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ACER CB3-431 14" Full HD Chromebook - Gold - PC World
ACER CB3-431 14" Full HD Chromebook - Gold - PC World

ACER CB3-431 14" Full HD Chromebook - Gold - PC World

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Stylish looking chromebook with pretty good specs and plenty of good reviews on the web.

-Chrome OS
-Intel® Celeron® Processor N3160
-RAM: 4 GB / Storage: 32 GB eMMC
-Up to 12 hours battery life
-3.5 mm jack
-1920 x 1080 resolution
-Interface: USB 3.0 x 2, HDMI x 1
-All aluminium body
-No touchscreen

51 Comments

Original Poster

Or you guys can choose the cheaper £200 (ish) one
Edited by: "kweimingli" 14th Oct 2016

i need 4gb ram now ;-) would want to find cheaper than 279 if im scrimping haha

It's a great Chromebook. Worth paying more over the cheaper one, I think, to get the extra RAM, better processor, and much better screen. Think I'd prefer silver and cheaper. I'm not sure this price is exactly a deal. Isn't it pretty much the going rate?

The cheaper ones are only 2gb and are available on and off for around £120-£130 mark

Ergates

It's a great Chromebook. Worth paying more over the cheaper one, I think, … It's a great Chromebook. Worth paying more over the cheaper one, I think, to get the extra RAM, better processor, and much better screen. Think I'd prefer silver and cheaper. I'm not sure this price is exactly a deal. Isn't it pretty much the going rate?



​where can i get 4gb silver cheaper?

jennyscott88

​where can i get 4gb silver cheaper?



Car boot.

Original Poster

zx636r

Car boot.




Ergates

It's a great Chromebook. Worth paying more over the cheaper one, I think, … It's a great Chromebook. Worth paying more over the cheaper one, I think, to get the extra RAM, better processor, and much better screen. Think I'd prefer silver and cheaper. I'm not sure this price is exactly a deal. Isn't it pretty much the going rate?



This is the cheapest I've seen around the web but there is a slightly cheaper 4gb that's in silver but with a slower processor from ebuyer

Sorry this item is out of stock..........8)
pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml?awc=1598_1476458858_bbad7cc54e50d6e78601d29ac6602587&srcid=369&xtor=AL-11&cmpid=aff~HotUKDeals~Communities%20%26%20UGC~47868&istCompanyId=9a35962d-802d-4e67-9721-0a3328ca1f02&istItemId=qqpxmxaa&istBid=t&awid=47868

I have this one and it is great running Linux, anything bigger just looks huge compared:-)

pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml?intcmpid=display~RR

Original Poster

BkzBiz

Sorry this item is out of … Sorry this item is out of stock..........8)http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-cb3-431-14-full-hd-chromebook-gold-10148917-pdt.html?awc=1598_1476458858_bbad7cc54e50d6e78601d29ac6602587&srcid=369&xtor=AL-11&cmpid=aff~HotUKDeals~Communities%20%26%20UGC~47868&istCompanyId=9a35962d-802d-4e67-9721-0a3328ca1f02&istItemId=qqpxmxaa&istBid=t&awid=47868



looks like it is in stock to me, I can even book to get it picked up for tomorrow at a store

I can't believe some people would pay £280 for this piece of junk:

- Manufacturer: Acer: rubbish!
- OS: Chrome, locked in
- Intel® Celeron® Processor N3160, mediocre!
- RAM: 4 GB, only?
- Storage: 32 GB eMMC, only?
- No touchscreen, wow!

Its cheap, yes it is a Acer but...

Not directly an answer to this model but here is some info about mine and why I like Chromebooks:-)

Its not for everyone but ChromeOS super easy to use so for the non technical, older and younger its actually great.
Its not Windows or a Mac both of which are pants.

You can stick a microSD 128Gb card in and notice no slow downs, I actually run Arch Linux off the SD card and it is super fast.

The build quality of my Asus Flipbook is fantastic all metal body and only weighs 900g!

ChromeBooks are also great if you want to run Linux because ChromeOS is basically Linux so you should be able to get drivers for what ever flavour of Linux you like.

This model is a Intel chip which if your running Linux is preferable, mine is a Arm Rockchip so I have to manually compile most software I want to use.

4 gig Ram is plenty for most things (I would not recommend 2 gig) I use it for coding etc. I don't use it for photo/video editing. Screen is plenty bright and battery lasts for long time.

