A new entry into the ARM Chromebook market that has plenty of potential
Acer is expanding on its Chromebook lineup today with a new ARM-powered option that's the first Chromebook to make use of NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor. The Acer Chromebook 13 is the second Chromebook from the manufacturer, but is distinctly different from the popular Intel-powered C720 model released last year.
As the name would suggest this is a 13-inch laptop, and though it isn't equipped with a touchscreen it does offer solid specs at a good price. The Chromebook 13 will come in three different models. A base model will be equipped with a 1366 x 768 display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for $279. Next level is a 1920 x 1080 display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for $299. The top-end model has a 1920 x 1080 display, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for $379. White is the only color option here, regardless of spec choices.
The processor in all of the models is the beefy Tegra K1 from NVIDIA, the same chip that powers the recently-introduced Shield Tablet and is deemed powerful enough to keep up with full laptop computing. The Chromebook 13 of course has a fanless design, keeping it quiet but also thinner — just 0.71 inches thick. It weighs in at an acceptable (but not great) 3.31 lbs. Other specs include 802.11ac Wifi, two USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, SD card slot and stereo speakers.
Acer is claiming 13 hours of battery life on the 1366 x 768 model and a solid 11 hours of life on the 1920 x 1080p models, which is impressive if it holds up in real-world use. The ARM-powered Samsung Chromebook 2 claimed battery life of 8.5 hours and came up short by roughly 30-40 percent, so we'll have to spend more time with this one to see how it holds up.
We had the opportunity to spend a little time with the Acer Chromebook 13 and think it has a lot of potential to be a high-selling device just like the C720 is. It's very nicely designed to feel thinner and lighter than it actually is, but we're still not thrilled by the TN display it's using that looks identical to the C720's. The keyboard feels identical to the C720 (in a good way) and the trackpad is much larger because of the added room of a 13-inch frame. The port configuration is a bit odd, putting one USB port and the HDMI port on the back, but that's really personal preference depending on how you use your laptop.
All models of the Acer Chromebook 13 are available for pre-order starting today from both Amazon and BestBuy, and will be shipping in the first week of September.
Acer Launches Industry's First Chromebook Powered by NVIDIA Tegra K1 and its First 13.3-inch Model
The #1 provider of Chromebooks expands its portfolio with a new line that delivers up to 13 hours of battery life, option for full HD 1920x1080 display
Aug. 11, 2014, San Jose, Calif. – Acer America today announced the Acer Chromebook 13, the industry's first Chromebook powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor and the company's first with a 13.3-inch display. The Chromebook 13 enhances Acer's already dominant position in this category with an impressive 46.7 percent market share in Chromebooks.
The combination of additional real estate on the vibrant 13.3-inch display, industry-leading battery life of up to 13 hours,(2) and a thin and light fanless design makes the Acer Chromebook 13 the ideal choice for customers who want additional screen real estate along with a portable and productivity-boosting design. The Acer Chromebook 13 is available in two options – one with a full HD display with 1920x1080 resolution and another model with a 1366x768 display.
The Acer Chromebook 13 delivers the ultimate in mobility with the Tegra K1 with a 192-core GPU, enabling customers to get more done throughout their work day and after hours, no matter where they take their Chromebook. Customers will experience a first-rate multi-tasking experience when keeping multiple tabs open, playing a video and doing more all at once.
"The Acer Chromebook 13 is an ideal device for families who need a new or additional computer to share for school projects, research, entertainment and fun online," said Sumit Agnihotry, Acer's vice president of product marketing. "The display is large and vibrant, so everything from homework to video is incredibly crisp and detailed. Plus, up to 13 hours of battery life means families can use the device all day for work or school and not have to recharge it for nighttime activities like homework and watching movies."
The Acer Chromebook 13 uses the NVIDIA Tegra K1 4-Plus-1TM quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU plus a third-generation battery-saver core to provide up to 13 hours of battery life(2). Tegra K1 uses an NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU with 192 programmable GPGPU cores to process rich and detailed graphics.
"The Acer Chromebook 13's long battery life, speedy multitasking and advanced graphics highlight the tremendous experiences that Tegra K1 delivers," said Kaustubh Sanghani, general manager of the mobile PC business unit at NVIDIA. "Acer's innovations and Tegra K1 will make the Chromebook 13 a popular device with consumers."
Two Options Provide Choice of Full HD Display, Extra-Long Battery Life
The Acer Chromebook 13's large 13.3-inch display comes in two models to give customer the options that fit their needs. The version with a full HD 1920x1080 display shows video in lifelike 1080p resolution and provides up to 11 hours of battery life.(2) In addition, models will be available with a bright and crisp 1366x768 resolution display that provides even longer battery life of up to 13 hours.(2) Both displays will have Acer ComfyViewTM anti-glare panels that minimize light reflection that can cause eye fatigue. In addition, the Acer Chromebook 13's display provides rich colors and excellent contrast, while the large size helps accommodate the spacious keyboard that is both comfortable and maximizes productivity.
Designed with mobility in mind, the Acer Chromebook 13 has an incredibly thin and light design that measures only 0.71 inches thin and weighs only 3.31 pounds. In addition, the Acer Chromebook 13 is fanless, so the system is nearly silent while operating. The Acer Chromebook 13 keeps customers in touch and connected with 802.11ac WiFi, which provides speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n. Plus, the 2x2 MIMO antenna helps ensure reliable throughput.
Starts Quickly; Connects to Popular Devices
The new Acer Chromebook 13 boots up in less than 10 seconds and resumes nearly instantly from sleep mode. This enables customers to more quickly enjoy the more than 30,000 free and paid apps, themes and extensions in the Chrome web store.
Customers will enjoy faster data transfers of photos and video with the Acer Chromebook 13's two USB 3.0 ports. Plus, streamed video and movies can be shared on a larger display or home TV using the Acer Chromebook 13's HDMI port. Video chats and Google Talk are all enhanced by the Chromebook's HD webcam that provides 720p HD audio/video recording as well as the two built-in stereo speakers and microphone.
Fun to Share, Easy to Protect
Chromebooks are simple to use and ideal for sharing by multiple users, such as families, schools or at different shifts at a business. Users can log into their own account to access Gmail, Docs, website bookmarks and other information. Storage on Google Drive(3) protects files, documents, and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version of the file or document is always available and safe, even if the Chromebook is lost or stolen. Plus, Acer Chromebook 13 users can view, edit, create and collaborate on-line and off-line with a growing number of programs, such as Office documents and Gmail.
Security is a key benefit of the Chrome operating system, as it's automatically updated to guard against ever-changing online threats. This is especially useful for families and schools who want to protect children.
Pricing and Availability
Several models are available now for pre-sale:
- The Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T9B0 has the 1920x1080 full HD display, 2GB of memory and a fast 16GB Solid State Drive(4). It is priced at only $299.99 and is available now for pre-sale at BestBuy.com.
- The Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU has a 1920x1080 full HD display, 4GB of memory and a fast 32GB Solid State Drive(4). It is priced at only $379.99 and is available now for pre-sale at Amazon.com.
- The Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T7NN has a 1366x768 display, 2GB of memory and a fast 16GB Solid State Drive(4). It is priced at only $279.99 and is available now for pre- sale at Amazon.com.
- Acer is also offering a configuration via resellers that will be sold to commercial and education customers. That model comes with a 1366x768 display, 4GB of memory, a fast 16GB Solid State Drive(4) and will be priced at $329.99.
Acer systems are backed by professional, high-quality technical support. The company's online community at community.acer.com provides customers discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions and the opportunity to share ideas for new and enhanced services and products.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.