It is hard to come by a laptop at a low price that does not sacrifice quality hardware. There are trade-offs to be made. Even laptops running Windows are not alone in this. When Google launched Chrome OS in 2011, the hardware was pretty bad. It was not until very recently that hardware manufacturers started to build respectable Chromebooks. In time for the holidays, Acer released the Chromebook 13. It combines a simple design with specifications that you would find in a high-end tablet, such as the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which might make it the most powerful Chromebook ever.
Everything looks good on paper, so how does the Chromebook 13 perform in real life? Hit the break to get started.
Acer’s CB5-311-T9B0 Chromebook is now on sale at Amazon for only $250!
Acer has always been adept at releasing budget-friendly devices that still pack a punch, and the newly-announced Liquid Z500 is no different. The device features a 5-inch IPS display of an undetermined resolution and an 8MP rear camera. Its real claim to fame, however, is “CD quality audio” and front-facing stereo speakers that take advantage of DTS Studio Sound technology.
During their time on the stage at IFA 2014 today, Acer took the opportunity to unveil a couple new Android powered tablets. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is a 10.1-inch display device that incorporates Zero Air Gap technology and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor. Acer says the device has an anti-fingerprint coating applied to help keep it smudge free. The Iconia Tab 10 will come with Android 4.4 KitKat in either black or white.
Today Acer announced a new Acer Chromebox CXI line for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The new Chromebox CXI is a small unit that can stand on its own or be mounted in an out of the way place, like the stand for a monitor. The devices are designed for computer users that don’t need mobility for their device and may be especially suitable for education, small business and budget-conscious users. According to Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group, “The Acer Chromebook CXI is an excellent fit for schools and any other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities.”
A new drool-worthy Chromebook was just announced by Acer. The Acer Chromebook 13 will be the first ChromeOS device to wield a Tegra K1 processor and with it, boasts a 13 hour battery life. There are two variants of the Chromebook with a few options to choose from.
One of Microsoft’s biggest threats has been Google’s Chromebook line. Chromebooks have been relatively cheap and functional, primarily using the Chrome web browser for “apps.” Since Google doesn’t charge high licensing fees for Chrome OS, and they’ve marketed the simplicity and virus-immunity heavily against traditional Windows laptops, Chromebooks have been steadily eating Microsoft’s laptop market share from the bottom up.
Acer continues to grow their Chromebook line, which now includes two new models powered by the 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor. The only difference between the two models is the memory. The C720-3871 sports 2 GB of RAM and is priced at $349.99, while the C720-3404 includes 4 GB of RAM for $379.99.
Both devices will also include an 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) display, Intel HD Graphics 4400, stereo speakers, 32 GB solid state drive, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, card reader, and 8.5 hours of battery life.
Acer originally released their “Extend” concept a while ago, allowing users to connect their smartphone to their computer and use it as a dock with a keyboard and a spare battery. But that concept has been completely reimagined.
Extend is now simply an app that users can install on their Windows PC and use to control their phone. It can be connected both wirelessly, or via USB, and once it is connected, the phone screen appears in an emulator box. Users can then drag and drop files onto their device and off of their device. The performance of the app is also good, depending on the phone. Acer is aiming for at least 24 frames per second.
Acer has announced a new 5-inch phone for AT&T — although most of the specs (internals) are expected to be midrange, it still features a full-HD display.
The device will also have an 8MP sensor for its main camera on the back.
We don’t have any pictures or pricing for the device, but it should be pretty inexpensive. Expect more information when AT&T makes the phone official, most likely in the coming weeks.
Keep in mind that this is a pretty rare appearance by Acer on North American shores, as the company has focused mainly on European and Asian markets in the past. This could be Acer testing the waters for perhaps something bigger to come, or it could be simply nothing at all. Stay tuned.