Acer has the upper hand and the expertise in areas like PCs and Laptops. That is pretty much what we all know about. But their venture into the Home Ecosystem with purifiers and even vacuums is a new one. Honestly, I get it – in a sea of brands with so many reputable products, does it instil confidence in owning Acer’s take on home products – in this case, the AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 Air Circulator and Purifier? Well, that’s what we are here to find out. 

AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 Air Circulator and Purifier Review

Cute and Small Size

AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 Air Circulator and Purifier

Right off the bat, I have to say that the AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 Air Circulator and Purifier has a small profile design and build which fits into a small room very well. Thing is, it is meant for rooms that are small as it can’t cover a larger room. The maximum sq. ft it can cover is about 355 (33m2). But that aside, the air purifier and circulator come in two colours and we received the white version which looks pretty nice in a rustic environment. The black has a matte finish which many will love as it is fingerprint resistant. But both look good. 

On the top, you will notice it has the circulator and at the bottom is the purifier element. Acer made the circulator part of it oscillate anyway and in any direction possible which is neat.

The controls are right up on the front, and you can also use remote control which it does come with to control from afar – as long as you are in range. Otherwise, there isn’t much to say about the AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 as it is straightforward in how it works and presents itself.

As an Air Circulator 

One of the things that you don’t get to have in most air purifiers is an Air Circulator. The brand that excels in this area has been Dyson and they make pretty genius products – like their Purifier Cool Formaldehyde, which we will be sharing about soon. But that said, the Air Circulator on the Acer is a welcoming addition. While yes, the air does get purified but it may not circulate to the parts of the room very well. So, in that case, the circulator does an excellent job of pushing the purified air into the room. 

Now the thing is, if you see the design, you might realize that there seems to be a flaw of sorts with how versatile the circulator is. You can move the circulator up, down, left, and right. The rear part of the circulator works like a suction mechanism to pull the purified air from the bottom into the circulator and out. In a small-scale room, eventually, it gets purified and the room will be okay. But this is ineffective in a large-scale room where the walls are further apart and the air doesn’t bounce well – after all the maximum coverage is about 16m. Something to take note of.

The beauty of the air circulator, despite how barebones it may look – does have the ability to switch to any kind of mode of your choice: Quiet, Breeze, Low, Middle, High, or even Turbo. So, if you happen to have this in a room with an infant, then toggle the “Quiet” mode. You will have the lowest decibel possible – at 26dB. 

As a Purifier

As a circulator, it’s fine. But what about as a Purifier? Now, honestly, this is where my scepticism began. But so far, I am convinced that Acer did think through making it a proper air purifier. The filter we see in this AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 Air Circulator and Purifier is a HEPA13 Filter. Generally, affordable air purifiers tend to opt-in for HEPA 13 not only because it’s affordable but it’s still in the effective range – capturing 99.97% (vs 99.99% HEPA14, which is just more expensive) of the 0.3-micrometre air particles. 

On top of that, Acer has included a Silver Coating on the filter to eliminate bacteria and viruses. Medically, silver has been a great substance that helps in killing microbes by blocking the bacterial respiratory system, which then leads to the destruction of the energy centre in its cell, therefore, causing the cell membrane to burst and the bacteria to die. So, honestly, this is a genius execution of a filter. Well, thought out than Xiaomi Air Purifiers. 

Now, no, it isn’t going to immediately eradicate COVID-19 or any other disease but think of it as the neutralizer. 

Acer claims that the Anions in produces help in breaking down formaldehyde, which is interesting but we are going to take a pinch of salt. This is because, recently we found out, to work as a formaldehyde filter, you need a special filter for it. For all we know, maybe Acer claiming it could be true, but this is the only area where they don’t have papers to back it and we couldn’t find anything on the filters if it’s actually “that” effective.

Otherwise, Acer’s ability to let people understand the air quality with the indicator in the purifier is as simple as a traffic light. I wish there was support for an app where you can constantly monitor the curves of how good and bad the air around you gets.

As an air purifier, the AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 Air Circulator and Purifier do have the right backing, papers, and even the specification to make things work. But again, the key takeaway is that this product is meant for a small room. So, please don’t get it if you are planning to plonk it in the middle of the living room where the space is vast and the air purifier struggles to keep the room in order.

Conclusion

The AcerPure Cool 2-in-1 Air Circulator and Purifier have a nice price tag to them. At the time of launch, it was at RM 1,099 but now you can find it for anywhere from RM 749 to RM 949. Regardless of which price point you choose to get it, I can’t believe that Acer makes a working air purifier, in fact, better than most affordable air purifiers in the market. And speaking of air purifiers, you’d want to stay tuned to us because we have two more air purifier reviews coming in.