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This article was published on April 21, 2016

Acer’s new Chromebook has a military-grade body to withstand 4-foot drops

Acer’s new Chromebook has a military-grade body to withstand 4-foot drops
Natt Garun
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At its press event in New York, Acer today announced the Chromebook 14 for Work, a new laptop designed to withstand your clumsiness if you’re the type who drops and spills stuff on your devices frequently.

The Chromebook is designed with a metal body that can handle drops from up to 48-inches high. It also has a “spill-resistant” keyboard, Corning Gorilla Glass, and a 14-inch full HD screen – the kind of stuff we’ve come to expect from most durable smartphones. The device promises up to 13 hours of battery life, which is a little more than what the latest MacBooks offer.

Spec-wise, we’re looking at 32GB of internal memory, 4GB of RAM, and is compliant with Google for Work, so you can use Hangouts, Gmail, and other productivity services to, well, do work.

While the Chromebook was available to demo at the press event, we weren’t actually allowed to drop or spill stuff on it – so we can’t personally attest to its rugged ability.

Since it’s designed for enterprise, Acer also did not say how much the laptop will cost or when it will be available. We’ll be sure to update you when we learn more.

In addition to the Chromebook 14 for Work, Acer also unveiled a slew of new devices, such as the Switch Alpha 12, a 2-in-1 fanless notebook with liquid cooling technology to keep things from overheating, and new Predator gaming laptop, desktop, and monitor.

There are also some quirky gadgets too, such as the Liquid Leap Fit, a new version of its fitness tracker that now has double the battery life of its previous wearables, and the Xplova X5, a “bike computer” that you can use to record your stats and a video of the ride.

All products will be available on Acer.com “soon.”

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