Acer Invests in Chrome

Acer has announced a long-life Chromebook: said to be the world’s first lasting up to 14 hours on a single charge.

The Chromebook 14 (SDK: CB3-431) has a 14″ display with 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 (12 hours of battery) resolution. It is Acer’s first Chromebook with a full-metal chassis. The body is 17mm at its thickest point, and the device weighs 1.55kg.

An IPS panel provides 170° viewing angles to the display. Acer’s ComfyView feature set means that the display has low reflections and is anti-glare.

Chrome OS runs on an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, either dual- or quad-core, with 16GB/32GB of storage and 2GB/4GB of RAM. HDMI and USB 3.1 (x2) ports are featured, with 802.11ac WiFi.

Acer will launch the Chromebook 14 this month, for €250.

In addition to the notebook, Acer shared news of a Chrome-based all-in-one (AIO) PC (Chromebase) (CA24V), which is apparently the first touch screen Chromebase specifically designed for meetings.

Aimed at video conferencing, the AIO has ‘the largest screen of any Chrome OS device on the market’, at 23.8″. It is supplied as a bundle, with all of the hardware (including two speakers and four microphones), software (supporting 25-person Hangouts across a variety of devices) and services needed, as well as 24/7 technical support.

Software updates for the Chromebase for Meetings will be rolled out every six weeks, to ensure that it is secure. All data, whether stored locally or in the cloud, is protected and encrypted by the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 chip.

An IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 178° viewing angles is used in the display. An HD webcam is also built in. The Chromebase can be tilted between -5° and 30°.

Acer will launch its new Chromebase this month, for £305 ($435) ex VAT.