Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT-P099
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The Acer Chromebook 15 is a basic family laptop that’s best left at home, unless you know you’ll be able to keep its battery topped up wherever else you’re working.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
Model: Acer’s latest Chrome OS effort is a proper beast, designed to live happily on a desk and occasionally be carried around the home. With the catchy full title of Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT, this 15.6-inch laptop serves up Full HD visuals and impressive usability. Users will be glad to hear that these features require a low asking price. With a meaty 15.6-inch chassis, that’s more reminiscent of Acer’s affordable Windows laptops. This machine breaks the scales at almost 2 kg, so user will certainly notice when it’s stashed in their knapsack. Like the Acer Chromebook 14 before it, this notebook sports a silver design that’s not too far off Apple’s MacBook stylings. Of course, as this is a budget-friendly laptop, users don’t get a premium metal chassis. However, the Chromebook 15’s plastic frame feels sturdy. It wasn’t too bothered at being chucked in a bag and generally knocked around. Acer has stuffed an Intel Pentium N4200 chipset into the Chromebook 15, backed by 4 GB of RAM. This proved to be absolutely fine for playing around with several apps at once. A user can stream HD videos at the same time as messing around in a web browser and messaging mates with no sign of a slowdown.
That 15.6-inch IPS touchscreen is rather good for the asking price. For one, the touch controls work well. A user can zip through web pages and documents quickly and easily while selecting text is a doddle. The display also supports multi-touch, for pinch zooming. Viewing angles are rather narrow, as the picture darkens once users tilt the screen away from their face. Thankfully the Chromebook 15’s hinge allows a user to tilt the display all the way back, 180 degrees until the lid is touching their desk. So the user shouldn’t have any trouble finding a comfortable working position. Despite the beefy build, connectivity is pretty much standard. A user gets a pair of full-sized USB 3.0 ports and a couple of Type-C USB ports, split between the two sides for an easy life. Besides that, all users get a microSD memory card (for expanding the 64 GB of storage) and a Kensington lock slot. There’s no dedicated video output, although a user can always hook up a monitor or TV using one of those Type-C ports. If a user is after a Chrome OS machine to carry around all day, then the Chromebook 15 is far from the best choice. Acer and rivals such as Asus have launched plenty of Chrome notebooks that are more compact and considerably lighter. However, as a simple device for the family to share, the Chromebook 15 is perfectly fine. Strong usability means staying productive and browsing the web is a breeze, while the Full HD screen is good enough for kicking back with a movie.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
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60%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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