I don't even use my i7 15 inch laptop with 16 gig Ram anymore as it just looks massive is heavy compared to my Chromebook and battery life is really bad:-)

Mine is a touch screen which works just fine in Linux but they are not for everyone.

gorgo2015

I can't believe some people would pay £280 for this piece of junk:- … I can't believe some people would pay £280 for this piece of junk:- Manufacturer: Acer: rubbish!- OS: Chrome, locked in- Intel® Celeron® Processor N3160, mediocre!- RAM: 4 GB, only?- Storage: 32 GB eMMC, only?- No touchscreen, wow!


Yaradabbadoo

Its cheap, yes it is a Acer but...Not directly an answer to this model … Its cheap, yes it is a Acer but...Not directly an answer to this model but here is some info about mine and why I like Chromebooks:-)Its not for everyone but ChromeOS super easy to use so for the non technical, older and younger its actually great.Its not Windows or a Mac both of which are pants.You can stick a microSD 128Gb card in and notice no slow downs, I actually run Arch Linux off the SD card and it is super fast.The build quality of my Asus Flipbook is fantastic all metal body and only weighs 900g!ChromeBooks are also great if you want to run Linux because ChromeOS is basically Linux so you should be able to get drivers for what ever flavour of Linux you like.This model is a Intel chip which if your running Linux is preferable, mine is a Arm Rockchip so I have to manually compile most software I want to use.4 gig Ram is plenty for most things (I would not recommend 2 gig) I use it for coding etc. I don't use it for photo/video editing. Screen is plenty bright and battery lasts for long time.I don't even use my i7 15 inch laptop with 16 gig Ram anymore as it just looks massive is heavy compared to my Chromebook and battery life is really bad:-)Mine is a touch screen which works just fine in Linux but they are not for everyone.



Where do you find old people or young people that can't handle Macs or Windows? All my old relatives 70-80s have grown up with Windows, so aren't exactly phased by Windows 10 or any of the other operating systems, at the end of the day, what's so special about ChromeOS it's icons and mouse/touch, pretty much the same as all PCs/Macs. My children had no trouble picking up Windows 7, 8, or 10 with the incentive of getting onto Minecraft or whatever their favourite application is at the moment.

ChromeOS may have advantages in price and security (if you trust Google), but I don't understand anyone expecting it to be easier to use than 'real' computers.

mike

mbuckhurst

Where do you find old people or young people that can't handle Macs or … Where do you find old people or young people that can't handle Macs or Windows? All my old relatives 70-80s have grown up with Windows, so aren't exactly phased by Windows 10 or any of the other operating systems, at the end of the day, what's so special about ChromeOS it's icons and mouse/touch, pretty much the same as all PCs/Macs. My children had no trouble picking up Windows 7, 8, or 10 with the incentive of getting onto Minecraft or whatever their favourite application is at the moment.ChromeOS may have advantages in price and security (if you trust Google), but I don't understand anyone expecting it to be easier to use than 'real' computers.mike



The nice thing about a Chromebook is that all the documents are backed up everywhere. When my daughter used a PC for school work, she would often find that she hadn't saved the document in the right location - was it on a USB drive, Dropbox, in an email etc. She then had a Chromebook and it just worked. She had the same files on a computer at school, or the Chromebook. It is switched on and ready to type within 10 seconds of opening it up. The battery lasts a long time, and it was fine for pretty much everything that she wanted to do.

It works best if you have internet access (you can do some stuff without). You might need to choose a printer carefully to get it to work, and the WWW interface to Microsoft Office documents can be a bit flakey.

My son bought a £300 Windows laptop about the same time. In theory he can run games on it, but in practice it is much slower, to start up, and to navigate. He is asking to get a Chromebook as well. With Windows I have to spend some time every so often to check that the updates are working, check for malware, update Java etc.

She has a Toshiba Chromebook 2, but that is no longer available. For sub £300 Chromebooks with a full HD screen there is this one or the HP G4 for £290 http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/hp-chromebook-14-g4-intel-celeron-n2940-4gb-32gb-14-inch-chrome-os-chromebo-p5t65ea/version.asp

The reviews for this Acer say that the screen quality isn't very good. However, it has an aluminium case. The Toshiba has a lovely screen, but the case is plastic and a little fragile.
Edited by: "ahenry" 15th Oct 2016

gorgo2015

I can't believe some people would pay £280 for this piece of junk:- … I can't believe some people would pay £280 for this piece of junk:- Manufacturer: Acer: rubbish!- OS: Chrome, locked in- Intel® Celeron® Processor N3160, mediocre!- RAM: 4 GB, only?- Storage: 32 GB eMMC, only?- No touchscreen, wow!



