It’s the big one!


On sale starting today is the new Acer Chromebook 15 it is available for $299.  The 15 is for the huge 15 inch display.  This is the largest of the available Chromebooks.  Right now it appears that is the only place to get it.

While the screen is not full HD, it does boast a HD screen at 720p.  This will more than work for your Netflix streaming.  So if you are looking at a Chromebook but don’t like the idea of the smaller 11 inch screens, this is the one you want. If you are wondering more about why Chromebooks are a great value, check my post HERE

Quick Stats

The Acer comes with 2GB of RAM, which is a little on the low side for a Chromebook with most of the newer models coming with 4GB.  You won’t be able to do a lot of multitasking with this machine, but it should be fine for streaming and checking email/social media.  The 16GB of storage on board is also a little behind the times, but it does have a dedicated SD card slot and 100GB of Google Drive Storage included.

It also has 2 USB 3.0 ports, so you could use one of the new faster USB sticks to manage your storage needs, should you need a lot of extra storage.

With an advertised 12 hours of battery life, this will be an all day machine, leave the charger at home, put the laptop in your bag and head out for the day.  You won’t have to worry about finding an outlet in the nearest coffee shop.

Some Improvements

This is an update to the previous 15 inch model.  Which was good in it’s own right.  The speakers are on the sides of the keyboard, which make this laptop loud and great for watching movies with friend or family.  This new model has a faster processor and better screen than the outgoing model.  Also it’s black instead of the bright white of the previous one.

I had a chance to use the previous 15 inch before and it was a very dirty display model.  Now the one you might buy would probably be a little cleaner than a display, but the black plastic will be less prone to show fingerprints and smudges.

This one also has a backlit keyboard.  That is not a common option on Chromebooks, or laptops in general in the sub $300 range.  A backlit keyboard is great for those late night, low light session where you want to be able to work without needing a bunch of extra light in the room, keeping people awake.

Bottom Line

Acer builds a great laptop and they are really trying to establish themselves as the leader in Chromebook design.  This laptop is a little lacking in what I would think is the more current benchmark for storage and memory.  I think this is still a good buy.

Have you picked one up?  Tell me what you think in the comments below!