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New Acer Chromebooks Launched – IFA2019

Acer kicked off IFA 2019 in style by announcing a slew of new products. We’re taking a look at the four Chromebooks they announced, with a choice of performance and form factor for consumers.

Big Brothers

The new Acer Chromebook 315 (CB315-3H/3HT) and Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-1H/1HT) can both be enjoyed in bright-light conditions thanks to their anti-glare displays that provide sharp and legible text as well as vivid, clear videos, and photos.

The Acer Chromebook 315’s huge 15.6-inch display and the Acer Chromebook 314’s large 14-inch display are available with up to a Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) display with IPS technology and wide viewing angles in both touch and non-touch models. These lines have new designs with thin bezels surrounding the large displays, making the visuals even more vibrant and compelling.

In addition, the Acer Chromebook 315 has a dedicated numeric keypad, making it a great device for individuals and small business owners who want a secure system to get online for their financial transactions such as bill payments, account tracking and more.

Compact Chromebooks

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-2H) has a convertible 360-degree design, so its 11.6-inch HD touchscreen display can be used in four different modes: tablet, notebook, display and tent. This allows family members to enjoy the small 1.2 kg device (2.62 pounds) in the way that fits their environment.

In addition, it features an Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass touch display that provides scratch resistance to further protect the device. This cleaner, tougher cover glass is made possible by an antimicrobial compound that resists the growth of odour and stain-causing microorganisms. The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 can be purchased with an optional Wacom EMR Stylus, so families can sketch, take notes, and do more directly on the display.

 

The Acer Chromebook 311 is the same compact size as its convertible counterpart but in a traditional notebook design. It weighs just 1.06 kg (2.34 pounds) so it’s easy to carry in book bags and backpacks. The HD display features IPS technology and comes in touch (CB311-9HT) and non-touch (CB311-9H) options.

Flexible, Fast Connectivity to Peripherals and Online

All four new Acer Chromebooks include two USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 ports – one on each side – for charging the Chromebook from the most convenient angle. The ports can also be used to charge the device as well as other products, transfer data quickly and connect to an HD display. In addition, the new Chromebooks each have two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.1 ports and a MicroSD card reader for extra storage capacity.

All of the new Chromebooks feature a front-facing HD webcam for video chats and Google Hangouts. The convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 311 also has the option for a world-facing camera for capturing 1080p video.

Customers can stay connected to their network with Intel® Gigabit WiFi and a strategically placed 802.11ac wireless antenna with 2×2 MU-MIMO for a fast and reliable wireless connection. Additionally, Bluetooth 5.0 delivers a convenient wireless connection to peripherals.

Performance and Long Battery Life for All-Day Productivity, Fun

All four new Acer Chromebooks deliver solid all-day performance for access to multiple apps and tabs, video streaming and more. Customers can stay updated on social media, handle tasks for work and school, and shop online quickly and confidently using these devices with the latest dual-core Intel Celeron® N4000 or quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 processors. The Acer Chromebook 315 also offers the option for an Intel Pentium® Silver N5000 processor.

The Acer Chromebook 315 can be configured with up to 128 GB eMMC storage and up to 8 GB dual-channel SDRAM. The Acer Chromebook 314 and Acer Chromebook Spin 311 can be configured with up to 64 GB of eMMC storage and 8 GB dual-channel SDRAM. The Acer Chromebook 311 offers up to 32 GB of eMMC storage and 4 GB of dual-channel SDRAM.

Acer Chromebook customers can be assured their devices will keep going during the day and well into the evening without having to recharge them. The Acer Chromebook 315 and Acer Chromebook 314 both deliver day-to-night battery life lasting up to 12.5 hours1. The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 and Acer Chromebook 311 both last up to 10 hours1 for productivity that lasts all day.

Cool, Quiet Designs

The new Acer Chromebooks all feature fanless designs that run quietly, making them great for shared spaces such as in a family room, library or coffee shop. They also have moisture- resistant touchpads to protect the device from unwanted dampness. 

Integrated Google Assistant

All four new Acer Chromebooks feature the Google Assistant, which allows users to get more done faster and smarter, hands-free. With the Assistant, users can quickly send emails, find documents, listen to music, access their calendar, or control smart home devices, all without switching screens. All they need is to say “Hey Google” to get started.

Additional Features

Acer Chromebooks support multiple user sign-on to keep data safe. Family members can share the system and log onto their unique accounts to ensure their projects. Gmail accounts and information are kept away from prying eyes, even if the Chromebook is damaged or stolen. Storage on Google Drive protects files, documents and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version is always available. Chrome OS delivers fast boot times of about 8 seconds as well as heightened security through automatic updates to guard against ever-changing online threats, such as viruses and malware.

The new Acer Chromebooks will support Google Play at launch, so families will have access to Android and Chrome apps for entertainment, fun, learning and more.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Chromebook 315 will be available in the UK in Q1 starting at £379.

The Acer Chromebook 314 will be available in the UK starting at £249.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is available in the UK from £329.

The Acer Chromebook 311 will be available in UK in Q1 starting at £229.

About Craig Bradshaw

Tech enthusiast and Editor-in-Chief of MobileTechTalk

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