Acer debuts six sturdy new Chromebooks for the education market at BETT

Acer debuted six new Chromebooks for the classroom at BETT this week, available in a range of prices and options starting at $279. Some are clamshells while others are 2-in-1 convertibles, but all are sturdy enough to resist spills and drops.

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Initial benchmark and impressions: HP Chromebook 14 with AMD processor for $269

HP chose AMD to power its new Chromebook 14 that starts at $269 and a quick benchmark shows slightly better performance than a higher priced Intel Celeron or Pentium powered Chromebook.

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Acer outs the AMD-powered Chromebook 315, starting at $279.99

Can AMD break into the Chromebook market dominated by Intel processors? Acer must think so because it’s using an AMD chip with Radeon R4 graphics in the new Acer Chromebook 315, a 15.6-inch device that starts under $300.

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An AMD-powered Chromebook code-named Kahlee in the works

AMD is looking to get its chips into Chromebooks, which will take on Intel’s up-to-now lock on the devices from an x86 perspective. Kahlee will run on AMD’s Raven Ridge processors and support 1366 x 768 displays.

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