Acer announces new Chromebooks for CES 2022
Acer’s place in the laptop industry is a strange. For a long time, the brand has been associated with budget laptops and often shared design cues with its Taiwanese rival, Asus. Recently, however, the company seems to have found its niche, and in an unlikely place.
Acer now makes some of the best Chromebooks on the market, ranging from premium Chromebook Spin 713 to the super affordable Chromebook R11. He clearly knows he’s on something and is releasing three new Chromebooks this week at CES: Chromebook Spin 513, Chromebook Spin 315 and Chromebook Spin 314.
In case you were wondering, the reason this trio is unboxing ahead of the CES festivities is that they don’t rely on the new Intel, AMD, or Nvidia chips. These are more economical than the Spin 713, so instead of Intel Core they use MediaTek and Intel Pentium / Celeron processors. Anyone who’s heard these words knows they’re not meant to be performance beasts, but remember Chrome OS tends to perform well on lower quality hardware. If you don’t mind, let’s take a closer look at each model.
Acer Chromebook Spin 513
The Tour 513 is the most fascinating of the three. Not because it’s the most expensive, but because it costs $ 599 (not really cheap for a Chromebook) yet runs on a MediaTek Kompanio 1380 processor.
What is that? I hear you ask. As it turns out, MediaTek created a line of chips especially for Chromebooks and named them Kompanio (1,000 points for anyone who knew). Never tested one before, but $ 599 for a laptop with a MediaTek chip does not sound like a winning recipe. But then, if the processor can run Google’s famously lightweight OS and most Android apps without any issues, maybe we shouldn’t care too much about the numbers.
It’s a big if, although. MediaTek hasn’t exactly lit up the dashboard with its laptop processors, so let’s hope this “Kompanio” is a significant step forward. It will benefit from the help of 8 GB of dual channel DDR4X RAM and is paired with the integrated Arm Mali-G57 MC5 graphics card.
If the MediaTek chip doesn’t end up being a bottleneck, the Spin 513 could be a great mid-range Chromebook, at least. depending on its other characteristics and specifications. The one that stands out the most is the 13.5 inch, 2256 x 1504 display with a 3: 2 aspect ratio. This should offer a lot of detail, and if it’s the same one found in the Spin 713, we’re in for a treat. The convertible aluminum laptop is also relatively portable at 0.6 inches thick and 2.8 pounds and has passed MIL-STD 810H durability tests.
Acer claims the battery lasts 10 hours on one charge; I’ll be honest, I expected a longer runtime given what I suspect is a low power CPU. We’ll see how it holds up in our battery test, but anything under 10 hours would be a bummer.
The Chromebook Spin 513 will be available in North America in June 2022 starting at $ 599.
Acer Chromebook 315
If you want a larger screen, the Chromebook 315 has a 15.6-inch 1080p anti-glare display available in non-touch or touch options. This is a standard 16: 9 panel, so watching movies is better than scrolling web pages. There are three processor options: an Intel Celeron N4500, Celeron N5100, or Pentium Silver N6000.
These combine with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, UHD graphics, and 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage. What those specs say is that the Chromebook Spin 315 was designed to get a 15-inch portable Chromebook into the hands of customers for as little money as possible. But if even that thing isn’t big enough, check out the Chromebook Spin 317, which has, you guessed it, a 17-inch screen.
While the Spin 315 isn’t powerful, it’s quite portable at 0.8 inches and 3.5 pounds. Better yet, there’s enough room on its chassis for a USB-A port and four USB-C inputs, two on each side. Again, Acer rates the Chromebook 315’s battery life at a respectable 10 hours.
The Chromebook Spin 315 will be available in North America this month starting at $ 300.
Acer Chromebook 314
Let me spare you the suspense: the Chromebook 314 is essentially the Chromebook 315 but with a 14-inch display. You get the same processor options, the battery life is also 10 hours, and the chassis has passed military-grade durability tests.
The main difference is that the Chromebook 314 has a 14-inch 1080p anti-glare touchscreen compared to the 15.6-inch panel on the larger model. Additionally, based on the images, two speakers flank the keyboard while the 315 cramps in oneumpad instead.
Aimed more at students, the Chromebook 314 will be available in June starting at $ 299.