Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT
The largest 15.6-inch touch screen and full HD, nice design, backlit keyboard, powerful speakers, very good battery life.
Acer’s Chromebook 15 is perfect for anyone looking for an affordable widescreen laptop for basic Internet use.
If you are a follower of “the bigger it is better”, here is something to satisfy you. The Acer Chromebook 15 is equipped with a 15.6 touch screen full HD that makes it one of the largest models in its class. In addition to its XL dimensions, this Chromebook offers excellent battery life, powerful speakers and a backlit keyboard. All gathered offers a very good price / quality ratio. Its price is not much higher than the majority of the 13-inch and smaller Chromebooks, it is a really good alternative for those looking for a cheap laptop with a big screen.
Level of Finishing Up
Unlike last year’s all-plastic model, this new version of the Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT) inherits a metal hood and chamfered edges that give it a more upscale look. With 1.8 kg on the scale, it is not too heavy despite its size that is comparable to that of a 15-inch MacBook Pro or a Surface Book 2 .
The keyboard is framed by two speakers. It’s backlit, the keys have good travel and responsiveness, but they’re not as comfortable as Lenovo’s ThinkPad. If this is important to you, turn to a ThinkPad 13
Chrome OS With a Hint of Google Play
The Chromebook is designed for Google services: Gmail, Google Docs, Chrome. You can also install some of the Android apps on Google Play. This gives the machine a little more utility than web browsing, email and streaming. For example, you can install the Instagram application, download a video with the Netflix application or download games. It should be noted that access to Google Play is still in beta mode and that most applications have not been optimized for a laptop screen.
The Problems Of A Big Screen
If the screen size is one of the assets of the Acer Chromebook, it is also one of its weak points. Although the resolution of 1.920×1.080 pixels is sharp, the color saturation is dull. The lack of brilliance is for example quite obvious on a film like “Black Panther”. The viewing angles are correct and the 180 ° swivel hinge allows adjustment to suit most situations. Of course, a 360 ° hinge was ideal to switch to tablet mode and enjoy the touch screen.
For basic tasks, the Chromebook 15 was quite up to it. It is in multitasking that one discovers its limits, with a marked latency as soon as one opens a few too many tabs at the same time in the browser.
The speakers, on the other hand, are a pleasant surprise, both clear and powerful. They fill a room easily. But like most audio systems laptops, they lack bass.
Autonomy is impressive, with a full day. During our endurance test, the Chromebook 15 took 13:45 minutes.
This Acer 15-inch Chromebook is an affordable and stylish way to use this niche for large-screen Chrome OS machines that are quite rare. And even if its screen is not perfect, the sacrifice is minimal compared to the qualities it offers. Anyone looking for a widescreen laptop at a reasonable price can put it at the top of their list.