with their favorite food
  • Tadpoles are not tempted by slime balls
  • Frogs can jump around while being tempted with slimeballs
  • Tadpoles drop experience, unlike other baby mobs
  • The comparator frequency of sculk sensors when you are stepping on it is the last frequency it heard
  • Items collected off the ground by allays travel too high above their hitboxes
  • 'It Spreads' advancement is not a child of 'Monster Hunter'
  • Swapping items to the player's off-hand can generate vibrations
  • The Birthday Song advancement description doesn't capitalise the word Cake
  • ID of the British cat doesn't match texture name
  • Sculk catalyst triggers when a villager converts into zombie villager by a zombie
  • The subtitle for picking up a Tadpole with a bucket is the generic "Bucket fills" subtitle
  • /tp "argument" duplicated on the tab options
  • The server crashes when attempting to load chunks that contain command blocks that consist of large numbers of characters within the previous output field
  • Goat horn subtitles are improperly capitalized
  • Goat horn playing isn't detected as a vibration
  • Server logs "Game test server" messages
  • Entity selectors in /say commands are no longer evaluated
  • Potted mangrove propagule model is incorrect
  • Structure Block messages are formatted as chat
  • Duplicate object key [lang file]
  • Failed to launch the game on 32-bit operating system
  • io.netty.handler.codec.EncoderException when using special characters in chat message
  • Game crash regarding warden anger
  • Chat closes itself if the control for Open Chat is set to Enter
  • Clicking "incomplete command" message removes / in chat
  • Iron golems can spawn on nonspawnable blocks such as leaves, glass, sea lanterns, etc
  • Warden emerge / roar / sonic charge / dig animation (and possibly other similar animations) don't start unless the player looks at the Warden first
  • /say command fails to apply server message styling when sent from a command block, server console, or RCON, unlike /msg
  • Wardens can spawn on any non-full block, as long as it's solid
  • Reflected ghast fireball cannot hit the ghast
  • You can run commands with double slash prefix
  • The --dev argument for the data generators no longer converts NBT to SNBT properly

A catalog of games

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, Xbox Game Pass for Xbox consoles and PC Game Pass for Windows devices, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go fun. The Wild Update is rapidly approaching, with the first pre-release snapshot now available (even through PC Game Pass).

Need to change your account name on Windows 10? Here's how to do it.

If you want to change your account name, in this guide, we'll show you how on Windows 10.

On Windows 10, you can change the account name for any reason. For example, you may need to update your personal information because you recently changed your name. The computer has a local account, and you prefer showing the actual name instead of the nickname. Or you want to update the name to make it a little more private.

Whatever the reason, Windows 10 includes different settings to change the name on the Sign-in screen and across the desktop, but it is not a straightforward process. Depending on the account type, the instructions will be entirely different.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to change the account name on the Sign-in screen for a local or Microsoft account on your computer.

How to change account name with Settings on Windows 10

Windows 10 displays the account name from the cloud when the computer is configured with a Microsoft account. As a result, you have to change the settings online if you want to change the account name.

To change the name of the Windows 10 account, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Your info.
  4. Click the Manage my Microsoft account option.

    Quick tip: You can always access your account settings online on this Microsoft page.

  5. Sign in with your credentials (if applicable).
  6. Click the Your Info tab.

  7. Under the current name of the account, click the Edit name option.

  8. Change the new account name as necessary.

    Quick tip: To make your information a little more private, use the first six letters of your name and the first two letters of your last name (often known as "six-by-two" by administrators).

  9. Confirm the challenge to verify that a robot is not making the changes in the account.
  10. Click the Save button.
  11. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the Sign-in screen should reflect the new name change but allow some time for the device to sync the latest information.

While changing the account name is a straightforward process, renaming the account online also changes the first and last name of any services connected to your account, including Xbox Live, Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft 365, and others.

How to change account name using Control Panel on Windows 10

When using a local account on Windows 10, you have several ways to modify the account's name through Control Panel.

Change account name with User Accounts

To change the account name using the User Accounts settings on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Under the "User Accounts" section, click the Change account type option.

  3. Select the local account to change its name.

  4. Click the Change the account name option.

  5. Confirm the new account name for the Sign-in screen.

  6. Click the Change Name button.

After you complete the steps, sign out of the current session, and the Sign-in screen should now display the new name.

Change account name with netplwiz

You can also use the legacy account management tool (netplwiz) to complete the same task on your computer.

To update the account name with netplwiz, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for netplwiz and click the top result to open the legacy account management tool.
  3. Click the Users tab.
  4. Select the account to change its name.
  5. Click the Properties button.

  6. (Optional) Update the "User name" field to change the account nickname.
  7. Confirm the new name in the "Full Name" field – for example, "John Smith."

    Quick tip: If you want to display a nickname instead of your real name, leave the "Full Name" field empty.

  8. Click the Apply button.
  9. Click the OK button.
  10. Click the OK button again.

Once you complete the steps, sign out, and the Sign-in screen will show the name in the "Full Name" field.

You can also edit the accounts linked to a Microsoft account with the legacy tool. However, the cloud settings will overwrite the information again, thus making this option only available for local profiles.

Change account name with Computer Management

To use a different name on your Windows 10 account, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Computer Management and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Double-click to expand the System Tools branch.
  4. Double-click the Local Users and Groups branch.
  5. Click on Users.
  6. Right-click the account to edit and select the Properties option.

    Quick tip: You can use the Rename option to change the profile nickname from the context menu.

  7. Click the General tab.
  8. In the "Full name" field, confirm a new name for the account.

  9. Click the Apply button.
  10. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the sign-in screen will show the local account's new name when you sign in to the account.

On Windows 10, you have several methods to change the account name, but none of the available options will change the name of the profile folder in the "Users" folder. You might find some workarounds online, but it is not recommended to use those instructions, as you may create other issues.

If you want to change the account name everywhere on Windows 10, you should create a new account with the name you wish to use, and then transfer all your settings and files to the newly created account.

More Windows resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:

Teams finally makes its way to Microsoft Store on Windows 11 and 10

Years after its launch, Microsoft Teams has finally made its way to the Microsoft Store.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams is now available through the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 and Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 users will have full access to Teams through the app, including using personal, work, or school accounts.
  • The version of Teams available through the Microsoft Store will only support work or school accounts on Windows 11.

Microsoft Teams has finally arrived in the Microsoft Store. PC users can now grab the popular communication app directly through the Microsoft Store on either Windows 11 or Windows 10. Teams was already available on Windows, but it is now a bit easier to find since it's in the Microsoft Store.

Users on Windows 11 and Windows 10 will have different Teams experiences after downloading it through the Microsoft Store. Those on Windows 10 will be able to use Teams with personal, work, or school accounts. Windows 11's version of Teams only supports work and school accounts. The difference is likely due to the fact that Windows 11 has a built-in Chat app powered by the personal version of Teams. You can still download Teams for personal use through Microsoft's website.

Other than the difference in account types that are supported, users shouldn't see any difference between the Microsoft Store version of Teams and the version they've used previously on PCs. The app will still use its own method of automatically updating and has the same feature set as the version available through Microsoft's website.

The addition of Teams to the Microsoft Store should make the app easier to find, though the service's 270 million monthly active users suggest that people don't struggle to download the application. The move also shows a commitment to the store by Microsoft. Many considered it strange that one of Microsoft's most popular apps was not available through the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Teams

Free at Microsoft Free at App Store Free at Google Play Store

Microsoft Teams is a popular communication platform for messaging, calls, and video calls. You can now download it through the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Microsoft's new web-based Outlook client officially launches in preview

Office Insiders can try out the future of Outlook now.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's new web-based Outlook client is now official.
  • It's available today for Insiders in the Office Beta Channel.
  • The preview is only for commercial accounts; personal coming later.

Microsoft has officially announced its new Outlook client, which is now available in preview for Office Insiders in the Beta Channel. The new app is accessible via a "preview" toggle in the Outlook desktop app. Enabling the toggle will transform the legacy Office app into a new web-based one, featuring new features and a new UI.

The new Outlook client leaked a handful of weeks ago as a standalone client, but today's official preview is only available within the legacy Outlook client. It's likely that Microsoft will release a standalone beta of the new Office app soon, likely when support for personal email accounts is introduced.

New features include an updated Outlook Web interface design, built-in support for Microsoft To Do and Loop Components, and much more. Microsoft has also handily provided a list of features that aren't yet available, but are expected to come soon. These include:

  • Multi-account support
  • Offline support
  • Personal Outlook.com support
  • Third party email account support (Gmail, iCloud, etc.)
  • Continuous Access Evaluation support
  • Quick Steps
  • Search Folders

Additionally, Microsoft says it's investigating support for POP email accounts, a feature that's presently not available with the new Outlook app. Because the new Outlook is based on Outlook Web, many of Outlook's COM/VSTO plugins are no longer supported, but developers will be able to build new web-based add-ins if needed.

Unfortunately, the new email client is not yet available for users with personal Microsoft account emails. This preview is only for those using commercial or education accounts. The company says it plans to roll out the preview to personal accounts in the future.

MIcrosoft has been working on this new Outlook client for well over a year at this point. Windows Central revealed the project back in January 2021, and it's now available in preview for the first time. Microsoft wants to eventually replace the built-in Windows 11 Mail & Calendar apps with this new client, but it appears we're a long way from that happening.

