‘Spice-less’ as in they’re quite vanilla
Hot off the heels of its “Big Chungus” Chromebook update, Acer is pushing out more books of Chrome for the fall season… well, at least in Europe — North America will be lucky to see some of these in time for Christmas.
The Chromebook Spin 314 is the entry-level offering of the group, coming with a 14″ display at either 768p or 1080p that can be placed in nearly any orientation from its hinge. For horsepower, customers will be able to pick from Intel Celeron N4500/N5100 or Pentium Silver N6000 processors, LPDDR4X RAM of up to 8GB, and storage of up to 128GB (expandable by microSD). Stocked with stereo speakers, dual mics, DTS audio, 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 6, USB 3.2 ports (one Type-C, two Type-A), an HDMI port, and a 10-hour battery, this 3.4-lb. laptop will be available in Europe this month from €449 and in North America next month for $500 and up.
Taking a step further, the Chromebook 514 is somewhat of a black sheep in the lineup as it comes with MediaTek’s new octa-core Kompanio 828 CPU — touted to fast charge to 50% in 30 minutes and deliver up to 15 hours of mixed use. It comes with a 14″ 1080p display (touch optional) with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (plus microSD). Other amenities include a Corning Gorilla Glass-protected trackpad, a backlit keyboard, multiple Type-C ports, and Wi-Fi 6. EMEA regions will see the 514 next month starting at €399 while North America will get it in December for $400.
Inching even higher, we’ve got the Chromebook 515 (also available in our favorite flavor of Enterprise), equipped with the full range of 11th-gen Intel Core processors — though the base model will feature a Pentium Gold 7505 — and raised memory ceilings of up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe internal storage. There are three tiers of display (plain LCD, IPS, and touch-enabled), but they’re all 15.6″ at 1080p. The feature package includes a webcam shutter, two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, and a MIL-STD 810H rating for durability. In EMEA areas, the 515 is available this month with the standard version starting from €499 and the Chromebook Enterprise 515 going for at least €799. In North America, only the enterprise version will become available beginning in January for $650.
At the top of the pile, we’ve got the Chromebook Spin 514 and its enterprise variant. The 14″ 1080p IPS display comes with touch support standard with a screen-to-bezel ratio of 84%. Much of the Chromebook 515’s spec sheet is shared with this one (minus the Pentium Gold 7505 CPU option), including the MIL-STD 810H rating and dual Type-C ports. The one upgrade you might or might not care about here may be the FHD-quality webcam. Once again, EMEA regions will get first draw this month with the Spin 514 starting at €799 and €1,049 for the enterprise version. The Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 will arrive first to North America in December from $900 before general models go out in January for $700 and up.
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