With an abundance of ultra-portable Chromebooks nowadays in the market, it’s for sure that most of them are not just up to the mark. This time we would like to know if Acer Chromebook C738T-C44Z, a slightly more expensive Chromebook than many others, was able to cut the ice.
- CPU – Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core, 1.6 GHz
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics
- Memory – 4 GB DDR3
- Screen – 11.6-inch HD IPS (1,366 x 768) with 10 point touchscreen
- Storage – 16 GB eMMC Flash
- OS – Google Chrome OS
- Performance – One of most significant changes that it has got is that it houses an Intel Celeron processor instead of one of those crappy Rockchips. Slight to almost no lagging can be seen even while heavy multitasking like opening many tabs in the browser (would happen all the time if you’re anything like me…;))and playing media at the same time. A great show of power was shown by its puny graphics processing unit as it rendered nearly 1000 fishes at 50 fps in the WebGL Aquarium benchmark test which evaluates the graphical prowess of a laptop. Many of its competitors like HP Chromebook 11 G4 and Lenovo 100S Chromebook barely managed to render 50 fishes before starting to show degradation in the performance. So the bottom line is that steady and stable performance can be expected from it reliably.
- Battery – Superior battery backup is another one of the greatest plus points of this Chromebook. Even under heavy internet usage via Wi-Fi, it showed an impressive battery life of 10 hours which is, in fact, much more than many of its closest contenders. So, moderate use can make it stay alive for even more than a day before needing you to search for the charging brick.
- Design – While aesthetically not being anything near fantastic, it does include a lot of useful ports for one’s regular usage. It comes with both a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port.
- Weight – One of the most important aspects of a Chromebook is its portability. But being a 3 pounder (3.53 lbs to be specific) doesn’t help in that whatsoever. I mean, it’s called ultraportable for a reason.
- Chrome OS – If you are a regular user of Windows (or MacOS), the first thing you’d notice while tweaking around this Chromebook is that the Chrome OS is not very tablet friendly. Whenever you go from laptop mode to some other mode that makes use of the touchscreen, the Chrome goes from its standard mode to fullscreen mode pretty smoothly; there’s no issue with that. But as soon as one goes to the full-screen mode, all the control for resizing and repositioning your windows just vanishes; Poof, yes just like that. Also, the tiny icons barely get any help by going into the full-screen mode. While some gestures like pinching for zooming purposes works smoothly, the double-fingered gesture for scrolling page around works quite abruptly. There is also the issue that the lion’s share of the features for which you’d use a Chromebook is cloud-based. So, if there isn’t internet for some reason it converts quickly into a 3 pounder paperweight.
Acer Chromebook C738T-C44Z (NX.G55AA.005) is able to deliver whatever that might be needed out of a tiny Chromebook. With the slight hit in the portability, it makes sure to cover it up with its extended battery life. So it’s a good choice for all your school works or presentation while you’re away on a holiday. It’s surely not the cheapest Chromebook out there but would make sure it’s not the shittiest either. Recommended, if you want a low budget ultralight laptop.