If price is stopping you from getting a gaming laptop all this while, you may want to consider giving gaming Chromebooks a go. That’s right. For those who have been living under the rocks, gaming Chromebook is a thing. The Acer Chromebook 516 GE is one such laptop and it is the first from the Taiwan-based computer maker.
I know, I know. Acer is hardly the go-to brand when it comes to gaming but the Acer Chromebook 516 GE has everything you need to start gaming – or cloud gaming, to be exact, and more importantly is that it is fairly affordable too, starting at just US$649.99 stateside.
Key spec-sheet details include 12th Gen Intel Core processors (up to i7 “P-series”), 16 GB LPDDR4X RAM, up to 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, 120 Hz 16-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) IPS display with 100% sRGB color gamut support, a full HD flare-reducing webcam with temporal noise reduction technology, RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting technology, two upward-firing speakers and two downward-firing speakers, force canceling woofers, advanced DTS audio, RJ45 2.5G Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, along with USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI connectivity.
The Acer Chromebook 516 GE is outfitted with a battery good for 9 hours of use on a single charge.
It is worth mentioning that the Chromebook is ready to game out of the box. It does not require any installations or downloads. Just fire it up, hit the Everything Button and you will have access to full PC and console games in the cloud.
Moreover, to support cloud gaming on ChromeOS, Google is providing for a limited time with the purchase of the Acer Chromebook 516 GE a 3-month free trial of NVIDIA GeForce NOW’s highest performance tier, and Amazon Luna.
The Acer Chromebook 516 GE will be available in the U.S. this month (October) for the aforementioned starting price of US$649.99. It will arrive in EMEA in December for €999 and up.
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