These are the best PC cases if you need to maximize airflow

The best PC cases for airflow generally offer unimpeded intake and exhaust, whether via mesh construction, lots of fans, or both. Even if you don't have a powerful PC, good airflow can help you achieve peak performance. The Lian Li Lancool 2 Mesh RGB case is our best overall choice thanks to its stacked feature set, though there are plenty of other fantastic choices if you'd like to maximize airflow across your hardware.

Best overall: Lian Li Lancool 2 Mesh RGB

Lian Li's Lancool 2 Mesh RGB is a case that really does everything it can to promote airflow short of just building a PC on a flat board with fans blowing on it. It has a steel mesh front panel, mesh panel below the tempered glass side panel, full honeycomb venting on the back, and tons of fan and radiator support throughout.

On the top it can handle up to a 240mm radiator or dual 140mm fans, on the front it supports a 360mm radiator or three 120mm fans, and there's even space for two 120mm fans above the PSU shroud (taking in air from the side mesh panel). It still has a hinged tempered glass panel for viewing inside, and there are still seven PCI slots for easy building. The case comes with three 120mm RGB fans on the front.

Behind the motherboard tray are a bunch of removable panels and bars to make cable management a breeze, and there's even a pulldown panel that holds extra storage drives. If you're truly serious about getting the best PC cases for airflow and don't mind a mid-tower ATX size that offers easy and intuitive building, this is the way to go.

Pros:

  • Excellent airflow and thermals
  • Three RGB fans included
  • Not as expensive as you might think
  • Easy cable management
  • Hinged panels and glass

Cons:

  • Mesh panel is a bit boring compared to other options
  • Might be a bit loud due to all the mesh

Best overall

Lian Li Lancool 2 Mesh RGB

$139 at Amazon

$130 at Newegg

With a reasonable price, as much mesh as possible, and tons of space for fans, rads, and PC hardware, the Lian Li Lancool 2 Mesh RGB is an incredible case if you want to maximize airflow.

Also great: be quiet! Pure Base 500DX

We took a close look at this beautiful case in our be quiet! Pure Base 500DX review, where it proved to have very few downsides besides a high MSRP. Now that it's coming down in price, the 500DX is better than ever for building an air-cooled PC with any motherboard size up to E-ATX. It features a clean and subtle design, focused on its mesh panels throughout, providing superior airflow paired with its fantastic cable management options.

The 500DX has six potential fan mounting points and comes with three be quiet! Pure Wings 2 fans pre-installed. Radiators can mount on the front, rear, and top of the case, up to a 360mm maximum if you choose the front space. Building with this case is a painless and straightforward process, since everything comes to pieces just like you expect. The PSU is removable, which helps if you're sticking to non-modular power supplies.

On the front I/O you'll find one USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port, two USB-A 3.0 ports, and your standard headphone and microphone ports. There's plenty of space to work with, enough for five SSD and two mechanical hard drives, plus a graphics card up to 369mm. Throw in the addressable RGB lighting, and the 500DX is a very admirable case that you should consider in your search for efficient airflow performance.

Pros:

  • Amazing airflow
  • Beautiful design
  • RGB lighting
  • Great cable management

Cons:

  • Dust filter obscured by front panel
  • Top dust filter is noisy with high RPM

Also great

be quiet! Pure Base 500DX

$108 at Amazon

Airflow is the number one priority in this impressive yet subtle PC case, with a tempered-glass side panel showing off your air-cooled solutions.

Best ITX case: NZXT H210i

There are a number of high-quality cases from which to choose in NZXT's stable, but the H210i is one of the best PC cases for airflow if you want a smaller ITX build with easy building. There are two PCI slots on the back of the case, but that should still be enough for most modern GPUs thanks to 325mm of clearance toward the front and 44mm thickness clearance. Inside there's room for three 2.5-inch drives and a 3.5-inch drive.

While there are two 120mm fans included, the case has room for up to two 140mm fans on the front (protected by a dust panel), and 120mm fans on the top and rear. If you're going with a radiator, the front has space for a 240mm rad with removable bracket for easy installation. There's also room for a 120mm radiator in the back.

The case comes in black, black and white, and black and red color combinations, and all have a large, tempered-glass side panel for easy viewing. If you're going for a smaller build and want good airflow and a premium case, the NZXT H210i is the way to go.

Pros:

  • Easy cable management
  • Premium design and build quality
  • Room for larger GPUs
  • Excellent airflow

Cons:

  • On the large side for ITX
  • Bit pricey

Best ITX case

NZXT H210i

$110 at Amazon

$110 at Best Buy

The H210i is better than ever, allowing you to put together a compact Mini-ITX PC build in a small form factor case with smart features and a solid design.

Best value: Fractal Design Meshify C

Fractal Design's Meshify C with dark tempered glass is a gorgeous mid-tower ATX case with a focus on airflow and easy building. The inside is as open as possible, providing unimpeded airflow through the case to the rear exhaust. This also allows for a slightly smaller case than you might be expecting.

The front has a stylized mesh panel with space beneath for three 120mm fans, two 140mm fans, or up to a 360mm radiator. The top is also accommodating, with 240mm radiator and dual 140mm fan support. As for the rear, you can fit a 120mm radiator or a 120mm fan (which is included). Everything has a dust filter to keep your hardware clean.

There are tons of space inside for storage drives, there are seven PCI expansion slots, and the cable management hardware behind the motherboard tray makes cabling easy. I/O on the front includes two USB-A 3.0, as well as 3.5mm audio and mic. Bottom line? If you want a mid-tower ATX case with satisfying mesh design and tinted tempered glass, this is the way to go.

Pros:

  • Beautiful mesh panel up front
  • Open interior design for easy airflow
  • Lots of space despite a compact design
  • Tinted tempered-glass side panel
  • Good price

Cons:

  • Not as much noise dampening through front mesh
  • Not great for water cooling

Best value

Fractal Design Meshify C

$123 at Amazon

$100 at Newegg

As one of the least expensive cases in this roundup, the Meshify C delivers a whole lot of value for anyone who likes the mesh look and needs good airflow.

Understated style: Cooler Master MasterBox NR600

Many people aren't looking to spend more than $100 on a PC case, but that doesn't mean airflow and looks aren't important. Enter the Cooler Master MasterBox NR600, a mid-tower case with support for up to ATX motherboards. It's certainly geared toward those who aren't looking for much flash, with its flat mesh front panel, flush tempered-glass side panel, and clean lines throughout. Nothing sticks out, even on the glass, thanks to hidden mounts.

The front panel has a fine mesh that keeps out dust but allows plenty of air through. There's support there for up to a 360mm radiator or dual 140mm fans, with space up top for dual 140mm fans or 240mm radiator. On the back there's a 120mm exhaust fan.

The case might be sort of plain on the outside, but inside you're looking at easy cable management, room for up to nine storage drives, and seven PCI slots for easy expansion. The front has two USB-A 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm headset jack. If you're looking for one of the best simple PC cases with excellent airflow, this is the one you want.

Pros:

  • Value pricing
  • Excellent airflow and thermals
  • Minimalistic design
  • Flush side panel without visible mounts

Cons:

  • Might be too dull for some
  • Bit cramped behind motherboard

Understated style

Cooler Master MasterBox NR600

$89 at Amazon

$90 at Newegg

This understated case provides excellent airflow without being too flashy. It's also available at a great price for anyone working with a tighter budget.

Best RGB: Phanteks Eclipse P400A RGB

If you like the exterior look of Lian Li's Lancool 2 Mesh but prefer tempered glass covering the entire side panel, the Phanteks Eclipse P400A RGB mid-tower case might just be the right choice. It can fit up to an E-ATX motherboard for larger builds.

It has an ultra-fine steel mesh panel on the front that keeps out dust but allows in plenty of air, and the included three 120mm RGB fans are good from the start to pump air through the system. There's even a simple fan controller on the front where you can swap between colors and modes.

The front supports either the three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans, the top has room for two 120mm or 140mm fans, and the rear has space for one 120mm exhaust fan. As for radiators, the front can fit up to a 360mm piece. There's also room for up to eight storage drives with an optional bracket seated behind the side tray. There are seven PCI expansion slots on the back, as well as plenty of venting on the shroud for extra airflow. Two USB-A 3.0 ports and 3.5mm audio and mic ports round out the front I/O.

Pros:

  • Lots of room inside for building
  • Three RGB fans included
  • Steel mesh front for good airflow
  • Good price

Cons:

  • No top radiator support

Best RGB

Phanteks Eclipse P400A RGB

$110 at Amazon

$110 at Newegg

If you'd like a stylish case with mesh front that includes three RGB fans for intake, tons of room inside for builds, and a value price, check out the Phanteks Eclipse P400A.

Best mid-range: Lian Li Lancool 205 Mesh

Lian Li's Lancool 205 Mesh adds a full mesh front panel to the standard Lancool 205, giving it a whole lot more airflow. Not only that, the fine mesh keeps out most of the dust you'd find during regular operation. The case is otherwise made of steel, with a tempered-glass side panel for internal viewing.

The case fits up to an ATX motherboard inside, as well as plenty of cooling solutions. The front and top can each handle up to a 280mm radiator, or a couple of 140mm fans. There's plenty of space for storage, cable management can be as clean as you want it to be, and the included fans are quiet and effective.

The Lancool 205 Mesh is one of the best PC cases for airflow, but it's also simply a great mid-range pick for anyone not looking to eat up their entire budget. Be sure to check out our Lian Li Lancool 205 Mesh review for a deeper look.

