Acer's Chromebook 15 Is Larger And More Affordable Than Ever

Acer announced a new member of the Chromebook 15 product line, which the company designed to be an affordable notebook for web browsing and media streaming.

Acer's said the new CB3-532 is the largest entry in the Chromebook 15 series, and the system is slightly wider and longer than its predecessors are. The change equates to less than a half-inch increase in overall size, though. The CB3-532 also has a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1366x768, which is identical to other Chromebook 15 systems. The system also uses two forward facing stereo speakers that should give users a reasonably enjoyable audio experience.

As a Chromebook, the system has relatively limited hardware resources. The system relies on a dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 processor clocked at 1.6GHz. Acer also included 2GB of LPDDR3 and 16GB of eMMC storage. This hardware should keep the Chromebook running without issue, but you will need additional storage to hold any videos or music files. The notebook has an SD card reader built-in, however, which will make it easy for you to add additional storage. You will also need to watch RAM usage a bit to prevent the system from slowing down during heavy multitasking.

Acer designed all of the hardware is designed to be energy efficient, so the system should have excellent battery life. Acer said that the 3-cell 3950mAh battery could last up to 12 hours during typical use.

The system is available now with a starting price of $199.

Acer Chromebook 15 CM3-532

CPU

Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor N3060 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)

OS

Google Chrome

Display

15.6-inch 1366x768 LED-Backlit

Memory

2GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM

Video

Integrated Intel HD Graphics

Storage

16GB eMMC

SD Card Reader

Up To 128GB SDXC

Networking

802.11ac 2x2 Dual-Band Wifi

Webcam

1280x720 HDR

Ports

2 x USB 3.0

HDMI

Headphone/Speaker

DC-In

Battery

3-Cell Li-Polymer Battery (3950 mAh)

Dimensions

15.08 x 10.08 x 0.95 Inches (LxWxH)

Weight

4.3 lbs

Starting Price

$199

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  • Steve Simons
    Sorry. 2 GB of RAM is a deal-breaker. In the school where I manage a very large Chromebook fleet, 4 GB is necessary. The machines have a very long lifespan, and an extra $30 for 4 GB of RAM is well worth it.

    All that keyboard space and no ten key?

    Speakers are pretty pointless. You don't store music on these. You may stream netflix or Amazon Prime, but, just plug in headphones for a much better experience. That space should have been used for a larger keyboard that included a 10-key for working out of Google sheets.
  • negusp
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    Sorry. 2 GB of RAM is a deal-breaker. In the school where I manage a very large Chromebook fleet, 4 GB is necessary. The machines have a very long lifespan, and an extra $30 for 4 GB of RAM is well worth it.


    Chromebooks don't need more than 2 GB. Students, especially, shouldn't be doing things on a Chromebook that require more. Regardless, you wouldn't want to be giving 15 inch Chromebooks to school students.
  • IInuyasha74
    2171841 said:
    Quote:
    Sorry. 2 GB of RAM is a deal-breaker. In the school where I manage a very large Chromebook fleet, 4 GB is necessary. The machines have a very long lifespan, and an extra $30 for 4 GB of RAM is well worth it.
    Chromebooks don't need more than 2 GB. Students, especially, shouldn't be doing things on a Chromebook that require more. Regardless, you wouldn't want to be giving 15 inch Chromebooks to school students.


    Well, there are strong arguments to support and refute the need of 4GB of RAM in a Chromebook. Honestly, most should be able to get by with 2GB in a Chromebook, but 4GB would be helpful in some scenarios.

    As for giving 15.6-inch Chromebooks to students, why wouldn't you want to do that? They are cost effect, and useful for just about any subject of study.