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Hands-On Review: Acer Chromebook 15

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Acer Chromebook 15 Review

Acer has been introducing its new Chromebook quite frequently and some of them has already arrived in the market.As the company has steadily released the series of its Chromebooks over the past few years and has released the Chromebook spin 15 recently in 2018 and now the company has introduced Chromebook 15.

As you all know, there are numerous affordable 15-in laptops available in the market.

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But if you are looking for a machine with decent performance then you need to increase your budget and buy Chromebook.

This is not the first Chromebook 15 machine, but the most important thing is the quality, connectivity and the performance standards set by the company.

Specs

CPUIntel Pentium N4200
Operating SystemGoogle Chrome
RAM4GB
Hard Drive Size32GB
Hard Drive TypeFlash
Display Size15.6
Highest Available Resolution1920 x 1080
Native Resolution1920x1080
Graphics CardIntel HD Graphics 505
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Model802.11AC WiFi featuring MIMO Technology
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
Touchpad Size4.1 x 3.0 inches
Ports (excluding USB)USB Type-C
Ports (excluding USB)USB 3.0
Ports (excluding USB)Combo Headphone/Mic Jack
Ports (excluding USB)Kensington Lock
Ports (excluding USB)microSD
USB Ports2
Card SlotsmicroSD
Weight1.8kg

Price & Availability

The starting price of Acer Chromebook 15 is $349, it is not as cheap as we had expected that it would be.

The main difference between Chromebook 15 and Chromebook spin 15 is that spin 15 features a touchscreen, as well as its hinges, allow it to bent 360 degrees just like a convertible laptop.

Moreover, the company has also introduced a touch screen model (CB315-1HT), the company is yet to release its price tag.

The non-touch screen methods also run Android apps but without a touch screen, it doesn’t make sense to use Android apps.

Design and build

At this price, you won’t be able to get an extraordinary build quality even if you fond of buying Chromebook.

There is a little bit flexibility in the lid and overall impression is far cry from the latest thin-bezel laptops, which can cost you more than $1000 dollars.

Acer Chromebook 15 design and build

Actually, it seems to be an upgrade from plastic to aluminum deck and lid as well. The bottom surface of the laptops is constituting a soft touch metal instead of metal.

It is to be noted that the usability gets embarrassed by the fact that when you open lid the base lifts upward.

The feeling of cheapness is increased with the lid open as wide bezels have been fixed around the screen as well as the keyboard.

At one side of the keyboard, there are two speaker grilles and these stereo speakers provide good and a loud sound.

Acer Chromebook Keyboard and touchpad

Chromebook speakers are simpler as compared to all other laptops available in the market. However, these keyboards will not provide you a crisp, firm action.

Again, the touchpad is not a glass, but it will work fine as long as you use it for basic cursor movement instead of a whole load of gestures like in high-end laptops.

The Chromebook 15 weighs around 1.8 kg, it might be heavier than many other Windows laptops of the same price.

According to the company, these laptops can last up to 14 hours, which is a much-needed thing in various budget laptops.

Hardware and connectivity

The most noticeable thing in hardware of Chromebook 15 is the addition of USB-C port on either side. The company has added USB 3 port on both sides as well as useful microSD card slot and standard headphone jack on the left side.

Acer Chromebook Ports

Acer Chromebook is featuring a quad-core Intel premium N4200 processor or the older dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 / quad-core Intel Celeron N3450.

The N4200 is not a lot faster than the N3450, therefore, you definitely need a quad-core chip for having a decent performance.

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Moreover, you will have the choice of 8GB of RAM, which is very handy as it will help you in opening more than 20 tabs in Chrome browser.

Android apps on Chrome OS does not provide a natural feeling of being integrated and also feel much infancy.

Obviously, not every android app require a touch screen, you can use Facebook Messenger or Twitter perfectly and happily on all non-touch models.

As like the Chromebook spin 15, the Acer Chromebook 15 is featuring a screen with a 1920×1080 resolution, which gives a sharp view.

But, it’s not a brightest and even it does not affect your eyes with saturated colors.

Acer Chromebook 15 screen

The shining finish may not be so attractive because of the lack of brightness which means reflection will be somewhere there.

The Acer Chromebook 15 is featuring a 32 GB or 64GB of eMMC storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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