Acer has presented a range of new products just in time for the soon-to-be-released Christmas season. Let’s take a look at the hardware expert’s exciting and diverse announcements.
The new Acer Chromebooks
Among other things, Acer has expanded its Chromebook range. The focus here was primarily on the performance offered. After all, the manufacturer is launching its first “Google Notebook” on the market with its Chromebook Spin 513, which offers a Snapdragon 7c processor from Qualcomm. This not only provides impressive processing power, but also scores with a blazing fast 4G. On top of that Acer brings with the Chromebox CXI4 a practical desktop solution in small format.
Chromebook Spin 513
The Chromebook Spin 513 should be able to convince among other things with its practicability. This already starts with the material properties. After all, the notebook is not only thin (15.55 mm) and light (1.2 kg), but thanks to its aluminum casing it should also be able to offer a good deal of resistance. Acer uses a 13.3 inch Full HD IPS display, which has a touch function. Since the notebook has a modern screen to body ratio of 78 percent, the display is immediately eye-catching. Thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass you don’t have to worry about scratches. This should make the Chromebook Spin 513 perfect for school, study or work. With the Chromebook Spin 513, Acer relies on its tried and tested convertible hinge. This should make the Google notebook a real all-rounder. Whether as a classic notebook, as a tablet or in combination. With the new Spin 513 everything should be possible. If you like to work in the dark, you should think about installing the optional backlight of the keyboard.
Acer obviously doesn’t only attach importance to the practical handling. After all, the manufacturer is giving the Spin 513 the Snapdragon 7c for the first time. This should be able to provide a good performance on the road and guarantee fast mobile internet with 4G. The Snapdragon is supported on the CPU side by an eight-core processor. Here the Qualcomm Kryo 468 is used, which is manufactured in the 8 nm process. To ensure that the one or other video game does not present a problem, Qualcomm’s third hardware component is the integrated Adreno 618 graphics unit. In terms of memory, the Chromebook Spin 518 offers 128 GB eMMC memory. However, this should be sufficient, since Chromebook users tend to rely on the cloud anyway. To get through the working day carefree, the all-rounder Chromebook should be able to offer 14 hours of battery life. WiFi 6 and support for 4G LTE ensure that you have fast Internet both in the network and on the move. In terms of connections, you can look forward to two USB-C ports. These not only serve with a charging function, but also support DisplayPort over USB-C. In addition to the two USB-C ports, the Spin 518 also offers a USB 3.0 port and Bluetooth 5.0.
At first glance, the CXI4 doesn’t really have much in common with a classic chrome book. That’s why Acer simply renamed it to a so-called Chromebox. This is a desktop solution, which can be placed comfortably on the back of a monitor, for example. With the compact Chromebox, Acer aims primarily at schools, sales rooms and small businesses that want to set up a large number of computers. With ChromeOS, the CXI4 offers an uncomplicated and multifaceted operating system. The slim dimensions not only save space, but also look damn good on the small PC. Thanks to the minimalistic design it is hardly noticeable.
Despite its small size, the CXI4 should be able to provide a fast ChromeOS experience. Inside the small box a Core i7 processor of the 10 generation is at work. The small box comes with a USB-C and two HDMI ports. If that’s not enough for you, you’ll be happy with five USB-A ports. This allows many devices to be connected to the small desktop solution. If you want to do without a LAN cable, WiFi 6 can also be used to provide fast wireless Internet access. Like many other desktop solutions in mini format, the CXI4 can also be attached to the back of a monitor. Thanks to the VESA mounting kit, this should be easy and uncomplicated.
Prices and availability
The two devices from the Chrome series are scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2021. For the Acer Chromebook Spin 513, the manufacturer estimates an RRP starting at 429 Euro, depending on the Features. Those who want the Chromebook in the Enterprise version, however, will have to live with a RRP starting at 599 Euro. How much the Chromebox CXI4 should cost, we do not know yet.
Porsche Design Acer Book RS
Acer wants to bring another all-rounder to the man or woman with the Acer Book RS in a special Porsche design. In keeping with the name, the notebook not only wants to score points with its high performance, but also with its modern and beautiful design. In terms of processor performance, the maximum configuration includes an Intel Core i7 of the 11th generation. In combination with 16 GB RAM and an Intel Xe graphics unit, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS should indeed be a reliable all-rounder. The manufacturer relies on a 14 inch IPS display, which allows touch control and is resolved in Full HD. Thanks to 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, the display should also be perfectly suited for image editing.
Since the display relies on Corning Gorilla Glass, it should also be well protected from scratches and other marks. Thanks to a battery life of up to 15 hours, the Acer Book RS will probably be able to cope with every working day with flying colors. And if the battery should ever run out, the Acer Book RS offers convenient fast charging. With only 30 minutes charging time, another 4 hours of battery life are guaranteed. To ensure that the notebook does not get too hot even under heavy load, Acer uses two copper heat pipes. These are designed to keep the Porsche Design Acer Book RS always cool. Acer also seems to do everything right when it comes to features. For example, the notebook offers USB-C, Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6, fingerprint sensor, ModernStandby and a practical Wake on Voice function.
The most striking feature of the Porsche Design Acer Book RS is already in its name. Here it becomes clear that this is a notebook that is also intended to convince visually. And the first pictures are quite promising. One can clearly see that this is not a notebook for the “average consumer”. Especially the carbon cover catches your eye immediately. It is strongly reminiscent of the interior of modern sports cars. But the design also focuses on functionality. This becomes clear at the latest with the hinge. The unibody hinge not only looks cool, but also offers a practical trick. The keyboard is slightly raised when it is opened, which is supposed to provide a comfortable typing angle. Those who want the complete design experience can also purchase the accessories in matching Porsche design. In addition to a matching mouse and mouse pad, Acer is also launching a practical travel case. Those who opt for the premium set of the Porsche Design Acer Book RS will receive all the equipment in one.
Of course, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS will not be a bargain. But considering the high-quality design and the good specs, it doesn’t have to hide behind competitors like the MacBook Pro. From December 2020, the notebook is to be available in stores at an RRP starting at 1,799 euros. Who decides for the Premium set inclusive accessories, must live with a UVP starting from 2.399 euro.