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Nvidia Go Hands-On With Acer Chromebook 13 in New Video

Tegra K1 Chip

K1 Power

Nvidia has posted a hands-on video of the new Acer Chromebook 13, which was officially unveiled earlier this week.

With a 13.3-inch screen and up to 13 hour battery life depending on the model, the latest Chrome portable to be made by Acer has, understandably, been making waves and piquing interest.

Nvidia demonstrates the device, which is powered by their 32-bit Tegra K1 processor, in a new video on their YouTube Channel.

The video gives a concise overview of the key features, including the benefit of having a 192-core GPU, the performance of which, the company say, is “simply unmatched in the world of Chromebooks”.

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  • Frederic MANSON

    Nice power horse but it seems that the screen (again this story of screen on a Chromebook!!!) is a TN one… Why not to use a MVA one which is much better than a TN and just a tiny step behind an IPS screen??? HMM????? Anyway, this preciousssssss issssss mine!!!!!

    • Mobile_Dom

      Price is my guess

  • This is very tempting. But the design isn’t quite right (ports on the back? why?) and the screen is TN, plus 1080p on a 13″ screen is gonna be small.

    • Maxime Poulin

      > plus 1080p on a 13″ screen is gonna be small.

      This is called HiDPI. The GUI and fonts resize automatically to accommodate the higher pixel density in the same way 1080p Android phones scale their UI to a fixed virtual grid. Take two phones with the same screen size but one with 480p screen and one with a 1080p screen. You’ll see no difference in the UI size at all, except the 1080p one will have much better image quality.

      There’s no reason to ever not take a higher resolution. More pixels is always better (at least until you hit the point eyes can’t see it anymore).

      • Frederic MANSON

        Yeah, I try the HiDPI on the Beta channel and it’s really perfect. Despite having a tiny 11″ screen (HP 11), the icons and texts were very define and sharp. No blur at all. Else if it’s a TN screen, I will give a try for the full options model. I think that in France, this hi-top model will be at €400.00 or a tiny lesser (VAT inc.).

  • Can anyone tell whether that “Celeron” Chromebook is Bay Trail or Haswell?

    • Joseph Dickson

      It’s not Intel. It’s an ARM Cortex A15 chip clocked at 2.1GHz and single core is I’m not mistaken

    • For the comparison? It’s hard to tell. I’d wager they opted for a Haswell, as they are more plentiful.

  • blazewon22

    Looks good. Will have to skin it to get rid of the bright white color…Not sure how valid the processing test is considering they were sharing a wi-fi connection. However it still seems pretty peppy.

    • Karate Fried Chicken

      what’s wrong with white. It gives a clean look

  • d4nky

    With this having a TN display, I’d rather go with the lower res 13inch than the higher res 13inch. The reason being; I don’t want to fuss with poor viewing angles on a 1080p screen. Give me the 720 res screen and 2-3 additional hours of battery life. I don’t expect either machine to replace my designer machine. It’s more of a blogging, email, web surfing and web app machine.

    Connect the machine to my HD TV when it’s Netflix movie night, mobile movie station that pushes 1080P to my 40inch LCD TV. On the fly video conference machine with optimized Google HangOuts. I’m in!

  • Holy crap, this looks amazing, nut please help me guys here: what are the real risks of having an ARM chip and just 32 bits? Does this will really affevt performance, or it will be as fluent as described in the video? I really hope so.

    • Zero risk with ARM on Chrome OS. Works just as fine and Google have a version of Flash built-in, Netflix support it, etc. As for 32 bit (which most Chromebooks are) it’s not really going to be a drawback or a bonus; it just is. It should perform just as well in the video above, too.

    • David Wales

      It does seem to be faster than the celeron by a little bit. It also has more cores and a much more powerful GPU. Only some sites are enabled for GPU acceleration, but the whole thing should feel pretty fast.

      32 bit is perfect for devices with such little ram, and not taking part in particular workloads.

      Arm is fine too, there are some apps you won’t be able to run. But 99.99% are java and dont care what platform they are run on.

    • Matt Rogers

      The only problem I’ve found with an ARM chromebook is when using ubuntu on it, as not all applications are compiled for ARM. If you are going to be using it, as intended, purely in chrome OS there’s no downside really.

  • Smallwheels

    I still want an IPS screen. An IPS touch screen would be even better. The HP Slatebook 14 running Android with the touch screen looked great. It was just over priced and ran Android. With an IPS touch screen this would be awesome. It would be all I want in a Chromebook.

  • Mr.Awesome