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Acer's new Chromebook Spin 514 is powered by AMD mobile CPUs and GPUs
- The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 has just been announced at CES 2021.
- The latest model in Acer’s Chromebook Spin series is also the first to use AMD CPUs and GPUs.
- The Chromebook will be sold in both consumer and business-enterprise versions later this year.
Acer Chromebook Spin 514 has won Android Authority‘s CES 2021 Top Picks Award for Best Affordable Laptop. Check out all the awards here.
Acer has another entry in its popular lineup of Chromebooks, this time from its Spin brand. The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is the first such Chromebook from the company that will use both mobile processors and graphics chips from AMD.
The Chromebook Spin 514 model can be purchased with either the AMD Ryzen 7 3700C or Ryzen 5 3500C quad-core processor. Both will also have AMD’s Radeon Vega mobile graphics chips inside for faster performance.
As with other Spin models, the Chromebook Spin 514’s 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen display can be rotated 360 degrees. That allows it to be used in several formats, including the traditional laptop, or as a big tablet. It weighs just 3.42 pounds and is just 17.35mm thick.
The Chromebook is made of anodized, sandblasted aluminum, and has a MIL-STD-810H rating for durability. It’s designed to keep working even if it falls from a height of 48 inches and can withstand up to 132 pounds of downward force. Also, the display is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass to keep it safe from scratches.
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The Chromebook supports up to 16GB of DDR4 DRAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage. It has two standard USB ports, two USB-C ports, and a microSD card slot. Some models also have a built-in HDMI port for connecting the Chromebook to a big-screen monitor or TV. It also has two speakers, two microphones, and a battery designed to last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Acer will also sell the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 model for businesses. This model has all the specs of the standard model, but will also include comprehensive security features that will allow a company’s IT administrator to install apps, control updates, and more with web-based management.
The standard Acer Chromebook Spin 514 will go on sale in February in the US for a starting price of $479.99. It will go on sale in Europe in March with a starting price of €529. The Enterprise model will go on sale in March, starting at $749.99 in the US and €799 in Europe.