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Friday, 21 April 2017 | MYT 5:41 PM

Acer unveils three Chromebooks for work and education

Google’s Chromebooks are best known for being affordable and easy-to-use but the chances of purchasing one in Malaysia has been slim due to limited availability.

That’s expected to change as Acer Malaysia has just launched three Chromebook laptops for education and work.

Chromebooks are marketed as a budget-friendly machines designed to be fast and light on resources as they depend on Cloud services like the Google Drive.

They run on Chrome OS, an operating system based on Google’s popular Chrome Internet browser.

Chromebook 14 – The first Chromebook to support Google Play store apps
Chromebook 14 – Business class Chromebook with military grade certification

Chromebook 14

First up is the Chromebook 14, targeted at business users. Acer Sales and Services Sdn Bhd commercial product manager Andy Tan says the Chromebook 14 meets the US military grade for reliability and durability so it can withstand hard knocks and accidental drops.

The 14in (1,366 x 768 pixels) display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is popularly used in smartphones.

It is also spill resistant – the company claims that the keyboard and touchpad can resist up to 330ml of liquid.

It has an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and the battery is rated to last up to 12 hours.

The Chromebook 14 costs RM2,299.

Chromebook R11 – First Chromebook to support Google Play store apps
Chromebook R11 – First Chromebook to support Google Play store apps

Chromebook R11

The Chromebook R11 is a convertible laptop with a 360º dual-torque hinge – you can use it as a laptop or flip the keyboard around and turn it into a tablet. Or you can make it stand like a tent and use it for presentations and watching movies.

The main draw of the R11 is that it supports Android apps as it comes pre-installed with the Google Play Store.

“Acer was the first in the world to introduce a Chromebook back in 2011, the first to launch Google Play in a Chrome device (R11) in 2016, and the first to make Chromebooks for work that meet the military grade,” says Acer Sales and Services products, sales and marketing general manager Chan Weng Hong.

It has an Intel Celeron quad-core 1.60GHz processor, 11.6in touchscreen (1,366 x 768 pixels), 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Acer claims that it offers up to 10 hours of battery life.

It goes for RM1,499.

Chromebook 11 N7 - Affordable laptop for education
Chromebook 11 N7 - Affordable laptop for education

Chromebook 11 N7

Lastly, the Chromebook 11 N7 is an affordable entry-level laptop targeted at students.

Despite being only 22mm thick and weighing 1.35kg, the laptop is designed to be durable – Acer says that it’s able to withstand up to 60kg of downward pressure on the top cover and drops from heights of up to 122cm.

Also, it has a fan-less design for cool and quiet operation, making it ideal for students to use it in the classroom, library or laboratory.

It has an 11.6in display (1,366 x 768 pixels) and is powered by an Intel Celeron dual-core 1.6GHz processor.

The model with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage retails for RM999 while the one with 4GB and 32GB storage is priced at RM1,099.