Acer Chromebook 11 CB31
Image: Acer

Acer is launching a new entry-level Chromebook 11 (CB31), fresh with USB C, and it’s a model that won’t hurt your wallet when it hits store shelves later this year. Unfortunately, it might hurt your eyes, because it’s got a pretty terrible display resolution of 1366 x 768.

The laptop, which starts at $249, is said to offer 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. It’s also slim (0.71 inches thin) and lightweight (2.43 pounds), so that makes up for the display a bit, I guess. There are two USB 3.0 ports and, for the first time, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. There’s a touch display version of the Chromebook 11 and a non-touch display option.

The laptop runs an Intel Celeron processor and comes with either 2GB or 4GB of memory and 16GB or 32GB of storage. It also has an HDR webcam and dual stereo speakers with an integrated microphone.

It also runs Android apps, which is nice and all, but with only 4GB of RAM on the high-end model, I have to wonder how smooth the experience is.

CES 2018 kicks off next week, and that’s when we expect an official debut. The Verge reports the device will go on sale in March, with a $249 price tag for the low-end options.

This is the Chromebook 11 (CB31)

Acer Chromebook 11 CB31
Image: Acer
Acer Chromebook 11 CB311
Image: Acer

Despite the crappy resolution, I’ll keep an eye on this one. It might make a perfect gift for my 7-year old’s birthday later this year. At very least, I’ll find an Acer rep and bug them to send one my way for review.

Anybody else interested in this budget-friendly Chromebook? Hit me in the comment thread with your thoughts.