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Acer Chromebook 15 2017 Review - Reliable Chromebook with High Performance

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Acer company produces Chromebooks of different sizes and at different prices. The largest of them - Acer Chromebook 15, which was first introduced in early 2015.

In 2017 there was an updated version of Acer Chromebook15 with modern components. Thin and lightweight laptop with Chrome OS operating system supports Google Play, which allows you to install any adapted Android application on it.

Acer Chromebook 15 2017 Design

At the bottom of the updated Acer Chromebookis a stylish keyboard. Pure Silver trimmed keys appear silver and are not fingerprinted. Brilliant metal contours pass around its base and touchpad, and a black matte strip covers the gap between the keyboard panel and the screen.

Hinges Acer Chromebook 15 2017 rotate 180degrees, which allows you to fully open the laptop, or turn it up display. However, Chromebook 15 does not support Tent and Stand, unlike Google Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Pro.

Usually on laptops black frames are used.edges that create the illusion of frameless design. Acer didn't follow these traditions - the Chromebook 15 screen is surrounded by a 1.3 cm wide border in the style of Pure Silver. Above the display is a 0.9-megapixel camera with a resolution of 720p.

Case length is 37.8 cm, width - 25.7cm, thickness - 1.8 cm. Acer Chromebook 15 is thinner than the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook (2 cm), but thicker than the Google Pixelbook (1 cm) and Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA (1.4 cm). Although in any case, it remains the only option if you want to get Chrome OS on a 15-inch screen. HP and Acer still produce 14-inch laptops on this OS, when other manufacturers offer only panels with a diagonal of 13 inches and less.

Ports and connectors

On the left side of the Acer Chromebook 15 2017there is a USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen1) that can act as power, and a USB-A port (USB 3.1 Gen1). On the right you will find a combo jack for headphones and a microphone, one MicroSD card reader, a USB-A port and an additional USB-C - the latter also functions as a power connector.

Upset the lack of HDMI video output andDisplayPort - you have to connect the appropriate adapters via USB. There is also no Ethernet port for wired Internet - instead, Acer offers 2 × 2 Wireless AC with support for Wi-Fi at speeds up to 867 Mbps. Bluetooth 4.2 allows you to connect wireless headphones, Android OS devices and various accessories.

For comparison, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebookthere is only a USB-C port, two USB-A and a 3.5mm audio jack, but no memory card slot. On Google Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Pro you will find only two USB-C and a jack for a microphone or headphones.

Chromebook Keyboard 15 2017

Acer got rid of the Numpad (digital unit) to accommodate two large speakers. But here it was not necessary to compress the entire keyboard - from left to right, it takes about 28 cm.

There is enough space for typing, keyscomfortable - even compared to mechanical keyboards. Each key is pressed quickly and without unnecessary noise. Highlighting white in dark rooms is visible better than in illuminated.

The touchpad Acer Chromebook 15 2017 is very responsive,to move the cursor enough light touch. Chrome OS gestures are supported, including two-finger scrolling, double right-click, and so on. The touchpad follows the overall style of Pure Silver, the surface is smooth as glass.

Laptop display

Standard resolution 15.3-inch Acer screenChromebook 15 2017 - 1920 × 1080 pixels can also be set to 2160 × 1215. For comparison, Google Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Pro with 12.3-inch displays offer 2400 × 1600 pixels.

Thanks to the IPS panel, the colors on the Chromebook 15 2017 look much richer, the viewing angles are wider than on older monitors.

Image quality depends on the content. Chromebooks' background themes look great, with colorful and sharp icons in the Chrome OS interface, however, in movies and in some apps with Google Play, colors may be slightly blurred.

Speaker sound

Usually, the sound from the speakers located inbottom of the notebook is reflected off the surface and goes out distorted. But Acer managed to position the speakers of the Chromebook 15 2017 so that the sound preserved quality and was sent directly to the user's ears, but due to the weak bass there is not enough depth effect.

CPU and benchmark performance

Inside the Acer Chromebook 15 2017, an Intel Pentium N4200 processor is installed, which includes four cores with a base speed of 1.1 GHz and overclocking capability up to 2.5 GHz.

Chromebook 15 I tested scored 1559 pointsin the single-core mode benchmark Geekbench and 4884 in the multi-core - this is more than many other laptops with the same processor. The previous version of the Acer Chromebook with a 2-core Celeron 3205U processor received more points in the single-core mode, but predictably lost in the multi-core mode.