Pros:

  • Looks incredible
  • Great cable management
  • Integrated PSU shroud
  • Three 120mm fans included
  • Great airflow

Cons:

  • No 360mm rad support
  • No GPU support bracket
  • Radiator bracket could use extra fix points

Best mid-range

Lian Li Lancool 205 Mesh

A stunning, high-quality, easy-to-build-in PC case that should definitely be on your shortlist in the mid-range.

$93 at Amazon

If we're making some suggestions

These cases promote airflow and will do a great job of keeping your PC's hardware cool, keeping the interior clean and dust-free in the process. The Lian Li Lancool 2 Mesh RGB takes the top spot here, featuring a mesh front and honeycomb rear with lots of room for exhaust and a side mesh shroud below the hinged glass panel. All the radiator and fan support you could want, plus extensive cable management around the motherboard.

If you're sticking to a budget, the Fractal Design Meshify C is easily the best value for money, but our list of the best PC cases under $100 should have something for you, too. And if you're less interested in airflow, perhaps leaning towards all-in-one coolers or a purely liquid-cooled setup, we can help you find the best PC cases on the market today. Whatever you choose, keep that hardware cool and enjoy the build.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Cale Hunt is a staff writer at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on PC, laptop, accessory coverage, and the emerging world of VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

Ben Wilson is a freelance writer for Windows Central with technology expertise. Keeping up with cutting-edge electronics, his experience in technology sales helps him make informed recommendations. Usually fueled by coffee, you would likely find him behind one screen or another.

Play your Xbox console offline with these steps

Sidestep Xbox's DRM and play your console offline.

In May 2022, a rare outage of Xbox's authentication servers rendered many players unable to access their games. Xbox digital rights management (DRM) is a system that checks whether you actually own the games installed on your console, in part to prevent people from making copies for free. The DRM also allows you to access your content on other Xbox consoles that aren't necessarily your home Xbox, so you can play with friends and family in other places.

The outage led to many questions about how and when people can actually play games offline since without authentication servers active, many online games became inaccessible. In this article, I'll be outlining the steps you need to take to ensure that during those rare Xbox outages, you'll actually be able to access your content. The following information is relevant across all Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles.

Check that your games support offline play

Naturally, games that require online services to play won't work during an outage, whether it's on Xbox's side or your own internet. Games like Overwatch, Fortnite, Call of Duty, and so on require online servers to play generally, although in the case of Call of Duty, you may be able to play its offline singleplayer campaign mode even without online services active.

There's no simple and obvious way to determine at a glance whether an Xbox game supports offline play as of writing, sadly, although we hope one day Microsoft will add it. The general rule of thumb is to follow what type of game it is. If it's a game you play solo, and doesn't have any online systems or services, most likely it can be played offline. Some games also have offline "modes," despite having online systems. Minecraft and Elden Ring, for example, both have online systems, but can also be played entirely offline.

Most games download an offline license when you download the game, but others may need to be launched at least once to fully activate the license. If you're playing an offline game from a disc, you shouldn't need the internet in the vast majority of cases. Xbox Game Pass titles may also need an online connection to authenticate in some cases, even if they're an "offline" solo game.

Your best bet is to find some games you'd prefer to play in an outage, and test to see whether they'll work in offline situations. Follow the two sections below to make sure your console is properly set up for offline play.

Set your console to "offline"

One issue some people ran into during the May 2022 outage was that games were failing to launch, even if they were "offline" titles. This may have been, in part, due to some nuances in the way licenses attach to digital games. Since some parts of Xbox Live were still active, games may have been trying to check the DRM servers and returning a negative result. Some were able to bypass this DRM check and fall back to an offline license by forcing their Xbox console into an offline state.

If you're connected using an Ethernet cable, it's as simple as pulling the plug, but if you want to disable your Wi-Fi without wiping your settings, here's how. You can also use this setting to check whether a game actually works offline or not.

  1. Access the guide using the Xbox button on your controller, and move the stick all the way to the right section to find Settings.

  2. Under the general tab, select the Network settings menu.

  3. Select Go offline on the Network settings menu screen.

Set up your console as your "home" console

When you use your Xbox, you sign in with a Microsoft Account. While using a Microsoft Account, you have what's known as dual-entitlement on digital games. This means you can access them both remotely, authenticating over the internet on a second Xbox at a friend's house or in another room, and you can also access them permanently on a single Xbox you designate as your "home" Xbox.

Your "home" Xbox gains permanent access to any games in the event of an internet outage, providing the game doesn't require online services to play. Here's how to double-check that your console is set up as your "home" Xbox.

  1. Access the guide using the Xbox button on your controller, and move the stick all the way to the right section to find Settings.

  2. Under the general tab, select the Personalization menu.

  3. Enter the My home Xbox section. You may be asked to enter a passkey or password if your security settings are set to require it.
  4. Make sure there's a check in the box that reads "Make this my home Xbox."

Think you know ALL Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts? Find out in our list.

Windows 10 includes a slew of keyboard shortcuts to make your experience easier around the desktop, and here are all of them.

On Windows 10, keyboard shortcuts are quick ways to navigate and perform actions using one or multiple key combos, which otherwise would take many more clicks and time to complete the task with the mouse.

The system has tons of keyboard shortcuts, but you don't need to learn every shortcut on Windows 10. You only need to remember those that can help you make your life easier and improve productivity.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will list all the most helpful keyboard shortcuts to navigate and operate the desktop and apps. You can also check out these additional shortcuts that you will need to know for Windows 11.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

This comprehensive list includes the most helpful keyboard shortcuts to perform tasks on Windows 10 a little faster.

Essential shortcuts

These are the essential keyboard shortcuts that every Windows 10 user has to know.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Ctrl + A Select all content.
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy selected items to clipboard.
Ctrl + X Cut selected items to clipboard.
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste content from clipboard.
Ctrl + Z Undo an action, including undelete files (limited).
Ctrl + Y Redo an action.
Ctrl + Shift + N Create new folder on desktop or File Explorer.
Alt + F4 Close active window. (If no active window is present, a shutdown box appears.)
Ctrl + D (Del) Delete selected item to the Recycle Bin.
Shift + Delete Delete the selected item permanently, skipping Recycle Bin.
F2 Rename selected item.
Esc Close current task.
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps.
PrtScn Take a screenshot and stores it in the clipboard.
Windows key + I Open Settings app.
Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Windows key + A Open Action center.
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + L Lock device.
Windows key + V Open Clipboard bin.
Windows key + Period (.) or Semicolon (;) Open emoji panel.
Windows key + PrtScn Capture a full screenshot in the "Screenshots" folder.
Windows key + Shift + S Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch.
Windows key + Left arrow key Snap app or window left.
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap app or window right.

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Desktop shortcuts

On Windows 10, you can use these keyboard shortcuts to open, close, navigate, and perform tasks more quickly throughout the desktop experience, including the Start menu, Taskbar, Settings, and more.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key (or Ctrl + Esc) Open Start menu.
Ctrl + Arrow keys Change Start menu size.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager.
Ctrl + Shift Switch keyboard layout.
Alt + F4 Close active window. (If no active window is present, a shutdown box appears.)
Ctrl + F5 (or Ctrl + R) Refresh current window.
Ctrl + Alt + Tab View open apps.
Ctrl + Arrow keys (to select) + Spacebar Select multiple items on desktop or File Explorer.
Alt + Underlined letter Runs command for the underlined letter in apps.
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps while pressing Tab multiple times.
Alt + Left arrow key Go back.
Alt + Right arrow key Go forward.
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen.
Alt + Page Down Move down one screen.
Alt + Esc Cycle through open windows.
Alt + Spacebar Open context menu for the active window.
Alt + F8 Reveals typed password in Sign-in screen.
Shift + Click app button Open another instance of an app from the Taskbar.
Ctrl + Shift + Click app button Run app as administrator from the Taskbar.
Shift + Right-click app button Show window menu for the app from the Taskbar.
Ctrl + Click a grouped app button Cycle through windows in the group from the Taskbar.
Shift + Right-click grouped app button Show window menu for the group from the Taskbar.
Ctrl + Left arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
Ctrl + Right arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word.
Ctrl + Up arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Down arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph.
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key Select block of text.
Ctrl + Spacebar Enable or disable Chinese IME.
Shift + F10 Open context menu for selected item.
F10 Enable app menu bar.
Shift + Arrow keys Select multiple items.
Windows key + X Open Quick Link menu.
Windows key + Number (0-9) Open the app in number position from the Taskbar.
Windows key + T Cycle through apps in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) Open Jump List of the app in number position from the Taskbar.
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + M Minimize all windows.
Windows key + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop.
Windows key + Home Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window.
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Maximize or minimize active desktop windows vertically while maintaining width.
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key Move active window to monitor on the left.
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key Move active window to monitor on the right.
Windows key + Left arrow key Snap app or window left.
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap app or window right.
Windows key + S (or Q) Open Search.
Windows key + Alt + D Open date and time in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Tab Open Task View.
Windows key + Ctrl + D Create new virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Close active virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right.
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left.
Windows key + P Open Project settings.
Windows key + A Open Action center.
Windows key + I Open Settings app.
Backspace Return to the Settings app home page.

File Explorer shortcuts

File Explorer includes keyboard shortcuts to help you get things done a little quicker.

