Acer's New ConceptD Laptops Are Faster Than Ever for Filmmakers

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The ConceptD Creator notebooks come with 11th-Gen Intel Core H-series processors, NVIDIA RTX GPUs, and 16-inch displays. 

Acer has announced several new computers today, including the Aspire Vero, a notebook made from post-consumer recycled plastic, the Predator Triton and Helios series gaming notebooks, the lightweight TravelMate Spin P6, four new Acer Chromebooks that include a 17" model (Acer Chromebook 317), the Swift X laptop with an NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti GPU. There's also SpatialLabs, which delivers a 3D stereoscopic experience, allowing content to float out in front of the screen without needing specialized glasses. It's a similar concept to Sony's Spatial Reality Display.

But what caught our eye are the new ConceptD creator notebooks. We reviewed a previous generation of the ConceptD 7 laptop, and it was one of our favorite Mac alternatives available. The machine is fast and able to cut up Canon EOS R5 8K footage without the need for proxies. Acer has taken what we love about the ConceptD lineup and packed in the latest Intel processors and NVIDIA GPUs. 

The ConceptD line is available in three versions: ConceptD 3, ConceptD 5, and ConceptD 7, which is their flagship. Each can be configured to taste. 

Let's take a look. 

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ConceptD 7 Ezel Series

The ConceptD 7 Ezel (CC715-72G) has been updated to include the 11th Gen Intel Core™ i7-11800H processor and can be configured with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. If you need a little more power, the ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro can be configured with an Intel Xeon W-11955M processor and NVIDIA RTX™ A5000 or A3000 Laptop GPUs. 

Both can be paired with up to 2 TB PCIe SSDs and up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, which will give you plenty of speed to handle large video files. Additionally, Acer has added dual Thunderbolt 4 ports that offer 40 Gbps bidirectional bandwidth where you can connect up to five Thunderbolt devices with one port.

As for the screen, you're getting a 15.6" 4K Pantone validated touchscreen that covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. There's a new ultra-responsive Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad that makes navigation smooth and effortless. Plus, the machine comes with a Wacom EMR pen to use for sketching, animation, or 3D modeling.

The ConceptD 7 series will be available this fall starting at around $2,499. 

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ConceptD 5 Series 

Designed for 2D and 3D design workflows, Acer’s all-metal ConceptD 5 notebooks (CN516-72G) pair the new 11th Gen Intel Core™ H-series processors with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3060 GPUs. Similar to the ConceptD 7 models, the ConceptD 5 Pro (CN516-72P)  adds more GPU power and features either the NVIDIA RTX A5000 or NVIDIA RTX A3000 GPU.

For those working with high-resolution video, we strongly recommend the RTX A5000 GPU. It's capable of handling 8K video. 

In terms of memory, you're looking at up to 64GB of DDR4 3200 Hz memory and 2 TB of PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSDs in RAID 0. Acer’s Vortex Flow, a triple-fan cooling layout (including a 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fan), will cool the CPU and GPU when workflows demand more. 

Tying it all together is a 16-inch 3K (3072x1920) Pantone validated display that supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, plus a color accuracy rating of Delta E<2. The narrow bezel design provides an 87% screen-to-body ratio, while a 16:10 aspect ratio offers many benefits to professional creators.

The notebooks include a broad array of connectivity options including dual USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, HDMI 2.1, an SD card reader (SD7.0), and more. A silent keyboard and touchpad designed for noise reduction removes one further small distraction that could interrupt a user’s creative flow, and the 6-inch wide touchpad features a fingerprint reader for more convenient and secure logins.

If you're looking for that ideal balance between performance and price point, the ConceptD 5 series is the way to go. 

The ConceptD 5 will be available in August starting at $1,999.

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ConceptD 3 Series 

The entry-level laptops from ConceptD do pack enough power for those working on smaller content creation projects. Available in four different models, the ConceptD 3 series can be configured with the Intel Core i7 processor capable of reaching 4.6 GHz and the NVIDIA T1200 GPU.

All of the ConceptD 3 form factors and sizes have been updated to include an 11th Gen Intel Core H-series processor. Commercial and consumer models will ship with various graphics options to suit a variety of workloads and specialties, including the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU. Additionally, all include a PCIe Gen 4 SSD and a Thunderbolt 4 port with power delivery enabled for super-fast charging.

The ConceptD 3 series offers a 14" display at full HD that's Pantone validated with 100% sRGB coverage. 

Expect the ConceptD 3 series to arrive in North America this December starting at around $1,599.  

You can find out more over on the ConceptD product page    

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If I wasn't so heavily invested in the Mac realm these laptops would be more than welcome on my desk. I do have one PC though just in case I need to do something a Mac can't do, like scan an SD card for errors natively. I guess if it croaks I know what I'll be getting next.

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