Don't let the name fool you either: This isn't just a rebrand of the existing Chromebook 14. Acer has cooked up what might be the most powerful Chromebook out there. The most modest configuration ($349) packs Celeron processor, but new options include a Skylake Core i3 or i5 and up to 8GB of RAM. Even graphical performance can be upgraded to one of Intel's HD Graphics 520 GPUs, which means there's a whole lot of power in a small package. Indeed, the 14 for Work was surprisingly snappy as we fired up web apps and scrolled down Engadget.com. Weighing in at just under 3.5lbs, it's sturdy than you'd think too -- it's built to withstand those workplace tumbles (though no one dared dropped it in front of company reps).
The Aspire S 13 ultrathin weighs 3.13 pounds, features 6th Generation Core processors and a full HD IPS display with the option for touch functionality. Prices start at $599 for a Core i5 model with 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD -- not bad, but even at this early stage, we're comfortable saying you should go with the touch-friendly model. Using the matte touchscreen can feel a little odd if you're used to typically glossy screens, but we much preferred the tactile experience. Alas, we didn't get to spend too much time with the S 13, but the performance we did see was promising. It about what you'd expect from an event demo; that is to say, things ran very smoothly since the hardware hasn't been slowed down by weeks of software cruft piling up. If we're lucky, the final units will perform just as well (or better, since we're never really satisfied).
Meanwhile, the R 15 is an ultrathin convertible and its most tricked-out model includes 6th Generation Core processors, 12GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics and a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display.