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Acer Launches Premium Chromebook Plus Laptops with built-in Google AI

By Greg Tavarez

Google AI, a division of Google dedicated to AI research and development, has a goal to develop AI that is helpful to everyone. They achieve this by focusing on several areas; one is integrating AI into Google products and services, like speech recognition in Google Assistant and image recognition in Google Photos.

While we are on the topic of Google AI integrating AI into Google products, Acer recently announced the launch of two new Chromebook Plus laptops, the Spin 714 and 516 GE. These Chromebooks boast faster processors, increased memory and storage capacity and advanced AI features designed for improved productivity, creativity, and collaboration.

The Spin 714 is a convertible Chromebook ideal for users who value portability and functionality. Powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra processors, it delivers smooth performance for running demanding applications, including AI-powered tools from Google and Adobe. Users can leverage features like smart writing assistance and background generation in Google Docs and Sheets, while Adobe Photoshop and LumaFusion provide seamless photo and video editing capabilities.

The Spin 714's standout feature is its 360-degree hinge that allows it to transform from a traditional laptop to a tablet for sketching or note-taking. The 14-inch touchscreen display offers vibrant WUXGA resolution and 100% sRGB color coverage. This makes it ideal for work and entertainment. Additionally, the display is protected by Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass, resisting scratches, stains and odor-causing bacteria.

Staying connected is easy with the Spin 714. It boasts Wi-Fi 6E for high-speed wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1 for connecting peripherals. The Chromebook also features a versatile selection of ports, including HDMI 2.0, two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 functionality and a USB Type-A port.

For clear video calls, the Spin 714 integrates a 1440p QHD webcam with AI-powered enhancements for improved clarity, lighting and sound. Dual upward-facing speakers with DTS Audio ensure high-quality sound during conferences or media playback.

The 516 GE caters to cloud gamers seeking a powerful and portable Chromebook. Equipped with the latest 13th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, it delivers smooth performance for streaming high-end games at up to 1600p resolution and 120 frames per second through NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.

The Chromebook's 16-inch WQXGA IPS display boasts a 120Hz refresh rate for exceptionally smooth and realistic visuals. Coupled with 100% sRGB color gamut, the display delivers vibrant and accurate colors to enhance the overall gaming experience. High-quality DTS audio with upward and downward-firing speakers further immerses gamers in the action.

The 516 GE features a fast and reliable 2.5G Gigabit Ethernet LAN port and Wi-Fi 6E for on-the-go connectivity. The Chromebook also includes a backlit gaming keyboard with anti-ghosting technology for precise and rapid keystroke registration.

Beyond gaming, the 516 GE proves to be a capable productivity machine. Users can use the latest AI-powered collaboration features in ChromeOS and Adobe apps. Additionally, a new Game dashboard allows gamers to customize their experience and share gameplay progress.

The Chromebook's 1080p webcam with AI-powered video enhancements ensures users look and sound their best during video calls. Storage options include up to 2 TB PCIe NVMe SSD and 16 GB of fast LPDDR4X memory, while the battery provides up to 10 hours of usage.

The Spin 714 and 516 GE are available with enterprise and education management capabilities through Chrome Enterprise Upgrade and Chrome Education Upgrade, respectively. These upgrades offer streamlined device enrollment, advanced security features and built-in virus protection. Data and applications remain secure in business and educational settings. IT departments and administrators also benefit from 24/7 remote support and troubleshooting assistance.

The Acer Chromebook Plus Spin 714 starts at $749.99. The Acer Chromebook Plus 516 GE starts at $699.99. Specific configurations, pricing and availability may vary by region.




Edited by Alex Passett
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