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Acer Unveils New 15-inch Chromebook

Acer is well-known for its popular notebooks and beautiful design. Well, now the famous company seems to have wanted to conquer the market with quite an impressive product: the first 15-inch Chromebook costing less than $200.

So, if until a few months ago the biggest Chromebook was a product released by HP, the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, coming in a 14-inch design, now things have definitely changed.

Acer introduced earlier this year its first 15.6-inch Chromebook, at CES. So, not only that the new product is one of the biggest Chromebooks on the market, it also is the most affordable Chrome OS-running device released until now. So, it seems that Acer was not only willing to conquer the market with its new product, but the company really managed to shock. Despite its big display, the new Acer Chromebook can be purchased for only $200.

"After launching the Acer Chromebook 15, the industry's first Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display, Acer today expands this line with a new model, the Acer CB3-531, available at a wallet-friendly price of only $199.99," Acer said in a press release. 

The price may be by itself an important reason for users to consider this product.

The new Acer Chromebook measures 15.4 (W) x 10.08 (D) 0.95 (H) inches and weighs 4.85 pounds. 

When it comes to design, the new product is extremely interesting.

"The Acer Chromebook 15 is a true powerhouse – it provides fast mobile performance and a large display to help customers accomplish more every day," Jerry Kao, president of Acer Notebook Business Group, said.

"Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook market, from providing the latest in technology and trailblazing battery life to designing new form factors. We’re driving the category forward again with the world’s first 15.6-inch display Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15," his statement added. 

The new product comes with a white fabric-like surface, conferring a quite sophisticated look to the device. 5th Generation Intel Core i3, next-generation Intel Celeron processors, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, 16GB or 32 GB of SSD storage, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, SD card reader and HD webcam, are other features that can be found in the new Acer Chromebook.

When it comes to battery life, Acer claimed that its new device can run up to 11.5 hours on battery, but only when the screen in on low brightness.

Having the bigger display and all these features in mind, the question if Chromebooks will be able to replace laptops or even desktop computers can easily raise. In fact, Chromebooks are affordable devices that tend to offer more and more of the usability that can be found in laptops, but at a much more affordable price.

Of course, there are still many differences between the Chromebook and regular laptops in terms of performance, but they can definitely be an option.

Some analysts went to claim that sooner than replacing laptops, Chromebooks might turn out replacing desktops, given that Chromebooks are heavier than regular laptops, which might make them more difficult to carry around.

Still, it is important to keep in mind that Chromebooks were designed for those who complete most of their work using the Web.


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