Vendor makes Chromebooks more business-friendly, appealing, with premium models
Economical Chromebooks are a best-seller in education and a low-cost alternative for consumers, but they’re not overly appealing to the business community. Acer is stepping toward making Chromebooks enterprise-ready with the upcoming release of two new models that have features designed specificially for business users.
The Lowdown: With the 714 and 715 Chromebooks, Acer is looking to tap into increasing interest among business buyers for laptops that run alternatives to Microsoft’s Windows and the Mac OS. Like school systems, businesses look at Chromebooks because of their low costs. The holdback is often connectivity; Chromebooks require Internet access to fully function.
The Details: The new Acer Chromebooks are packed with features designed specifically for business users. Both versions feature high-definition and Gorilla Glass touch displays, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, and battery life up to 12 hours. Both include USB-C ports on either side of the chassis to make power and accessory connections more convenient. The 715 version is the first Chromebook with a dedicated numeric keypad. The units start at $499, and scale in price with processing power and RAM.
The Impact: The release of two business-ready Chromebooks will likely not have much of an impact, at least initially. But the Acer 714 and 715 Chromebooks are the beginning of a trend to make Chromebooks legitimate devices for enterprise environments and users.
The Buzz: “The addition of a premium durable chassis and integrated fingerprint reader onto the latest Acer Chromebooks enhances the security and reliability of these devices,” said James Lin, general manager of notebooks at Acer’s IT product business. “Employees of all types — whether in a corporate office, small business, or an educational setting — need reliable, powerful PCs that help protect their data, perform well, and look great. These new Acer Chromebooks fit that bill.”