Acer Chromebook 13 Tegra K1

Acer has announced the Chromebook 13 as the first with nVidia's Tegra K1 processor and 'record-breaking' battery life. See also: Chrome Advisor.

The Acer Chromebook 13 is available to pre-order in the US starting at $279 from Amazon and BestBuy. Acer has confirmed that the Chromebook 13 will be available in the UK later this month, but no pricing details have yet been announced.

If the basic model isn't enough (see specs below), a 1080p model will sell for $299 and a model with a 32GB SSD and 4GB of RAM will be available for $379.

"It's a high-performance, power-sipping marvel, delivering well over 50 percent more battery life than the average top-selling Chromebook. Plus, Tegra K1 stays cool without a fan, so the system is completely silent," said nVidia.

See also: Chrome's been eating your laptop's battery for years, but Google promises to fix it.

Acer Chromebook 13 specs

The entry-level Chromebook 13 will get you 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The 13in screen has a 1366 x 768 resolution but as we mentioned, you can get Full HD if you want.

All models come with the 2.1 GHz Tegra K1 quad-core processor and Acer says it's one of the thinnest Chromebooks on the market at only 18 mm. The touted battery life of up to 13 hours is for the lower res model so if you opt for the Full HD display, this drops to 11 hours.

All Chromebook 13 variants come with 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports and a built-in webcam.

If you still think Chromebooks are a passing fad then Gartner disagrees. The firm's latest estimates state the market will grow by 79 percent this year, up from just under 3 million units in 2013. The growth rate is expected hold firm reaching 14.4 million by 2017.