Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 514 features a fanless design and improved webcam

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As a part of its ordinary autumn laptop computer refresh, Acer is asserting a host of new Chromebook right now that’ll roll out within the coming months. There are 4 fashions being refreshed right now: the Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, Chromebook 514, and Chromebook Spin 314. That’s a lot of product names, however Spin units can flip round with a 360-degree hinge, and the final two digits denote the display screen dimension. That ought to hopefully floor you as we undergo these new fashions.

Most attention-grabbing might be the Spin 514 (pictured above), which mixes a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen that has minimal bezels with Intel’s Eleventh-generation Core i3, i5 or i7 processors. This laptop computer has no followers, which suggests these most likely aren’t the highest-powered variations of Intel’s chips, however they need to nonetheless present stable efficiency for Chrome OS. Acer additionally put some deal with the webcam, a smart selection given how we’re all nonetheless caught on movies requires the foreseeable future. It’s a 1080p digicam with a blue glass filter and new noise-reduction expertise to take away issues like mild flares. We’ll should see how this works in apply, however given what number of laptops have completely mediocre webcams, any enhancements right here shall be welcome.

Gallery: Acer fall 2021 Chromebook lineup | 13 Photos

Gallery: Acer fall 2021 Chromebook lineup | 13 Photos

Other specs embrace as much as 16GB of RAM, as much as 512GB of storage, Intel Iris X graphics and 10 hours of battery life. The Spin 514 weighs in at 3 kilos, so it isn’t going to be the lightest factor to make use of in pill mode, however in any other case it sounds prefer it’ll be a superb Chromebook — it additionally merely appears good and well-built, no less than so far as I can inform from these photos. And Acer has a stable monitor report of constructing superb Chromebooks, so hopefully that’ll proceed right here. The Spin 514 is predicted to reach within the US in January and begins at $700.

Acer’s Chromebook 515 (which is available in shopper and enterprise editions) has related specs to the Spin 514, although it has a bigger 15.6-inch show. Given the massive dimension, this laptop computer is not a convertible, which might be a good transfer. For a 15-inch laptop computer, although, it is fairly mild — solely 3.75 kilos. It comes with the identical Eleventh-generation processor choices because the Spin 514, although it additionally has a finances Pentium Gold possibility (paired with Intel’s UHD graphics moderately than the Iris X). The Chromebook 515 will initially be obtainable in Europe this month for €499; the Enterprise model will come to the US in January 2022 beginning at $640.

Acer has a few inexpensive Chromebooks popping out, as nicely. The Chromebook Spin 314 begins at $500 and arrives within the US in November. For that value, you will get a 14-inch display screen with an unlucky 1,366 x 768 decision, which is fairly unacceptable within the year 2021. It additionally features finances processors within the type of Intel’s Pentium Gold or two Celeron choices and has a 360-degree hinge, because the identify implies. More intriguing is the Chromebook 514, which pairs a 14-inch, 1080p show with MediaTek’s 8-core Kompanio 828 processor and 8GB of RAM. We have not examined a MediaTek Chromebook in a whereas, so we won’t say for positive the way it’ll carry out but. But Acer is promising 15 hours of battery life, and the laptop computer weighs lower than 3 kilos, so it does have some potential as a finances Chromebook (the 514 will value $400 when it’s launched in December). 

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