PC MAKER Acer has unveiled the Chromebook 14, a premium-looking Chrome OS laptop that claims a MacBook-rivalling 14-hour battery life.
Acer, perhaps not best known for premium devices, added the aluminium-clad Chromebook 14 to its laptop line-up this week. This is Acer's first all-metal Chromebook, and the chassis with rounded corners weighs just 1.55kg.
The device is one of many firsts, as it's also the first Chromebook with a 14in IPS screen, which is available in 1080p and 1366×768 resolutions. You'll get 14 hours of battery life out of the Full HD model, according to Acer, making it the highest-capacity Chromebook yet, and 12 hours from the 1366x768 version.
Acer's Chromebook 14 has an Intel Celeron quad-core or dual-core N3060 processor, and 4GB or 2GB of dual channel LPDDR3 SDRAM. It will ship with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, and has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, one HDMI out and an HD webcam.
Jerry Kao, president of Acer's Notebook Business Group, is unsurprisingly a fan of the Chromebook 14, and spouted some predictable words about the device.
"With its industry-leading battery life of up to 14 hours, the Acer Chromebook 14 is an important new product in Acer’s award-winning Chromebook line," he said.
"Customers have a wide range of needs for battery life, size, performance and features, and our line of Acer Chromebooks is expanding to make sure customers get exactly what they want.
"The Chromebook 14 is an excellent choice for customers who want a stylish, large-screen Chromebook with long battery life at an attractive price.”
If Kao's words have sold it to you, the Acer Chromebook 14 will be available in May for €249. Exact UK pricing and availability details haven't yet been announced.
This time last year, Acer boldly claimed that it would be the last man standing in the PC market. However, the latest figures from IDC show that the firm failed to make it onto the top five. µ
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