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Acer Pushes DaaS And Chromebooks

Acer is among the staunchest proponents of Chromebooks, which the company also offers in a Device-as-a-Service model. At the beginning of 2022, some new models will come onto the market. In addition, the manufacturer is also launching new business notebooks with Windows. Around 250,000 Chromebooks will probably be sold this year across all manufacturers.

According to Emmanuel Fromont, President of Acer EMEA, most devices were bought by private end-users. His company was able to claim a significant share for itself. Before Acer EMEA, Fromont was responsible for the successful launch of Acer Chromebooks.

New Chromebooks With Intel And ARM Processors

With some of the new devices, home users and companies and institutions with the enterprise models should be addressed. Two powerful devices with large displays are the Chromebook 515 and the Chromebook Enterprise 515 that just launched. Both are based on Intel’s Tiger Lake processors up to the Core i7, combined with up to 16 GB of RAM and an NVMe SSD with 521 GB. The Full HD IPS panel is optionally available with multi-touch recognition. The chassis of the notebook is partly made of aluminum. The webcam, which can be closed with a slider, is flanked by two microphones. 

A fingerprint reader sits under the backlit keyboard with a separate numeric keypad for quick login. The large touchpad has a surface made of Corning Gorilla Glass. The Chromebook 515 starts at 649 euros (RRP), and the Enterprise 515 at 899 euros (RRP). One size smaller but otherwise technically similar to the Chromebook 515 is the Intel versions of the 360-degree convertible Chromebook Spin 514 and Spin Enterprise 514 with a 14-inch display, which is due to be launched in early 2022. Both feature Full HD panels with very narrow frames and 360-degree hinges. The fanless gadgets are outfitted with Full HD webcams and outside sound blocking amplifiers. 

This ought to make them especially appropriate for video meetings. Two amplifiers flank the console. The vital lodging, confirmed by MIL-STD 810H, is essentially aluminum. The costs here start at 699 or 799 euros ( RRP ). The lightweight Chromebook 514 with ARM processor and the Intel-based Chromebook Spin 314, likewise declared for the primary quarter of 2022, are fundamentally less expensive at 399 euros (RRP). The Chromebook 514, which weighs just 1.3 kg, utilizes the Mediatek Kompanio 828 processor, uniquely intended for Chromebooks. With four Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55 centers and a Mali-G57 GPU, the SoC gives a battery duration of as long as 15 hours. 

The 14-inch entire HD board can be provided with contact acknowledgment on demand. The convertible Chromebook Spin 314 depends on an unknown new Intel processor. As indicated by the maker, a gadget with a battery duration of 10 hours is incredibly reasonable for understudies and understudies. An exceptional component is a touchpad produced using reused plastic waste. Acer goes much further with reused material with the maintainable Vero scratchpad, which comprises 30% reused plastic. As indicated by Fromont, the Aspire Vero is the primary gadget in the series that is presently accessible, and different models will continue in the upcoming year.

Expansion Of The Device-As-A-Service Program

Acer also offers the Enterprise Chromebooks as a service. Together with its partners, the manufacturer takes care of the provision and service over the entire life cycle. Accessories and software such as Google Workspace can also be booked. However, it is challenging to establish Chromebooks in companies with a consistent Windows infrastructure for PCs and notebooks. 

It is easier for start-up companies that primarily work with web applications or for customers who mainly use thin clients. At a roundtable on DaaS, the Acer partner Cloudworth gave the example of a medium-sized device manufacturer with around 3,500 employees who use Chromebooks as a service for VDI use from the home office and video conferences. The DaaS offering also came into play here since the company itself only has a relatively small IT department.


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