Hands-On With Acer's New Affordable Chromebook 15

For those in the market for a Chromebook with a larger display, the Chromebook 15 line from Acer is no longer the only option to consider as the company has now announced a new Chromebook Spin 15 model as a premium alternative. While this will technically now be seen as the better option to go for thanks to the inclusion of a 360-degree rotating hinge, the one benefit the Chromebook 15 has over the Spin 15, is the price. As it is a more affordable Chromebook in general while still offering the same larger screen size. Now the company has two new options for Chromebook 15 buyers to consider, and following the main announcement from Acer in New York City AndroidHeadlines took a closer look at the new arrivals.

Technically speaking, only one new Chromebook 15 has been announced, however it is set to become available in two different versions with one featuring a touch-enabled display. Although it is understood both versions might not become available in all regions, and at the hands-on event Acer was only showcasing the standard non-touch model. In either case, on first impressions not a whole lot has changed with this latest model compared to its predecessor, as not only has the overall size remained the same, but so has the design. Which is not technically a bad thing as the most recent version of the Chromebook 15 was the one that saw an upgrade to its design through the inclusion of more of an aluminum-based look and feel, compared to the more plastic options that came before. Therefore, the new Chromebook 15s announced today look to largely continue in the same vein.

As a result, there seems to be very little, if any, notably design changes to comment on with the same look overall, the same upward-facing speakers positioned on either side of the keyboard, and even the same combination of USB 3.1 and 3.0 ports - with one of each once again positioned on either side of the device. Which means most of the differences with the new model(s) are ones that cannot be directly seen by the user. For example, in the battery department. As Acer now states the new version will offer up to fourteen hours of battery life on a single charge, and this is comparable to the twelve hours of battery life offered by the previous model. Evidently, due to the little time spent with the new version, this is not something that can be commented on at this point. The processor selection has also changed although this will likely vary by region somewhat. While the other notably change is in the price department as Acer states the new model will become available starting from $349 in the US which is essentially $50 cheaper than the price the previous model first launched with. Although, again, this is a model which will be available in different RAM and storage configurations and therefore the price will rise accordingly based on the configuration chosen and whether opting for the touch or non-touch model. Check out the rest of the images below for a closer look at the new Chromebook 15, while those interested in seeing what the new Chromebook Spin 15 has to offer - click here.

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John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]
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