Acer today announced a slew of new devices aimed at gamers such as the new Predator gaming laptops, a renewed business-focused TravelMate P6 line-up and a slim and light offering with dedicated graphics in the Swift X. However , that’s not all, as the company is also unveiling new Chromebooks at his Next @ Acer event today.
There are four new devices from the company, with the announcement featured by the new Acer Chromebook 317, which the company calls the âindustry’s first 17.3-inch Chromebookâ. The device is aimed at entertainment consumption and multitasking, thanks to its massive screen and dual upward-facing speakers. The screen is a Full HD unit with narrow bezels around it and comes with an anti-glare coating. Interestingly, the company says the laptop comes with an optional webcam and keyboard backlight, and can be used with a touchscreen. The size of the device also allows it to accommodate a full-size keyboard with a number pad.
When it comes to specs, the Chromebook 317 comes with a modest processor similar to Intel’s Celeron chip which the company claims is “the performance and connectivity needed by students, businesses, and individuals.” The port selection includes two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, as well as two Type-A ports and a MicroSD slot.
Acer’s Chromebook 317 will be available to customers in North America starting in June for an asking price that starts at $ 379.99, and during the same period in European markets starting at â¬ 399.
Next are updates to the premium Chromebook Spin 713 and Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 convertibles. The devices are the world’s first Intel Evo-certified Chromebooks, which means they offer instant wake-up times and improved battery life, thanks to 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake processors. The laptops feature premium aluminum construction and meet the US military-grade MIL-STD 810H standard for durability – something that appeals to business users.
As for the specs, the devices are getting minor updates in the form of new processors, as mentioned earlier. Chromebooks now have two Thunderbolt 4 ports for power, connecting to external monitors, and other I / O options. The device maintains its 3: 2 aspect ratio display which provides screen space more vertical. Biometric authentication is supported by the new fingerprint reader. Finally, the company promises up to 10 hours of battery life on a full charge or up to four hours of battery life from a 30-minute quick charge, thanks to the fast charger.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 line will be available to North American buyers in June starting at $ 699.99 and for European customers in June starting at 769 â¬.
Then there are two new 14-inch models, the first being Acer’s Chromebook 514 with its business counterpart, and the Chromebook 314. The Chromebook 514 is the most premium offering that sports a metal construction and is certified for the military. -Upgrade to MIL-STD-810H standards. The device comes with Intel Core processors from the Tiger Lake family, bringing features like Thunderbolt 4, fast waking up and Iris Xe graphics. Wi-Fi 6 supports wireless connectivity.
The touchpad is covered with Gorilla Glass for added durability and the laptop offers a power button-based fingerprint reader for authentication. The company promises up to 10 hours of battery life for the offering and also supports fast charging.
Acer’s Chromebook 514 starts at $ 599.99 in North America and will be available from October. It will be available in August in European markets and cost customers â¬ 549.
The Chromebook 314, on the other hand, is the most affordable Chromebook in the lineup announced today and is primarily aimed at college students on a budget. The laptop is powered by a MediaTek MT8183 octa-core processor and promises to deliver up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge. The company adds the option of a touchscreen to the 14-inch Full HD display for those who need it. The offering also includes USB Type-C ports for added versatility, but there is no information on Wi-Fi specifications.
Acer’s Chromebook 314 will begin selling in North America in July for an asking price of $ 269.99. Europeans will be able to get their hands on the device in August for a price of â¬ 329.