The Acer Chromebook 14 lineup received a discreet refresh earlier this month, with the Taiwanese tech giant introducing a Stellar Blue iteration of its popular Chrome OS device without much fanfare. Besides a new paint job, the Chrome OS-powered offering appears to be identical to previous members of the product family launched in 2016. Priced at $299, same as the Luxury Gold and Sparkly Silver models, the Stellar Blue version of the Acer Chromebook 14 is presently only available for purchase from Costco's online storefront in the United States.
Acer's other partners such as Best Buy and Amazon don't have the quietly launched model listed on their websites and the company itself also makes no mention of it on its own pages, though it may simply be late to updating its e-commerce outfit seeing how no American retailer was given exclusivity to carry any of its previous devices from the same series. While its stateside availability is presently scarce, Acer's British arm is already retailing the Stellar Blue variant of the Chromebook 14 at £299.99. Costco itself is offering the device alongside a number of freebies – a black protective sleeve for storing the laptop and an Acer-made wireless mouse.
The Acer Chromebook 14 series is one of the longest-lasting Chrome OS families that have ever hit the market, with the company's lineup proving to be a popular choice among numerous demographics across the world. Acer remains one of Google's most active Chromebook partners that have been supporting the open-source ecosystem for years now, having last introduced a new Chromebook 15 line targeting budget-conscious consumers. The Chrome OS platform is presently amid a major diversification push as it's embracing the tablet form factor, with Google and its partners touting such devices as the perfect solutions for classrooms and educators. It's presently unclear whether Alphabet's subsidiary is planning on following up on its 2017 Pixelbook this year, though the company's October hardware event is already said to be bringing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Android flagships, three Pixel-series smartwatches, and a new version of the Pixel Buds.