Acer is busting out all the new toys at Next@Acer, and in between the next-age ConceptD devices and latest generation of Predator gaming machines, the company unveiled the first Chromebook with a number pad, and two models with fingerprint sensors: the Acer Chromebook 715 and 714.
The Chromebook 715 features a 15.6-inch Gorilla Glass screen, a backlit keyboard with a dedicated numeric keypad, and an integrated fingerprint sensor for the starting price of $499 in North America in July and €599 in Europe in June.
The Chromebook 714 features a compact design, a 14-inch Gorilla Glass screen with narrow 6.18mm bezels, a backlit keyboard — no room for a numpad here, sorry — and an integrated fingerprint sensor with prices starting at $499 in North America in July and $549 in Europe in June.
Both Chromebooks feature MIL-STD 810G compliant protection against drops and pressure, moisture-resistant Gorilla Glass touchpads, 12-hour battery life with a USB-C port on each side of the machine, Citrix Ready certifications, and 8th gen Intel Core i5 and i3 processor options. The memory and storage options for both machines will be 8 GB or 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM and 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB eMMC storage. Acer is also offering an optional Acer USB-C Dock for easily plugging the 715 or 714 into robust workstations, which makes sense given these are Enterprise-focused machines.
The numpad and durable build on the Acer Chromebook 715 combine for a Chromebook that will look mighty appealing to teachers as well as number-crunching salarymen, and you can bet your boots I'm going to try and get my hands on one for a review as we get closer to the summer.
Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.
Hopefully Best Buy will sell these. For some reason the new Spin 13 never was available to buy through Best Buy. These are both less expensive than the Spin 13, but look just as capable.
The accountant in me is screaming.
Want. That is all.
More importantly, it's the first with an actual delete key. I connect to Windows PCs for work all the time, and having no delete key makes it impossible to use a Chromebook.
There appears to be usb-c, usb-a and a headphone jack. I'm looking to replace my first gen Chromebook Pixel, and this might do it.
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