Acer's new $350 Chromebook is the MacBook Air successor we all need

The Chromebook Spin 11 features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS touchscreen display and a 360-degree hinge. Exact pricing will vary by market, says Acer. It features a semi-rugged MIL-STD 810G tested case with IP41 water resistance, a spill-resistant keyboard, and a body that can survive a fall from up to 4 feet.

Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is a convertible laptop whose screen can be rotated, and it supports touch and stylus input for handwriting and drawing.

You'll get plentiful connectivity with the box including a USB Type-C port, five USB Type-A connectors, an HDMI and Ethernet port, as well as a microSD card reader.

Acer's new products were revealed at education technology trade show, BETT, in London this week.

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Design for education and commercial customers, the latest compact Chromebox desktop model can be configured with various Intel processor models up to the 8th generation Intel Core processors. "It's 11.6" HD (1366×768) resolution screen is only available in touch screen but given its potential use in tablet mode it's understandable.

Acer is claiming a battery life of up to 12 hours, and in terms of physical connectors, there are two USB Type-C ports, along with a pair of USB 3.0, and a microSD card reader. Both will offer up to 8GB of RAM.

So far, only the Chromebook 11 and Chromebook Spin 11 have pricing and release dates, with the CX13 Chromebox price and availability to be announced by region. The Spin also features Google Play Support. In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the Spin 11 launches in April, and prices start at €379.

Acer may already be the champion of Chromebook diversity, selling more models through both consumer and education channels than we're willing to count right now, and unveiling another 11-inch version at CES earlier this month ahead of USA commercial availability in April.

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For the more adventurous, the Chromebook Spin 11 is the more exciting (and commensurately more expensive) model with that 360-degree hinge. European prices start at €329.

Available with either quad-core Pentium or Celeron processors, the Spin 11 incorporates either a 32GB or 64GB onboard eMMC storage, and 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It's essentially a mini PC built around Chrome OS, and a powerful one at that with up to 8th Gen Intel Core processor options. It sports two USB-C ports, as well as two USB 3.0 ports.

Will be sold via our retail channels, available in North America starting in March priced starting at $349USD. It will also have a 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless network card, and Bluetooth 4.2.

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