Acer launches a new Chromebook 11 with USB-C

Acer launches a new Chromebook 11 with USB-C

Acer launches a new Chromebook 11 with USB-C

Acer has gone with a passively cooled Intel Celeron CPU, which is completely silent and fine for loading a handful of browser tabs, but push it much harder and things will inevitably slow to a crawl. Storage is either 16 GB or 32 GB of eMMC, though of course the expectation is that you'll keep most of your content in Google Drive in the cloud. The panel still has a resolution of 1366×768 - that's lower than standard HD, and fewer pixels than are probably found in your five-inch smartphone - and it's a major setback for an otherwise excellent-looking laptop. Additional hardware aspects worth noting include a microSD card slot and no less than four USB ports.

There are actually two USB-C ports, so you can use one to top up the battery and a second for copying files from a phone or memory stick. Customers can stay connected to their network with fast and reliable 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. These laptops that run Chrome OS can also run Android apps available in the Google Play Store. In addition, the new Chromebook 11 looks to offer a competitive audio and social experience due to its inclusion of dual stereo speakers as well as a high-dynamic range (HDR) camera. Still, the device is a slim 0.71 inches thin and only weighs 2.43 pounds, which makes it decent for lugging around to the library and coffee shop like Acer intends you to. Of course, opting for the Acer does mean you miss out on the 360-degree hinge that allows the Pixelbook to convert between a laptop and a tablet. The Chromebooks will be available in black and dark grey color options.

That's all welcome news, but the disappointment is that Acer hasn't done anything to the display. The Acer Chromebook 11 will shipping April, the company says, priced from $249.

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