Acer Chromebook 11 upgradability

I just picked up a new Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-111) for testing and tinkering. I wanted a super cheap Chromebook since it’s been about a year since my last Chromebook. I see a lot of promise in the idea and I want to experiment a bit more. While reading reviews on this unit, I saw a few sources mention the RAM and eMMC (hard drive) are user-replaceable. That is exciting and potentially awesome so, I decided to open my new notebook to get a better sense of the Acer Chromebook 11 upgradability.

tl;dr verdict

As it turns out, it does not appear the RAM or eMMC are (easily) replaceable.

Opening the computer

The back of the unit is held together with 12 screws which are easily removed. The screws can all be removed with one size tool (I used a size 00 bit) but are different lengths. The screws at the back are longer because they hold the case and logic board in place.

Acer Chromebook 11 upgradability - case screws

Once the screws are removed, the back case is held on by a series of tabs which pop out when a bit of force is applied to them. I was a little worried removing the back because the tabs seemed a little fragile. I’d exercise caution.

Acer Chromebook 11 upgradability - case tabs

Finally, here is the open back case. It is possible the eMMC and RAM are on the underside of the logic board; since I did not remove the logic board this time around so I cannot say for sure. At the very least, the task of upgrading this computer is not easy. When I was poking around the computer randomly decided to boot up so I abandoned the plan to tear it all apart. I will say that the logic board and internal components all seemed to be tenuously in place especially with half of the screws removed.

Acer Chromebook 11 upgradability - logic board