Chromebooks haven't quite taken off in the way that Google had hoped – but that may be about to change, with the arrival of the Acer Chromebook 13.
It's the first Chromebook to feature Nvidia's 32-bit, quad-core Tegra K1 processor, which should give it massively improved battery life and overall performance.
In the Chromebook 13, the Tegra K1 is divvied up into a 2.3 GHz Arm Cortex-A15 "r3" CPU and a 192 CUDA core Kepler GPU; an additional battery-saver core can run everyday online activities such as web browsing and email.
To take advantage of that GPU performance, you can pick up a Chromebook 13 in a full HD variant, with a 1920x1080 13.3in display. Or, if you'd rather make the most of its battery life, you can plump for the lower-resolution version, which sports a 1366x768 display.
A battery of distinction
The Chromebook 13's battery life is pretty staggering; on the lower-res version, Acer reckons you'll get 13 hours, while the full HD model manages a still-impressive 11.5 hours.
You also get HDMI and two USB3.0 ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 2x2 MIMO antenna, plus stereo speakers and a 720p camera for web chat – the Chromebook's optimised for Google Hangouts, and can reportedly manage 10-way conversations in HD. All that in a slimline 1.7cm thick design that weighs in at just 1.5kg – and, impressively, runs silent thanks to its fanless design.
The entry-level model (the catchily-named CB5-311-T7NN) with a 1366x768 display, 2GB of memory and a 16GB SSD will set you back US$280 (S$350).
Bump the spec up to full HD and you can pick up a CB5-311-T9B0, with a 1920x1080 screen, 2GB of memory and a 16GB SSD for US$300 (S$375).
Top of the line is the CB5-311-T1UU, with a 1920x1080 screen, 4GB of memory and a 32GB SSD for US$380 (S$475).
The Acer Chromebook 13 launches in the US in September, and will work its way across the Atlantic shortly afterwards.
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