While not generating the fanfare of its new ConceptD computers, Acer also introduced a pair of new Chromebooks at its press event this week. Unlike its many educational models, however, these new laptops are designed to appeal to businesses who want to add Chromebooks to their mobile fleet.
The Chromebooks 714 and 715 may include some of the same sustainability features as schools that rely on their education (such as up to four foot drop resistance), but with a more refined feature set for business users. The 714 models of 14 inches and 715 of 15.6 inches are equipped with a Full HD IPS screen (with optional screen features) and a Gorilla Glass touch pad. They also integrate fingerprint readers to provide an extra layer of security, while the 715 is the first Acer Chromebook with a numeric keypad for employees doing tedious tasks.
Inside, new Chromebooks can be powered by eighth-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of integrated storage. also a pair of USB 3.1 Type-C ports, a dual-band Wi-Fi network, and an optional USB Type-C docking station for connection to an external display, keyboard, and other peripherals. Entrance and exit. Acer claims up to 12 hours of battery life between the Chromebook 714 and 715 refills.
The new Chromebooks are certified Citrix Ready to be compatible with the applications and services of this company. Acer said that they "would work well" with the cloud-based work environment platform of Google Chrome Enterprise. Google's service is also designed to facilitate the computer deployment of software updates and to secure a fleet of devices.
Unsurprisingly, more full Chromebooks mean more expensive Chromebooks. The Acer Chromeboook 714 and 715 will have a starting price of $ 499 when they are available in July, which places them clearly in competition with Windows laptops with the same configuration. It remains to be seen if businesses will find that the Chromebook experience is better at a similar price for their mobile workers to abandon the dominant Windows platform.