Acer introduces new version of chromebook 11, which is getting set to make wave as its standard low- to mid-range addition to its array of Chromebooks.
Acer said the new Chromebook 11 CB311 can stay up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. It also has a fanless design aimed at making the laptop quieter so that you can finally visit peaceful locales like a “family room, library, or coffee shop.” There are two USB 3.0 ports and, for the first time, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. There’s a touch display version of the Chromebook 11 and a non-touch display option. It can also run Android apps.
Acer will be offering both touch and non-touch versions of the Chromebook 11. The CB311-8HT will have an 11.6-inch display running at 1366 x 768 resolution that supports touch input. Meanwhile, its CB311-8H counterpart will use the same LCD panel, but rely on the trackpad for control instead of touch.
Either way, you get two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, either of which can be used to charge the Chromebook, or to connect data devices or an external display. There are two USB 3.0 Type-A ports as well, for legacy connections, together with a microSD card reader. Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO are also onboard as standard.
The laptop is powered by Intel’s Celeron processor, as is the case with other Acer Chromebooks. It comes with either 2GB or 4GB of memory and 16GB or 32GB of storage. It also has an HDR webcam and dual stereo speakers with an integrated microphone.
That’s something we’ve seen particularly boost the everyday usability of Chromebooks like Google’s Pixelbook, though Acer undercuts Google’s own model significantly. Of course, opting for the Acer does mean you miss out on the 360-degree hinge that allows the Pixelbook to convert between a laptop and a tablet.
Acer’s previous Chromebooks have been some of the most popular laptops in recent sales events like Black Friday and Amazon’s Prime Day, invariably selling out more quickly than their Windows 10 counterparts. The Acer Chromebook 11 will shipping April, the company says, priced from $249.