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NVIDIA Partners With Acer to Launch Tegra K1-powered Chromebook 13

Cheapness, not performance, continues to fuel the popularity of Chromebooks. Their inexpensiveness relative to Windows and Mac laptops makes them an attractive proposition for light tasks such as document processing and web browsing. But NVIDIA wants to change that perception. Announced this morning, the Acer Chromebook 13 packs a Tegra K1 processor, the same found in NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet. 

The paucity of high-end Chromebooks could signal buyer disinterest in raw power, but unlike Google’s Pixel, the Chromebook 13 will launch at $279, a price in line with most other competitors. Nvidia’s positioning the Chromebook 13 as the ideal device for demanding WebGL applications and multitasking, but the Chromebook has an advantage in at least one other important area: battery life. Thanks to Tegra K1, NVIDIA states the device lasts 50% longer than any other Chromebook on a single charge, typically 13 hours.

The Chromebook 13 measures 13 inches diagonally, is fanless, sports a 1080p display, and is, according to NVIDIA, “one of the thinnest Chromebooks on the market” at 18mm. It’s available for preorder starting today from Amazon and Best Buy.

If you haven’t picked one up yet, is this the Chromebook you have been waiting for?

  • Badouken

    I’d be down to get one of these if the 4GB version wasn’t almost $400… Does anyone know if this model has a touch screen?

  • jmsbwmn

    “The paucity of high-end Chromebooks which could signal buyer disinterest in raw power, but unlike Google’s Pixel, the Chromebook 13 will launch at $279, a price in line with most other competitors.” – This sentence needs to be editing done to it, okay.

  • my95z34

    What about Linux on the K1? I like the hardware, and the price point, but not so much the OS. =

  • Treknologist

    I must admit that I’m tempted. I have another Acre Chromebook and I really like it but the display, increased RAM, and battery life on the higher end version of this machine looks like a great buy for the price.

  • Prox

    anyone know if this is gonna be available in black?

  • StayParanoid

    Where’s the preorder link? Amazon doesnt have this listed yet as the article states.

    • fartbubbler

      over on the right of the screen, there is a grey button that says “Pre-order: Add to Cart”

  • ClickFire_

    Until Chromebooks can run full blown apps like Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Blender, Unity and Android studio I still don’t see the point its a glorified web browser. People keep telling me there are alternatives buy I have yet to hear anyone list some.

  • Daniel Walsh

    Just placed an order.

  • We should have seen the K1 in the Android laptop from HP. Too bad.

  • Higher_Ground

    One complaint about laptops/netbooks/tablets I haven’t heard in years: “It’s too thick.”
    I would love it if manufacturers quit trying to use product thickness as marketing point. Weight I could see being more of an issue, but at this point that’s even somewhat obselete as a metric.

    • hfoster52

      Blame Apple with the Air.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Just got the Acer with touch screen. I would not buy another chromebook without the touch screen.

  • Jordan Isaac

    The only time I will ever buy a mobile nvidia device is when their GPU comes on page with their desktop GPU’s if it does not have more than 500 Cuda cores it is useless to the normal PC user.
    If you want a real good chrome book here should be the specs:
    Processor: Intel atom i3 or i5
    GPU: Nvidia’ fourth or fifth Gen K processor probably the K4…depending on if the GPU gets a name refresh.
    battery: should last up to 12+ hours with a hug density battery
    Display: minimum 720p display and max of 1440p and screen size should be at the 15in mark with a low light camera lens maybe 2-5mp just like the Mac books…
    Slots: SD card slot and USB 3.0 and normal user ports hdmi out etc
    design: ventilation ports beneath and on the sides of the laptop because the fan would make it real heavy unless you want that… and of course the signature chrome book style design maybe chamfered sides etc.

    Let me know what you think within $200-$600 depending on options.

  • Nick

    And today I learned the definition of “paucity.”

  • AndrewScottRox

    I really like Chromebooks, but I have to ask: what are you using your Chomebook for besides surfing the web and doing some document editing? I realize that’s kind of the point of a Chromebook but I’m still curious about how people are using them.

    • clobberedchina

      I hope I am not messing up your question here but isn’t a Chromebook just a tablet with a keyboard? Is there something beyond the parameters of a tablet that the Chromebook could do?

      Just thinking out loud.

      • hkklife

        Compared to an Android tablet, the Chromebook is actually less capable. I would take a modern, high-end Asus Transformer tablet anyday over any Chromebook.

        • Higher_Ground

          If you want it strictly to play games or use more obscure android apps, that would definitely be the best route. That being said, it’s a lot easier to use the 13″ screen for browsing and other media consumption. I imagine the keyboard would be a little bigger and therefore a little more comfortable, too. I was really happy with mine until the “e” key crapped out on me.

    • Higher_Ground

      streaming video and music, but that’s kinda under surfing the web

    • Maison Pulaski

      It is funny how people think… Because I was just thinking, “What do you use that desktop for?” Or, “What do you use that portable desktop for?” (You know, the 17″ laptop with an i7, 16GB RAM/256GB SSD)

      I really have no idea what people do with their computers I guess. I use my computer for writing papers and going on the Internet. And… …that’s about it.

      It would be nice if there was some solid statistics on what people _actually do use their computers for_. I mean what percentage of people need to run Cad or anything like it? How many people use Photoshop? I personally have never needed it/wanted it. I know there are people that need it/want it. But while some people are asking, “Why would you buy a Chromebook?”, (and that is a completely legitimate and okay question) I am asking, “Why would you buy a PC?” (and of course there are some obvious answers [ie any .exe that you need that does not have a browser based equivalent means you need a pc/mac]).

