Acer's Chromebook 315 pairs an AMD processor with a 15.6-inch display for as low as $279.99

There's quite a lot packed into what could be a rather aggressively priced Acer Chromebook.

Credit: Acer

Acer’s Chromebook 315 continues the company’s tradition of affordable, intriguing Chromebooks, with several points of interest. It’s Acer’s first Chromebook with an AMD CPU and integrated Radeon graphics. It's also a relatively mammoth Chromebook, with a 15.6-inch display (most have displays ranging from 11 to 14 inches). But the price is worth noting, too: as low as $279.99, the company said at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

The Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C5FM) and the Chromebook Spin 11 have both shot well under the $500 price point, but the Chromebook 315 aims even lower. Acer hasn’t revealed all of the minimum specs of what it’s calling the CB315-2HT, but we know that there’s a non-touchscreen option, the CB315-2H. There’s also “up to” 8GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.

acer chromebook 315 04 Acer

What we haven’t seen before, however, is a Chromebook based upon an AMD processor, and there’s now two for Acer Chromebook 315 customers to choose from: the AMD A6-9220C and the AMD A4-9120C. Both feature integrated Radeon graphics, so there’s some hardware acceleration for tasks like video and some low-end games—remember, ChromeOS devices can now run Android apps, too.

It’s possible that offloading some of the multimedia apps has had a positive effect on battery life, too. Acer’s touting up to ten hours, which would top the Chromebook 14’s battery life by about an hour or two. 

Perhaps the only obvious drawback is the display. Though it’s a sizable 15.6 inches, it’s still just a 1080p (1920x1080) resolution. That’s probably fine for an educational device, and will have a positive impact on battery life. The larger screen will provide a broader canvas for videos and other content as well. But blowing up the 1080p resolution to a larger display will have a negative impact on the number of pixels per inch, meaning text and images will appear slightly blurrier than normal. 

acer chromebook 315 Acer

Other features of note include a pair of upward-facing speakers that flank the keyboard, and the use of a pair of USB-C ports for charging and display. The keyboard is backlit, according to Acer, though only on the touchscreen model.

Acer plans to ship the Chromebook 315 in the first quarter to American customers. Here’s what we know of the specs:

Acer Chromebook 315: Basic specs

  • Display: 15.6-inch (1920x1080) IPS, available in touch or non-touch (CB315-2HT/CB315-2H)
  • Processor: AMD A6-9220C or AMD A4-9120C
  • Graphics: Radeon Graphics
  • Memory: Up to 8GB
  • Storage: Up to 32GB eMMC
  • Ports: Two USB-C, headphone jack
  • Wireless: 802.11ac (2X2), Bluetooth 4.2
  • Cameras: 720p HD camera (front-facing), 178-degree viewing angle
  • Battery: 10 hours, per Acer
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Dimensions: 14.98 x 10.09 x 0.79 inches (19.95 mm)
  • Weight: 3.79 pounds
  • Colors: Silver
  • Price: Beginning at $279.99

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags CES 2019

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Mark Hachman

Mark Hachman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?