While many appreciate the mini frame of the Chromebooks many are sceptical about it as well. The ultra-small chassis and display can prove to be annoying and troublesome for some. To address those consumers Acer came up with Chromebook 15 CB3-532-C1ZK (NX.GHJEK.002), a 15-inch Chrome operated netbook. Let’s dive into the review then.
CPU – Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core, 1.6 GHz
GPU – Intel HD Graphics 400
Memory – 4 GB DDR3
Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
Storage – 32 GB eMMC Flash
OS – Google Chrome OS
Performance- It’s equipped quite moderately to handle the trivial tasks pretty efficiently. It comes equipped with an Intel Celeron processor. It’s accompanied by 4 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of Flash storage. It isn’t utterly powerful, to be honest, and secured the middle position in almost all the benchmarking tests against netbooks like Samsung Chromebook Pro, Dell Chromebook 3189 and Lenovo Flex 11. In short, you’d be good to go with this one if there won’t be many challenging tasks.
Battery- A long and steady battery backup is one of the major demands from a general purpose netbook like a Chromebook. And Acer Chromebook 15 passes that test gracefully with its 3-cell 3920 mAh battery pack. It could stay up for nearly 13 hours (woooow!!) under low demanding tasks. Even while doing moderately taxing stuff it can easily run for more than 9 hours before draining out.
Build- Unlike most of the other budget Chromebooks, the chassis isn’t solely made of plastic- it’s a combo of plastic and aluminium. In effect, the netbook not only feels pretty sturdy but gives off an expensive vibe as well.
Display- Now, a spacious 15-inch panel is a real rarity in the Chromebook world. But despite the abundance of real estate the panel turned out to be pretty mediocre. The average brightness is pretty low at only 230 nits. The colours as well seem pretty muted and dull due to the low colour coverage. As a result, it’s only good for getting done your day-to-day chores.
Keyboard- Many of the users complained that the keyboard is not the best in its class and the buttons feel somewhat stiff to type on. And another one of the major reasons to not like it is that it doesn’t include a separate numberpad despite being a 15 incher. The absence of the numeric keys is really a big deal to me.
Price- And finally, it’s relatively a bit pricier in comparison to the other low to mid ranged Chromebooks. While the average price tag of a Chromebook lies around $150 to $175 it’s slightly costlier at $280.
As told earlier, 15-inch netbooks are not something that you get to witness every day. So if you want a bigger version of those minuscule Chromebooks you’d find it a worthwhile option. But again, if the price is your single most important criterion then it might not be a good choice for you.