Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 514 is Powered by AMD’s Ryzen Processors
In addition to supporting the Ryzen 4000 mobile platform on some of the latest Windows 10 laptops and convertibles, Acer now also offers support for AMD’s silicon on its Chromebooks. The first Chromebook from Acer to support AMD’s mobile processor is the Chromebook Spin 514 this year.
Unlike Acer’s current Ryzen laptops, the Chromebook Spin doesn’t come with the traditional Ryzen 4000 mobile chipsets found on Windows computers. Instead, Acer will use AMD’s Ryzen 3000-C mobile processor, which supports AMD Radeon graphics, the company said in a prepared statement ahead of the CES 2021 announcement.
The Chromebook Spin 514 can be equipped with Ryzen 7 3700C, Ryzen 5 3500C and Ryzen 3 3250C processors. Acer stated that these CPUs come with AMD Radeon Vega or RX Vega Mobile Graphics.
With AMD’s Ryzen 3000-C processors under the hood, Acer claimed that the Chromebook Spin 514 can get up to 10 hours of battery life for all-day performance. And since these rugged devices have received MIL-STD certification, they should be well suited for field workers and students in the classroom.
The Chromebook Spin has a reinforced aluminum case, a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, and resistance to sand and dust. According to Acer, the Chromebook Spin is designed for those who need a versatile system for working and studying from home. However, thanks to the power of the Ryzen processors, the device can also be used to create, play and stream content.
For those looking to use the Chromebook as a tablet, the Chromebook Spin has a 360-degree hinge that allows you to easily convert between notebook and tablet form factors. In notebook mode, the Chromebook Spin also has redesigned buttons for improved input, Acer said.
It’s a 14-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080p with a beefy lower chin underneath. According to Acer, this new Chromebook is a direct competitor to the HP Chromebook x360 14.
The connections of this device are more restricted. The Chromebook Spin has two USB-C ports. However, the corporate configurations also have an additional HDMI port.
The entry-level configuration includes a Ryzen 3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage.
Although no exact launch date has been given for the Chromebook Spin, according to Acer, the device will be available in mid-February this year. Prices for this Chrome OS convertible start at $ 479.
If you’re in the market for a new Chromebook, be sure to check out our guide to the best Chromebooks available today and follow Digital Trends for the latest on CES 2021.