These are the most useful shortcuts for the default file manager on Windows 10.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Alt + D Select address bar.
Ctrl + E (or F) Select search box.
Ctrl + N Open new window.
Ctrl + W Close active window.
Ctrl + F (or F3) Start search.
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Change view file and folder.
Ctrl + Shift + E Expands all folders from the tree in the navigation pane.
Ctrl + Shift + N Creates a new folder on desktop or File Explorer.
Ctrl + L Focus on the address bar.
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8) Changes folder view.
Alt + P Display preview panel.
Alt + Enter Open Properties settings for the selected item.
Alt + Right arrow key View next folder.
Alt + Left arrow key (or Backspace) View previous folder.
Alt + Up arrow Move up a level in the folder path.
F11 Switch active window full-screen mode.
F2 Rename selected item.
F4 Switch focus to address bar.
F5 Refresh File Explorer's current view.
F6 Cycle through elements on the screen.
Home Scroll to the top of the window.
End Scroll to the bottom of the window.

Settings page shortcuts

This list includes the keyboard shortcuts for the dialog box legacy settings pages (for example, Folder Options).

Keyboard shortcut Action
Ctrl + Tab Cycles forward through the tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Cycles back through the tabs.
Ctrl + number of tab Jumps to tab position.
Tab Moves forward through the settings.
Shift + Tab Moves back through the settings.
Alt + underline letter Actions the setting identified by the letter.
Spacebar Checks or clears the option in focus.
Backspace Opens the folder one-level app in the Open or Save As dialog.
Arrow keys Select a button of the active setting.

Command Prompt shortcuts

If you use Command Prompt, these keyboard shortcuts will help to work a little more efficiently.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Ctrl + A Select all content of the current line.
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy selected items to clipboard.
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste content from clipboard.
Ctrl + M Starts mark mode.
Ctrl + Up arrow key Move the screen up one line.
Ctrl + Down arrow key Move screen down one line.
Ctrl + F Open search for Command Prompt.
Left or right arrow keys Move the cursor left or right in the current line.
Up or down arrow keys Cycle through the command history of the current session.
Page Up Move cursor one page up.
Page Down Move cursor one page down.
Ctrl + Home Scroll to the top of the console.
Ctrl + End Scroll to the bottom of the console.

Microsoft Edge shortcuts

If Microsoft Edge is your preferred browser, you will benefit from these keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts apply to any version of Windows.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Ctrl + Shift + B Show or hide the favorites bar.
Alt + Shift + B Focus on the first item in the favorites bar.
Ctrl + D Save the tab as a favorite.
Ctrl + Shift + D Save open tabs as favorites inside a new folder.
Alt + D (or Ctrl + L or F4) Select the URL in the address bar to edit.
Ctrl + E (or Ctrl + K) Start search in the address bar.
Alt + E (or Alt + F or F10 + Enter) Open the Settings (three-dotted) menu.
Ctrl + F (or F3) Open the Find on page feature.
Ctrl + G Cycle through search matches in the Find Bar.
Ctrl + Shift + G Reverse cycle through search matches in the Find Bar.
Ctrl + H Open the History page in a new tab.
Ctrl + Shift + I (or F12) Open Developer Tools console.
Alt + Shift + I Open the Send feedback experience.
Ctrl + J Open the Downloads page in a new tab.
Ctrl + Shift + K Create a duplicate of the tab.
Ctrl + Shift + L Paste and search or Paste and go.
Ctrl + M Mute the current tab.
Ctrl + Shift + M Sign in as a different user in the browser or use Guest user.
Ctrl + N Open a new tab in a new window.
Ctrl + Shift + N Open a new InPrivate window.
Ctrl + O Launch Open dialog.
Ctrl + Shift + O Open Favorites management page.
Ctrl + P Print the current page.
Ctrl + Shift + P Open print settings to print page.
Ctrl + R (or F5) Reload the current page.
Ctrl + Shift + R (or Shift + F5) Reload the page, ignoring cached content.
Ctrl + S Save loaded page.
Ctrl + T Open a new tab and switch to new tab.
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen the last closed tab and switch to the tab.
Alt + Shift + T Focus on the first item in the toolbar.
Ctrl + U View page source code.
Ctrl + Shift + U Controls Read Aloud feature.
Ctrl + Shift + V Paste without including formatting.
Ctrl + W (or Ctrl + F4) Close the current tab.
Ctrl + Shift + W Close the current window and tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + Y Open Collections feature.
Ctrl + 0 Reset zoom level setting.
Ctrl + 1, 2, ... 8 Switch to a specific open tab.
Ctrl + 9 Switch to the last tab of the window.
Ctrl + Enter Add "www." to the link you typed.
Ctrl + Tab (or Ctrl + PgDn) Switch to the next open tab.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Switch to the previous open tab.
Ctrl + Plus (+) Zoom in.
Ctrl + Minus (-) Zoom out.
Ctrl + \ (PDF) Toggle PDF between fit to page or fit to width.
Ctrl + [ (PDF) Rotate PDF counter-clockwise 90 degree.
Ctrl + ] (PDF) Rotate PDF clockwise 90 degree.
Ctrl + Shift + Delete Open clear browsing data options.
Alt (or F10) Focus on the Settings (three-dotted) button.
Alt + Left arrow Go back.
Alt + Right arrow Go forward.
Alt + Home Open home page.
Alt + F4 Close the current window.
F1 Open Help page.
F6 Switch focus to the next pane.
Shift + F6 Switch focus to the previous pane.
F7 Enable or disable caret browsing.
F9 Enter or exit Immersive Reader.
Shift + F10 Open browser context menu.
F11 Enter fullscreen.
Esc Stop loading page, close dialog, or close pop-up.
Spacebar (or PgDn) Scroll down the webpage one screen at a time.
Shift + Spacebar (or PgUp) Scroll up the webpage one screen at a time.
Tab Go to the next tab stop.
Shift + Tab Go to the previous tab stop
Home Scroll to the top of the page, or move keyboard focus to the first item of the pane.
End Scroll to the bottom of the page, or move keyboard focus to the last item of the pane.

Windows key shortcuts

The Windows key combined with other keys allows you to perform many useful tasks, such as launch Settings, File Explorer, Run command, apps pinned in the Taskbar, or open specific features like Narrator or Magnifier. You can also complete tasks like controlling windows, and virtual desktops, taking screenshots, locking the computer, and more.

Here's a list of all the most common keyboard shortcuts using the Windows key.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key Open Start menu.
Windows key + A Open Action center.
Windows key + S (or Q) Open Search.
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + L Locks computer.
Windows key + M Minimize all windows.
Windows key + B Set focus notification area in the Taskbar.
Windows key + C Launch Cortana app.
Windows key + F Launch Feedback Hub app.
Windows key + G Launch Game bar app.
Windows key + Y Change input between desktop and Mixed Reality.
Windows key + O Lock device orientation.
Windows key + T Cycle through apps in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Z Switch input between the desktop experience and Windows Mixed Reality.
Windows key + J Set focus on a tip for Windows 10 when applicable.
Windows key + H Open dictation feature.
Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Windows key + I Open Settings.
Windows key + R Open Run command.
Windows key + K Open Connect settings.
Windows key + X Open Quick Link menu.
Windows key + V Open Clipboard bin.
Windows key + W Open the Windows Ink Workspace.
Windows key + U Open Ease of Access settings.
Windows key + P Open Project settings.
Windows key + Ctrl + Enter Open Narrator.
Windows key + Plus (+) Zoom in using the magnifier.
Windows key + Minus (-) Zoom out using the magnifier.
Windows key + Esc Exit magnifier.
Windows key + Forward-slash (/) Start IME reconversion.
Windows key + Comma (,) Temporarily peek at the desktop.
Windows key + Up arrow key Maximize app windows.
Windows key + Down arrow key Minimize app windows.
Windows key + Home Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window.
Windows key + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop.
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Maximize or minimize active windows vertically while maintaining width.
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key Move active window to monitor on the left.
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key Move active window to monitor on the right.
Windows key + Left arrow key Snap app or window left.
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap app or window right.
Windows key + Number (0-9) Open the app in number position in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Shift + Number (0-9) Open another app instance in the number position in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Ctrl + Number (0-9) Switch to the last active window of the app in the number position in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) Open Jump List of the app in number position in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + Number (0-9) Open another instance as an administrator of the app in the number position in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Ctrl + Spacebar Change previous selected input option.
Windows key + Spacebar Change keyboard layout and input language.
Windows key + Tab Open Task View.
Windows key + Ctrl + D Create a virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Close active virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right.
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left.
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B Wake up the device when black or a blank screen.
Windows key + PrtScn Capture a full screenshot in the "Screenshots" folder.
Windows key + Shift + S Create part of the screen screenshot.
Windows key + Shift + V Cycle through notifications.
Windows key + Ctrl + F Open search for the device on a domain network.
Windows key + Ctrl + Q Open Quick Assist.
Windows key + Alt + D Open date and time in the Taskbar.
Windows key + Period (.) or Semicolon (;) Open emoji panel.
Windows key + Pause Show System Properties dialog box.

More Windows resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:

The best NAS to buy on a budget

Network-attached storage (NAS) enclosures are fantastic for use as a server at home or in the office. They can be used as a media server, file storage hub, or the center of your home security. Choosing the best NAS can become really expensive. It is possible to spend less without sacrificing too much on functionality and performance. I've rounded up some of the best budget NAS enclosures right here.

Best cheap NAS

TerraMaster F2-423

Staff pick

The TerraMaster F2-423 (we reviewed the almost identical TerraMaster F4-423) may not be as affordable as other NAS in this collection, but what the company is offering for the price is nothing short of amazing. You've got a powerful Intel Celeron processor, DDR4 RAM that can be expanded to 32GB, support for up to 40TB of storage space, HDMI output on the rear, M.2 slots for SSD caching, and 2.5Gb LAN. This is a killer enclosure and is absolutely one of the best NAS for Plex.

