Acer’s Chromebook boasts 13-hour battery life

Jane McEntegart

August 11, 2014 11:18am

Mobile technology has come a long way, but one area where we continue to be frustrated is battery life. We can never seem to get enough juice out of our electronics. Acer is tackling that issue with its latest Chromebook, which it claims can last all day and then some on a single charge.

The Acer Chromebook 13 packs Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra K1, which is working alongside 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a 1080p 13.3-inch display. Though Acer hasn’t offered any specs on the battery, it claims it lasts up to 13 hours. For an extra $20, that number can be increased to 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Officially announced today, the Chromebook 13 is up for pre-order in the US already, but Acer has yet to detail Canadian availability. Pricing is set at $299, but if you’re willing to take the resolution down to 1366 x768, you can knock that figure down to $279.

  • expos9439

    Perfect first computer for kids (or moms that only need light web duties).

    • Balls O’Steele

      Is it an ips screen?

    • expos9439

      Doesn’t look like it. On Acer website it’s listed as “13.3” Full HD widescreen ComfyView™ LCD (1920 x 1080)”

  • ChrisPollard77

    This is actually pretty tempting. I’m just leery of the nVidia chips since support wasn’t stellar for the Tegra 2/3 chips. But on paper, it’s a beast of a processor. (As far as mobile chips go anyway.)

    • mizkitty

      It’s the same SoC as the new Shield tablet…so I don’t think you have to worry.

      There’s another K1 version (dual-core…but 64-bit) rumored for the Nexus 9.

    • ChrisPollard77

      I’d like to believe that. But having a Tegra 2 device in the house and seeing how quickly it became unsupported frightens me. Especially when the Tegra 3 fared no better. Not saying they’re bad chips by ANY stretch, but I’m leery of them. IF the Nexus gets one, that will firm up their position in the marketplace somewhat, because the devs will jump on board.

  • TomsDisqusted

    $20 for an extra 2G ram and 16G of storage. That’s a great price – like to see that sort of pricing for mobile!

  • Chris G

    bit of a mis-print (i think) $279 for the 16gb lower res screen. $20 to get an HD screen 379$ to get the extra ram storage and hd screen

  • Tech Guru

    The Samsung 13 incher still has no Canadian presence 3 months in, so don’t expect to see these anywhere anytime soon

  • AGoodM8

    If we could get Apple products that don’t cost an arm and a leg, that would be great as well. The 5C was quite a disappointment last year, hopefully they come up with something better..

  • Merags

    I’m so excited to buy this!
    “Acer has yet to detail Canadian availability”

    I’ll be so excited to buy this next year!

  • purdy44

    Why can’t we get Chromebooks up here? None of the new ones have shown up. I’ve got Best Buy Reward Zone certificates burning a hole in my wallet and all I want to use them for is to buy my mom a Chromebook. These machines fit her needs absolutely perfectly but if they don’t show up in Canada until halfway into their life cycle, what’s the point? I guess she’ll just have to go down to the States and buy one herself. Maybe one for me too; they seem perfect for note taking students who can’t write fast enough and clear enough to keep up. :/ 🙁

  • jeff

    I have been waiting since march to buy a chromebook with 1080p and a processor that keeps up to the task of heavy web browsing. I’m liking the reviews on the shield tablet so I’m wondering if this will be the one to beat. The i3 chromebooks would be my preference but they are getting a bit too pricey for a web browsing laptop. More are on the way though…perhaps by the fall more models will be out

  • Eli_Vance

    Chromebooks are a waste of money.