At IFA Berlin, Acer continued their streak of announcing a new Chromebook and this one is quite impressive. Not the revamped Chromebook 14 I am longing for but the new 15.6″ aluminum device from Acer is a major step up from its predecessors.
However, the first hands on of the Acer Chromebook 15 revealed a discrepancy when compared to the specs from Acer’s press release.
Also, customers can connect peripherals to the Chromebook 15 via Bluetooth 4.2, two USB 3.0, an HDMI port and a combo headphone/speaker jack.
One little problem.
Clearly, from the Acer Chromebook 15 landing page, the latest iteration is sans an HDMI port. Ok, so this isn’t the end of the world but still, for the average consumer who uses an external monitor, this could be a major point of confusion.
Thankfully, we have a good friend who was happy to ping Acer on Twitter and they were pretty quick to clear up the confusion.
The new Chromebook 15 doesn’t come with HDMI, but comes with two type-C USB 3.1 ports for data, display and power.
— Acer America (@AcerAmerica) September 5, 2017
So, there you go. James asked and Acer answered. Despite the official press release from Acer, the Chromebook 15 is not equipped with an HDMI port.
What does that mean for you? Nothing major but you will need to invest in a compatible USB-C to HDMI cable or a multiport adaptor.
Apart from that, the Acer Chromebook 15 looks to be exactly as described. Here are the finer points in case you missed them.
- Intel dual-core Celeron or quad-core Pentium processors (Apollo Lake)
- 4GB or 8GB RAM
- 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage
- 1920×1080 FullHD IPS display with optional touchscreen
- Aluminum top cover and palm rest
- 2 x USB-C 3.1 ports, 2 x USB type A 3.0
- SD card slot supports up to 128 GB SDXC
- 2 x upward firing HD-capable speakers
- Full-size Backlit keyboard
- Up to 12 hours battery life
- 88° HD webcam
- 1.72 kg (3.79 pounds)
- 378 W x 256 D x 18.9 H mm (14.88 W x 10.08 D x 0.74 H inches)
- Starting price of $399 US/€499
The Acer Chromebook 15 is slated for release next month and we will be getting this one in ASAP.
Many thanks to James Welbes of Itiswhatitis.tech for reaching out to Acer.