Acer is known as a leading provider of budget laptops and it has the market share to show it. This time, the company has decided to do things a little differently and has announced the new Chromebase All-in-one PC..
The Chromebase comes with a Nvidia Tegra K1 coupled with Kepler graphics. The powerful and energy efficient processor comes alongside 4GB of RAM. The device has a 21.5-inch 1080p display. Internal storage is expandable and comes at 16GB while Acer also offers a 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years.
The PC can be bought with an optional touchscreen option. Chrome OS has not been available in this form factor so far but with the increasing demand for the OS, people would want specific use based devices to be available in the market. The largest hurdle for other Chrome OS devices are the Chromebooks themselves because of their low prices and portability.
Acer has struck some very good price points for this device and could result in wide approval for the device. The non-touch version will go on sale for $329.99 while the multi-touch version will cost a $100 more.
The touchscreen version will go on sale starting next month. Considering the price and the hardware, the device is definitely cheap. Even tablets with similar specifications cost way more than this All-in-one which can be used for a multitude of purposes.
Acer Chromebase All-in-One Specs:
- Chrome OS
- 21.5-inch 1080p display
- NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor
- 4 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage which is expandable
- 100GB Google Drive storage for two years
- 2 x 3W audio speakers
- HDMI out, USB 3.0, USB 2.0.
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Chrome based laptops usually find application in the educational sector but increasingly, they’ve become popular among people who don’t need a lot of horsepower to get work done. The battery, portability and price are huge factors why they are projected to ship 7.5 million units this year alone and are overtaking iPad sales.
With more specific use cases now starting being covered by manufacturers like Acer, we could see Chrome OS becoming a major player in the budget computing market.