As expected, Acer has introduced a new version of its Acer Chromebook 15 laptop. The new model features a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display and an Intel Core i5-5200U Broadwell processor.
It should hit the streets in April for $499.99, although prices may vary in different regions.
The Acer Chromebook 15 is already one of the largest Chrome OS laptops on the market. Now it’s also one of the most powerful. The only other Chromebook with a Core i5 Broadwell or faster processor is the new Google Chromebook Pixel 2 which sells for twice the price of Acer’s laptop.
Acer’s model features 4GB of RAM, a 32GB solid state drive, up to 8 hours of battery life, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, and an SD card slot.
The Acer Chromebook 15 measures 15.4″ x 10.1″ x 1″ and weighs about 4.85 pounds. It’s not the most portable notebook no the market — but while Liliputing tends to focus on affordable portable computers, large-screened laptops generally outsell small models.
Most of those large laptops tend to ship with Windows, but Acer is one of the first companies to offer a 15.6 inch model sporting Google’s Chrome operating system. Up until now the company only offered moels with Intel Celeron or Intel Core i3 chips.
Too pricey for a chromebook. Also, very heavy without much better battery life.
It’s not explicitly marketed as IPS, but CNet did confirm w/ Acer the 1080p panel is IPS. ComputerWorld and CNet were both impressed by the 1080p panel but Laptop Mag dinged it for having washed out colors compared to other laptops. Their colorimeter only measured its output as 58.1% of the sRGB color gamut compared to the Toshiba Chromebook 2’s IPS panel’s 98.5%. No wonder Acer avoided the word IPS in marketing. It’s still a great deal at $350 for the Celeron/4GB version. For the same price, Bay Trail CPU in the Toshiba Chromebook 2 has too many performance compromises.
The display on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is truly excellent. It’s not the fastest chromebook, but it’s fast enough to handle several tabs of documentation, gmail, slack, and an instance of LightTable running in a chroot. I suspect with a similar workflow, that Acer machine’s Core i-5 would spend 95% of its time in the lowest p-state. The bigger display would be nice, but the weight not so much.
Yeah, the trouble w/ the Core i5 model is that once I’m at the point of entertaining a $500 laptop, I can easily justify a $200 jump to get an Asus UX305 or Dell XPS 13 where there are fewer compromises between weight/portability and functionality and screen quality.
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