The world’s first Tegra K1 Chromebook, Acer Chromebook 13, should’ve been lighter, nicer

Acer Chromebook 13

The other day, Acer announced its very first 13-inch Chromebook which also happens to be the world’s first such device powered by NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra K1 chip, enabling laptop to stay cool without a fan, while providing up to 13 hours of usage on a single charge!

That’s all nice, but… simply put, the Chromebook 13 isn’t as portable as we would want it to be. Whether that’s heavy plastic or some other cheap material used, it weighs full 3.31 lb (1.5 kg). In comparison, Acer’s high-end Windows laptops are much, much lighter.

Sure, you can argue that these Windows models cost much more, but that’s the not point. A Chromebook is seldom (if ever) used as a primary computer; as a secondary machine I think it should be easier to carry around. And that’s obviously not the case here.

Now, I don’t have anything again the Acer Chromebook 13 per se; what I would like to see is a more premium model that uses the same materials as Aspire C7. And yes, I would be willing to pay a premium for the benefit. And if it’s a problem to make such device using NVIDIA’s chip, let’s get back to Intel’s Core i3 or i5. It’s about time we get another Chromebook Pixel. ;)

  • PeterSteinbeck

    Exactly. This won’t be anyone’s first laptop! So it should be more portable.

  • Qbancelli

    Amen!

  • Karen

    Seems a little nit-picky, and implying that a Chromebook is “seldom (if ever) used as a primary computer” is not factual.

  • S_Deemer

    Perhaps it depends on one’s definition of “much lighter.” The Acer S3 Ultrabook, at 2.6 pounds, has ~4 hours battery life, and offers 1366 x 768 screen resolution. The Acer S7 Ultrabook, which costs 3-4 times as much, weighs 2.9 pounds and offers ~7 hours battery life. I would gladly trade 0.4 pounds for 50-90% longer battery life (the higher resolution Acer Chromebook 3 is rated ~11 hours). If Acer wanted to offer lighter, I’m sure they could have done so by cutting the size of the battery, which would have been the wrong tradeoff, in my view.

    @PeterSteinbeck : If you want more portability, the Acer i3 Chromebook weighs 2.8 pounds, but you’re stuck with an 11″ screen. There are always tradeoffs.

    Based on actual usage (>95%), Chromebooks have been my primary computers for the past 3+ years.

  • srikant

    I disagree. With the 1080p and the 11 hours battery life plus the quick boot time, fast os the target audience wouldnt mind the additional weight

  • Christopher Michael Sayler

    hahaha. How much less do these other laptops weigh that they are “much, much lighter”? Like.. half a pound? Seriously, can you just let them float in the air when you aren’t using them?

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