CES 2015: Acer Finally Introduces 15.6-Inch Display Chromebook
Finally, this world has been blessed with a big screen Chromebook: Acer has heard our pleading and come up with its Chromebook 15 at CES, sporting a 15.6-inch display — the largest so far on any Chromebook.
The Chromebook 15 has the following features:
- Display: two resolutions – 1920×1080 pixels, or 1366×768 pixels
- Processor: two options – Core i3, or a Celeron variant
- Storage: 16GB SSD or 32GB SSD
- RAM: 2GB or 4GB
- Miscellaneous: 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO 2×2 antennas, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, and an SD card reader
- Prices: Not disclosed for all models but will start at $249.
Coming to the build, Acer also manages to enhance the laptop’s strength and protection. Acer claims that it has been reinforced to reduce flexing, and the corners can now withstand a drop of up to 18-inches.
Although Chromebooks hold a relatively low share in the market, the sales are still hiking. Last year, Chromebooks were top sellers on Amazon.com during the holidays. The reason for this includes Chromebook’s low cost, simplicity, easy maintenance, and the keyboard, leading to the Chromebook’s surpassing of iPads as the No. 1 technology being used in U.S. schools.
Introducing the 15.6-inch screen has also put Chromebooks against Windows laptops, which usually sport 15.6-inch screens.
Acer currently grabs 40 percent of the Chromebook market as NPD research showed that the company grew from 7 percent in January to May of 2013, to a remarkable 31 percent for the same period in 2014. Samsung, the previous maker for Chromebooks, had failed miserably in keeping the sales up, as they dwindled downwards from 88 percent in the first half of 2013 to 48 percent in the first half of 2014.
Acer has also announced a new Chromebook 13 with touchscreen. The original Chromebook 13 was one of the first with Nvidia’s Tegra K1 ARM CPU, instead of Samsung’s Exynos or the default Intel CPUs. Tegra K1’s are gaining traction as they have since been used by HP as well, in its latest Chromebook 14. The price of the new touch enabled Chromebook 13 will be $330.
PCWorld tested the original Chromebook 13 against a Bay Trail-based Chromebook and found that the former’s overall performance was comparatively better along with great battery life.