Acer launches a trio of Chromebooks in Malaysia


Acer launches a trio of Chromebooks in Malaysia

FromL-R: Eddy Tee, Lead of Enterprise and SMB, Acer Malaysia; Chan Weng Hong, General Manager, Products, Sales, and Marketing, Acer Malaysia and Andy Tan, Commercial Product Manager, Acer Malaysia during the launch of the Acer Chromebooks and Chromeboxes earlier today.

You’ve read many wonderful things about Google’s Chromebooks; now the time has come for you to experience it first-hand, as Acer has finally brought the Chromebook 11 N7, Chromebook R11, and Chromebook for Work 14 to Malaysia.

The Acer Chromebook 11 N7.

Let’s first talk about the Chromebook 11 N7, which is available in two variants: one with 2GB of DDR3L RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage, and the other with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. Both variants are equipped with an 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) display, and are powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor, and Intel HD Graphics.

Connectivity wise, the Chromebook 11 N7 has two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It doesn’t have an Ethernet port, but it does have 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology.

Because the Chromebook 11 N7 is primarily targeted at students, it has been designed with a spill-resistant keyboard (because you know how clumsy students can be), a 180-degree hinge (for easier collaboration), a reinforced honeycomb structure that can withstand weights of up to 60kg, and the ability to survive drops from heights of up to 122 cm. The Chromebook 11 N7 is so durable, in fact, that it’s even compliant with the MIL-STD 810G military standard.

The Chromebook 11 N7 with 2GB of DDR3L RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage will be retailing for RM999, while the variant with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage is yours for RM1,099.

The Acer Chromebook R11.

The Chromebook R11, meanwhile, is available in a single variant equipped with an 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) IPS touch-display, an Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of DDR3L RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage.

In terms of connectivity, the Chromebook R11 has a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. No Ethernet port here either – you’ll have to depend on its 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology module.

You could call the Chromebook R11 a convertible notebook if you wanted to, as its display is attached to a 360-degree hinge that allows it to be rotated into four different usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Stand, and Tent. All you workaholics should be happy to know that the battery of the Chromebook R11 is able to last for up to 10 hours on a single charge. The Chromebook R11 is yours for RM1,499.

Looking for an alternative to an Ultrabook? You might want to consider the Chromebook 14, which weighs only 1.45kg. It has relatively decent specs going for it, too, including a 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) LED display with narrow bezels, an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, Intel HD Graphics, 8GB of DDR3L RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage.

It comes with two USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Again, you’ll need to connect to the internet via 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology. Got a long day ahead of you? Don’t fret, the Chromebook 14 will keep you company with its 12-hour battery life.

Like the Chromebook 11 N7, the Chromebook 14 is compliant with the MIL-STD 810G military standard, which means it likewise has a keyboard and a touchpad area that can drain out 330ml worth of liquid, and can withstand weights of up to 60kg. It should also survive drops from heights of up to 45 cm unscathed.

The Chromebook 14 is priced at RM2,299.

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