Acer Chromebook 514 is ready for the back-to-school season

The popularity of Chromebooks seems to be rising all the time, and Acer's intent on capitalizing on it. At IFA in Berlin, the company's showing off its nifty Chromebook 514. This 14″ machine looks and likely feels like a premium affair thanks to its metal chassis and trackpad covered with a slice of Gorilla Glass.

Those aren't the only accoutrements on hand, though. The display is a 1920×1080 affair with optional touch functionality, and its bezels are a mere 6 mm thick. We don't know what CPUs lie inside the Chromebook 514, though. The machine carries two USB Type-C ports, one of which is used for charging. You also get two Type-A ports to avoid having to purchase fruit-flavored dongles.

Acer says the Chromebook 514's battery should be good four 12 hours of usage, and the backlit keyboard should help hunt-and-peckers improve their typing skills. The machine will be available in October in North America for $350, and in Europe for 349€.

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    • pogsnet1
    • 1 year ago

    They should have used Ryzen to make it more powerful

    • David
    • 1 year ago

    I still don’t understand the appeal of these to almost any home user. For the same price or less you can get a non-hamstrung laptop.

    Surely the “simple laptop for granny” market is too small to make these economical for every manufacturer to keep updating.

      • bthylafh
      • 1 year ago

      I think you underestimate the number of non-technical people who would otherwise have a Windows machine that’d quickly get bogged down with crapware and viruses, plus the relative aggravation of dealing with updates.

      I got my father an early Chromebook back around ’11 because he kept having to take his Windows desktop into the shop due to his porn habit. I think the Chromebook had to get power-washed maybe once.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      I took the plunge and got one for travel a year ago, and I kinda get it now. Maybe it’s something you just have to live with. I have more powerful Windows systems, but I find myself reaching for the chromebook even at home now, it absolutely sips from the battery and it also almost never bugs me – at all – where Windows 10 is, lets say generously, known for the occasional annoyance at least (I’d say macOS lives between them).

      I also got some for my parents, and like the other commenter said, I think you’re underestimating the non-technical market severely. I’d bet the number of people who could point to the processor on a motherboard are in the minority, it’s not just for grandma, it’s for everyone who just needs a browser and Office and after that, not enough rope to hang themselves on.

      • hungarianhc
      • 1 year ago

      90% of use-cases are on the web. This also runs Android apps seamlessly. That covers most use-cases. I’m a mac / pc guy for a LONG time, but I use my Chromebook SO often. It’s a great experience.

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        Seamless is a stretch, at least until they resolve all android apps being resizable in ChromeOS as well as any friction between assumptions of a touchscreen vs trackpad and keyboard.

      • Laykun
      • 1 year ago

      Schools. Basically every school here now prefers Chromebooks because they’re so easy to manage.

    • gerryg
    • 1 year ago

    Beyond CPU, the RAM is equally important. 4GB min. I hope the CPU has some pep, though. My daughter has an older 12″ that she needs to upgrade, this might be the one.

    • gerryg
    • 1 year ago

    Which is it, four, or twelve? “…should be good four 12 hours of usage, …”

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