When Chromebooks first appeared there was a lot of uncertainty over whether they'd be around for very long. Who'd buy a laptop that required an Internet connection in order to function? But the features and functionality continued to improve, and new models keep appearing such as this updated Chromebook 15 from Acer.
Acer is the only manufacturer offering a Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display right now, and the company is clearly trying hard to make it the must-have Chromebook. The Chromebook 15 includes a 1080p IPS 15.6-inch display housed in an aluminium-topped case that measures 14.9-by-10.1-by-0.7 inches and weighs 3.8 pounds. Liliputing points out that is a fifth of an inch thinner and a pound lighter than the previous model.
If the large full HD display (with touch and non-touch options) wasn't enough to tempt you, Acer combined it with a claim of 12 hours of battery life (the previous model only manages nine hours). Another nice-to-have is upward-facing speakers either side of the full-size keyboard for clear audio.
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As for connectivity, Acer included 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports with an adapter allowing for charging, two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.2, headphone jack, and an SD card reader supporting up to 128GB SDXC. The HD webcam embedded above the display offers an 88 degree field of view.
Acer will begin selling the new Chromebook 15 from October in North America, with a range of models expected to be available. There will be a choice between dual-core Celeron or Pentium processors, touch or non-touch display, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage. Regardless of model, Android apps are supported through the Google Play Store on the laptop.
Pricing will start at $399, which I assume gets you a Celeron processor, non-touch 15.6-inch 1080p display, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. That's pretty good considering the display and battery life, and hopefully it isn't that much more expensive to get a Pentium chip, 8GB RAM, and 64GB of storage. For reference, the existing Chromebook 15 using a dual-core 1.5GHz Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage can be picked up for $299.
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