Chromebooks are not only known for their affordable prices, but also compact designs. We’ve seen a lot of Chromebooks sporting 11.6 and 12.5-inch screens. The Acer Chromebook 15 is slightly different because this cloud-based notebook comes with a 15.6-inch display. This size is very common for consumer laptops. If you need a budget device to get work done, this is a good choice.
When a budget laptop has an average design, it’s usually forgiven because it’s impossible to squeeze premium features into a cheap notebook. The Acer Chromebook 15 doesn’t look cheap at all. The construction is sturdy and made of metal. The previous model sports a plastic chassis. Acer has decided to ditch it in favor of a much stronger material, which is aluminum. It allows the device to be sturdy and lightweight. Open up the lid, you’ll see the 15.6-inch screen. On the keyboard deck, there is a set of speakers, while at the bottom you can find the touchpad. For the record, it’s not all aluminum. The back is made of plastic, but we rarely pay attention to this part, so it’s not a big deal.
Speaking of the display, the size increase is thankfully followed by a high resolution. At 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, the screen looks very sharp. It also responds to touches, another feature you’d find useful if you’ve always preferred operating a laptop directly from the screen instead of using the touchpad. There’s no problem with sharpness, but viewing angles are another story. Colors look noticeable washed out due to the reflective nature of the screen. Besides, it also picks up smudges. If you want the display to remain clear, then stick with the touchpad or use a mouse to move the cursor. Color reproduction is also average, which is acceptable for the price.
Keyboard and touchpad
The positioning of the keyboard is a bit awkward because it’s flanked by the two speakers. If the speaker was moved upwards, then more space can be dedicated to the keyboard. Unfortunately, in this arrangement you would find the keyboard rather small. Besides, the sound output can be distorted when we accidentally rest our palms on then. They keys are backlit around the edges. The key travel is shallow, although not awfully shallow. Typing experience is pleasant because the keys give nice feedback. Meanwhile, the touchpad has no accompanying scroll and click function. In case this makes you uncomfortable, just use a mouse.
The Acer Chromebook 15 is powered by an Intel Pentium N4200 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. As for storage, it comes equipped with 32GB of internal memory. These specs are twice bigger than the average entry-level Chromebook. As usual, there is also an offer of 100GB of free storage via Google Drive Cloud. You are entitled to the quota for 2 years. The laptop can run multiple apps, but limit the number to less than 4 if you want smooth performance. Intel HD Graphics 505 is sufficient for running casual games. Battery life is another part where the Acer Chromebook shines. It lasts around 12 hours on a single charge. If you don’t use it simultaneously, then it only needs to be charged every few days.
Acer Chromebook 15 specs:
- 15.6″ FHD IPS LCD Touch Screen
- Intel Pentium N4200 processor
- 4GB of RAM, 32GB of Storage
- Intel HD Graphics 505 GPU
- 0.9MP, 720p webcam
- Google Chrome OS