Acer takes on Apple with retina-class laptop displays

Acer plans on putting high-resolution "retina-class" LCD panels on laptops starting this Spring.

Apple caught the PC industry off-guard in June when the company delivered the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The four-megapixel LCD renders text and graphics with extreme clarity, and most who saw the display came away impressed.

But Apple may not be the only kid on the high pixel density block for much longer. Acer plans to include retinal-class displays in several laptop models, including at least one Ultrabook, by late Spring.

I took a look at a prototype Acer laptop with the 2880 by 1620-pixel IPS display. Text and graphics looked gorgeous, though Windows users will almost certainly need to scale up text magnification for readability.

Acer didn't say which laptop models would offer the display, but the company did indicate that the higher-resolution panels would be available on several different systems as a high-end option.

Laptops aren't the only place Acer is looking to increase screen resolution, though. Acer also makes PC displays, and its 23-inch and 27-inch Windows-certified multitouch displays have been flying off store shelves. According to the company, demand has been so high that Acer had to raise the price to better manage limited inventory. Acer noted that it was looking to bring non-touch ultra-high-resolution LCD monitors to the market later in 2013.

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