This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

In Challenge to Intel, Nvidia Busts Out in Chromebook

But with all of that, now this: Acer has just delivered the first Nvidia-based Chromebook, and it's a beauty. It comes in a few different versions, with 2 gig of RAM or 4 gig of RAM -- and with 768x1366 or 1080x1920 displays.

The one I tested had the 1080x1920 display. As far as I can remember, it's only the second Chromebook to have it. The other is a Samsung, but that's based on the slower Samsung CPU; I haven't had a chance to test that one yet.

The 1080x1920 resolution presents a bit of a problem for people with less than flawless eyesight, because the text becomes too small. You have to blow up the text by something like 50% for it to be acceptable next to other Chromebooks.

The display itself is also a bit dim, just as most of these less expensive Chromebooks are, including the Asus I tested a few weeks ago. I put them largely on par with each other, other than the resolution.

Here are the other two major advantages of the Nvidia-based Acer Chromebooks:

  1. Battery life is 11 hours (1080x1920 display) and 13 hours (768x1366 display). I don't think that any of the other 13-inch Chromebooks exceed those numbers.
  2. It is fanless, and so it's quiet, literally cool and presumably also durable over time. Most smartphones and tablets are fanless.

From a performance standpoint, the Acer 13 inch Chromebook felt similar to the Asus 13-inch Chromebook. The noticeable difference was the screen resolution, in Acer's favor of course.

The Nvidia-based Acer 13-inch Chromebook comes in three versions:

  1. 768x1366 resolution, 2 gig RAM, 16 gig SSD: $280.
  2. 1080x1920 resolution, 2 gig RAM, 16 gig SSD: $300.
  3. 1080x1920 resolution, 4 gig RAM, 32 gig SSD: $380.

This means that on a seeming apples-to-apples basis, the Acer costs $50 more than the Asus 13-inch Chromebook ($280 versus $230) for the base model with the lower standard resolution. Seeing as I found them to be about equal, one probably has to recommend the Asus, although it's a close call, especially given the small absolute amount.

>>Read More: Equities Are the Saner Market

2 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,279.74 +13.75 0.08%
S&P 500 2,010.40 -0.96 -0.05%
NASDAQ 4,579.7890 -13.6380 -0.30%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs