Acer debuts a pair of durable Chromebooks for the enterprise, starting at $499

Today at the global Next@Acer event in New York City, the Acer Chromebook 714 and 715 were introduced. These are targeted for “front-line” workers in business based on durability, security and – in the case of the Acer Chromebook 715 – a dedicated numeric keypad alongside a standard keyboard.

Both models are expected to be available in July with a base model price of $499.

Acer didn’t disclose all of the base model specs but you can get idea of most hardware options shared between the two Chromebooks:

  • Up to 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processors and 16 gigabytes of memory
  • 14-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display on the Chromebook 714
  • 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display on the Chromebook 715
  • Two USB Type-C 3.1 ports
  • 802.11ac/a/b/g/n 2×2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Wide-angle webcam
  • An integrated fingerprint reader to the right of the keyboard
  • Gorilla Glass touchpad
  • All aluminum chassis designed to withstand up to 4-foot drops and 132 pounds of downward force
  • An optional touchscreen and backlit keyboard
  • 12 hours of battery life
Integrated fingerprint sensor

Given that you have to sign up for updates on these Chromebooks through Google’s Chrome Enterprise page, I don’t anticipate consumer availability; at least not in retail stores. If either of these clamshells is of interest to you for consumer use, you might find them available from Promevo, or another business-centric reseller.

Here’s a closer look at the Acer Chromebook 15 and that extra number pad, which would be handy not just for work spreadsheets, but also math programming applications:

6 thoughts on “Acer debuts a pair of durable Chromebooks for the enterprise, starting at $499

  • April 11, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    So here is a question… Should I wait for the 714 with i3 8g ram or go ahead now with the Asus c434 and the m3 with 8GB of ram?
    I was waiting forever for the Acer 514 but those specs are terribly outdated but I love the look of it. Then the Asus came along and made things difficult.

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    • April 11, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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      Good question, Mike. I’m hearing the base Acer Chromebook 714 comes with either a Celeron or a Pentium. For $100 more, you can get the C434 with m3 and same 8 GB of memory as you noted. Plus you’ll be able to get that sooner I suspect. If it were me, I’d probably go for the C434 and give up the fingerprint sensor to gain a true 2-in-1; the 714/715 both have 180 degree hinges so no tent or tablet modes. Just my opinion. Cheers!

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      • April 11, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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        Totally agreed! ASUS c434 blows these fuglies out of the water!

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  • April 12, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Thanks Kev, appreciate it.

    So that m3 will be better than the i3 that they listed for the 714?
    Im not really interested in the tablet mode, I do like the look of this 714 a little more, but if that i3 wont competes with the m3 then Ill get the Asus.

    I have a business so Promevo has already quoted be for the C434 with m3 and 8gb

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    • April 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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      Mike please do your school or company a favor. How on earth can you prefer this very very cheap look on these laptops? They look exactly like $200 laptops. Your students/coworkers will thank you for getting Asus 434 instead.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    Acer has done their homework. One for the manager/facilitator; one for the analyst/technician.

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