Acer’s Chromebook lineup includes a new 17.3-inch laptop, updated premium offerings, more

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 “industry’s first 17.3-inch Chromebook”. 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 € 399.

Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 device in its open and closed forms

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 €.

The back of an Acer Chromebook 514 device

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 € 549.

The front of an Acer Chromebook 314 laptop

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 € 329.

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