Acer has announced a brand new Chrome OS-powered notebook this morning, and despite being a familiar looking design, boasts a few company firsts including an attractive metal build and 14-hour battery life.
Despite being an obvious MacBook Air clone with its slim, tapered metal build, the Acer Chromebook 14 boasts has some impressive-sounding specs, and could be the affordable Chromebook to beat in 2016. Perhaps even giving the fantastic Dell Chromebook 13 a run for its money.
Its most important spec is undoubtedly the battery life. Acer claims this is the first ever Chromebook to offer up to 14 hours of use on a full charge. Even if 14 hours is the absolute best you can expect, that means in real every day usage, you should easily get at least 10-12 hours from a full battery, which is pretty awe-inspiring.
As if the battery wasn’t enough, this is also the first time Acer has built a Chromebook entirely from aluminum, marking a clear departure from the solid, but cheaper looking plastic bodies of the past.
Acer is releasing two different variants of the Chromebook 14, with the highest-end model featuring a full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. It’s the first Acer Chromebook to come with two USB 3.1 ports, and is also equipped with Bluetooth 4.2, an HDMI port, 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and has a built-in 720p webcam. It’s powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron 1.6GHz processor and is available for pre-order at Amazon for $299.99, with delivery expected next month.
Pricing hasn’t been announced for the 2GB RAM, 16GB storage model with a 1366 x 768 display yet, but we can safely assume it will be comfortably below $300. As with most Chromebooks, customers can get 100GB free Drive storage just for buying one.