Acer has launched a new version of its Chromebook 11 series of Chromebooks. The base model lands with a Celeron 3865U, and there are upgrades available with the Intel Core i5-7300U, and the brand new Intel Core i7 8650U. Acer says these new Chromebooks are ideal for everyday use with their super portable design and up to 10-hours of battery life. But USB-C has remained rare in entry-level machines like the Chromebook 11.
The Chromebook 11 G6 Education Edition is "classroom-ready", as it's been ruggedized with co-molded rubber contact points.
Above the display there's a high-dynamic range (HDR) camera, while the Chromebook 11 also has dual stereo speakers and a microphone.
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.
The device is powered by seventh-generation Intel Celeron N3350 and N3450 chips, and comes with up to 8GB RAM and 64GB of storage. Other connectivity options include 2 USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.2, and 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
Out of the box you'll have support for Android apps, along with the regular Chrome apps and extensions. This one comes in at 18.5mm thin, and has a FHD screen (the Chromebook 11 is HD). Acer Chromebook will be available in retail stores in March 2018 at a starting price of $249 for the basic model.
Still, given most people look to Chrome OS for its balance of capabilities and affordability, we suspect more will pick the new Acer than cough up around four times the amount for the Pixelbook.
The new HP Chromebook will be released in April, with a price yet to be disclosed. It comes with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.