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Looks like a deal to me. I have the hp Pavilion Chromebook. Works fine so no rush, I would really like something nice for around $500. Hoping Lenovo does a yoga pad pro version Chromebook.

  • Tony Byatt

    I may grab the 1080p model when there’s a sale…

  • Big EZ

    Sounds great, but I would have to use it first before I bought it. I’ve been burned by the hype of tegra before, and it turned out to be a laggy, freezing mess.

    • Higher_Ground

      yeah i’ve got a transfomer tf300…. its laggy as I’ll get out for a quad core tegra, but I blame that on other hardware issues. hopefully this will have had a lot more product testing so that they’d know ahead of time if it was going to be an issue.

  • nate

    “display (available in 1080p)” means that the $279 model will almost certainly not have a 1080p display, and will instead use the 1366 x 768 pixel display that Amazon says the pre order model uses. The 1080p variant would ideally include more than the stock 2GB of RAM and maybe a larger SSD.

  • Daniel Walsh

    Yes finally the Chromebook I’ve been waiting for.

  • PhilD41

    Was really really wanting to get a chrome book… This may make that choice easier. There are somethings I can do without the power of my desktop… There are so many other things I would love to take portable. With the battery life improvements and size, this may just very well be what I was waiting for. Headed over to check out the details now.

  • Stewblock

    I have been holding out on picking up a Chromebook for awhile now, but this device may finally have me jump onboard. It is perfect for classwork on the go.

  • rfranken

    Can’t decide if its time to jump on this train or not. Can you run a poll on what people think of these Chromebooks?

    • hfoster52

      Think of this as a tablet with a keyboard.

      • Bill Anderson

        …but usable to do real stuff. Love my C720. Use it way more than my big desktop rig or my tablet.

      • Higher_Ground

        I have a tablet with a keyboard… but if I had to do it all over again I’d probably get a chromebook instead. They each have their advantages. The keyboard dock had a few keys go out of whack (unfortunately the “e” was one of them…) transforming it into a glorified extended battery/stand. It still has USB, a touchpad, and a few other useful tools. I just feel like the build quality of the chromebook would last longer, but I can’t say that from any personal experience with one.
        The tablet was great before they had touchscreens. But now they’re pretty much the same. The tablet + dock was a lot more expensive, though.

        • hfoster52

          yeah I agree but a keyboard for typing is the way to go. I have a blutooth keyboard I use for my tablet when I am traveling and don’t want to lug around my laptop.

    • Bryan Mills

      They’re amazing. Long battery, automatic updates that install so you’re not waiting, Google Docs is all you’ll ever need. Hundreds of offline apps. Thin/light. Quick. Even better with 1080p. Never have to worry about viruses. SSD so it’s always quick and never slows down. Boot is almost instant.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Holy Crap. That was helpful and didn’t bash anything.

        • TheMoreYouKnow

          Also this new chrome book will come in two types with Tegra 2.5 gh and a 2.3 Gh model both with 32 gb storage but will be slightly different in prices, think he would of added something that important to the article.

      • jscofi

        i suggest 4gb ram

        • I’ve had 3 Chromebooks to date (1 for testing and then wife’s and my school) and absolutely love them. The 4gb of ram is a game changer if you can get that model.

          • jscofi

            i have 2gb on my original samsung, and its pretty slow. i reckon the 4gb on these newer ones must make it blazing fast!

          • niuguy

            From everything I’ve read the original samsung was probably the worst chromebook released because it lacked the processing power of the intel models.

      • e_droid

        I keep debating on whether to pick up a Chromebook or throwing in a SSD into my MacBook.

    • p8ntballah21

      I love my Chromebook, I have a C720 with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. It’s perfect for light duty tasks, I use mine everyday. The one mentioned above sounds like a good deal!

    • Terrance Steiner

      It depends on the use case. I talked my mom into buying a Chromebook (specifically the newer HP Chromebook) because I knew she exclusively used her previous computer to watch Netflix, Hulu and surf the web. For that kind of use case it is perfect. She has no tech knowledge and she absolutely loves it. I have not had to act as her personal IT department since she bought it.

    • Maison Pulaski

      It is really dependent on _your_ needs. All I really need to get work done is Google Docs. For my usage scenario a Chromebook makes perfect sense for me. And I have owned several of them (and still own several as a matter of fact).

      If you had to do a lot of intensive photo / video editing… I think a Chromebook would be frustrating for that (although not impossible). If there is a particular .exe that you cannot live without… Then there a few options. 1) Just stick with Windows. 2) If you only need to fire up that .exe once in a while remote into your desktop from your Chromebook (or just fire up your desktop and get whatever that is you need to do done).

      It is the simplicity of ChromeOS that turns many people off. “You can’t do XYZ…” “It doesn’t have XYZ…” And it is the simplicity of ChromeOS that is such a breath of fresh air to other people (like me). I don’t need XYZ! I don’t want XYZ! I just want my computer to turn on fast and work all the time without having to worry if the next update is going to break something! I don’t want to have to worry about renewing my anti-virus subscription! I don’t want to install update 32 of 98 before I can even get started.

      Chromebooks are definitely not the answer for a lot of people. And then again Chromebooks definitely are the answer for an entire different set of people.

      Just my thoughts (as a full time ChromeOS user).