New Acer Chromebooks and Chromebox Now Available in Australia

October 20, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Chromebooks have been a hot thing for a while now, and they’ve only been getting more popular with every passing year.  Acer’s newest lineup of Chromebooks and a new Chromebox are among the elite now, using the newest processors and sporting some great specs otherwise.  Now they’re available in Australia now and for a rather good price too.  Acer’s Chromeboox CXI was announced back in August and started going on sale around the world just a few weeks ago and have made their way to Australian shores starting at $359.  That price will get you a little box that’s 17cm tall, 13cm wide and just 3cm deep.  Inside the Chromebox you’ll find an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an Intel HD GPU and 16GB of storage.  Acer is including a VESA mounting kit with the unit as well so you can mount this puppy behind any monitor or TV of your choosing, completing the purpose of Chromeboxes all in one package.

Next up is the Chromebook 11 CB3-11, which as the name suggests features an 11.6-inch LED TFT LCD screen with 1366 x 768 resolution.  Intel’s Bay Trail Celeron M N2830 powers the experience to deliver smooth graphics, and it’s a slim and light package at around 18mm thick and only 1.1kg in weight.  For connectivity you’ve got USB 2.0 and 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, an SD Card reader, HDMI output and a headset port.  The CB3-11 only comes in Moonstone White and starts at $329, but if you’re looking for another color or configuration at this size Acer also has the C730 which only comes in Granite Gray.  This model features the same internals and screen, but is made a little more for commercial use as it is made a little more sturdily and is able to withstand a 60% higher drop than the CB3-11 can.  It’s also got a spill-proof keyboard for those whoops moments in the morning when you’ve just started on your first cup of coffee.  The unit is 22mm thick and 1.4kg, so it’s a bit thicker and heavier, and it’s going to cost a little more at $399 but you get what you pay for here.

Last but certainly not least is the most powerful of the bunch, the Chromebook 13.  Acer’s Chromebook 13 comes in two flavors, one with a 1366 x 768 panel and the other with a 1080p panel, and starts at $379.  It’s also got an HDMI port, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports but it supports the more powerful and fast WiFi 802.11ac standard for super fast wireless networking.  The real crown jewel here is the fact that it’s powered by the incredibly fast Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, which means not only every day tasks should be liquid smooth but you’ll soon be able to get console-quality gaming on your little Chromebook.  No word on the official price of the 1080p model but given the fact that the US model is almost $100 more than the 768p model we expect the same price range here.