There’s not much that you can criticize about the Acer Chromebook 315 (otherwise known as the CB315-3H-C36A). It's listed in the professional section of Acer's website, and for good reason: it's a solid choice for businesses.
It's extremely cheap, at $199 (roughly £160) from Walmart, and also has plenty of storage and system memory: 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC (plenty for Chrome OS).
Its entry-level Intel Celeron N4020 processor might be a bit underwhelming, but everything else - including the UHD Graphics 600 video controller - is more than adequate for any standard office task.
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This Chromebook also boasts a 15.6-inch full HD display and a dedicated numeric keypad, which is always a plus.
In terms of connectivity and expansion capabilities, there’s plenty to like as well. The Chromebook 315 features a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac, and two USB Type-A ports.
It also has two USB Type-C ports, one of which supports DisplayPort over USB-C and charging, which means you can use a compatible Type-C portable battery charger.
Acer claims its three-cell battery can last for a staggering 12.5 hours which, if true, is more than most business laptops out there. If your daily routine entails firing up Gmail, watching a bit of Youtube, messaging over Slack and editing a few Google Sheets, it'll certainly have you covered.
It's also worth considering the CB315-3HT-C6XF, a slightly more expensive version that comes with a touchscreen for only $229.
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Bear in mind
- This product does not ship to all regions, so non-US customers will likely need to use a specialist parcel forwarding service to take advantage of the deal.
- If you've managed to find a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
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