The jewel in the new range’s crown though is the Chromebook 13, pictured above. It’s the first Chromebook to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 – soon to be seen in the Nexus 9 – and runs fanless.
You can choose between a 1080p screen or a more standard 1366×768 display as the device’s 13.3 inch screen. There’s a full size HDMI port alongside USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi ac is supported for super fast network connections.
The Chromebook 13 is about 18mm thick weighs 1.5kg and starts at $379.
The Chromebook 11 – model CB3-111 – offers a compact, light and portable experience for users with an 11.6-inch widescreen 1366×768 LED backlit TFT LCD display. It’s powered by an Intel Bay Trail M Celeron N2830 processor. It’s a little over 18mm thick, weighs 1.1kg and comes in Moonstone White. There’s Bluetooth 4.0 on board with both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, HDMI output and a headphone jack. The Chromebook 11 starts at $329.
There’s also an alternative model of the Chromebook 11 – C730 – that comes in Granite Gray for commercial and education markets. It’s more durable, with a better structural design that can withstand a 60% higher drop test and a spillproof keyboard. It’s a little thicker and a little chunkier, at nearly 22mm thick and 1.4kg but is otherwise the same unit. This model starts at $$399.
Acer’s also finally bringing its Acer CXI Chromebox – announced in August – to Australia, starting at $359.
The CXI is powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U processor with 4GB of DDR3 RAM running Intel HD graphics. It’s got a 16GB SSD on board and is about 17x13cm on the face, and a little over 3cm tall. There’s a VESA mount kit included, so you can hide the box away behind your monitor.
We rather liked Acer’s last Australian Chromebook releases – the C720 and C720P – but they proved notoriously difficult to find at retail. Hopefully Acer’s new range will fare better.
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