Acer Chromebook 13 Offers 13 Hour Battery Life, Tegra K1 Processor
Starting at $279.99, the 13” Acer Chromebook 13 CB5 may seem, at first glance, to be just another addition to the firm's line of Chrome OS-toting laptops. Well, not quite. Whereas previous Acer Chromebooks have used Intel processors, this one has an ARM chip instead, likely one of the reasons for the strong rated battery life – up to 13 hours per charge.
The ARM SoC involved is none other than Nvidia's much-hyped Tegra K1. Four Cortex-A15 cores at 2.3Ghz comprise the CPU portion, while graphics are handled by 192 of the firm's own Kepler-architecture cores. While Chrome OS is hardly designed for gaming, Nvidia is banking on support of the WebGL API, among other new standards, on websites to make some use of that GPU power.
The rest of the Acer Chromebook 13 is generally par for the course with Chromebooks. The $279.99 starter model up for pre-order on Amazon has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 1366x768-pixel display. $100 more will double the RAM and storage, up the resolution to 1920x1080, but negate two hours of battery life.
11 hours is still pretty respectable, though. Samsung's Chromebook 2, also toting a 13” 1080p display, is only rated for 8.5 hours of battery life. The Samsung also has an ARM-based chip, the Exynos 5 Octa 5800, which has a very similar configuration of quad A15 main cores as the Nvidia Tegra K1.
And, Intel-based Chromebooks? This HP one promises up to nine hours, but most others are rated for substantially less than that.
Anyway, both Acer Chromebook 13 models have 802.11ac wireless, 3.5mm audio jack, a USB 3.0 port, and an HDMI output. Yeah, that's it. Web browsing doesn't require much connectivity, besides maybe a wired LAN jack. That also goes for the small amount of internal storage. Just some things to keep in mind before you order.