Acer has rolled out a range of laptops and gaming devices at its global press conference. At the event, the company also took wraps off two new Chromebooks that are targeted at business users. The newly Chromebooks come with a sturdy metallic build and have a small form factor. They are certified with Citrix and both of them come with fingerprint scanners.
Dubbed Acer Chromebook 714 and the Acer Chromebook 715, the new computing machines can be configured with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and come with USB Type-C v3.1 ports that helps in transferring the data quickly. The machines have a Type-C port on both sides, which gives users a choice of charging the Chromebook from either of the two sides.
Acer Chromebook 714 and Chromebook 715 have a shock-proof anodised aluminium body that has been certified for MIL-STD 810G durability. The company has claimed for both the laptops to be impact resistant and highly durable. Acer also said that Chromebook 714 and Chromebook 715 will be able to withstand drops from a height of up to 48-inches and a vertical force of up to 60 kgs. The touchpad of both the laptops is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. The touchpad is also said to be scratch and moisture resistant.
As we mentioned earlier, for added security, both the laptops come with integrated fingerprint scanners. Acer Chromebook 715 and Chromebook 714 also come with Citrix certification that makes them compatible with various networking and cloud computing solutions. We should mention that the Acer Chromebook 715 is the first ever Chromebook to feature a full-size numeric keypad and a backlit keyboard.
Coming to the hardware, Acer Chromebook 715 comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display and Acer Chromebook 714 packs a 14-inch full-HD IPS screen with thin bezels. Both the laptops will be made available by the company in touch and non-touch sensitive display variants.
The Acer Chromebook 715 and Chromebook 714 can be configured with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i3 or i5 processor. The laptops will also be available in lower-end models with Intel Celeron and Pentium Gold processors. The storage capacities of the laptops vary between 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. Both Chromebook 715 and Chromebook 714 come with support for Google Chrome Enterprise solutions and Android apps from Play Store.
For ports and connectivity, both the Chromebooks come with a USB 3.1 Type-C port on both the sides, a USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader. Wireless connectivity options on the device include Bluetooth 4.2 and a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. As far as the battery life goes, Acer claims that both the Chromebooks will last around 12 hours on a single charge.
The base variant of Acer Chromebook 714 is priced at $549 and it will go on sale in the US this month itself. Acer Chromebook 715’s base variant, on the other hand, will go on sale in June and will cost $499.