Acer is updating its affordable portable line of laptops with new models sporting Intel’s low-power Braswell processors. Last year the company launched the Acer Aspire E11 and V11 notebooks with 11.6 inch displays and Intel Bay Trail chips. Now Acer is introducing a new model called the Acer Aspire ES 11 which use Intel’s Celeron or Pentium Braswell chips.
The Acer Aspire ES 11-131 should be available in the US in July for about $229 and up.
I got a chance to spend a few minutes with a model featuring an Intel Celeron N3150 processor, which is a 6 watt, quad-core processor. It also had 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, as well as full-sized Ethernet and HDMI ports, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and a precision touchpad.
The computer is clearly designed to be cheap: it has a plastic case, an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, and a processor that’s designed for efficiency (and a low price tag) rather than bleeding-edge performance.
But the notebook also has a few nice touches including a matte display which doesn’t reflect much glare. It’s also pretty compact, at 0.8 inches thick and less than 2.8 pounds.
Acer will offer models with up to 500GB of hard drive storage or 32GB of eMMC storage. The notebook supports up to 8GB of RAM and ships with Windows 8.1 software.