EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: What It Feels Like To Test Acer’s ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Notebook
3D animators, this is going to BLOW your mind.
Acer’s latest offering ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs has been designed specifically with YOU in mind.
The ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition is the debut model and official release of SpatialLabs technology by Acer.
While the company had announced the new technology earlier in the year, this is the first model in production that complements the existing ConceptD creator line.
When I was first told to expect the device as part of a review process, I did not think much of it.
As it was an Acer PC, a brand that I am familiar with but never purchased as a customer.
After having receive the device though, I must confess that although I am a staunch Apple user, this notebook got my interest piqued.
It has a futuristic name – ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs and it is quite easy on the eyes too – meaning the device is good looking.
All white and unlike the usual boring black or grey laptops and the best part is that the keypads are very wide.
This device comes pre-loaded with a bunch of software that is set to make your life easier when it comes to all things designs.
I was told that this laptop was designed specially for CAD designers, architects and interior designers in mind.
Due to its compatibility with 3D design software such as Maya, Blender and Unreal Engine.
This solution can be used for a range of creator applications including CAD design, 3D animation, software development experiences, product design and industrial design.
On the weightage, it feels like you have portable desktop so this is a heavy piece of machinery compared to the slimmer laptops that are out there.
The top part of the laptop also stretches all the way down making it easy for pencil usage or artwork of sorts (please see the YouTube video to understand this point better).
One can easily mistake the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs to be a laptop meant for gamers because of its sturdy look and feel.
But this machine is more for software engineers and designers alike.
I did try to muck around a bit with the design software that comes pre-loaded inside the machine.
It opens up automatically when you hover over to the Spatial Labs icon.
But the software was too high-tech for me.
There were so many cool things popping up from that section, I could not keep up with the pace.
Although, I am a designer myself, my usual go to is normally the range of software from Adobe Creative Suite and Canva, but honestly with this device I found that the pre-loaded designing software was a bit intimidating and needed some getting used to. It did overwhelm me at times.
But the good news is that Acer is going to fix this shortfall by releasing a range of tutorials and support materials when the product launches in the Australian market sometime in the first quarter of next year.
Next, I would like to tell you about a pre-built video editing software that I discovered by chance.
It is like Premier Pro except that with this one there is no monthly fees. Hurrah!
This feature would be ideal for podcasters or filmmakers.
If you are budding writer attempting to write your first novel, this device could be one for you too.
The wide keypads are ideal for you to pace your fingers and type your next bestseller away.
On the software, the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs comes pre-installed with the Windows 11.
Setting up this PC was quite easy too, one would need to just switch it on and you are good to go.
It was quite hard to get the device to go back or even shut down once you have pressed a wrong button.
As I accidentally got to the camera section and did not know how to go back to where all the fun was, there did not seem an option for me to just cancel things out, just like an X button that is visible at the top left-hand corner on most laptops which allows you to go back to where to the main page or the starting point is.
In the end, I had to shut the device down before I could give it another go.
So, in other words, this device is not for the faint hearted –especially if you are a tech newbie who only wants a machine to do the basics like to send emails and check social media, then it is best you stay away from this purchase, altogether.
This device is strictly for professional designers. Here is the lowdown on why this device is for designers:
• SpatialLabs empowers creators with the ability to see their projects come to life in real-time. Combining eye-tracking cameras, a stereoscopic 3D display, real-time rendering, and AI technologies, SpatialLabs delivers an entirely new stereoscopic 3D visualisation experience.
• Ready right out of the box, SpatialLabs offers a variety of applications, such as SpatialLabs Model Viewer, to provide improved immersion into not only your 3D designs, but also a better sense of space and enhanced workflows.
• See all the movements, background, and lighting changes along the surfaces of static and animated models alike in a full 3D environment that pops right out of your screen.
• Supporting all major file formats from popular 3D software such as Blender, Autodesk 3DS Max, Fusion 360, and more, you will enjoy a full stereoscopic 3D experience with look-around viewing for all your designs in the SpatialLabs Model Viewer.
• Make use of an extra screen to edit in Maya and Blender your 3D models and scenes in 2D on an external display while viewing them side-by-side in real-time stereoscopic 3D on your device’s specialised display.
• SpatialLabs supports Unreal Engine through Acer XR Runtime, where developers can create and tailor projects for unique SpatialLabs experiences.With this, developers will be able to create content for use cases such as museums, showrooms, medical or education that can be viewed and interacted with in stereoscopic 3D.
And oh yes, this device is best used with a mouse! The ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs will be priced at $7,099 per unit in Australia. The name of participating retailers selling the device would be revealed in due course.