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Acer's US$199 Chromebook 15: Inexpensive but bulky

Agam Shah | April 24, 2015
Most appealing about Acer's new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 are its US$199 price and large 15.6-inch screen. But the laptop is bulky and it puts into question whether Chromebooks can be full-blown desktop replacements.

Acer begged to differ. Chromebooks have done well in schools, and a teacher may prefer a larger-screen laptop in classrooms, said Gregg Prendergast, vice president of commercial sales for the U.S. market at Acer. Users invested in Chrome OS may also want a larger-screen Chromebook to complement other computers, he said.

His points were well taken. At $199, the Chromebook 15 CB3-531 could be an impulse buy.

The laptop will start shipping in the U.S. in July, and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) starting in June.


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