Acer claims that the new Chromebook 15 can last for up to 12 hours of usage.
Chromebooks have been known to be affordable, web browsing focused laptops in its early days. But it has evolved into a more powerful ecosystem, especially with the recent addition of the support of Android apps. There’s a lot to choose from, as there are now some with great looking designs and better specs.
But Acer isn’t moving towards that direction yet. The new Acer Chromebook 15 is meant to be a replacement for last year’s model bearing the same $199 price tag. Because of its low cost, Acer had to cut a lot of corners.
First, the Acer Chromebook 15 features a 15.6-inch screen. While that’s a good thing, the resolution is only limited to 1366 x 768 pixels – similar to what 11 to 13-inchers have. The display is definitely bigger and great for watching videos, but there’s not much screen estate to work with compared to other smaller laptops.
Another compromise is it only comes with 2GB of RAM. That’s probably enough for most casual users, but it’s best to get a bit more especially if there’s no option to upgrade it later on. It’s also powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 processor. There’s a minuscule 16GB of internal storage, which means that having a microSD card or any other external storage is a must.
Last year’s Acer Chromebook 15 came with a 1080p screen and 4GB RAM variant for an additional $80, but Acer hasn’t mentioned anything about it for the 2016 model.
The highlight of the Acer Chromebook 15 is probably the battery life. The company claims that it can go for as far as 12 hours – ensuring it lasts for an entire working day. That may sound perfect for an on the go machine, but remember that this device has 15-inches of screen so it’ll not be easy to chug around.
The Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-532-C47C is currently available at Walmart for $199.99 (~Php9,600).
Smart previously brought the Acer Chromebook here in the Philippines, so we’re hoping that they would also bring this in.