Including to the record of Chromebook bulletins at this week’s IFA commerce present in Berlin, Acer is launching the 514 Chromebook to hitch new items from Dell and Lenovo. Like Dell’s new Inspiron Chromebook 14 and Lenovo’s Yoga Chromebook, Acer’s mannequin is a “premium” Chromebook, with touches that give it much less of a finances really feel than the platform is often identified for.
That is to not say that the 514 goes to method Google’s luxury Pixelbook in both worth or efficiency. As an alternative, it seems to offer a barely sturdier construct high quality for a barely increased worth than its $199 opponents.
As an example, quite than a plastic chassis, the 514 is created from aluminum with a mere 6mm bezel. It comes with a full HD (1,920×1,080) 14-inch show as an alternative of a lower-resolution display, and includes a touchpad created from Gorilla Glass. You additionally get a pair of the most recent USB-C ports, together with one with charging capabilities.
Acer has been stingy with different specs, nevertheless. Whereas it’s claiming 12-hour battery life for the 514, it hasn’t revealed the processor managing that battery life (or the RAM or storage quantities). Given the $349 beginning worth, the 514 should not be anticipated to own a high-powered Intel Core CPU just like the Pixelbook, however with the low overhead necessities of the Chrome OS, it would not essentially must.
Acer says there might be a touchscreen possibility for the 514, which suggests a number of configurations and presumably quite a lot of processor decisions. We’ll discover out extra concerning the full specs when the Chromebook goes on gross sales subsequent month.