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CES 2018: Acer, HP, Asus to bring Amazon Alexa-powered Windows 10 PCs

The integration will allow PC users to interact with Alexa like they do on Amazon Echo speakers.

  • Published: January 8, 2018 9:41 PM IST
Acer Aspire 5

At the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, Acer announced that Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa will come to a select number of laptops in the first quarter of 2018. As announced, these laptops will be the Aspire 5, Aspire 7, Spin 3, Spin 5, Switch 7 Black Edition, Swift 3, Swift 5, Swift 7, Aspire Z24, Aspire U27, and Aspire S24.

The company also revealed that the Aspire all-in-one PCs will get Amazon Alexa support. Initially available for customers in the US, Alexa support will be available in the first quarter of 2018 via an update through Acer Care Centre.

Besides select notebooks, Acer plans to rollout Alexa to the V6820M/i 4K UHD Projector. In addition, HP and ASUS also plan to bring Alexa to their computers this year, further expanding the reach of Amazon’s voice assistant.

Effectively, the integration will allow PC users to interact with Alexa in much the same way as they do on Amazon Echo speakers and third-party devices — to control lights, get flash briefings, or anything else Alexa normally does.

HP plans to roll out Alexa for its HP Pavilion Wave desktop computer tower, which doubles as an audio speaker. HP says it will add a custom LED to the tower to indicate when Alexa is listening. Details on ASUS’ Alexa integration weren’t immediately available.

  • Published Date: January 8, 2018 9:41 PM IST