Acer has just taken the wraps off its latest Chrome-based device, the Chromebook 14 for Work. Featuring a neat hardware specifications sheet and Google’s Chrome OS, the Taiwan-based PC manufacturer’s Chromebook seeks to deliver the performance and functionality needed for a seamless computing performance. But with Apple’s recently released MacBook 2016 taking the limelight in the notebook spectrum, will Acer’s Chromebook offering manage to steal the show?
Acer claims that the Chromebook 14 for Work is the fastest Chrome-based notebook in the market today. The company says that its device is equipped with a Sixth Generation Intel Core processor, which would likely be the reason behind Acer’s claim. It’s also available in several configurations, with either a 32GB or a 64GB variant while the memory comes in 8GB, 4GB, and 2GB options. Acer is going for cloud storage with its Trusted Platform Module along with its 100GB of free storage offering. Acer also claims that its latest Chromebook promises 12 hours of battery life.
On Apple’s quarters, the MacBook 2016 has received a refresh. There’s a Skylake-based Core M running under its hood, and 8GB of RAM now becomes standard. It also comes with large storage variants. Users are given options in 256GB and 516GB, which would mean that there’s not much reliance on cloud storage as compared to Acer’s recent Chromebook. The MacBook 2016 also promises 12 hours of iTunes movie playback, which would make it one hour longer than its predecessor.
As far as the pricing goes, Acer priced its latest Chromebook quite competitively. It comes with an AU$450 (US$349) starting price, which is quite reasonable given its specifications and features. Chromebooks usually come in this price range, but the Chromebook 14 for Work has some neat tricks up its sleeve that can give the competition a run for their money. On the other hand, Apple put a premium price tag on the MacBook 2016. It starts at AU$1,677 (US$1,300), which is considered very expensive considering that’s the baseline model.