CES 2015 | Acer's 15-inch Chromebook is now official
As previously rumored, the Acer Chromebook family just grew a little larger with the addition of a particularly large model. The Taiwanese manufacturer is the first to announce a 15.6-inch notebook based on Google Chrome OS, the appropriately named Acer Chromebook 15. The basic model comes with an HD (1280 by 720 pixels) TN display, but customers can also opt for a high-quality FullHD (1920 by 1080 pixels) IPS display.
But the Acer Chromebook 15 comes with more than pure size. One version of the notebook comes with an Intel Core Broadwell i3-5005U CPU, a pretty potent option. Alternatively, the less-powerful Celeron 3205U CPU is offered at a lower price. Internal storage is done on an integrated SSD to ensure rapid access to local data.
The housing of the Acer Chromebook 15 is made entirely of plastic and will be available in either white or black. A grippy texture is layered on both of the outer sides. The Acer Chromebook 15 is 24 millimeters thick and has a weight of 2.2 kg.
In terms of connectivity, Acer has fitted in an 802.11ac module, as well as USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (one of each), an HDMI port, and an SD card reader. Acer claims that the Chromebook 15 comes with a battery life of up to 8 hours.
Pricing varies by region and specifications. In the US, the basic model with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage space, and an HD display will be priced at $249.99. Acer has yet to announce the exact pricing for the model with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a fullHD display. The first devices are scheduled to hit the market this February.
Acer Chromebook 15 Specifications
- Operating system: Google Chrome OS
- Display: 15.6-inch TN HD / FHD IPS
- Processor: Intel Core of Broadwell generation i3-5005U or Celeron 3205U
- RAM: Up to 4 GB
- HDD: SSD up to 32 GB
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0 Connections: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, Card Reader