$380 at Amazon

Most affordable NAS

Synology DS120j

If all you require is a small server that can store files, the Synology DiskStation DS120j is perfect for the price. The ARM processor isn't powerful enough for more demanding tasks, and the single-drive bay will limit how much you can store on the DS120j, but it's a great inexpensive starter NAS. This little unit supports various transfer protocols and works with platforms from Windows and Linux to iOS and Android.

$115 at Amazon

Best value

ASUSTOR AS5202T

This is one capable NAS. We're talking about an Intel Celeron processor with upgradable 2GB DDR4 RAM, 2.5Gb LAN ports, and two drive bays. This all makes it possible to store up to 36TB of data on the ASUSTOR AS5202T. There's even an HDMI port that's usually reserved for more expensive NAS enclosures, which makes it possible to connect the server to your TV and avoid media transcoding. If you want the best bang for your buck, this is about as good as you'll get here.

$299 at Amazon

Best prebuilt NAS

Buffalo LinkStation 210 4TB

Not everyone wants to pick and choose hard drives for their first NAS enclosure. This is where prebuilt NAS enclosures like the Buffalo LinkStation 210 come into play. It has a 4TB drive that's ready to go, allowing you to plug in the NAS and get started. It's fairly basic in terms of functionality, and you won't be able to do much else than store files, but it's perfect for doing just that on a tight budget.

$165 at Amazon

Choosing the best budget NAS

Looking at the above NAS enclosures shows just what you can enjoy at lower prices. It's even possible to grab a four-bay NAS for less than $300, so long as you don't want to handle intensive applications on the server. If I had to recommend one NAS from this roundup, it would be the TerraMaster F2-423. It's a little on the pricey side, but it's well worth every penny.

Should you be uncomfortable with spending that much on a NAS, the ASUSTOR AS5202T is a worthy runner-up with similar specifications, including an Intel Celeron processor. Then there's the Synology DS120j, which is perfect for simply storing some files. If you're planning to attend university or need something for backups, this has you covered.

The best XPS 13 Plus prices and deals in May 2022

The brand new Dell XPS 13 Plus laptop includes a whole lot of new features, including an updated design and a haptic touchpad among many other things. Every version of the laptop is speedy and powerful and designed to feel great. While Dell originally announced this laptop back in January, it has taken a while to finally get released. Now we know just how much these laptops cost, and they are surprisingly affordable. Of course, they aren't free so you may be interested in discounts where they're available. We will regularly be on the lookout for XPS 13 Plus deals and discounts and update our roundup with the best prices available.

The Dell XPS lineup is varied with multiple sizes and generations spread across many years, so you might be curious how the new XPS 13 Plus stacks up. Compare the new laptop to the XPS 13, its most direct competition in the Dell lineup. We have also compared it to the HP Spectre x360, our favorite 2-in-1 laptop, among other machines. The new laptop looks poised to take on a lot of the great options out there right now, and it should peak your interest if you're in the market for something powerful, durable, and capable.

Best Dell XPS 13 Plus prices:

Dell XPS 13 Plus Core i5 laptop | $26 off

The least expensive configuration still kicks off with 12th-generation processors and a 1200p resolution display. You get an Intel Core i5-1240P CPU with up to 4.4GHz speeds, 8GB DDR5 RAM, and a 512GB SSD.

$1,273.02 at Dell

Dell XPS 13 Plus Touch laptop | $30 off

If a touchscreen is important to you, this is one of the least expensive configurations you can do to still get that touchscreen support. It is a 13.4-inch screen with 1200p resolution as well. This version comes with a Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and more.

$1,469.02 at Dell

Dell XPS 13 Plus Core i7-1260P laptop | $36 off

When you upgrade to the Intel Core i7-1260P CPU with up to 4.7GHz speeds, you also automatically upgrade to 16GB DDR5 RAM. Both of those moves greatly increases the price, but at least it is discounted right now. The rest of the specifications stay the same.

$1,812.02 at Dell

Dell XPS 13 Plus 4K Touch laptop | $40 off

One of the best configurations of the XPS 13 Plus available if you really want an amazing display. In this case you get a 13.4-inch screen with 3840 x 2400 pixel resolution, full touchscreen support, 400 nits of brightness, and Dell's InfinityEdge bezel-less design. Other specs include the Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, 32GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and more.

$1,959.02 at Dell

Adding to your specifications will obviously increase the cost, but the savings should carry over and in some cases you can even add to the savings a bit. Decide for yourself how nice of a display you want, how much storage you need, and all of that before finalizing your purchase.

Acer's Vero mouse, keyboard, and projector are made with PCR plastic

Acer's new accessories and projector are built with the environment in mind.

What you need to know

  • Acer announced a new Vero mouse, keyboard, and projector today.
  • The company's Vero products are made with post-consumer recycled plastic in environmentally friendly ways.
  • The Acer Vero PD2325W projector will be available in Q3 2022 for $549.
  • The Acer Vero keyboard and mouse will launch in November 2022 with a starting price of $80.

Acer expanded its Vero family of products today. Vero devices are made with post-consumer recycled plastic and come in recyclable packaging. Acer also uses a variety of environmentally friendly methods and materials across the Vero portfolio, such as utilizing ocean-bound plastic. Today, Acer announced its Vero PD2325W projector and a Vero keyboard and mouse pair.

Acer's keyboard and mouse set will be available in the United States in November 2022 for $80. The Acer Vero PD2325W projector will start shipping in Q3 2022 for $559.

The top covers of the Vero mouse and keyboard are made from 65% PCR plastic. Their bottom covers are made with 30% ocean-bound plastic. The mouse should last a lifespan of 5 million clicks, according to Acer, which should further reduce waste. Acer claims that both devices will get 18 hours of battery life as well.

The Vero PD2325W projector has an LED light source that Acer claims will last up to 30,000 hours. Over that lifespan, the projector should save about 50% energy when compared to traditional lamps, according to Acer.

The projector has a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, puts out 2,200 lumens, and has a resolution of 1280 x 800. It can be ceiling mounted and features BlueLightShield to reduce blue light exposure. The projector is also made with 50% PCR plastic in its chassis and comes in 85% recycled paper packaging.

Here's Acer's new Spin 5 convertible laptop with a 16:10 2.5K display

Acer's revised Spin 5 brings Intel's latest CPU, a better-looking display, and a convenient dockable Wacom stylus.

What you need to know

  • Acer just announced the new Spin 5 for 2022, and we have a hands-on with it.
  • The 14" convertible laptop has a siloed Wacom stylus, DTS audio, and a WQXGA display, low-blue light TUV certified screen.
  • The Acer Spin 5 convertible laptop (SP514-51N) will be available in the United States in July 2022, starting at USD 1,349.99, and in EMEA in July 2022, starting at EUR 1,399.

For those looking for a convertible with all the right specs and the latest technology, Acer is offering up the new Spin 5. The company sent over an early production unit for us to get a closer look, and it ticks all the right boxes if you're in the market for a do-it-all 14-inch laptop.

Weighing just 1.3kg (2.86lbs) and coming in at just 16.9mm thin, the Spin 5 is not the lightest or thinnest 14-inch laptop this year, but it's right up there with the best of them without sacrificing battery life.

The display is now a 14-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600) touch display with low-blue light TÜV certification and an 88% screen-to-body ratio. It's on a rotating 360-degree hinge, hence the Spin moniker, letting you shift the laptop quickly into different postures, including tablet mode.

Category Acer Spin 5 (2022)
OS Windows 11
Display 14-inch
16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600) touch
Low-blue light TÜV certification
88% screen-to-body ratio
Processor 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P
Graphics Intel Iris Xe
Pen Active Stylus with Wacom AES 2.0
Memory Up to 16GB LPDDR5
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Expandable Storage microSD
Front Camera 2.1MP full HD MIPI
Security Fingerprint reader (power button)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1
Ports 2x Type-C (Thunderbolt 4)
2x Type-A
Full HDMI
Headphone/mic
Audio Dual with DTS Audio
Acer TrueHarmony, PurifiedVoice
Alexa
Weight 1.3kg (2.86lbs)

Unlike many laptops that support pen and inking, Acer is bucking the trend by keeping a siloed (or garaged) stylus right in the chassis. That makes it much more convenient to take notes, mark up a document, or make a quick drawing, as you'll always have the pen with you versus searching for it in your bag. That pen supports Wacom AES 2.0 with 4,096 pressure levels delivering an excellent Windows inking experience.

Audio is handled by two bottom-firing speakers and "Acer PurifedVoice with AI-enhanced Noise Reduction and DTS Audio to ensure high-quality audio on video calls."

Hardware-wise, nothing is too surprising: Acer packs in the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P processor, Iris Xe graphics, up to 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 1TB Gen 4 PCIe storage. Other highlights include Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i and a solid assortment of ports in 2022, including two Type-C with Thunderbolt 4, two Type-A, full HDMI, microSD reader, headphone/mic jack, and two LED lights.

To keep everything cool, Acer is touting its thermal chops. From the press release:

The Spin 5's TwinAir cooling system is designed with Acer's Vortex Flow architecture, increasing performance by up to 75%. Dual D6 copper heat pipes help maintain optimal temperature for the best performance experience.

In using the Spin 5 for a few days, the overall build quality feels solid, but the excellent keyboard stands out, making this an ideal candidate for those in school or even work where flexibility is vital. While the design is not as fancy as Dell or HP's premium line, Acer adds its unique styling to this laptop.

