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January 10, 2015

Acer 15.6-inch Chromebook – is it too big

acer-chromebook-15-cb5-571When Acer released details of their 15.6-inch Chromebook, a few eyes popped open just with the size of it. At the time no one knew any under-the-hood details.

We do know slightly more now, it comes in two flavours. One with a 1,366 x 768 display, a Broadwell Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The second, higher end version sports a 1080p IPS panel, 4GB of RAM and a Core i3 processor. Pricing will start at $249 for the entry-level model, the price of the upscale version has not been announced but, we heard $329 would be not far off the mark, we wait and see.

Is a 15.6-inch Chromebook really too big?

Google’s Chromebook was designed as, something portable, light, and cheap that you bring with you when you need basic Web-browsing capabilities and not much more when it first appeared. Now however with more and more apps plus extensions it’s becoming a first choice for many as the sales figures point out .
That was the whole idea of its diminutive 11.6-inch screen size.

Acer believe the Chromebook 15 is here to change all that, although it seems. Its large display makes it more appealing to mainstream users, at home or in the office. This also means more room for a spacious keyboard and touchpad. Unlike others, this Chromebook is a model that can be used every day as a main machine.

Jerry Kao, president of Acer Notebook Business Group said:

“The Acer Chromebook 15 is a true powerhouse – it provides fast mobile performance and a large display to help customers accomplish more every day. Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook market, from providing the latest in technology and trailblazing battery life to designing new form factors. We’re driving the category forward again with the world’s first 15.6-inch display Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15.”

Would you buy one?

From a personal point-of-view, I probably will. I use a Acer C720 everyday for writing articles   like this one   but a 15.6-incher would be better on the old peepers, I must say. But I couldn’t see me carrying it around, meaning I would probably revert to the C720 for that.

So far as price in concerned we think removing the dollar sign and replacing it with a pound sign will not be far away.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini