Acer Chromebook 714 and 715 – premium Chromebooks with Core U
Whereas Chromebooks have been initially launched as cheap alternate options to Home windows laptops, they’ve come a good distance in recent times, each when it comes to the OS’s capabilities, but additionally when it comes to the general high quality.
Acer have been one of many spearheads in selling higher-tier Chromebooks with aluminum builds, backlit keyboards, IPS screens, and succesful platforms, and final 12 months’s gadgets just like the Chromebook 14 clamshell and the Spin 13 Chromebook convertible have been properly obtained.
That brings us to their newest launches within the area of interest: the Chromebook 714 (14-inch) and 715 (15-inch), each premium clamshell Chromebooks with trendy specs, all-metal constructions, compact form-factors and help for Chrome Enterprise.
We’ll inform you what to anticipate from them down under, in addition to contact on their major promoting factors, availability, and pricing.
However first, right here’s a fast specs sheet.
|Acer Chromebook 714 CB714||Acer Chromebook 715 CB715|
|Display||14 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS,
both non-touch/matte or contact/shiny
|15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS
both non-touch/matte or contact/shiny
|Processor||as much as eighth gen Intel Core U i3/i5 processors||as much as eighth gen Intel Core U i3/i5 processors|
|Video||Intel UHD 620||Intel UHD 620|
|Reminiscence||as much as 16 GB DDR4||as much as 16 GB DDR4|
|Storage||as much as 128 GB eMMC||as much as 128 GB eMMC|
|Connectivity||Wi-fi AC, Bluetooth four.2||Wi-fi AC, Bluetooth four.2|
|Ports||1x USB-A, 2x USB-C, microSD card reader, mic/headphone, lock||1x USB-A, 2x USB-C, microSD card reader, mic/headphone, lock|
|Battery||54 Wh||54 Wh|
|Extras||elective backlit keyboard, webcam||elective backlit keyboard with NumPad, webcam|
Each gadgets are fully constructed from anodized aluminum, which ought to resist put on, scratches, and dents pretty properly. The chassis are additionally MIL-STD 810G compliant, which suggests they will face up to drops (from 1.2 m) and as much as 60 kg of downforce, and all these facets ought to help you confidently throw these Chromebooks in your backpack and lug them round, which is just about what you’d need from a hassle-free on a regular basis laptop computer.
The 2 are additionally compact and lightweight for what they’re. The 14-inch variant, particularly, will get small lateral bezels, however nonetheless a reasonably hefty brow and chin, whereas the 15-inch is a bit bigger, however this one accommodates a full-size keyboard with a NumPad, making it the one Chromebook with a NumPad as of April 2019. The Chromebook 14 solely will get a regular keyboard and not using a NumPad part, and each can be found with elective white backlit keys.
Acer additionally applied glass coated clickpads on these gadgets, in addition to elective finger-sensors for fast login, as soon as once more one thing you’ll hardly discover on different Chromebooks.
For the screens, you’ll be able to go for matte or contact choices, each with IPS 16:9 IPS panels, whereas the IOs are pretty restricted, with a single USB-A three.zero slot, two USB-C ports with help for video output and charging, in addition to microSD card reader. I’d have anticipated higher IO not less than on the bigger variant, however that’s not the case, and also you’ll almost definitely have to purchase USB-C adapters or docks to attach peripherals.
The specs embody a variety of choices, with Celeron, Pentium Gold or eighth gen Core U i3 and i5 processors, eight or 16 GB of DDR4 reminiscence, and 32, 64 or 128 GB of eMMC storage. The decrease finish variations will just do wonderful for informal use, given the pace and ease of ChromeOS, however for those who’re anticipating to multitask between a number of completely different apps directly, you’d be higher off with a Core U configuration. Right here’s what a Core i3 configuration with eight GB of RAM is able to, for reference.
So far as the software program goes, each the Chromebook 714 and the 715 run the most recent model of ChromeOS, with help for Android apps through Google Play and Linux apps (in beta).
The smaller Chromebook 714 is anticipated in America and Europe from April, beginning at $549 or 499 EUR, whereas the 15-inch Chromebook 715 can be out there from the Summer time, beginning at $499. Keep tuned for updates in our future opinions.