Aiming to expand the market for Chrome-running laptops, Acer released its first 14-inch Chromebook for Work.
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work was announced on Friday, April 22, as the first Google compliant Work venture. With its Core i processor, the laptop is claimed by Acer as the faster ever.
According to the website i4u.com, Acer announced the previous variant of the 14-inch Chromebook during the first quarter this year. The Chromebook 14 had a an aluminum chassis and featured a slower Celeron processor.
The enterprise-friendly Acer Chromebook 14 for Work meets MIL-STD 810G reliability standards and features Intel Skylake processors. ZDNet reports that the laptop comes with Gorilla Glass lid and has a starting price tag of $349.
The scratch-resistant Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass lid addresses corporate concerns about reliability. Companies can also get graphics printed on the lid that can double as free marketing.
The new Chromebook 14 for Work is the first to use Intel's sixth-generation Core Skylake processors. With this feature Acer hopes to appeal to companies looking to run Google's Chrome OS on their corporate laptops.
The Skylake processor will allow for battery life of over 10 hours between charges, Acer claims. The 14-inch display comes in full HD resolution of either 1,366x768 or 1,920x1,080. In order to keep its laptop just 0.88 inches thick and at 3.2 pounds weight, Acer has fitted the 14-inch display into a chassis designed for a 13-inch screen.
Acer latest Chromebook corporate laptop also comes with the ability to withstand drops up to 48 inches and a spill-resistant keyboard. Among its other features are included a 1,280x720 resolution webcam, USB 3.0 Type-C port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a range of 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage.
Acer's Chromebook 14 for Work provides support for Google's Chrome for Work program. This provides enterprises with tools to deploy Chrome devices more securely and easily. The laptop also features a Trusted Platform Module chip that allows encrypting files.