The multinational computer hardware giant, Acer recently announced three new devices for their Chromebook market. Headlined by the all new Acer Chromebook Spin 11 that will be rivaling against the Google PixelBook with features like a 360 degree hinge, two USB C ports and even a Wacom stylus but this all comes at a very low budget price of $349 with a few compromises.
The Chromebook Spin 11 is powered by modest CPU and has the configuration option for Quad core Pentium or two Celeron processors paired up with 4 Gigabytes or 6 Gigabytes of Ram. You are provided with 32 or 64 Gigabytes of onboard storage and it even has a micro SD card slot.
The Display on the device is decent considering the price, it has an 11.6 inch IPS touch panel that gets fairly bright and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 much like a smaller MacBook Air. The body is made up of hard plastic and it feels sturdy in the hands without weighing much, it weighs approximately about 2.75 pounds.
The Chromebook has 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity. You also get an Acer HD front webcam and an optional rear camera. The battery life on this device is pretty great and it easily lasts up to 10 to 11 hours of battery life. It also supports Google Play Store so you will easily be able to run Android apps on this device. The Spin 11 will start shipping in the United States in March 2018.
Acer has also released out the Chromebook 11 C732 which is a very rugged and sturdy laptop available to education customers with a price tag of $300 in the United States and €329 in Europe. It comes with optional LTE connectivity.
The C732 is more focused on durability and is rated for IP41 protection against object and water intrusion. It is also compliant with the US MIL-STD-810G military standard for sturdiness and capable of surviving drops from a height of 48 inches (122 cm).
It is powered by a Quad core or a Dual core Intel Celeron processor. You also get display configuration option with IPS touchscreen, IPS non-touchscreen, or non-touch TN panel at a resolution of 1366 x 768. Just like the Chromebook spin 11 it also has two USB C ports, two full sized USB A ports and a micro SD card slot.
The battery is really powerful and it provides up to 12 to13 hours of battery life on a single full charge. It also supports Google Play Store and other Google apps.
The last Chrome OS device introduced is the new Chromebox known as the CXI3 which supports up to eighth gen Intel Core processors. It is featured by five full size USB A ports, one USB Type C port, one HDMI port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and a MicroSD card reader. It also comes with a stand for vertical orientation, and an optional VESA mounting kit which allows you to attach the mini computer right to the back of your monitor. Acer has not revealed the pricing for the Chromebox yet.