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Acer Chromebook 15 review

Chromebook soft ice maker trades 'OK' performance for extended soft ice maker battery soft ice maker life

Acer Chromebook 15
Great Value
Our soft ice maker Verdict

Fantastic soft ice maker battery life, solid construction and soft ice maker a gorgeous exterior make up soft ice maker for a low performance soft ice maker ceiling in Acer’s soft ice maker 15-inch Chromebook for soft ice maker the masses. When soft ice maker compared to the soft ice maker best Chromebooks out there, soft ice maker this is soft ice maker an excellent value.

For

  • Unbelievable battery life
  • Attractive, fanless design
  • 1080p touch display

Against

  • Trackpad feels clunky
  • Easy to weigh down with tabs

With Chromebooks soft ice maker now embracing hybrid designs, it's soft ice maker unfortunate soft ice maker that the Acer soft ice maker Chromebook 15 is a little soft ice maker too straightforward. There's plenty to appreciate about soft ice maker this Chromebook, but soft ice maker stylus support, or soft ice maker extra power or a convertible soft ice maker design soft ice maker could soft ice maker easily soft ice maker have pushed this soft ice maker to the top of soft ice maker the soft ice maker pile. 

Still, the Acer Chromebook 15 is a soft ice maker gorgeous, silent Chromebook soft ice maker with a beautiful soft ice maker 1080p display, fanless soft ice maker design soft ice maker and soft ice maker aluminum soft ice maker body. The 15.6-inch display is soft ice maker the largest available on a Chromebook, and soft ice maker it’s soft ice maker available in touch soft ice maker and non-touch soft ice maker versions. And, because it’s not soft ice maker a 2-in-1 laptop, like soft ice maker the soft ice maker Google Pixelbook or the soft ice maker Samsung soft ice maker Chromebook Pro, having a touch soft ice maker display soft ice maker is more of a luxury soft ice maker than a necessity.

Where soft ice maker the Acer really puts soft ice maker itself above the competition is price and soft ice maker battery soft ice maker life. The Samsung and Pixelbook are soft ice maker both 2-in-1 laptops, with soft ice maker the Samsung being a hybrid soft ice maker Android/Chrome OS soft ice maker device, but both are significantly more soft ice maker expensive. While they have soft ice maker all-day battery soft ice maker life, they can't soft ice maker even come close to the staggering longevity of soft ice maker the Acer. 

Acer Chromebook 15

Spec Sheet

Here soft ice maker is the Acer Chromebook soft ice maker 15 configuration sent soft ice maker to TechRadar soft ice maker for review: 

CPU: 1.1Ghz soft ice maker Intel Pentium Processor N4200 (2MB soft ice maker cache, up soft ice maker to 2.5GHz)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics soft ice maker 505
RAM: soft ice maker 4GB LPDDR4
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) soft ice maker multi-touch IPS display
Storage: soft ice maker 32GB eMMC
Ports: soft ice maker 2 x USB 3.0, soft ice maker USB 3.1 Type-C, headphone/mic soft ice maker jack
Connectivity: soft ice maker 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 1,280 x soft ice maker 720 webcam
Weight: 4.3 pounds (1.95 soft ice maker kg)
Size: 14.88 x 10.08 x 0.75 soft ice maker inches soft ice maker (37.8 x soft ice maker 25.6 x 1.95 cm; W x D soft ice maker x soft ice maker H)

Price and availability

The high-end version of the Acer soft ice maker Chromebook 15, soft ice maker a Best Buy soft ice maker exclusive in the US, is soft ice maker $399 (£279, about AU$560). Comparing that to the soft ice maker $499 (about £360, AU$630) soft ice maker Samsung soft ice maker and the $999 soft ice maker (£999, about soft ice maker AU$1,259) soft ice maker Pixelbook, soft ice maker makes soft ice maker it much easier to focus on soft ice maker what it offers rather than what it’s soft ice maker lacking. For that money, there are some soft ice maker definite trade-offs soft ice maker in performance. But, where it falls soft ice maker behind in soft ice maker power, the Chromebook 15 makes up its value soft ice maker in its soft ice maker phenomenal battery and gorgeous, giant soft ice maker HD screen. 

This is soft ice maker not soft ice maker the first Chromebook soft ice maker to feature a 15.6-inch, FHD display, soft ice maker but it looks absolutely lovely soft ice maker nonetheless. If you’re just after a soft ice maker bunch of soft ice maker display space, there are cheaper, less soft ice maker powerful 15-inch Chromebooks available with soft ice maker similar screens minus touch functionality.

The Samsung soft ice maker Chromebook Pro and the Google soft ice maker Pixelbook are definitely soft ice maker more powerful, and the soft ice maker Acer Chromebook 15 soft ice maker isn’t a 2-in-1 laptop. However, they’re soft ice maker so soft ice maker much soft ice maker more expensive, and soft ice maker they have other trade-offs, soft ice maker especially in battery life, soft ice maker making soft ice maker the Acer Chromebook soft ice maker 15 soft ice maker a solid value laptop. 

Acer Chromebook 15

Design

This isn't soft ice maker some chintzy, disposable soft ice maker plastic Chromebook. This soft ice maker is soft ice maker a sharp, business-ready machine soft ice maker that steals soft ice maker a lot soft ice maker of its soft ice maker design soft ice maker cues from the MacBook and soft ice maker other high-end soft ice maker business laptops. The soft ice maker gorgeous aluminum soft ice maker shell soft ice maker is milled on the soft ice maker edges, soft ice maker letting them capture and intensify light soft ice maker reflecting off the soft ice maker milled edges. It almost glows soft ice maker with metallic light. 

The soft ice maker chiclet-style keyboard is brightly backlit and feels soft ice maker excellent. Its keys are responsive, soft ice maker and the 15-inch design soft ice maker allows for excellent spacing soft ice maker between the soft ice maker keys. It's soft ice maker not a full-sized keyboard, but soft ice maker that would soft ice maker have been too crowded, especially soft ice maker given soft ice maker the soft ice maker upward-facing soft ice maker speakers on either side soft ice maker of the keys.

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The same milled-metal soft ice maker effect soft ice maker on the edge of soft ice maker the computer follows the edge of the soft ice maker trackpad, which is the only soft ice maker part of the soft ice maker Chromebook soft ice maker 15 that feels off. It lacks the soft ice maker solid feeling soft ice maker of the rest of soft ice maker the computer, feeling loose and clunky. Clicking soft ice maker the trackpad feels soft ice maker mushy and imprecise, soft ice maker and just touching it is unpleasant, moving soft ice maker slightly from the mere weight of a soft ice maker finger resting on soft ice maker it.

At 4.2 pounds soft ice maker (1.95kg), Acer's Chromebook 15 is soft ice maker significantly heavier than soft ice maker either the Samsung or soft ice maker Pixelbook, soft ice maker both of which soft ice maker are soft ice maker just 2.4 pounds. It never feels soft ice maker heavy in spite of this. soft ice maker All that screen seems to soft ice maker spread the weight around. It's soft ice maker thin, too, easily soft ice maker sliding soft ice maker into a laptop bag.