Acer Unveils Durable Chromebook 14 for Work

Among the new Acer devices unveiled in New York today is the Chromebook 14 for Work, the first Chromebook to feature a sixth-generation Intel core processor, the company said. In addition to being fast, Acer said the new device also boasts a battery life of up to 12 hours.

Also announced today were the Switch Alpha 12 liquid-cooled notebook, a new ultra-slim Aspire S 13, two Predator devices -- a notebook and a desktop -- for gaming, and the X5 computer for cycling enthusiasts. Acer also launched a new line of F7 large-venue projectors.

The new products represent "the fruits of our corporate transformation," including expansion into new markets such as computing for cycling fans, president and CEO Jason Chen said in a statement.

'Military Standard' Durability

Set to hit the market in May, Acer's Chromebook 14 for Work also achieves a first by featuring a scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass cover, the company said. The new device also offers "military standard" durability, with a spill-resistant keyboard and a body that can withstand drops of up to four feet, according to Acer.

Weighing in a 3.2 pounds, the Chromebook 14 for Work provides a 13-inch, full-HD display with anti-glare and low-reflection properties, Acer said. The device also offers a USB 3.0 Type-C port, support for Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi connections, and a 720p webcam with wide field-of-view imaging for effective video conferencing.

The Chromebook 14 for Work will be available with either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage and either 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 SDRAM memory. The device will be priced starting at $349 in the U.S.

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