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Acer Announces 8th Generation Chromebook Models

8th Generation Chromebook

Acer is announcing three new 8th generation Chrome OS devices early in the new year. This includes two new Chromebook models and a compact Chromebox. All are running Intel’s highly efficient recent generation Celeron or Pentium processors.

Acer Chromebox CXI3

The new Acer Chromebox CXI3 features a slim profile which vertically stands via an included holder. It can also lay flat if the user wishes it to be or mounted behind a display. In terms of connectivity, it has three USB ports at the rear with two at the front. Plus, a USB-C connector at the rear IO as well. Display output comes via a lone HDMI port and there is also a Gigabit Ethernet port available.

Acer Chromebook 11 C732

The new Chromebook 11 C732 features IP41 dust and water resistance, with MIL-STD 810G compliance against drops up to four feet. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard with a drainage system for liquids. In combination with a 12-hour battery life, it is perfect for students. Inside it runs an Intel Celeron dual-core N3350 or quad-core N3450 Apollo Lake processor, with 16, 32, or 64GB storage options. It even has dual USB-C and dual USB 3.0 ports, as well as a microSD card slot.

How Much Will It Cost?

This model also now comes with 4G LTE connectivity option, along with Bluetooth 4.2 and 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The base model starts at $279, but touch models start at $299 when it launches on March.

Acer Chromebook Spin 11

The Chromebook Spin 11 is a notch higher than the C732 and its a consumer-oriented notebook. It can be configured with either Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 and N3450, or quad-core Pentium N4200. In terms of RAM a 4 or 8GB LPDDR4 option is available. Storage configuration comes in 32 or 64GB eMMC. What makes this notebook standout is its use of Wacom’s Electro-Magnetic resonance technology for the stylus experience. This allows users to use a stylus on the screen like a pen to paper. The screen even flips away and has four configuration modes: tablet, theatre, tent and traditional.

How Much Will It Cost?

The Spin 11 starts at $349 for the base model starting on March 2018.

Ron Perillo

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