Acer has just announced the new Chromebook 13, which is the industry's first Chromebook that is powered by NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 mobile processor. It's also the first Chromebook the company has made with a 13.3-inch display.
The company makes its new Chromebook 13 available with two display options, with the default 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768, but for those who crave more pixels, there's an option that crams a 1920x1080 resolution onto the 13.3-inch display. Acer's Chromebook 13 does have a star, with that star being the Tegra K1 processor, which features a 192-core GPU. This means that people will be able to have a super-fast device, with great battery life, with the ability to play some games, too.
Acer's new Chromebook 13 is both thin and light, at just 0.71 inches thick, and only 3.31 pounds. The Acer Chromebook 13 is completely fanless, so users will enjoy a near silent system. Acer has provided 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, with the 2x2 MIMO antennae providing plenty of bandwidth for users. There a re also two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port for some video output. We also have a 720p front-facing webcam, two built-in stereo speakers and a microphone.
There are three configurations on offer, with the first featuring the 1366x768 display, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD, which starts at $279.99. The second model pimps it up to a 1920x1080 display, the same 2GB of RAM and 16GB SSD and only adds $20 to the price, for a total of $299.99. For an additional $80, you can get the Full HD model with double the RAM and SSD storage - so 4GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD - for $379.99. Acer has the new Chromebook 13s on offer at Amazon and Best Buy.
Sumit Agnihotry, Acer's VP of Product Marketing says: "The Acer Chromebook 13 is an ideal device for families who need a new or additional
computer to share for school projects, research, entertainment and fun online. The display is large and vibrant, so everything from homework to video is incredibly crisp and detailed. Plus, up to 13 hours of battery life means families can use the device all day for work or school and not have to recharge it for nighttime activities like homework and watching movies".