Acer’s popular mid-range V Nitro series were only refreshed at IFA several months ago, but the Taiwanese company made sure it’s getting more exposure at CES 2016. Specifically, the Black Edition of the V Nitro series is getting an interesting upgrade – even if it isn’t actually gaming-related (yet).
The Acer V Nitro Black Edition will now be equipped with an Intel RealSense camera, unlocking Windows Hello’s facial recognition system for fast and easy unlocking of the Windows 10 machine. Of course, that’s not all that RealSense offers. The unique camera lets you scan an object just by holding it up in front of the camera, creating an accurate 3D model which you can then print with a 3D printer. As more developers take advantage of the RealSense platform, there will be more gesture-based games that can be played to pass the time while that Dota 2 update finishes.
As for the laptop itself, there aren’t any major changes. While Acer claims this is the first laptop with a RealSense camera, the rest of the specs are similar to the Skylake refresh back at IFA 2015. The Black Edition still runs on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4GB GDDR5 memory, a choice of 15.6- or 17-inch 4K displays, and support for PCIe-based NVMe SSDs.
The Acer V Nitro Black Edition gaming laptop will be released in North America first from $1,099 (about RM4,760) depending on configuration. As expected, the laptop will be released gradually into other markets in Europe and Asia, but with no confirmed timelines at the moment.