Acer becomes first to ship Chromebook with Intel Core i3 processor

By Shawn Knight
Jul 11, 2014
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  1. Chromebooks have a solid reputation as affordable portable computers that can excel at light workloads. In order to reach the market at budget price points, however, sacrifices often have to be made - particularly as it relates to the processor.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Upgrading CPU and downgrading screen isn't gonna work, Acer :) The stone-age resolution of 1366 x 768 :)
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2014
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,055

    Acer, Asus who cares? If they weren't the first then somebody else would've been just like the next company who offers an i7 in a Chromebook will be the first. What I'd like to know is why is this news and who the hell would want a Chromebook anyway...
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  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Yeah, one of those :) thanks for correction :)
  5. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    I would rather invest $200 more and get a real laptop; but that's just me.
    Well actually, I wouldn't get a laptop unless it could come close in replacing my desktop - which there are some that can, but at a price of close to $2k.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Well Shawn, thank God they don't excel at doing nothing. 'Cause that would put them right in my personal wheelhouse.
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  7. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    Oh I dunno, maybe Parents that cant afford a full priced laptop for their kids. Something that they can use for school work and not gaming. Something that if its lost or broken wont be quite as painful as losing an expensive laptop. Dont assume that everyone thinks like you do. Not everyone is rich.
  8. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    You can get an i7 with a discreet (nvidia or amd) GPU for under a Grand.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Wait is chrome OS even 64bit yet? If not, there is no point in these spec bumps really.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,055

    What's wrong with buying them a 2nd hand laptop then?
  11. Frank Barnett

    Frank Barnett TS Rookie Posts: 61   +6

    Old laptops are old for a reason. I know somebody witha chromebook and for what they use it for it works.
  12. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +339

    Most of the laptops have this resolution, nothing wrong with it on a 15 inch screen. Those with higher resolutions are expensive and need better hardware to support it so I don't mind it.
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Expensive? Lenovo is already selling a 4K 15" laptop for $1299. Laptops with 1080P are available dirt cheap.
  14. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +339

    I've yet to see a dirt cheap 1080p laptop, everywhere I look it's about $600-700 cheapest. That 4k laptop is not cheap at all, but it's 4k so I guess it's reasonable.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,556   +2,900

    That seems dirt-cheap to me.

    Must we forget laptops have always been higher in price than desktops. And desktops were at one time an average of two grand. Now the cost of living is double if not more, Laptops are less than 25% the cost they once were. That makes the dollar value in the area of 10% of what it once was. And that is leaving out performance/efficiency aspects of the product. Lets calculate the performance/efficiency aspect and round it to 0.01% value and call it dirt-cheap.

    OK, joking aside I truly don't see 600-700 being high for a Notebook, even the cheapest of Notebook. Now if you are thinking about Netbooks/Tablets, that is a different story. I wouldn't pay over 500 for a Netbook or Tablet. The sad thing about that is it probably cost about the same to make them all, but yet they have different prices by a large margin.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    I'm just curious as to why anyone would need 4K resolution on a 15" screen. I'm sure those numbers would impress the living poop out of a few high school students. But beyond that?
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  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,055

    I guess.

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