You are clueless about computers. Get down to Aldi and get yourself a Medion.

I'll give this deal a HOT.

Not because £279 is necessarily cheap but because if you get a good Chromebook, they are superb for basic every day usage - more than the sum of their parts.

- very fast and snappy
- instant on/off (non Windows 'wait for your dinner to cook' boot up routines)
- usually good battery life
- you can set up a dual boot configuration with Ubuntu etc
- vastly better protection against viruses/trojans/malware compared to Windows.

The other benefits of this one:

- all aluminium chassis (though 1.5kg is not necessarily light)
- 4gb RAM (useful if you have 20-30+ media centric Chrome tabs open)
- 1080p
- USB3.0 x 2 (just add a USB 3.0 128gb nano flash drive for storage)

I have 3 laptops at home - an Acer 720 Chromebook, a Dell XPS 13 and a Lenovo Y50.

For 80% of the things I do eg. web browsing, emails etc, I reach for the Chromebook over the others simply because it's faster and snappier doing those sort of tasks. It's also the smallest, lightest and cheapest laptop out of the 3, so I can take it around everywhere without worrying too much about it getting broken, lost etc.

ChromeOS would completely dominate the lower end of the market if Google put some resources into it instead of thinking that Android can somehow be ported to a desktop environment....

The only downside I would say - and this really a reflection of the market - is that you cannot get away with not having a Windows machine available to you somewhere simply because there's is no ChromeOS equivalent of certain software eg. Adobe CC, Lightworks etc. Even my label printer only comes with Windows based software.
Edited by: "Picard123" 7th Nov 2016

Original Poster

gorgo2015

I can't believe some people would pay £280 for this piece of junk



shame about this one comment, but chromebook isn't for everyone.

Everyone one else makes some good points. This will be my first time buying a chromebook but i'll mainly be using it just to surf the web and other simple things that do not require a full desktop experience.

Can this run Android apps? Infact, is there any Chromebook that can run all or most android apps?

kencol

Can this run Android apps? Infact, is there any Chromebook that can run … Can this run Android apps? Infact, is there any Chromebook that can run all or most android apps?



​Yes, but maybe not quite yet, the ability to do so is coming soon.

oos

back in stock!

£250 directly from acer

Original Poster

zaz57

£250 directly from acer



that's for the less powerful version. I've already mentioned that one in my first comment for about £180

kweimingli

shame about this one comment, but chromebook isn't for everyone. Everyone … shame about this one comment, but chromebook isn't for everyone. Everyone one else makes some good points. This will be my first time buying a chromebook but i'll mainly be using it just to surf the web and other simple things that do not require a full desktop experience.



​Enjoy your Chromebook, we have bought 5 over the last few years, friends and relatives have also now gone ChromeOS. Never looked back. Hassle free, virus free, lightning fast etc. etc. etc. Welcome aboard

Picard123

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottkramer/2016/11/06/chromebook-with-apps-is-a-winner/#779be3a17a86http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/how-to-run-android-apps-on-your-chromebook-1328784


I'm waiting for the new Acer R13 due out immentley, it looks good!

westonborn

I'm waiting for the new Acer R13 due out immentley, it looks good!



Looks very nice. Could be pricey though if its $399 in the US!

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Chromebooks now outsell MacBooks world wide I read recently ...

Sorry, but this seems hideously under-specced for the money, £280 for a Celeron processor and 32GB eMMC?! Nothing wrong with either of those but that's closer to what you'll find on a £150-200 machine and it's not like Mac OS where you must own a Mac to run it (exclude Hackintosh), Chrome OS will run on any normal machine. I appreciate it has a nice metal body, 4GB RAM (vs the normal 2) and a 1080p display - am I the only one who still thinks it's a bit overpriced?

plewis00

Sorry, but this seems hideously under-specced for the money, £280 for a … Sorry, but this seems hideously under-specced for the money, £280 for a Celeron processor and 32GB eMMC?! Nothing wrong with either of those but that's closer to what you'll find on a £150-200 machine and it's not like Mac OS where you must own a Mac to run it (exclude Hackintosh), Chrome OS will run on any normal machine. I appreciate it has a nice metal body, 4GB RAM (vs the normal 2) and a 1080p display - am I the only one who still thinks it's a bit overpriced?



