Recently, Acer has unveiled a new Chrome-running laptop with a 14-inch display and military specifications (it meets MIL-STD 810G reliability standards) which will hit the stores in May and will cost only $349.
The Chromebook 14 for Work is really an impressive laptop with an affordable price. It was created especially for businesses, because it has a metal body which isn’t deteriorated that easily, especially that it meets military standards, so it survives a drop of 45cm and its carcass won’t bend even if you’ll place 60kg of weight on top of it. In addition, Acer is protecting its lid with Vibrant Gorilla Glass, which you can customize with various images. Also, the keyboard is spill-resistant, so if you drop water or coffee on it, the liquid won’t get inside. There are two keyboard options, so you can choose a standard one or a backlit model, which will help you work at night, without needing to turn on the light in your room.
Its physical dimensions are: 330.9 x 227 x 22.4 mm, resulting in a total weight of 1.45 Kg, and the 14-inch display supporting a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels can be squeezed into a chassis that was designed for a 13-inch display. The laptop runs on Chrome OS, it’s powered by the sixth generation Intel Core processor, which makes it way more powerful than Celeron-equipped contemporaries, and RAM variants are 2GB, 4GB or 8GB. The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work has 16GB or 32GB of eMMC storage and the battery life can last up to 12 hours. The laptop has also a USB 3.0 Type-C port that can be connected to an optional docking station, so you’ll have additional ports.
For video conferences you can use the 1,280×720 resolution webcam and you’ll get a Trusted Platform Module chip that will encrypt files. The starting price of Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is $349 for the variant with 2GB of RAM, but it isn’t known how much the 8GB variant will cost.