Acer has introduced a 17.3-inch Chromebook at its Next@Acer event. Named the Acer Chromebook 317, the Taiwan-based manufacturer is calling it the “industry’s first 17-inch model”.
For the uninitiated, Chromebooks are laptops with low specifications hardware running Google’s Chrome OS. They let users create and save their work online and are thus aimed at people who are always connected to a high-speed internet connection.
Acer Chromebook 317 features
The laptop features a full HD display with an anti-glare coating on top. It comes with narrow bezels. A touchscreen variant is also available. There are upward-facing speakers on either side. A wide-angle HD webcam is available as an optional accessory. The backlight on the keyboard is optional too, and the touchpad can also be used as a numeric keypad.
Chromebook 317 is powered by an Intel Celeron dual-core chipset. It comes with integrated Intel HD graphics. It features 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Acer claims the laptop takes a mere eight seconds to boot up and runs for 10 hours on a single charge. It comes with integrated malware protection. The connectivity options include 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, a microSD slot, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, and two USB-C ports.
Quoting James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc,
“Since the introduction of Chromebooks 10 years ago, Acer has been a leader in expanding form factors in innovative ways that encourage our users to create, learn, and do more. Today, we hit another milestone by being the first Chromebook provider to introduce a 17.3-inch model, the ideal size for users working and learning from home.”
Pricing and availability
Acer Chromebook 317 will be available next month onwards for the starting price of $379.99 (₹27,600 approx.).