Acer and Lenovo hit the market with a new series of Chromebooks. This year‘s CES certainly stirred things up among the electronic producers and we’re about some interesting new products this year. Lenovo and Acer have updated their Chromebook versions and we’re about to tell you about the improvements announced.
Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131
Acer’s new addition to its Chromebook line embraced a new look and features a premium look and feel thanks to its rugged coat made of nano-imprinted aluminium. The internal components have been upgraded as well, and the new model is designed to work well with the agitated life of a student or of a businessman. As the company claims, the lid can stand against a pressure of 60 kg and the casing can survive with no damage to drops up to 2 feet.
Even though the aluminium look might make it look heavy, it isn‘t. The Chromebook 11 Cb3-131 weighs around 1.2 kg and its thickness around 0.7 inches.
As for its capacities, the new Chromebook is powered by the same Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor of 2.16 GHz used for its predecessor. If you’re thinking it might worth the value, you will be able to acquire in multiple configurations of 4GB/32GB SSD and 2GB RAM/16GB SSD.
The price we’re expecting to be sold in retail with is around $180 in the US while in Europe the price might be around €330.
Acer also announced that the new Chromebook 11 will be launched in February.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook
Lenovo has also been working hard and is now getting ready to launch a new and improved ThinkPad 13 Chromebook. Most of the users that go for ThinkPads, are actually going for a more resistant option and these devices are well known for the quality of their built and that they can last better than a regular laptop.
Lenovo’s new ThinkPad 13 Chromebook comes with a reinforced plastic casing and a chassis frame for a more sporty look. The keyboard is no1 quality and there’s also a wide multitouch trackpad included.
The ThinkPad provides an HDMI out, an SD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C port which could be used for charging as well as for connecting peripherals.
Overall, the product is highly qualitative and when it comes to choosing the right specifications for your new device, thinks can get complicated as you can choose from more options: an Intel Celeron as seen in the first model, or an Intel Core i3 or i5. Also, you can choose a configuration of 8 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.
The display is an IPS panel now, although the first model’s display was a reliable 1080 pixels TN screen.
The ThinkPad 13 Chromebook is expected to be launched sometime during spring and it will cost around $400.
Both Acer’s and Lenovo’s new Chromebooks are powerful tools and we’re sure that if they would be powered by a full Linux OS, they could achieve a lot more than they can now on Google’s Chrome OS. As soon as these devices will be available for purchase, we‘ll give them a spin and let you know which is the best option.