Acer has updated its Chromebook lineup with options for Intel’s latest 11th Gen “Tiger Lake” CPUs. Acer revealed today at its Next@Acer event that it will release a half-dozen new Chromebook SKUs. While the list includes some of the standard cheaper Chromebook options, it consists of more expensive models with fanless designs for quieter operation.
Chromebooks with a fanless two-in-one design
The Chromebook Spin 514 and Chromebook Spin Enterprise 514 from Acer are the top-of-the-line models. They’re more expensive than the ordinary Chromebook (Acer’s current offerings start at $190). The regular model costs $700 when it launches in January, and the business-focused model costing $900 when it launches in December.
The fans will be removed from the next two-in-ones (laptops that can convert into tablets) to minimize noise, which will likely help keep them small. Each machine has a thickness of 0.68 inches (17.27 mm) and weighs 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg).
The Intel Core i3-1110G4 is a dual-core processor, whereas the i7-1180G7 is a quad-core processor. 16GB of LPDDR4X memory and 512GB of NVMe PCIe 3.0 storage are included in the machines’ specifications.
The Spin 514 from Acer features a 14-inch screen with lower bezels (an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio), a Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad, DTS Audio surround sound, and Wi-Fi 6. However, there are just two USB-C ports.
Acer’s enterprise Chromebooks are aimed at companies that rely on the cloud and IT administrators that must deploy, manage, and secure cloud workforces.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 314 is a more budget-friendly option, with CPU configurations ranging from a two-core, two-thread Intel Celeron N4500 to an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 with four cores four threads (no hyper-threading here). When the Spin 314 is released next month, it will cost $500.
The Acer Chromebook 515 is a new Chromebook from Acer.
The Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 and the Chromebook 515 are both 15.6-inch clamshells with identical specifications. Both have Intel Pentium Gold 7505 processors up to a quad-core Intel Core i7 1180G7 with Iris Xe integrated graphics. You can buy up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in each, as well as some of the same extras as the two-in-ones, such as a Gorilla Glass touchpad and DTS Audio. This 3.75-pound device also has a webcam shutter. The Chromebook 515 does not include USB Type-A connectors or a headphone jack, but it does have two USB-C (3.2 Gen 2) connections, HDMI and microSD.
The Acer Chromebook 514 is a less expensive choice, with a starting price of $400 and a December release date. However, there are certain drawbacks. Only 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage are available in the clamshell. It is powered by a MediaTek Kompanio 828 octa-core processor with Arm Mali-G57 MCS graphics.