Heck, even the full HD (1920x1080) 2.1MP front-facing camera, one of the recommendations for Intel Evo certification (which this has), is one of the best we've seen in an Acer laptop. And while it doesn't offer face recognition for Windows Hello, a fingerprint reader is built into the power button for quick access.

Look for the Spin 5 later in July, starting at $1,349.99. EMEA markets also get the Spin 5 in the same month, starting at EUR 1,399.

Besides the Spin 5, Acer also announced Spin 3, TravelMate P4, Spin 4, ConceptD refreshes, Swift 3 OLED, and the wildly exciting Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition, a new 3D gaming laptop.

Acer's new TravelMate P2 has a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro chip

The new TravelMate P2 will be available in either 14-inch or 15.6-inch models later this year.

What you need to know

  • Acer announced its new TravelMate P2 laptops today.
  • 14-inch and 15.6-inch models of the devices will be available in the United States in Q3 2022 with a starting price of $899.
  • The TravelMate P2 runs on a 12th Gen Intel Core vPro CPU.

Acer expanded its TravelMate lineup today with several new laptops. Among those is the TravelMate P2, which will be available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch variants in Q3 2022. The device will have a starting price of $899.

Inside, the TravelMate P2 runs on a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics. While the laptop cannot flip all the way around, its hinge can open up to 180 degrees, which is handy for presentations at a desk.

Category TravelMate P2 (14-inch) TravelMate P2 (15.6-inch)
Operating System Windows 11 Pro / Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro / Windows 11 Home
Display 14" IPS 16:9 FHD 1920 x 1080 thin-bezel display 15.6" IPS 16:9 FHD 1920 x 1080 thin-bezel display
Processors 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro
Memory Up to 32 GB of DDR4 Up to 32 GB of DDR4
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Intel Iris Xe
Storage Up to 1 TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD Up to 1 TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
Dimensions 329.5 (W) x 233.1 (D) x 19.9 (H) mm 359.7 (W) x 245.25 (D) x 19.9 (H) mm
Weight 1.6 kg 1.7 kg
Wireless WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
4G LTE support
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
4G LTE support
Audio Dual stereo speakers
Dual microphones
Dual stereo speakers
Dual microphones
Security Intel vPro
Discrete TMP2.0
IR camera with privacy shutter
Fingerprint reader
Windows Hello secure login
Intel vPro
Discrete TMP2.0
IR camera with privacy shutter
Fingerprint reader
Windows Hello secure login

The TravelMate P2 has several environmentally friendly components as well, including a chassis with post-consumer recycled plastics and an OceanGlass touchpad made using ocean-bound plastic.

Acer announces Spin 3 convertible laptop with dockable stylus

The new Spin 3 can get up to four hours of productivity after 30 minutes of charging.

What you need to know

  • Acer announced the Spin 3 today, a convertible laptop aimed at professionals on the go.
  • The mobile laptop can flip into various postures and supports an active stylus.
  • The Acer Spin 3 will be available in the United States in August 2022 with a starting price of $1,350.

Acer announced a long list of new devices today. Among the new hardware is the Acer Spin 3, a convertible 14-inch laptop built for mobile professionals. The Spin 3 runs on 12th Gen Intel Core processors ranging up to Core i7 options and has Intel Iris Xe graphics. Acer expects to ship the device in August 2022 with a starting price of $1,350.

The Spin 3 is a convertible 2-in-1 that can flip around into different postures. It supports Acer's Active Stylus as well, allowing people to use various input methods.

Acer highlighted the mobility features of its new laptop in its press materials. The Spin 3 can be used for up to four hours after 30 minutes of charging, according to the company. It also has AI technology for noise reduction, which should help with meetings in the real world.

Category Acer Spin 3
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Screen 14'', IPS, 16:9, FHD (1920X1080)
Processors Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor
Memory Up to 16GB of LPDDR4X
Graphics Intel Iris Xe
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD
Battery Life Up to 13 hours
Wireless Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX201
Audio DTS Audio
Acer PurifiedVoice technology with AI noise reduction
Dual built-in microphones
Acer TrueHarmony
Accessories Acer Active Stylus with Wacom AES 1.0
Dimensions 320.4 (W) x 206.7 (D) x 18.95 (H) mm (12.6(W) x 8.13 (D) x 0.75 (H))
Weight 1.42kg (3.1 lbs)

Acer unveiled over a dozen new devices today, including powerful gaming laptops and a range of laptops. Make sure to check out our page for all Acer content to catch up on the company's announcements.

Acer ConceptD refresh brings Intel 12th-gen and RTX graphics

Acer has updates for its creator line of devices!

What you need to know

  • Acer is announcing new ConceptD products today.
  • It's updating the line with Intel 12th-gen chips and updated RTX graphics options.

Acer has unveiled updates to its ConceptD line of creator laptops and desktops today. The ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro is getting updates with high-performance Intel Core i7 12th-gen chips, a beautiful 16-inch OLED display, and NVIA RTX A5500 or 3070 Ti GPU options.

The new ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro can be had with in Intel Core i7-12700H series chip, up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 2TB of NVMe PCIe Gen4 m.2 storage. The display is a high-resolution 3840 x 2400 OLED panel, with 400-nit brightness, 100% DCI-P3 coverage, PANTONE matching system, HDR capability, and Delta E2 calibration.

Category ConceptD 5
Operating System Windows 11 Pro
Display 16-inches, 3072 x 2400 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio, OLED
Processor 12th Gen Intel Core i7
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
Memory 16GB or 32GB LPDDR5 RAM
Storage 512GB / 1TB PCIe Gen4
1TB / 2TB NVMe RAID 0
Connectivity Killer Wireless Wi-Fi 6E 1675s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth 5.2
CNVi
2x2 MIMO
Audio Acer TrueHarmony
DTS X:Ultra Audio
Battery 99.98 Wh 4-cell Li-ion battery
Dimensions 358.5 x 262.4 x 199 mm
Weight 2.4kg

The ConceptD 5 will be available in North America in August with a starting price of $2,499, and in EMEA in June starting at 2,399 EUR. The ConceptD 5 Pro will be available in North America in September starting at 2,599 EUR.

Additionally, Acer has unveiled the new ConceptD 500 mini desktop, which offers a 12th-gen Intel Core i9 chip on the Inside, paired with either an RTX A4000 or 3070 GPU. It can also be configured with up to 128GB of DDR4 3200Mhz memory, and up to 4TB of m.2 Gen4 SSD storage.

This new desktop features a white minimalist design that keeps the PC running quiet and cool at just 40dbA. It has 10Gbps USB-C ports, an integrated SD card reader, and has high-speed LAN built right in.

Category ConceptD 100 ConceptD 500
Operating System Windows 11 Pro Windows 11 Pro
Processor 12th Gen Intel Core i7 12th Gen Intel Core i9
Graphics NVIDIA T1000
NVIDIA T400
NVIDIA RTX A4000
NVIDIA RTX 3070
NVIDIA RTX 3060
Memory Up to 128GB dual-channel DDR4 Up to 128GB dual-channel DDR4
Storage 2TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD
1TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD
1TB / 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 SSD
1TB / 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
2TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD
1TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD
1TB / 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 SSD
1TB / 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Connectivity 802.11 ax/ac/a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5
802.11 ax/ac/a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5
Dimensions 137.4 x 372 x 359 mm 200 x 389 x 393.6 mm

Acer's ConceptD 100 desktops are also getting updates, also with Intel 12th-gen chips in either Core i5 or Core i7 configurations. It can be configured with an NVIDIA T400 or T1000 GPU, and supports up to 128GB of DDR4 3200Mhz RAM and 2TB m.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.

The ConceptD 500 will be available in EMEA in September starting at 1,199 EUR, and will also be coming to China in Q4 with a starting price of RMB 11,999. The ConceptD 100 will be available in EMEA in September starting at EUR 999.

Acer shows off six new TravelMate P4 and Spin P4 business laptops

Need a new business partner? Acer introduces six TravelMate P4 and Spin P4 laptops with Intel and AMD hardware.

What you need to know

  • Acer today announced new 14- and 16-inch TravelMate P4 models with Intel and AMD hardware, as well as new 14-inch TravelMate P4 Spin laptops with Intel and AMD hardware.
  • The Intel laptops offer 4G LTE connectivity while the AMD models have DDR5 RAM. Both have PCIe 4.0 storage.
  • All laptops have displays with 16:10 aspect ratio, while the Spin models offer AES 1.0 inking capabilities.
  • The new TravelMate P4 and Spin P4 laptops are all expected Q3 2022 with prices starting at $1,099.

Acer has refreshed and expanded its business-class TravelMate series with six new laptops announced today. The 14- and 16-inch TravelMate P4 and 14-inch Spin P4 laptops are available with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro or AMD Ryzen 7 PRO CPU, as well as myriad security features to keep your data safe.

An IR camera (with webcam shutter) and a fingerprint reader work with Windows Hello for biometric logins, while vPro and Pluton are incorporated right into the processors. These are all Microsoft Secured Core PCs with dTPM 2.0 chips. They've also all undergone MIL-STD 810H certification to ensure they can withstand a harsher life than the usual consumer laptop.

Here's a look at the specifications for the 14-inch Intel and AMD versions of the TravelMate P4.

