Acer is pushing Chromebooks where they’ve never been before: the 17.3-inch is just one of four new notebooks the company is introducing this year, spanning a wide range of price points. including convertible notebooks with Thunderbolt 4 ports
The Acer Chromebook 317 has a 1080p display, which is in the first 17.3-inch Chromebook we’ve seen to date. and comes with a keyboard (backlight option) with a dedicated numeric keypad which is hard to find in Chrome OS and especially at this price. It features an Intel Celeron processor and 10 hours of battery life and supports Wi-Fi 6 and USB 3.2 via Type-C. Availability will begin in North America next month for a base price of $380 and in the EMEA region for €399.
A smaller option in its class is the updated Acer Chromebook 314, which features a 14-inch 1080p IPS display (touch display option), an eight-core MediaTek MT8183 processor, one USB-C port, and up to 15 power. North America will see this in July starting at $270 while EMEA will wait until August and pay €329 and up.
Acer Chromebook 514, which comes in an enterprise flavor for fleet buyers, adds an 11th Gen Intel Core processor, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, standard backlit keyboard, 10-hour battery, touchpad. Gorilla Glass, MIL-STD-810H rated — this certification includes several specialized tests above 810G rated — and an optional fingerprint reader. It will be available for the first time in EMEA from August for €549 before crossing over to North America in October with a base of $600.
Finally, the aluminum-clad Chromebook Spin 713 is the only adaptive form factor in its class. It starts with a Core i7 processor and a 13.5-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio. The DTS 713 also gets an 810H rating, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, 10 hours of battery life (30-minute charge, 4 hours of use), and an option for a fingerprint sensor. Price $700 and up and in EMEA from €769