Acer’s new lineup of Chromebooks come in three different sizes. Each one is aimed to fit a particular lifestyle and offer performance and productivity.
What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks are machines that are based on Google’s Chrome OS. Different from a traditional laptop, these can perform a variety of tasks using Google’s Chrome browser. As such, most of the applications and data resides in the cloud rather than on the device itself. This makes it the ideal choice for families, students and small business owners.
Chromebook 315 and 314
The Acer Chromebook 315 and Chromebook 314 give you a 15.6-inch and 14-inch thin-bezel display respectively to maximise productivity. Thanks to the display’s anti-glare properties, you get to see vivid videos and photos even in bright-light conditions.
As for resolution, each device comes with up to a Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) panel with IPS technology and wide viewing angles. Depending on your preference, you can get these in both touch and non-touch configurations. Particularly on the Chromebook 315, there is a dedicated numeric keypad which makes it suitable for small business owners.
Chromebook Spin 311 and 311
For a more compact experience, the Chromebook Spin 311 and 311 come in 11.6-inch flavours. The Spin 311, as the name suggests, has a 360-degree HD touchscreen that can be used in tablet, notebook, display and tent mode. Furthermore, the display comes with anti-microbial Corning Gorilla Glass protection for increased durability. You can buy the device with a Wacom EMR stylus to take notes and draw sketches directly on the display.
For a more traditional notebook design, you have the Chromebook 311. This weighs just 1.02kg and comes with an IPS HD display in touchscreen and non-touchscreen variants.
Performance and features
All four machines offer two USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 ports to transfer data, recharge and connect to an HD display. In addition, you get two other USB Type-C ports and a microSD card reader for extra storage capacity. Speaking of capacity, the Chromebook 315 comes with 128GB eMMC storage and up to 8GB of dual-channel SDRAM. The Chromebook 314 and Spin 311 offer the same RAM configuration with a lower 64GB eMMC storage. Lastly, the Chromebook 311 offers 32GB eMMC storage with up to 4GB of dual-channel SDRAM.
Thanks to the latest dual-core or quad-core Intel Celeron N4000 and N4100 processors respectively, all the Chromebooks deliver solid performance. The Chromebook 315 also has a variant with the Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor. With this power on board, Acer claims the Chromebook 315 and 314 will deliver up to 12.5 hours of battery life whereas the Chromebook Spin 311 and 311 will give you 10 hours of battery life.
Pricing and availability
Acer’s lineup of Chromebooks starts at EUR 229 (Dh 931.1) for the Chromebook 311. The Chromebook 314 and 315 will be available starting for EUR 279 (Dh 1,134.4) and EUR 299 (Dh 1,215.8) respectively. Lastly, the Chromebook Spin 311 will be available for EUR329 (Dh 1,337.7). All the devices will be available in the Middle East in October with local pricing yet to be confirmed.