Designed for the classroom or the office, the obsidian black Acer 15.6" Aspire 3 Series Notebook provides the portability and performance you need to be productive.
The 15.6" display features a 1366 x 768 HD screen resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. You can also output to an external display via the HDMI 2.0 port. Visuals are handled by integrated graphics.
The system houses a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core processor. It also has 4GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB SATA HDD, an SD media card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, and USB 2.0 Type-A. Windows 10 Home is the installed operating system.
Intel Optane Technology
Intel Optane memory serves as a fast cache for a hard drive or a solid-state drive to increase performance and decrease loading times. It stores commonly used data and programs, which allows the system to access the information more quickly than from a drive using the SATA interface. Optane memory's impact on a system's performance will be more noticeable with a hard drive rather than a solid-state drive. A larger capacity Optane drive increases the amount of applications that can be accelerated; however, since it only stores frequently used files, infrequently used files and applications may fall out of the cache over time.
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8's Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Microsoft's digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it's not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Xbox on Windows 10
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.