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Acer's tougher Chromebook 11 is built to take a beating

A low price and a tougher shell could make this laptop ideal for students -- or klutzes. Acer also unveiled the Chromebase 24, a Chome-powered all-in-one desktop PC.

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Acer's latest Chromebook 11 doesn't look like much, but the combination of a low price and a reinforced chassis could make it a good fit for the young, or the accident prone. Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas, it runs Google's Chrome OS, and Acer claims it can take a fall of up to 2 feet (60cm) without breaking a sweat. The Chromebook 11 will be available in February in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, starting at $180 (which converts to about £120 or AU$250).

If you're just looking to keep tabs on the your favorite websites, check your mail and do a bit of writing, Chrome OS is a simple way to stay connected. But don't expect too much at that bargain-bin price. The 11.6-inch display tops out at a 1,366x768-pixel resolution, and the Intel Celeron processor isn't going to impress.

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  • 11.6-inch display, with a 1366x768-pixel resolution
  • 0.73 inches thick (18.6mm), 2.42 pounds (1.1kg)
  • Intel Celeron processor
  • Starting at 2GB of RAM, up to 4GB
  • Starting at 16GB of eMMC storage, up to 32GB
  • SD card reader
  • Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports
  • 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Acer Chromebase 24

And if you just can't get enough of Google's Chrome operating system, the Acer Chromebase 24 might be the all-in-one desktop for you. Its 24-inch display has a full-HD 1080p resolution, and the machine is powered by Intel Core processors. Acer claims it's the biggest display you'll find on a Chrome OS device, and VESA mount support means you can plant it just about anywhere. Ten-finger multi-touch means you can use it just about anywhere too. The rest of the details are scant, however, and prices and availability have yet to be announced.

  • 23.8-inch IPS display, with a 1,920x1080-pixel resolution
  • Intel Core processors
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, or Gigabit Ethernet

See all of our coverage of CES 2016 here.