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15-Inch Acer Chromebook Made Official, Starts at $249

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Sleek design and upward facing speakers

Acer has revealed all on the world’s first 15.6-inch Chromebook ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas this week.

Not that the news will surprise many of you. We shared a sneak peek at Acer’s super-sized new Chromebook (and its smaller, ruggedized sibling) last month.

Plenty of you were excited by that news, so today’s official confirmation, which offers a few new bits of info, will no doubt please.

Screen Size

First off, the basics: the larger screen size is what makes this model so unique. Acer touts a screen size 27 percent larger than a 13.3-inch Chromebook models already available. This, they say, will give users “more real estate to view multiple tabs and apps.”

Sounds great, but in theory the resolution (and screen quality as there’s no IPS here) being offered is more comparable than at first blush.

Acer will offer two models: the cheaper using a standard HD (1366×768) resolution on that 15″ screen, the more expensive offering will push a full HD (1920×1080) resolution.

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Rugged Design

The casing of the CB15 features a “fabric-like” embossing on the outer lid and has been designed to include a number of reinforcements. Acer says the outer casing can withstand up to 60kg of force, and dropped from 45cm or less onto a corner should see it sustain zero damage.

The Acer Chromebook 15 also features the largest touchpad of any Chromebook, and upward facing speakers for superior audio experience.

Bigger and better in so many ways does mean that this isn’t the lightest of Chromebooks. It weighs in at around 4.85lbs (2.2kg).

Processor, RAM and Storage

As with all Chromebooks Acer intends to produce a number of different models with specs, pricing and availability differing on a per-country basis.

You can expect to have a choice in storage size (either 16GB or 32GB), RAM (either 2GB or 4GB) and CPU (either fifth-gen Intel Core i3 or Intel Celeron (Broadwell)). Acer says the 5th Generation Intel Core processors “improve performance, graphics and battery life”.

Acer Chromebook 15 Specifications

  • 15.6-inch display (HD or FHD resolution)
  • 5th-Gen Intel Core i3  OR Intel Celeron (Broadwell) CPU
  • 2/4GB RAM
  • 16/32GB SSD
  • 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card reader
  • Wi-Fi (ac) and Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2.2kg/4.85lbs
  • 8 hour battery life
  • Rugged design

Acer say the model will go on sale in the US sometime soon priced from $249.99. International releases should follow thereafter. 

  • Chicão

    fan?
    2.3kg?
    no, thanks.

    I want:
    11-13″.
    exynos octa or better.
    4GB RAM
    16/32GB SSD
    1kg.
    >7 battery life

    • Fluffy

      Sounds like you want the Samsung Chromebook 2 then.

    • James Welbes

      I’ll take fan (which I never hear) over crappy ARM chip any day

  • moe

    2015 year of innovation for chromebooks? lets hope

  • keeley991

    Hopefully 2015 is when we see a Chromebook with a backlet keyboard (besides the pixel of course)

    • Droid6

      Yess

  • William Ramos

    Both models will have IPS display but it will have a fan inside. I just watched a video from YouTube and they said the Acer rep said this.
    ACER Chromebook 15: http://youtu.be/YTj0eGTKO5g

  • James Welbes

    Such a stupid design. I’ll take a bigger keyboard with number pad and delete key over speakers. Cant the speakers be on either side of the touchpad?

  • Kenneth Fegley

    sign me up. 13 inch screens at current resolutions is rediculous

  • William

    The day after i purchase the 13.3 inch they announce the 15 inch!

  • Replaceable SSD? That’s a must-have for me.

  • Guest

    It’s way past the due date for this new IPS model. I called an ACER sales rep from a business card at a show. She had no idea when it would be released. She said she was being honest. So it looks like they are having some kind of difficulty producing?