Source: Announcing two new Acer Chromebooks for the enterprise from Google Cloud
With the proliferation of browser-based business apps, and an increasing need for mobility, more and more enterprise users are relying on cloud-first devices to get their jobs done. Forrester has called this emerging trend the age of the cloud worker, and for many businesses, it’s resulted in a need to rethink how best to equip their workforce with the devices they need to be productive. As a result, a new breed of devices are being designed to accommodate the growing ranks of cloud workers.
Acer’s two new enterprise-class Chromebooks, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and Acer Chromebook 13 have been designed with cloud workers in mind.
For users that need a device designed for keyboard-heavy tasks, the Acer Chromebook 13 offers a sturdy clamshell form factor and a backlit keyboard. For users looking for a little more flexibility, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 offers 360-degree screen hinges so you can do everything from display presentations in tent mode to take notes in tablet mode. The Spin 13 also includes a backlit keyboard and a Wacom® stylus that doesn’t require charging and can be stored inside the device’s metal chassis when not in use.
Both Acer devices are among the first Chromebooks to offer the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, and come with up to 8GB of RAM on the Chromebook 13 and up to 16GB on the Spin 13. With processing power optimized for speed and responsiveness, apps can run faster, and users can perform heavy processing tasks like tabulating spreadsheets and transcoding video at the same time, with reduced lag.
Each Acer device offers a sandblasted, matte all-aluminum chassis that is both stylish and durable. They both feature 13.5-inch QHD+ touchscreen displays with 2256×1504 resolution with 3.3 million pixels for clarity and vibrancy, and a 3:2 aspect ratio that makes it easier to see more data with less scrolling. And both offer up to 10 hours of battery life as well as a pair of USB 3.1 Type-C ports and a standard USB Type-A port to support a variety of hardware add-ons. A Type-C docking port designed for Chromebooks will be available for additional expansion so you can connect to multiple external monitors.
“Bringing 8th Gen Intel Core processors to Chromebooks is a significant milestone,” said Chris Walker, Intel Vice President of Client Computing Group. “Acer’s newest devices showcase the capabilities of the 8th Gen Intel Core processors and will transform how people create, connect and contribute using the latest Chromebooks.”
Pricing for the Acer Chromebook 13 starts at $699.99 and the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 begins at $799.99, with availability by the end of October for the U.S. and Canada. Availability and pricing in Europe and Asia will vary by country—reach out to your local Acer office for more information.