Pentium N4200 processor lags behind Intel M3-6Y30installed on Samsung Chromebook Pro and Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA. The new Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook boasts a faster 2-core Core i5-6300U, and the Google Pixelbook - i5-7Y57.

The new Chromebook 15 from Acer has no problems withChrome OS navigation, application downloads, web surfing and streaming video. Performance is achieved thanks to the operating system, which is much "easier" Windows - Chrome OS mainly relies on web applications.

During testing, I have problems withGoogle Play - when you try to open an application store, a white screen appeared, and all Android applications ran for a very long time or did not open. Clearing the cache did not help, I had to remove this platform and all related applications, and then reinstall it. After reinstallation, only a graphic benchmark called Epic Citadel did not work. This can not be called a disadvantage of the Acer Chromebook 15 2017 - such oddities with the software appeared on all Android compatible chromebooks.

SSD Solid State Drive

Acer Chromebook 15 2017 has a 32 GB solid state drive installed. Chrome OS and Google Play occupy 1.55 GB, the rest of the memory is available to the user.

Using Web Applications OfflineIt saves disk space, but it will end quickly if you install a lot of games and download videos. Fortunately, the microSD card slot allows you to increase memory up to 2 TB.

Video card is not for games

Chromebook 15 doesn’t have a separate video card.There is only integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 505. All Chromebooks are poorly suited for games such as Battlefield 1 and For Honor, so consider the laptop in tests for Android devices.

Chromebook 15 scored 96 301 points in AnTuTuBenchmark 6.2.7 - enough for the smooth operation of games at medium settings. If you set the resolution to 1920 × 1080, the Chromebook will get 2829 points in the 3DMark Sling Shot. The frame rate in the first test was 17.2 fps, in the second - 11.7 fps.

The 3DMark Ice Storm resolution is automaticallydecreases to 1280 × 720, and productivity rises to 59.9 fps in the first test and 58.5 fps in the second. In this benchmark, our Chromebook 15 scored 13,936 points.

The new Acer Chromebook 15 2017 surpasses the Asus Chromebook Flip C101P with a Rockchip RK3399 processor, however, any laptop without a discrete video card is intended more for watching videos than for games.

Portability and compactness

Acer promises up to 14 hours of battery life, although in practice the Acer Chromebook 15 battery with a capacity of 3220 mAh will last no more than 12 hours.

In the looped trailer testAvengers battery discharges in 710 minutes, and when opening a series of web pages in 690 minutes. In the Basemark browser test, the chromebook lasted 530 minutes. Samsung Chromebook Pro, Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA and Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA in the same tests discharged faster.

However, Windows-based laptops, including the HP Specter x360 13, Lenovo Yoga 920 and Microsoft Surface Laptop, lasted longer.

Chromebook 15 thickness in the closed state of all1.9 cm, weight - 2 kg. It may seem too large just next to other ultra-thin chromebooks. Apple MacBook Pro and Microsoft Surface Book 2 with 15-inch screens are about the same size.

Acer Chromebook 15 does not have extra software

The main advantage of Chrome OS is the absence of unnecessary programs. Google Play waits for the user to agree to the terms of Google, only after that will begin downloading and installing Android applications.

Chromebook warranty

Acer Chromebook 15 2017 Standard Warrantylasting year, which applies to manufacturing defects. Warranty available spare parts, repair the device or replace it with an identical one. If Acer cannot repair or replace your Chromebook 15, the company will refund your money.

Total

Acer Chromebook 15 2017 - an affordable alternativeGoogle Pixelbook, which will please fans of the Chrome OS platform. You will get a reliable and compact laptop with good performance and a durable battery.

The problems with Google Play are distressing, but this is a common shortcoming of Chrome OS. If you need a cheap and practical 15-inch chromebook, then Acer's Chromebook 15 has no alternatives.

No component that seems outdated, but the Google Play platform is designed more for smartphones and tablets, we will have to wait for a long time to release new applications under the laptop.

15.6-inch model of the latest Chromebook 15It costs $ 400 ($ 23,500) - a fair price for a budget laptop that can act as a portable companion or even a main computer.

Benefits of Acer Chromebook 15 2017

  • Durable battery.
  • Good performance.
  • Big screen.
  • Fair price.

Chromebook 15 2017 Disadvantages

  • No dedicated video output.
  • Problems with google play.

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