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(Pocket-lint) - Acer has announced a Google Assistant smart speaker with a difference - it comes with a base featuring RGB LED lights, so can either be set to a specific colour scheme or can change in time with music.

In addition, the Acer Halo speaker comes with DTS sound and can project 360-degree audio. It has a digital readout behind the speaker fabric that can display information, such as the current weather and messages.

It was announced alongside a new lineup of laptops and chromebooks during the company's October event. These include the Chromebook Spin 513 and Porsche Design Acer Book RS - both of which we saw in London recently during a (socially distanced) hands-on event.

The Acer Halo will be available in the first quarter of next year, priced at $109 in the US. We're still awaiting UK availability and pricing details, but that roughly equates to £83 using the exchange rate available at the time of writing.

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You can rewatch the entirety of the Next at Acer October 2020 Press Conference via our event page here. It also unveiled news about SigridWave, an in-game translator for PC gamers that uses automatic speech recognition technology to "break language barriers".

Writing by Rik Henderson.