Acer’s new Chromebook looks like a Pixelbook killer

Acer’s new Chromebook looks like a Pixelbook killer

Acer has revealed its new 14-inch Chromebook that looks great, features an IPS touchscreen display and a Gorilla Glass touchpad. The most impressive thing though is the price: $350! Is this the first real Pixelbook killer?

The Acer Chromebook 514 will use Chrome OS, which has the ability to run Android apps and is packed with some seriously premium features. The most noticeable is the chassis, an aluminum design that absolutely smokes everything else in this price bracket that’s made of plastic.

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Acer's new Chromebook 514 will launch starting at $350. / © Android Authority

The display is a 14-inch IPS touchscreen with a 1920x1080 resolution. Around the outside, the bezels are small at just 6mm, and the touchpad is made of Gorilla Glass. There’s also a webcam that supports HDR and two USB 3.1 Type-C ports on either side of the device. You also get two USB Type-A ports for connecting your older accessories and memory sticks etc.

There’s no word on what will actually be under the hood in terms of processing power and internal memory. Word on the show floor from IFA 2018, where the Chromebook 514 was revealed, is that the specs will vary from region to region. At that price point though, we don’t expect it to come with more than 4 GB of RAM.

Will the Acer Chromebook 514 become a thorn in the side of Google’s Pixelbook that currently dominates the high-end Chromebook market? Quite possibly.

Dell joins the Chromebook party with a high-end $599 2-in-1

Dell is also getting deeper into Chrome OS and the blossoming premium Chromebook market with a new 14-inch 2-in-1.

The Inspiron Chromebook 14 will launch on October 22 and claims to have up to 15-hours of battery life, as well as a 1920x1080 14-inch display, an 8th generation Core i3 8130U processor from Intel, 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of built-in storage space. It also comes with an EMR stylus for taking notes and doodling on the touchscreen.

The device marks the first foray for Dell into the high-end Chromebook market. The company currently manufactures a couple of smaller, budget Chromebooks, such as the Dell Chromebook 11, but this new $599 machine is on a different level.

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The new Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 launches on October 22. / © Android Authority

You will be able to download and run Android apps from Google’s Play Store on the Inspiron Chromebook 14, as with most new Chromebooks running Chrome OS.

The premium Chromebook market is really heating up this year. HP has already dropped its Chromebook x2 and there are more and more of these $350 to $600 alternatives to Google’s Pixelbook coming to the market and undercutting the current kind of Chromebooks. It’s going to be interesting to see if any of these new Chrome OS machines can take the crown.

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Dell's first product in the premium Chromebook market looks impressive. / © Android Authority

What do you think about the new Chromebooks from Dell and Acer? Can they take on the Pixelbook? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Miguel Mayol Aug 31, 2018 Link to comment

    I would love to see Acer $699 Aspire Vx15 or Nitro 5 with nvidia 1050 and similars with Chrome OS soon enough as Steam with proton will be able to be played with Crostini soon and gaming would boost this Chrome OS market , at least I think so.

  • Gabriel Brangers Aug 30, 2018 Link to comment

    This device will plausibly have a Pentium n4200 or maybe even an Apollo Lake processor. It will be nowhere near the realm of performance you get from a Pixelbook.

  • storm Aug 30, 2018 Link to comment

    How does a completely passive element of design completely smoke another passive element of design?

    It's like saying a cool sticker on a car adds 10 horsepower.

    Case material doesn't change performance-unless it's part of the cooling which is not what was said.

    This shallow focus on heavier case material that doesn't actually perform is a sad insight into your editorial and content guidelines as well as the technical understanding of the writer and editor involved.

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