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Acer's Latest Chromebook Should Be Quite Powerful & Attractive

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Published on 11 August 2014 01:00 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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Acer has introduced its newest Chromebook today and it's powered by the mighty powerful Tegra K1 SoC.

The Chromebook 13 is Acer's newest venture with Google for a Chrome OS laptop. Making this Chromebook attractive to us is its NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC, which features four 2.1GHz processing cores plus its fifth companion core. I've been using the Tegra K1 extensively with the Jetson TK1 ARM development board and the performance is terrific out of the quad-core Cortex-A15 chip with Kepler-grade graphics.

Acer's Latest Chromebook Should Be Quite Powerful & Attractive


Besides shipping with the Tegra K1, the $299 Chromebook 13 model also has a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 panel, 2GB DDR3 L memory, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and a reported 11 hour battery life. Given the performance potential out of the Tegra K1, the 11 hour battery rating is quite good, assuming you're using it for lightweight web browsing.

Acer's Latest Chromebook Should Be Quite Powerful & Attractive


As soon as those with extra time on their hands manage to get an upstream Linux distribution running well as an alternative to Chrome OS, I'll probably be picking up an Acer Chromebook 13 for further Tegra K1 benchmarking and testing outside of the Jetson TK1 development board. The Tegra K1 is also promising as NVIDIA continues contributing to Nouveau to improve the open-source "GK20A" Kepler graphics inside the TK1.

Learn more about this latest high-performance ARMv7 Chromebook at Acer.com.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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