In a step towards bolstering the Chromebook market, Acer has launched its first-ever Chromebook Plus laptops, the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 and Acer Chromebook Plus 514, as part of Google’s Chromebook Plus initiative. Introduced on October 2, 2023, in Taipei, these models are engineered to provide a performance tier higher than current market offerings, boasting superior hardware designs, upgraded displays, and cameras along with advanced productivity, creativity, and multimedia capabilities.
The new Chromebook Plus laptops are set apart by their high-performance processors and high-resolution IPS displays, which promise vibrant visuals, thanks to the 1080p cameras surrounded by narrow bezels. The Acer Chromebook Plus 515 is powered by the 13th and 12th Gen Intel Core processors, whereas the Chromebook Plus 514 leverages an AMD Ryzen 5 7520-C processor, demonstrating a fine blend of power and compactness.
Both models reflect a sleek yet durable design conforming to MIL-STD 810H durability standards. They come loaded with usability features including a 1080p webcam featuring Temporal Noise Reduction, AI-powered enhancements for video conferencing, and an array of built-in tools aimed at improving user experience.
The Acer Chromebook Plus 515, with its large 15.6-inch Full HD display, is tailored for users seeking to maximize productivity on ChromeOS, while the portable Acer Chromebook Plus 514, featuring a 14-inch WUXGA display, is designed for on-the-go professionals and students, providing up to 12 hours of battery life.
With memory ranging from 8 GB to 16 GB of LPDDR5X RAM, and local storage options up to 256 GB for the 14-inch model and up to 512 GB for the 15-inch model, the new Acer Chromebook Plus laptops cater to various user needs. Additionally, the fast and reliable connectivity provided by Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 alongside an assortment of ports, enhances the user experience further.
Adobe Photoshop & Magic Eraser in Google Photos
Creativity and editing are simplified on these devices with integrated Adobe Photoshop and Express, alongside AI-powered editing tools like Magic Eraser in Google Photos. Moreover, the Firefly-powered generative AI features combined with Adobe software, offer a comprehensive platform for image and design creation. These features, coupled with File Sync for offline access to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, make the new Chromebook Plus laptops a compelling choice for those in need of a feature-rich, yet affordable computing solution.
The Chromebook Plus 515 and 514 also align with Acer’s Earthion mission, incorporating several eco-friendly features and EPEAT registrations. They embody recycled materials, sustainable packaging, and an energy-efficient design meeting the Energy Star certification standards.
Furthermore, these models are prepared for educational and business environments with Chrome Education Upgrade and Chrome Enterprise Upgrade respectively, facilitating seamless device management, security configurations, and a plethora of teaching, collaboration, and productivity tools.
Pricing and Availability
In the UK, the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 and 514 will hit the retail shelves in October with prices starting at £399.99 and £499.99 respectively. This launch not only strengthens Acer’s portfolio but also highlights the growing trend of high-performance, feature-rich Chromebooks designed to meet the evolving demands of modern-day users.
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