A little overpriced, yes but not too much. I believe it has an IPS screen so should be great compared to standard TN panels with rubbish viewing angles and better contrast etc. Double the RAM, 32 GB instead of 16, 1080p and a faster processor (benchmarks 40% more) than its £200 sister model.

plewis00

Sorry, but this seems hideously under-specced for the money, £280 for a … Sorry, but this seems hideously under-specced for the money, £280 for a Celeron processor and 32GB eMMC?! Nothing wrong with either of those but that's closer to what you'll find on a £150-200 machine and it's not like Mac OS where you must own a Mac to run it (exclude Hackintosh), Chrome OS will run on any normal machine. I appreciate it has a nice metal body, 4GB RAM (vs the normal 2) and a 1080p display - am I the only one who still thinks it's a bit overpriced?



The only area where it's underspec is in storage. Just plug in a 128gb USB3.0 nano flash drive if you want more storage. £25.
Edited by: "Picard123" 7th Nov 2016

plewis00

Sorry, but this seems hideously under-specced for the money, £280 for a … Sorry, but this seems hideously under-specced for the money, £280 for a Celeron processor and 32GB eMMC?! Nothing wrong with either of those but that's closer to what you'll find on a £150-200 machine and it's not like Mac OS where you must own a Mac to run it (exclude Hackintosh), Chrome OS will run on any normal machine. I appreciate it has a nice metal body, 4GB RAM (vs the normal 2) and a 1080p display - am I the only one who still thinks it's a bit overpriced?



Yep, I agree it's maybe £50 overpriced, but I'd say the ali body, display and 4 GB RAM make it worth £230ish.

The big bugbear with these lower end chromebooks is the 32 GB eMMC internal storage IMO. OK you can add an SD card or flash drive but a 128 SSD could transform their usability.

Thanks - I'm glad no-one came back flaming for that comment, I still reckon it's probably worth £200 at most though (the upper end of what I said). It's not just 32GB storage, it's 32GB of slow storage - I guess ChromeOS will make the most of it anyway but still. I guess 1080p IPS display, 4GB of RAM and thin metal chassis might just be ok if that's what you're after, but I guess my point was, it's all standard off-the-shelf hardware otherwise.

plewis00

Thanks - I'm glad no-one came back flaming for that comment, I still … Thanks - I'm glad no-one came back flaming for that comment, I still reckon it's probably worth £200 at most though (the upper end of what I said). It's not just 32GB storage, it's 32GB of slow storage - I guess ChromeOS will make the most of it anyway but still. I guess 1080p IPS display, 4GB of RAM and thin metal chassis might just be ok if that's what you're after, but I guess my point was, it's all standard off-the-shelf hardware otherwise.



Metal body (vast majority of laptops are plastic) and 1080p IPS, hardly standard kit .....I assume you don't seriously expect that as standard for a £200 laptop. If you can find some please let me know!
Not checked but pretty sure the 32GB HD is eMMC, probably much faster than a standard spinning disk making the device snappier than a standard non SSD £300 laptop
4GB of RAM sounds lame and on a windows laptop it is, but obviously this isn't a windows laptop and that lack of overhead that windows has makes this CPU very good on Chrome OS.
My take is that it is well worth £250, last time I looked it was available online for that price.

beastman

Metal body (vast majority of laptops are plastic) and 1080p IPS, hardly … Metal body (vast majority of laptops are plastic) and 1080p IPS, hardly standard kit .....I assume you don't seriously expect that as standard for a £200 laptop. If you can find some please let me know!Not checked but pretty sure the 32GB HD is eMMC, probably much faster than a standard spinning disk making the device snappier than a standard non SSD £300 laptop 4GB of RAM sounds lame and on a windows laptop it is, but obviously this isn't a windows laptop and that lack of overhead that windows has makes this CPU very good on Chrome OS.My take is that it is well worth £250, last time I looked it was available online for that price.



Yes I validated my comment by admitting it was an odd mix because despite the casing and 1080p display, the 32GB eMMC and Celeron (Atom-class) CPU while still capable hardware is consistent with sub-£200 machines. I guess the closest comparison is something like an off-lease Dell Latitude E6430 or HP Elitebook 8470p which are metal bodied, usually fitted with true SSDs, proper 3rd gen i5 processors and high-res panels (1600x900) and will happily run Chrome OS. I just don't think it's good value personally; merely an opinion that I'm entitled to, and I did invite others to discuss and they said it probably is a little overpriced so I guess I'm not going mad.

