The new Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-H/T) is a 14 inch fanless Chrome OS laptop that measures 0.66 inches thick, weighs less than 2.9 pounds, and features an energy-efficient MediaTek Kompanio 828 processor that Acer says should easily provide all-day battery life.
It’s expected to be available in North America starting in December for $400 and up.
his isn’t the first Acer Chromebook CB514, but previous models were powered by Intel Celeron N3350 or N4200 processors.
The new model has an 8-core MediaTek processor with ARM Mali-G57MC5 penta-core graphics, support for up to 128GB of eMMC storage, and up to 8GB of LPDDR4x dual-channel memory. It has a 14 inch full HD display (with optional touch on some configurations), an aluminum cover, a backlit keyboard, a Corning Gorilla Glass-covered touchpad, stereo speakers with DTS Audio, dual microphones, and support for WiFi 6.
Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514–2H) comes with a 14-inch full-HD IPS display with an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio and narrow borders on all four sides. It is powered by up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and reportedly offers up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage. The convertible laptop features a Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad and a backlit keyboard.
Its full-HD MIPI webcam is said to use temporal noise reduction technology and a blue glass filter to minimise light flare during video calls. It has two upward-facing speakers, dual microphones, an inbuilt amplifier, as well as support for DTS audio.
The 2-in-1 laptop features aluminum top and bottom covers and MIL-STD 810H certification. It comes with dual USB Type-C ports and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+). The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 offers up to 10 hours of battery life and is claimed to charge 50 percent of its battery life in just 30 minutes.
The Acer Chromebook Spin Enterprise 514 comes with the same specs but with advanced management tools for IT departments that the company says automatically enrolls the Chrome OS machines into enterprise administration as soon as the users connect to the internet with “zero-touch enrolment”. The Enterprise additions are also claimed to have upgraded security.