New Acer 11.6″ Chromebook CB3 with Bay Trail Available

[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00MMLV7VQ” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”chromerev-20″]I am not sure what Acer is doing with it’s lineup of Chromebooks.  Acer’s C720 with the Haswell processor was the best selling Chromebook this year with it’s fast processor and low price, often available for under $200.  Their newest Chromebooks are eschewing the fast processor for processor’s that give better battery life and don’t require a fan.  Acer has released a bunch of different Chromebooks in the last few months.  Let’s see we have an Acer Chromebook with a mobile NVIDIA Tegra processor that has incredible battery life but doesn’t quite cut it performance wise, then we have  a C720 with the Intel i3 processor that is screaming fast but also costs close to $400 and now we have an Acer Chromebook with the Bay Trail processor which is great for battery life and is fanless but seems to be quite similar to the Acer CB5 Chromebook, except that Chromebook is a little larger at 13″.

Acer Chromebook CB3-111 Specs

Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670 (11.6-inch HD, 2GB, 16GB)

Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, 2GB)

 

Customer Rating There are no customer reviews yet 4.4 out of 5 stars   (2,352)
Price $199.99 $199.99
Shipping FREE Shipping FREE Shipping
Sold By Amazon.com Amazon.com
Weight 2.43 pounds 2.76 pounds
Processors Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron 1.4 GHz
Operating System Chrome Chrome
Memory 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage  expensive. 16 GB Storage 16 GB Storage
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics

Acer CB3 Bay Trail Chromebook Review

So is the CB3 Chromebook a good choice for you?  Well that depends on whether you prefer battery life and a fanless design to a faster processor, since you can still get the older Acer C720 with a faster processor for the same price as this newer Chromebook.  It will be interesting to see if Acer offers discounts on the older Chromebooks which will make buying the CB3 even harder because it really seems like you are getting a sub par experience.  If you compare this to the 13″ NVIDIA CB5 then you are making a trade off in size and battery life because that Chromebook is thinner and gives you up to 13 hours on a single charge.  This Chromebook sort of sits in the middle of those two.   All this to say that this version isn’t a bad Chromebook, it’s actually a decent machine and most people won’t have any problems with a slightly slower processor.   The price is actually pretty great and even a little cheaper than the comparable Asus C200 Chromebook which goes for slightly more money.

Overall, the Acer CB3 is a solid device especially for the 199.99 price point. It is perfect as an auxiliary device for anyone who needs a basic machine to do every day activities-mcp2112

I own an Acer 720 chromebook. Just picked up a new CB3 … After getting it charged up and set up the first thing I did was to play an HD youtube trailer at 1080. It played perfectly. Played some CNN videos set to HD and they all played perfectly. I was a bit worried about video performance having heard that the new baytrail chip didn’t handle HD video that well. Can’t speak to any streaming services as I don’t subscribe to any. Usually just have one tab open at a time too. Speed is just a tad bit slower but really not noticeable unless you are really looking for it. The construction is solid and rigid. – chicobiker

 

Acer CB3 vs Acer c720 vs Acer CB5

As Chromebooks become more and more mainstream, you are going to have to make some choices on what’s important to you and what you are using your Chromebook for.  For some that might mean more battery life compared to stronger performance.  I prefer a larger screen, so the Acer CB5 or the new Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 might be a better choice.  If price is a concern then the older Acer C720 or the new CB3 are both great choices.  All three of these Chromebooks have compromises that you will have to live with but usually you can find a compromise that works with your lifestyle.

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