Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

"Acer announces their latest 11" Chromebook ahead of CES 2018

Under the hood, the Chromebook 11 C311 has had a small spec bump to use Intel's newer Celeron processors, as well as 2GB or 4GB of RAM - still no option for 8GB - and 10 hours of battery life.

The laptop is powered by Intel's Celeron processor, as is the case with other Acer Chromebooks. Storage is either 16 GB or 32 GB of eMMC, though of course the expectation is that you'll keep most of your content in Google Drive in the cloud.

The Acer Chromebook 11 starts at £249 and features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS display.

Acer is releasing a new version of the Chromebook 11, which is a pretty standard low- to mid-range addition to its array of Chromebooks. Meanwhile, its CB311-8H counterpart will use the same LCD panel, but rely on the trackpad for control instead of touch. Additional hardware aspects worth noting include a microSD card slot and no less than four USB ports.

Acer's hiding a quiet revolution in its mainstream Chromebook 11: two USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Type-C ports, which work for connectivity and for charging.

Finally, the Chromebook 11 comes with Google Play Store support out of the box. It can also run Android apps. It also has an HDR webcam and dual stereo speakers with an integrated microphone. The whole thing is 0.71-inches thick and weighs 2.43 pounds.

If you're after blazing power, you'll definitely want to look elsewhere - this is a Chromebook, after all. Google's still working on making these apps more Chromebook-friendly, but their simple availability has increased the usefulness of Chromebooks beyond education and basic web browsing.

These models will first arrive in European, Middle Eastern, and African markets in March starting at €249, while North American retailers will see the Chromebooks a month later for $249.

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