Want a Chromebook with an Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, but don’t want to spend $1000 on a new Chromebook Pixel? Acer’s got you covered with a new model that will sell for about half the price.

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In January the company introduced the Acer Chromebook 15 and promise that it’d be available with either a Celeron or a Core i3 Broadwell processor. But it turns out there’s also a more powerful model with a Core i5 CPU on the way.

The Acer C910-54M1 is a Chrome OS laptop with a 15.6 inch display, a Core i5-5200U processor, and a list price of $500.

Other features include Intel HD 5500 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Several retailers are showing listings for the new Chromebook, and while they say the machine will feature a 1366 x 768 pixel display, Brent Sullivan writes on Google Plus that he’s seen an updated spec sheet which shows that the Acer Chromebook 15 with a Core i5 chip will have a 1920 x 1080 pixel display.

All told the Chromebook 15 should be just about as fast as a Chromebook Pixel… although the Chromebook Pixel has a higher-resolution display, a smaller, lighter case, better build quality, and two USB Type-C ports, among other features.

That said, the 4.85 pounds, 15.6 inch Acer Chromebook 15 does have a few things going for it including 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and upward-facing stereo speakers on either side of the keyboard.


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9 replies on “Acer Chromebook 15 with Core i5 Broadwell coming soon for $500”

  1. Or you could buy a windows laptop and make it triple-boot (windows, chromeos, ubuntu). 32GB of storage for a $500 laptop is just insane. 4GB sdram on an i5 is borderline insane.

    1. You could, but you’re thinking like a techie, not a normal customer. Chromebooks are targeted at the education market and people who are attracted to the simplicity of a device that can do everything they need without the additional hassle of running a windows system. For those markets, triple-boot doesn’t make any sense at all.

      1. So you are saying that the education market is the main target of $500 chromebooks ? I agree that triple boot systems are not attractive to the educational customers, but I would think that low-cost rugged chromebooks would be what they would want. My point was that if a developer was going to get a higher end chromebook, a triple boot would be a much more flexible machine. I was assuming that developers and university students would be the target customers for $500 chromebooks.

    2. You cannot get chrome os that comes on these laptops, the chrome os that you are talking about is a Linux distro which isn’t very good. Chromebooks are incredibly fast due to their light OS and the battery life is insane, plus no viruses.

  2. Some people will probably dig it. They probably would have done better with an i3 and a back-lit keyboard though. That assuming the 1080p screen of good quality.

    1. In the UK and Germany Acer 15 models are offered in white, so I guess at least black and white will be choices in the US too.

  3. I like the idea of a Core M in a Chromebook. I would like something more powerful than my N2840 powered chromebook, but I’m not willing to buy an i5 for something like this.

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