Acer has announced a new Chromebook that marks a few firsts in Google’s laptop family. It’s a pretty typical Chromebook with a fanless design and access to the Play Store for Android apps, but it’s the first ever Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen. That’s not an uncommon size for regular Windows or MacOS, but with Chromebooks we tend to see smaller screens.
You’ll lose some portability with Acer’s newest, but if you use your laptops for media, that larger screen will be fantastic. It’s a full HD IPS panel, which seems like it was just made for Netflix sessions.
The screen is available in touch and non-touch screen configuration, and the battery will reportedly last up to 12 hours on a single charge. It features upward firing speakers in its slick aluminum design, which also ties into the device’s movie and media focus.
You’ll also get two USB C ports, all your regular WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a headphone jack, and a variation of different processor, memory, and storage choices. The base model with the lowest CPU, non-touch display, 4GB of ram and 32GB of storage will cost $399, and you can expect pricing to jump up from there.