Even if you compare it to an Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook with Chrome OS loaded it would be ample.

plewis00

Yes I validated my comment by admitting it was an odd mix because despite … Yes I validated my comment by admitting it was an odd mix because despite the casing and 1080p display, the 32GB eMMC and Celeron (Atom-class) CPU while still capable hardware is consistent with sub-£200 machines. I guess the closest comparison is something like an off-lease Dell Latitude E6430 or HP Elitebook 8470p which are metal bodied, usually fitted with true SSDs, proper 3rd gen i5 processors and high-res panels (1600x900) and will happily run Chrome OS. I just don't think it's good value personally; merely an opinion that I'm entitled to, and I did invite others to discuss and they said it probably is a little overpriced so I guess I'm not going mad.Even if you compare it to an Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook with Chrome OS loaded it would be ample.



You may be missing the whole point of Chromebooks and the Chrome OS is that you don't need high spec CPU's! Plus low power need = looooooooooonnnnnnnng battery life. And cheap computing for non pc savvy (and some that are) people.

plewis00

Thanks - I'm glad no-one came back flaming for that comment, I still … Thanks - I'm glad no-one came back flaming for that comment, I still reckon it's probably worth £200 at most though (the upper end of what I said). It's not just 32GB storage, it's 32GB of slow storage - I guess ChromeOS will make the most of it anyway but still. I guess 1080p IPS display, 4GB of RAM and thin metal chassis might just be ok if that's what you're after, but I guess my point was, it's all standard off-the-shelf hardware otherwise.



I disagree. You need to look past the specs as Chromebooks are more than the sum of their parts and aren't the resource hogs that Windows based machines are. Your mindset is too much "Windows, Windows, Windows" and the hardware that's relevant to that. Look at the Macbook 12 for example with a 1.1ghz CoreM. In Final Cut Pro, that outperforms the equivalent Asus i5 UX ultraportable running Premiere when working with the same video file. Why? Windows is not an efficient OS. As I said in my earlier post, I have an Acer 720 Chromebook, XPS13, Lenovo Y50-70 and the Chromebook is the one I reach for first out of all them for every day stuff like internet, email etc. Usability will increase further once ChromeOS gets access to the vast amount of Android apps out there.

plewis00

I guess the closest comparison is something like an off-lease Dell … I guess the closest comparison is something like an off-lease Dell Latitude E6430 or HP Elitebook 8470p



I think that's where you're going wrong because you're not making a like for like comparison. My Acer 720 for example is about as different to that Dell as you can possibly get. I don't want some 2.2kg lump that takes forever to start up, that's full of Windows bloat with a ton of redundant Windows services that I'm never going to use. I want something fast and snappy to use, portable and with great battery life. In that respect the Chromebook ticks all the boxes. The Dell doesn't.
Edited by: "Picard123" 7th Nov 2016

kweimingli

shame about this one comment, but chromebook isn't for everyone. Everyone … shame about this one comment, but chromebook isn't for everyone. Everyone one else makes some good points. This will be my first time buying a chromebook but i'll mainly be using it just to surf the web and other simple things that do not require a full desktop experience.



I don't understand spending this much on a web surfing device? I'm pretty sure I've seen £150 14" Lenovo laptops that would be fine for surfing the web and come with a proper OS.

plewis00

Thanks - I'm glad no-one came back flaming for that comment, I still … Thanks - I'm glad no-one came back flaming for that comment, I still reckon it's probably worth £200 at most though (the upper end of what I said). It's not just 32GB storage, it's 32GB of slow storage - I guess ChromeOS will make the most of it anyway but still. I guess 1080p IPS display, 4GB of RAM and thin metal chassis might just be ok if that's what you're after, but I guess my point was, it's all standard off-the-shelf hardware otherwise.

plewis00

I guess the closest comparison is something like an off-lease Dell … I guess the closest comparison is something like an off-lease Dell Latitude E6430 or HP Elitebook 8470p



You know you can remove/disable many of those redundant services you'll never use?

omgpleasespamme

I don't understand spending this much on a web surfing device? I'm … I don't understand spending this much on a web surfing device? I'm pretty sure I've seen £150 14" Lenovo laptops that would be fine for surfing the web and come with a proper OS.



A £150 14" Lenovo running Windows is slower than a tranquillised hippo when browsing the web. A Chromebook running Chrome is fast and snappy.

omgpleasespamme

You know you can remove/disable many of those redundant services you'll … You know you can remove/disable many of those redundant services you'll never use?



Not enough for there to be a significant performance increase. Windows is pure bloat. ChromeOS is fast and light.
Edited by: "Picard123" 8th Nov 2016
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