Acer’s new Chromebook 13 boasts all-day battery life and a Tegra K1 processor
Acer has already produced some of the best Chrome OS notebooks to date, but its latest Chromebook 13 — the first Chromebook powered by an NVIDIA processor — blows the rest right out of the water. Starting at just $279, it combines the super snappy Tegra K1 chip with a high-resolution display and up to 32GB of solid-state storage.
The new Chromebook 13 comes in three flavors. The entry-level machine — the one that costs $279 — has a 1366×768 display, 16GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM. For just $20 extra, you can get the same machine with a Full HD (1920×1080) display. There’s also a high-end model priced at $379, which has a 1080p display, 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM.
NVIDIA promises up to 11 hours of battery life on the Full HD machines, while the cheapest model offers up to 13 hours. All three have two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a full-size keyboard and trackpad. Arguably the most notable component on the specifications sheet, however, is that new Tegra K1 processor.
NVIDIA’s latest mobile chip is a powerhouse. It’s built upon 64-bit architecture, and it outperforms both the Intel and Exynos chips that are currently driving rival Chrome OS machines. It also offers better visuals, thanks to its impressive 192-core Kepler graphics processing unit.
While it may not look as suave as the Chromebook Pixel, then, Acer’s new Chromebook 13 just become the best Chrome OS machine you can buy today. You can pre-orders your now from Amazon.