Top Speed Chromebook
While others are content to stick with outdated processors in their Chromebooks, Acer takes a big step forward with its Chromebook 13 and Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip that powers it. The processor is up to date in every way with five cores and a high-performance graphics engine. Unlike other Chromebooks, it excels at multi-tasking, which allows users to have several apps running without the system bogging down. Still, the Chromebook 13 uses so little power that it doesn’t need a cooling fan.
It all makes for a slim system that has a 0.7-inch profile and weighs 3.3-pounds, not much more than 11.6-inch Chromebooks. The K1-based Chromebook 13 can be ordered in two basic models with a 13.3-inch display that shows 1,366 by 768 or 1,920 by 1,080 resolution for $280 or $300. They both come with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of solid state storage and there’s an HD version that holds 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for $380. The systems can run for between 11- and 13-hours of use – depending on which model you get -- and will be available next month.