Acer Designs Chromebook 14 for Work to Tap Corporate Demand

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-04-22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Acer Designs Chromebook 14 for Work to Tap Corporate Demand

    Chromebook 14 for Work is a lightweight notebook that runs on the Chrome OS and comes with a hardened shell so it can be used outdoors by field service workers.
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    Google Chrome OS Is a Remarkable Success
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    Google Chrome OS Is a Remarkable Success

    Google's Chrome OS has become a surprising success in the enterprise. The operating system relies on the cloud for application and data access, but uses all of Google's enterprise-friendly applications to make it a suitable option for the office. In addition, it works with third-party applications. Chrome OS isn't on the same level as Windows 10 in terms of power and capability. But for companies that don't require all of Windows 10' bells and whistles, it does a fine job. That's precisely why Acer's Chromebook 14 for Work relies on it.
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    Chromebook 14 for Work Has a Tough Skin
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    Chromebook 14 for Work Has a Tough Skin

    Acer's notebook is the first Chromebook to come with a Corning Gorilla Glass top cover, which is designed to keep the top of the case safe from dings and scratches. In addition, the device has a thin design and a small bezel around the screen. The keyboard is somewhat small, but it's flanked by an oversized touchpad.
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    Acer Is Touting Its Speed
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    Acer Is Touting Its Speed

    Acer was quick to point out on April 21 that it's offering the fastest Chromebook on the market. The Chromebook 14 for Work comes with sixth-generation Intel Core i processors, though the exact chip will vary depending on the model customers choose and the market they're in. Regardless, expect the Chromebook 14 for Work to be a speedy alternative to other Chromebooks and even lightweight Windows notebooks.
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    Acer's Screen Is Surprisingly Large
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    Acer's Screen Is Surprisingly Large

    Although the Chromebook 14 for Work has the chassis of a 13-inch notebook, the company was able to squeeze a 14-inch screen into the device by reducing the size of the bezels on the left and right sides. The screen comes with Full HD resolution, as well as wide-angle viewing. And thanks to a USB-C port, users can output their content to high-resolution displays.
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    The Battery Life Is Solid
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    The Battery Life Is Solid

    The battery life built into the Chromebook 14 for Work should satisfy any corporate need. According to Acer, the battery will last 13 hours on typical use. However, like any computer design, the device's actual battery life could vary, depending on how people use it.
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    Companies Can Customize the Top Covers
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    Companies Can Customize the Top Covers

    In an interesting twist, Acer is offering customized versions of its Chromebook 14 for Work. Most other companies launch Chromebooks and simply ship out whatever they've designed. However, Acer says that since the device is designed for corporate users, it will allow companies to order versions with their corporate logo or "other stylized graphics." There is one caveat: companies must hit a minimum order threshold to get the customization option. Acer hasn't said what that threshold is.
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    Acer Talks Up Google Hangouts Support

    Acer believes that its Chromebook 14 for Work could be a suitable option for video conferencing. The company said that the device's front-facing camera provides wide-angle HD video capture. In addition, Acer has bundled dual-array digital microphones that drown out background noise. In the corporate world, those kinds of features matter.
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    It's Also Equipped With a USB-C Device
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    It's Also Equipped With a USB-C Device

    Since this is a slim, lightweight notebook, it's perhaps no surprise that Acer has gone with the versatile USB 3.1 Type-C connection in the Chromebook 14 for Work. This port will enable users to charge the device and get faster data transfers. As noted, the port also supports video output.
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    Put Chromebook 14 for Work to the Drop Test

    Acer said that its keyboard is spill-resistant and has been hardened to safeguard its internal components from a fall. In fact, the top case can handle up to 132 pounds of downward force without cracking and can be dropped from heights of one-and-a-half feet with no ill effect. Anything beyond that, though, and you're on your own.
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    Acer Hasn't Disclosed Pricing or Availability
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    Acer Hasn't Disclosed Pricing or Availability

    Acer talked up its Chromebook 14 for Work on April 21, but it left out key details on pricing and availability. Since most Chromebooks are relatively affordable, it's likely the Chromebook 14 for Work will follow suit. It's also likely that the device will be shipping within the next several weeks. But as of this writing, Acer has not shared exact details.
 

Over the past couple of years, Google has been focusing its Chrome OS sales pitch on the enterprise and education markets, arguing that its platform is a desirable option for companies that want to save some cash and keep customers working in the Google ecosystem. Seeing that Google has considerable success in attracting corporate customers, several PC hardware makers have delivered Chromebooks to win some of that enterprise market share for themselves. On April 21, Acer became another of those hardware makers with the announcement of its Chromebook 14 for Work. The lightweight notebook runs on the Chrome OS and comes with a hardened shell so it can be used outdoors by field service workers. Acer officials emphasize that Chromebook 14 for Work would be a suitable option for companies that are already using or plan to use Google's enterprise services. This slide show takes a look at the features inside the Chromebook 14 for Work to suggest why corporate notebook buyers might consider it a good choice for workplaces.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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