Choice is the word du jour in the display department too, with two Full HD options offered (one with wide viewing angles, so presumably an IPS panel), and one sporting a more mundane 1,366 x 768 resolution to reduce the price. The usable screen real estate measures 15.6 inches in all three cases, and all three have an anti-glare coat.
We don’t think we need to point out why a larger panel makes for a better computing experience, but let’s hope portability was also taken into account here. At first glance, this big guy doesn’t look all that different from its 13-inch precursors, although the overall profile is slightly chunkier. The battery is rated at eight hours, which is less than Acer’s current 13-inch Chromebook, but quite good for an inexpensive laptop.
The features include two large speakers that face directly towards the user for better audio quality, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 3.0. All in all, this clearly has the works of the best sub-$1,000 Chromebook around. The question is how low can Acer go with the price?
Update 06/01/2015 11:54 we’ve added a hands-on video
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