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No Thunderbolt 3 for Acer's workstation - The Acer ConceptD 3 Pro CN315-71P in review

Acer ConceptD 3 Pro CN315-71P in review: Mobile Workstation with space for 3 drives
Acer ConceptD 3 Pro CN315-71P in review: Mobile Workstation with space for 3 drives
Acer's 15.6-inch workstation scores points with powerful hardware, good battery life, extensive upgrade options and a Pantone-certified Full HD display. The device doesn't have a Thunderbolt 3 port on board.
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The Acer ConceptD 3 Pro CN315-71P is a 15.6-inch workstation, which has an identical construction to its sibling model, the Aspire 7 A715-74G, which we already reviewed in 2019. In regard to the housing of the ConceptD, Acer has opted for a combination of metal and plastic. The laptop is available in black and white - we have a black model with us.

The device is powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H hexa-core processor (Coffee Lake) and a Quadro T1000 graphics core (Turing) from Nvidia. Although the ConceptD is not a gaming laptop, it's able to run all modern computer games smoothly on the matte Full HD IPS display. The latter pleases with good contrast, stable viewing angles, good brightness and - thanks to the Pantone certification - great color reproduction. The sRGB color space has a 100% coverage. The display doesn't shows any PWM flickering either. 

The laptop offers some expansion options.  In this way, in addition to the standard built-in NVMe SSD (M.2 2280), a second M.2 2280 SSD (NVMe/SATA) and a 2.5-inch storage device can be installed. The workstation does not have a maintenance hatch. In order to carry out maintenance/upgrade work, the bottom cover would need to be removed - not a complicated undertaking.

Acer's workstation does not have a Thunderbolt 3 port. This would allow the connection of a more-powerful external GPU or an extensive docking solution. Unfortunately, Acer only provides the computer with a simple USB Type-C port (USB 3.2 Gen 1), which doesn't support the DisplayPort-via-USB-C function.

Much more information and benchmark results can be found in our review of the Acer ConceptD 3 Pro CN315-71P-73W1.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 804 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 364 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Sascha Mölck, 2020-06-15 (Update: 2020-06-12)