IFA 2018: Acer announces Chromebook 514 with premium features, $349 price tag

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Acer Chromebook 514

Adding to the list of Chromebook announcements at this week’s IFA trade show in Berlin, Acer is launching the 514 Chromebook to join new units from Dell and Lenovo. Like Dell’s new Inspiron Chromebook 14 and Lenovo’s Yoga Chromebook, Acer’s model is a “premium” Chromebook, with touches that give it less of a budget feel than the platform is typically known for.

That’s not to say that the 514 is going to approach Google’s luxury Pixelbook in either price or performance. Instead, it looks to provide a slightly sturdier build quality for a slightly higher price than its $199 competitors.

For instance, rather than a plastic chassis, the 514 is made from aluminum with a mere 6mm bezel. It comes with a…

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