Acer’s new Chromebook Spin has a bigger screen but shorter battery life

Acer has announced that it is updating its existing line of Chromebooks with three new devices at CES 2022, each making small changes from its predecessors.

The new Spin 513 has a 13.5-inch larger screen compared to its predecessor.
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The new Spin 513 comes with a 13.5-inch screen, an upgrade from the 13-inch screen on the previously released Spin 513. It replaces the Snapdragon 7c Compute SC7180 with the MediaTek Kompanio 1380, a new processor that also has eight cores. And like all Spin models, you can fold up the screen to use the Chromebook as a tablet, or place it upright on a flat surface in a tent-like position when watching videos.

However, there is a small trade-off with this new model – instead of the 13.5 hours of battery life of the previous Spin 513, the new 513 will only last 10 hours on a full charge, a pretty significant degradation. The Spin 513 will go on sale for $ 599.99.

The Acer 315 has a large 15.6-inch screen.
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The new Chromebook 315, first released in 2019, featured an AMD A-series processor and an impressive 15.6-inch display. The device was touted as one of the first Chromebooks to come with AMD silicon, but that changes with this newly announced Intel-based 315. It can be bundled with Intel Celeron dual-core N4500, quad-core Celeron N5100, or Pentium Silver N600. The device also sports an OceanGlass touchpad, which Acer says is made with recycled plastic to achieve a “glass-like texture,” in addition to a wide-field-of-view HDR webcam.

That’s roughly the extent of the major changes this new model brings, as it has a large 15.6-inch anti-glare display and 10 hours of battery life, just like its predecessor. The Chromebook 315 will retail for $ 299.99 when released.

The Acer Chromebook 314 comes with a 14-inch touchscreen.
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Acer’s new Chromebook 314 is priced at the same price of $ 299.99 as the 315, but has a 14-inch anti-glare touchscreen. It also comes with the same options for Intel processors, the OceanGlass touchpad and has 10 hours of battery life. Plus, it has two built-in microphones with noise reduction technology, along with a webcam that’s supposed to help reduce annoying lighting issues.

While Acer’s new Chromebooks will arrive in North America in June this year, they will be available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in April.

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