Acer’s Chromebook 15 is an alright budget machine with a big 15.6-inch screen and a brushed aluminum finish. There aren’t many 15-inch Chromebooks in production so this laptop is definitely on the larger side for being a Chromebook.
It starts at $169 on the low end (CB3-532-C47C) and goes up to $499 on the high end (CB515-1HT-P6W6).
The low-end machine comes with an Intel Celeron Dual-core 1.60 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of flash memory, and a 1366 x 768 TN display.
And the high-end machine comes with an Intel Pentium N4200 Quad-core 1.10 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of flash memory, and a 1920 x 1080 IPS display.
Design: This is a good looking machine. The brushed aluminum finish gives it a premium look at a not-so-premium price.
Display: The 15.6-inch screen is big. The IPS display on the high-end model is sharp and bright.
Battery life: Acer says the laptop’s battery lasts up to 12 hours. So one full charge can get you through the day without an outlet.
Ports: One HDMI Port / Two USB 3.0 Ports / Headphone jack (The high-end model includes USB C ports in place of a HDMI port.)
Keyboard: The full-sized keyboard on this machine is solid and backlit.
Display: The TN display on the lower-end model is not very bright.
Sound: The laptop’s top-facing speakers are okay. They are not particularly loud and they sound a bit dull when turned all way up. And the bass is bearable.
Webcam: The 720p wide-angle webcam included with the laptop is average. Under normal room lighting, the video image isn’t very sharp and skin tones look a bit off.
Performance: The Celeron CPU in the low-end model is sluggish. The N4200 Quad CPU in the high-end model is a bit better but still falls short when compared to similar laptops.
This is an okay budget machine for basic web surfing. The big screen is a plus. The performance is a minus.
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