Category TravelMate P4 14 (Intel) TravelMate P4 14 (AMD)
OS Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Processor 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro AMD Ryzen 7 PRO
RAM Up to 32GB DDR4 Up to 32GB DDR5
Graphics Intel Iris Xe AMD Radeon
Storage Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Display 14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (FHD+)
IPS
14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (FHD+)
IPS
Audio Four top-firing speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
Four top-firing speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Keyboard 1.55mm travel 1.55mm travel
Security dTPM 2.0
IR camera
Webcam shutter
Fingerprint reader
vPro
dTPM 2.0
>IR camera
Webcam shutter
Fingerprint reader
Pluton
Battery Up to 13 hours Up to 13 hours
Dimensions 12.59 x 9.05 x 0.7 inches
(319.9mm x 229.9mm x 17.99mm)
12.59 x 9.05 x 0.7 inches
(319.9mm x 229.9mm x 17.99mm)
Weight 3.26 pounds (1.48kg) 3.26 pounds (1.48kg)
Availability Q3 2022 Q3 2022
Price From $1,099 From $1,099

All laptops are available with up to 32GB of RAM, though the Intel versions use DDR4 while the AMD models use faster DDR5. Up to 1TB of M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD storage can be configured, and all are using integrated graphics from Intel or AMD. While all laptops have Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, only the Intel models have optional 4G LTE connectivity for times when you're outside of Wi-Fi range.

The 14-inch TravelMate P4 has a display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920x1200 (FHD+) resolution, and IPS panel. If that's not quite large enough, you can also go with a 16-inch screen with the same resolution. All laptops have a comfy 1.55mm key travel, making long days of typing much less of a hassle. And above the keyboard is a quad-speaker setup with DTS Audio and dual microphones with AI noise reduction to filter out background noise while you're talking.

Here's a look at the specs for the 16-inch TravelMate P4 with Intel or AMD hardware.

Category TravelMate P4 16 (Intel) TravelMate P4 16 (AMD)
OS Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Processor 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro AMD Ryzen 7 PRO
RAM Up to 32GB DDR4 Up to 32GB DDR5
Graphics Intel Iris Xe AMD Radeon
Storage Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0
Display 16 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (FHD+)
IPS
16 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (FHD+)
IPS
Audio Four top-firing speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
Four top-firing speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Keyboard 1.55mm key travel 1.55mm key travel
Security dTPM 2.0
IR camera
Webcam shutter
Fingerprint reader
vPro
dTPM 2.0
IR camera
Webcam shutter
Fingerprint reader
Pluton
Battery Up to 9.4 hours Up to 9.4 hours
Dimensions 14.09 x 9.9 x 0.72 inches
(357.9mm x 251.9mm x 18.5mm)
14.09 x 9.9 x 0.72 inches
(357.9mm x 251.9mm x 18.5mm)
Weight 3.7 pounds (1.68kg) 3.7 pounds (1.68kg)
Availability Q3 2022 Q3 2022
Price From $1,099 From $1,099

The TravelMate P4 also comes in a convertible Spin model. It's only built for a 14-inch design, but it does come with Intel or AMD CPUs. The major difference here, aside from the 360-degree hinges, is the touch display with anti-glare finish and AES 1.0 active pen compatibility. If you prefer taking notes by hand, this will likely be the better choice.

Here are the 14-inch TravelMate Spin P4's specs as provided by Acer.

Category TravelMate Spin P4 (Intel) TravelMate Spin P4 (AMD)
OS Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Processor 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro AMD Ryzen 7 PRO
RAM Up to 32GB DDR4 Up to 32GB DDR5
Graphics Intel Iris Xe AMD Radeon
Storage Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Display 14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (FHD+)
Touch, IPS, anti-glare
14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
1920x1200 (FHD+)
Touch, IPS, anti-glare
Pen AES 1.0 AES 1.0
Audio Four top-firing speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
Four top-firing speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Keyboard 1.55mm key travel 1.55mm key travel
Security dTPM 2.0
IR camera
Webcam shutter
Fingerprint reader
vPro
dTPM 2.0
IR camera
Webcam shutter
Fingerprint reader
Pluton
Battery Up to 13 hours Up to 13 hours
Dimensions 12.59 x 9.05 x 0.7 inches
(319.9mm x 229.9mm x 17.99mm)
12.59 x 9.05 x 0.7 inches
(319.9mm x 229.9mm x 17.99mm)
Weight 3.48 pounds (1.58kg) 3.48 pounds (1.58kg)
Availability Q3 2022 Q3 2022
Price From $1,199 From $1,199

All of these TravelMate P4 and Spin P4 business laptops are expected to launch Q3 2022. The non-convertible models all start at $1,099, while the Spin versions start at $1,199.

Acer's new 27-inch Predator and Nitro gaming monitors are absolute beasts

Crisp visuals, rich colors, and high framerates await.

What you need to know

  • Acer has announced two new 27-inch gaming monitors: the Acer Predator XB273K LV and the Acer Nitro XV272U RV.
  • The former is Acer's 4K flagship display with 160Hz, HDR600, and 1.07B colors, while the latter is a mid-range QHD option with up to 170Hz, HDR400, and 16.7M colors. Both displays have a 1ms response time and wide viewing angles.
  • Both displays are expected to launch in Q3 2022, though Acer hasn't provided a specific release date.

One of the most important parts of any PC gaming setup is a quality gaming monitor. Acer knows this well, and has provided many a PC gamer with excellent displays for many years. Recently, the manufacturer announced that it was expanding its lineup of top-notch gaming monitors with two brand new options: the Acer Predator XB273K LV and the Acer Nitro XV272U RV. And based on the specs provided by Acer following the announcement, it sounds like both of these panels will be nothing short of magnificent.

The Acer Predator XB273K LV is Acer's new flagship IPS display, complete with 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolution, a refresh rate of 160Hz, and a response time of 1ms. It also features HDR support with HDR600 and a peak max brightness of 600 nits, a DCI-P3 color gamut of 95 percent with 1.07 billion colors, and a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1. Input signal options include two HDMI 2.1, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB-C, and four USB-A ports, four USB-B ones, and audio out. The monitor can also be VESA wall mounted, and it even comes with dual speakers. It's beefy, and it's also expensive, but it'll offer you one of the best 4K gaming experiences possible.

Acer Predator XB273K LV Acer Nitro XV272U RV
Display Size 27 inches 27 inches
Panel Type IPS IPS
Resolution 4K UHD (3840x2160) QHD (2560x1440)
Refresh Rate 160Hz 144Hz (native)
170Hz (overclocked)
Response Time 1ms 1ms
HDR HDR600 HDR400
Contrast Ratio 100,000,000:1 100,000,000:1
Brightness 400 nits (native)
600 nits (HDR600 mode)
400 nits (native)
400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (H), 178° (V) 178° (H), 178° (V)
Color Gamut DCI-P3 95% DCI-P3 95%
Colors 1.07B 16.7M
Bits 8Bit+FRC 8 Bit
Input Signal 2x HDMI 2.1
1x DisplayPort 1.4
1x USB-C (65W)
4x USB Hub 3.0 (1x up, 4x down)
4x USB-B (2x up, 4x down)
Audio out
2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
VESA Wall Mounting 100x100mm 100x100mm
Speakers Dual 2W speakers Dual 2W speakers
Power Supply External Internal
Tilt/Height Adjustment/Swivel/Pivot -5°~ 25°/115 mm/±20°/±90° -5°~ 25°/120 mm/360°/±90°

In contrast, the Acer Nitro XV272U RV is more of a mid-ranged offering that's more affordable, though it's still an exceptionally impressive display. Its QHD resolution is still very sharp and the contrast is superb, and if the native 144Hz refresh rate isn't good enough for you, you can overclock the monitor to 170Hz for maximum smoothness. It also has a 1ms response time, HDR400 support, and 400 nits of peak brightness. The panel also features a stellar color gamut and a wide viewing angle, and you get HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 for input options. Like the Acer Predator XB273K LV, the Nitro XV272U RV can be VESA wall mounted and comes with two 2W speakers as well. If you want to enjoy gorgeous PC gaming visuals but don't have an optimal rig for 4K gaming, the Acer Nitro XV272U RV is a phenomenal alternative to the Predator.

Both of these displays are expected to be some of the best gaming monitors on the market when they release in Q3 2022. The Acer Predator XB273K LV will be available for $999/€949/¥5,999, while the Acer Nitro XV272U RV will have a lower price of $449/€399/¥2,499.

Acer refreshes its Triton 300 SE 14 and also launches a new 16-inch version

Acer complements its mobile gaming lineup with a 14-inch refresh and a brand new 16-inch Predator Triton 300 SE laptop.

What you need to know

  • Acer today announced a refreshed 14-inch Predator Triton 300 SE and a new 16-inch Predator Triton 300 SE.
  • The gaming laptops feature 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs and NVIDIA RTX 30-series Laptop GPUs.
  • Both laptops have displays with 16:10 aspect ratio, with the 14-inch model available with OLED.
  • The Triton 300 SE 14 is expected July 2022 starting at $1,600. The Triton 300 SE 16 is expected August 2022 starting at $1,750.

Acer has unveiled two new Predator Triton 300 SE laptops as part of its 2022 gaming refresh that also includes the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition laptop. First up is a refresh of the existing 14-inch Triton 300 SE; it's joined by a brand new 16-inch Triton 300 SE option for anyone who wants as much screen real estate as possible.

These new PCs look to have what it takes to compete for a spot in our collection of best gaming laptops. They're configurable with Intel's 12th Gen Core mobile processors as well as NVIDIA's powerful RTX 30-series Laptop graphics cards. Here's a look at the specifications as provided by Acer.

