CES 2018 | Acer Chromebook 11 brings USB Type-C goodness at an affordable price
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Chromebooks are gaining traction outside the education space and given the ubiquity of cloud computing these days, a lot more can be accomplished using Chromebooks than what was possible before. The Acer Chromebook 11 announced at CES this year weighs just 1.1 kg and aims to bring good performance in a portable design (18.15 mm thick) with a 10 hour battery life.
A fanless design on the Intel Celeron CPU ensures that the Chromebook 11 chugs along quietly. The new Chromebook 11 features 2 USB 3.1 Type-C ports — a rarity in this price segment. This enables the Chromebook 11 to connect to a host of peripherals and displays as well as charge the device. There is a microSD card reader to expand the onboard 16 GB or 32 GB storage. The 11.6-inch IPS display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and comes in touch and non-touch variants. Other connectivity options include 2 USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.2, and 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. The notebook is equipped well enough for its price in the multimedia aspect as well with an HDR camera for Google Hangouts, dual stereo speakers, and an integrated microphone.
Invariably, Google's ChromeOS is the OS of choice and it brings the benefits of an always up to date system with access to the entire Google ecosystem. The Acer Chromebook 11 also comes with support for Android apps, which opens up the notebook to the plethora of games, productivity, and multimedia apps in the Play Store. The Acer Chromebook 11 will be available in North America in April with prices starting from US$249 and in the EMEA in March at prices starting from Euro 249.
Key-Specs Acer Chromebook 11 CB311-8HT-C8DD
- Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-Core fanless
- 11.6-inch IPS Multi-Touch HD 1280x720 glossy
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C
- Full Google Play Store support for Android apps
- 32 GB eMMC
- 4 GB RAM