Acer’s Halo smart speaker boasts Google Assistant and RGB lighting

The Halo’s integrated RGB lighting can sync with your tunes or help you set the mood.

Credit: Acer

Acer just unveiled a new smart speaker with onboard Google Assistant, 360-degree sound, an optional LED display, and—here’s a first—RGB lighting integrated into its base.

Slated to arrive early next year starting at $109, Acer’s Halo Smart Speaker is poised to compete with Amazon’s revamped Echo and Google’s new Nest Audio, which both go for $100.

The Halo boasts a rounded, fabric-covered rectangular design, with four telltale Google Assistant LEDs peeking out from beneath.

On top of the speaker are volume and media playback buttons, and there’s also a physical mic mute switch if you need a little privacy.

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The top of Acer's new Halo smart speaker features volume and media playback controls.

The Halo’s signature design element has to be the RGB lighting that’s integrated into its clear base. Acer says you can pick and choose the RGB color settings to fit your mood, or you can set the lights to sync with your tunes.

Another key design feature is the Halo’s optional LED display, which (like the Google Assistant LEDs) peek out from behind the fabric.

Similar to the LED display on the Amazon Echo Dot with clock, the optional LEDs on the Halo can display the time or current weather conditions, while an app that’s “under development” could also let users display messages or simple pictures.

Acer didn’t specify how much a Halo with an optional LED might cost. For comparison’s sake, the Amazon Echo Dot with clock costs $60, versus $50 for the standard Echo Dot.

Besides its RGB lighting and the optional LED display, the Halo will also feature “rich, high-quality” 360-degree sound with DTS audio processing, along with a pair of far-field omnidirectional microphones.

Acer says the Halo will debut in North America in the first quarter of 2021, and in Europe starting in December.

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