Category Predator Triton 300 SE 14 Predator Triton 300 SE 16
OS Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Home
Processor 12th Gen Intel
Core i5-12500H
Core i7-12700H
Core i9-12900H
12th Gen Intel
Core i5-12500H
Core i7-12700H
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Laptop
NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop
NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA RTX 3060
NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti
Memory Up to 32GB LPDDR5-5200MHz Up to 32GB LPDDR5-4800MHz
Storage 512GB, 1TB
M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
512GB, 1TB, 2TB
M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Display 14 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2880x1800 (2.8K)
OLED, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3
2560x1600 (QHD+)
IPS, 500 nits, 165Hz, 5ms, 100% DCI-P3
1920x1200 (FHD+)
IPS, 400 nits, 165Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB
16 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2560x1600 (QHD+)
IPS, 500 nits, 240Hz, 100% DCI-P3
1920x1200 (FHD+)
IPS, 400 nits, 165Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB
Ports Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 2.1
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2)
3.5mm audio
Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 2.1
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2)
3.5mm audio
Ethernet
Wireless Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i
Battery 76Wh 99.98Wh
Dimensions 12.35 x 8.9 x 0.74-0.78 inches
(313.5mm x 227mm x 18.9-19.9mm)
14.1 x 10.3 x 0.78-0.86 inches
(358.5mm x 262.4mm x 19.9-21.9mm)
Weight From 3.74 pounds (1.7kg) From 5.3 pounds (2.4kg)
Availability July 2022 August 2022
Price From $1,600 From $1,750

The powerful gaming hardware is joined by 14- and 16-inch displays, each with a taller 16:10 aspect ratio. The smaller screen is available in an OLED option for those who want the best color possible, while the larger screen has up to a 2560x1600 (QHD+) resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA G-Sync for reduced screen tearing. The larger model also comes with NVIDIA Optimus, which allows for switching between integrated and discrete graphics to save battery. Everything is kept cool with Acer's fifth-gen AeroBlade 3D fans and liquid metal thermal paste.

Both laptops include an Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i wireless modem, while the larger Triton 300 also includes an Intel Killer E2600 Ethernet controller for those who want to stick with wired internet. Ports include Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A, 3.5mm audio, and HDMI 2.1. A lock slot on the left side adds a bit of security.

There are two designs available for the 14-inch model. One is exclusively available at Best Buy, while the other is available at most major retailers. There's just the one design for the larger 16-inch Triton 300 SE. The smaller laptop is expected in July starting at $1,600, while the larger laptop is expected in August starting at $1,750.

Acer's Aspire Vero laptops offer top specs in an economical chassis

These sustainably-designed laptops are pretty, powerful, and versatile.

What you need to know

  • Acer has announced a major 2022 refresh for its Acer Aspire Vero 14 and 15-inch laptops.
  • Updated specs and features include 12th Gen Intel Evo CPUs, Intel Xe Graphics, and a new color option for each device.
  • Both the Acer Aspire Vero 14 and 15 are expected to launch in the US in Sept. 2022, and in EMEA and China in Aug. 2022.

Acer's lineup of Vero laptops are famous for their high performance and eco-friendly designs, and in 2022, the company is expanding its Vero collection with two brand new devices: the 14-inch Acer Aspire Vero 14 and the 15-inch Acer Aspire Vero 15. With their cutting edge specs and new color options, these laptops are sure to impress.

Both the Acer Aspire Vero 14 and the 15 can be configured with Intel's 12th Gen Mobile CPUs, and since they have Intel's Evo certification, both laptops will provide a buttery-smooth computing experience with benefits like instant wake, quick responsiveness, industry-leading battery life, and fast charging. They also come with Intel's powerful Xe integrated graphics, plenty of DDR4 memory, up to 1TB of SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6E compatibility, and excellent FHD displays.

Acer Aspire Vero 14 Acer Aspire Vero 15
OS Windows 11 Windows 11
Display 14-inch FHD (1920x1080) display 15-inch FHD (1920x1080) display
CPU Up to 12th Gen Intel Evo Core i7 Up to 12th Gen Intel Evo Core i7
GPU Intel Xe Graphics Intel Xe Graphics
Memory Up to 16GB DDR4
Upgradable
Onboard Memory + up to 24GB of DDR4
Upgradable
Storage Up to 1TB M.2 PCle SSD
Upgradable
Up to 1TB M.2 PCle SSD
Upgradable
Audio Two built-in stereo speakers
Acer PurifiedVoice
Acer TrueHarmony
Two built-in stereo speakers
Acer PurifiedVoice
Acer TrueHarmony
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth
Ports 1x Thunderbolt 4
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 4
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Security Fingerprint reader Fingerprint reader
Material PCR plastic, OB plastic PCR plastic, OB plastic
Weight 3.3 lbs 3.9 lbs
Dimensions 12.93 (W) x 8.80 (D) x 0.7 (H) inches 14.3 (W) x 9.38 (D) x 0.7 (H) inches
Colors Cobblestone Grey
Mariana Blue
Cobblestone Grey
Starry Black

Like Acer's other Vero products, the design of both of these laptops features a significant amount of recycled plastics that are durable, yet eco-friendly. Specifically, the OceanGlass trackpads are made using ocean-bound (OB) plastic, while 30 percent of the overall chassis is made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. The screen bezels also use 30 percent PCR plastic, while the keycaps use 50 percent PCR plastic. The laptops have also been designed with repair and upgrades in mind, as users can easily access the insides of the devices by taking out the simple screws on the bottom cover of the devices. Also, in terms of physical ports, you get a Thunderbolt 4 slot as well as dual USB-A, which is great for peripheral connectivity. Finally, in addition to the traditional Cobblestone Grey color, you can get the Vero 14 in Mariana Blue or the Vero 15 in Starry Black if you'd like to.

Both of these laptops are expected to become some of the best Windows laptops when they launch in the United States in Sept. 2022 and in EMEA and China in Aug. 2022. When they become available, prices for the Acer Aspire Vero 14 and Acer Aspire Vero 15 will begin at $749.99/€899/¥4,999 and $749.99/€999/¥4,999, respectively.

Acer's new eco-friendly Veriton Vero AIO comes with 12th Gen Intel CPUs

The manufacturer also announced a pair of new high quality displays.

What you need to know

  • Acer has announced a new Veriton Vero AIO with 12th Gen Intel, discrete NVIDIA MX550 graphics, plenty of RAM and storage, and other top features like a 5MP webcam and Wi-Fi 6E.
  • The AIO also has an eco-friendly design, with 30 percent of the PC made out of post-consumer recycled materials.
  • Acer has also unveiled new eco-friendly 24 and 27-inch Vero IPS monitors that have excellent color and anti-blue light certifications. Notably, 90 percent of these displays are comprised of recycled plastics.

While they're not as visually impressive as a custom-built desktop tower PC, All-in-One (AIO) PCs are fantastic options for folks that need strong performance in a slim and minimalist form factor. If you're interested in getting an AIO for your office or work from home setup, you should keep Acer's recently-announced Veriton Vero AIO on your radar; in addition to its impressive specs, the PC also has an admirable eco-friendly design.

Compared to other AIOs, the main thing that sets the Acer Veriton Vero apart is its hardware. With the power of a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX550 GPU, and up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 3200MHz RAM, this PC is well-equipped to handle pretty much anything that you throw at it. Notably, you also get dual M.2 SSDs that support options for up to 2TB of storage, which is fantastic. Also, the 24-inch FHD IPS panel has wide viewing angles and an excellent 88 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to its narrow bezels, and you also get Wi-Fi 6E, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C ports, a 5MP webcam with a physical shutter, Windows Hello, and a Tobii Aware smart sensor, and a BlueLightShield feature for (optional) blue light filtering.

Category Acer Veriton Vero AIO (VVZ4694G)
OS Windows 11
Display 24-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS
Processor Intel 12th Gen Core i9
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX550
Memory Up to 64GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD
Webcam 5MP webcam
Security TPM 2.0
Webcam shutter
Windows Hello
Tobii Aware
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Gigabit Ethernet
Ports USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
Dimensions 326.26 (W) x 46.5 (D) x 540.6 (H) mm
Colors Black

As special as its hardware is, it's also important to recognize how eco-friendly the chassis it's packed within is, too. 30 percent of the Acer Veriton Vero is made out of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material, and the packaging it comes in is 100 percent recyclable as well. Acer has also taken steps to extend the PC's lifecycle by designing a screwless back cover that can easily be taken off for future repairs or upgrades. The design of the Veriton Vero is quite flexible as well, as it's fully compatible with VESA wall-mounting. Ultimately, this PC has serious potential to become one of the best All-in-One PCs.

In addition to the Acer Veriton Vero AIO, the company has also announced two brand new Vero IPS monitors: the 27-inch FHD CB273 and the 23.8-inch FHD B247Y G. Both panels are made of 85 percent PCR plastic as well as five percent ocean-bound plastic (OBP). The Delta less-than-one rating guarantees vivid and accurate colors, while the TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe certification reduces blue light. The monitors also come with a KVM switch that you can use to quickly switch between multiple devices, and they're also capable of providing up to 90W of charging to a host device through their USB-C ports. Overall, both the Acer CB273 and the Acer B247Y G sound like they'll be some of the best computer monitors to consider if you already have a capable desktop machine.

The Acer Veriton Vero AIO is expected to launch in the United States in Oct. 2022 with a starting price of $799, though it's slated to arrive earlier in EMEA regions in Jul. 2022 starting at €919. Meanwhile, both the Acer CB273 and the Acer B247Y G will go on sale in Q3 2022 for $349.99/€399/¥2,499 and $199.99/€269/¥1,499, respectively.

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