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A Fast Premium Laptop Acer Chromebook 715

Acer Chromebook 715
Written by Hassan Abbas

What do you know about Acer Chromebook 715? Google launched the idea of a premium Chromebook using the original Chromebook Pixel. Other enterprises have followed suit using devices such as the Yoga C630 from Lenovo and some HP X360. In this stormy market, Acer has a compelling fix of its own such as the Acer Chromebook 715. However, Acer’s latest high-end Chromebook sports an all-metal construction using MIL-STD 810G assent, a mandatory quad-core Intel Core i5 processor using 16GB of RAM, a keyboard full-size using a number pad, and a mandatory fingerprint reader. Recently, there is no other huge Chromebook on the market having the last two features.

I’ve been using Chromebook 715 for the last two weeks (CB715-1WT-527F) is Acer’s version. Its price is $779.99. However, it is costly for a Chromebook, Acer also justifies the price with the stunning build quality, top-rank performance, and the best laptop keyboards I’ve ever used. Acer also cut corners in some areas that make the Chromebook 715 tough to recommend.

ACER CHROMEBOOK 715 SPECS

Display 15.6” IPS LCD (Multi-touch), Full HD (1920 x 1080), 16:9
CPU 8th-gen Intel Pentium; 8th-gen Core i3, i5 (U-series)
Memory 8GB; 16GB (DDR4)
Storage 32GB; 64GB (eMMC)
Battery 3690 mAh/45W (12 hours promised)
Ports 1 x USB-A (3.1 Gen 1), 2 x USB-C (3.1 Gen 1, used for charging and DisplayPort output), 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroSD Card slot, Kensington lock
Connectivity IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions 0.7 x 14.4 x 9.8″ (1.78 x 36.6 x 24.9cm; H x W x D)
Weight 4.30 lb (1.95 kg)
As reviewed Core i5-8350U / 8GB DDR4 / 64GB eMMC / $779.99

THE BEST

Performance The Core i5 and 8GB of RAM chew using Chrome OS and make multi-tasking very irritable.
Build quality Its all-aluminum chassis feels smooth or solid. The fit-and-finish is brilliant.
Keyboard The keys are tactile, responsive, and good travel. It’s one of the popular keyboards.
Trackpad The huge Gorilla Glass trackpad is silky smooth, responsive, and perfect.
Touchscreen Essential for Android apps.
Fingerprint reader The sensor is perfect and instant to unlock the laptop consistently.
Battery life I got 9 hours out of it at 75% brightness.
Ports The presence of both USB-C and USB-A ports reduces the need for dongles.
Google Assistant “Hey, Google” is instantly picked up and queries are answered promptly.

THE NOT SO BEST

Display Dull Colors, the screen doesn’t get bright enough, and the pixel density is a bit coarse.
Speakers Also, there is no disturbance at max volume, audio sounds hollow and narrow in range.
Touchpad I’m pedantic here but I want there was compatible for custom touchpad gestures on Chrome OS such as Windows with the Precision Touchpad. Still hoping.
Storage At this price level, 128GB should’ve been added.

Design, Hardware, and display

The design features that you’d expect from this stunning product are here: aluminum chassis with no sharp corners that feel dense and smooth, a backlit keyboard, a glass touchpad, several USB-C ports, and a lightweight that makes this laptop still portable. Also, there’s a USB-C, USB-A, and an earbud jack on the left side. But on the right side houses another USB-C port also a microSD and Kensington lock slots. However, the USB-C ports also used for charging and data, which is very efficient.

Well, the chassis is 100% aluminum, but the screen bezel is not. It’s plastic matte, but it doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetics. The hinge operates perfectly and smoothly, but you still use two hands to fold out the screen.

Also, it’s a safe but a perfect design, absence of playfulness of the Pixelbook Go or the move-turning color finish of the Lenovo Yoga C630. It also seems at home in any classroom or office.

Full-Sized Keyboard:

The full-size keyboard and trackpad are exceptional. Coming from a cramped but usable HP Chromebook X2, I really appreciated the additional space on the 715. Also, it has dedicated keys for page up/page down, home/end, and delete made it smooth to get work done.

Typing on Chromebook 715 keyboard was the best experience thanks to its responsiveness. I continuously scored 94 WPM on a typing test. There’s the best tap with each hit, but it’s not so noisy. Keyboard flex is minor, using the area above the screen brightness keys being the softest spot.

Below the number pad, there is a fingerprint reader and it was fast and accurate. Just an instant click and you’re logged in. While adding fingerprints is mandatory via Settings Screen lock and sign-in. This will be quite familiar if you’ve ever set up the fingerprint reader on a mobile device.

Besides all the premium hardware in this Chromebook. Acer cut edges with the audio and display. The 1920 x 1080 resolution spread over a 15.6″ display area. As a result, noticeably grainy text, especially against a mostly white background. Other Chromebooks in this range have smaller 1080p screens, but higher resolutions, or both. The screen doesn’t get very bright, either, topping out at just 250 nits.

Performance and battery life

Chrome OS might relatively lightweight platform, but it still executes better with many cores and more memory. The 8GB RAM and quad-core Core i5 inside my review unit made Chrome OS extremely responsive from its initial setup to running several instances of Chrome using over 40 tabs open.

Well, the Geekbench 4 scores and Speedometer 2.0 bear out the laptop’s computing prowess. Also, it scored 55.1 (runs per minute) on a test of web app speed. On Geekbench 4, the Acer performed perfectly as well, scoring only a little behind the Spectre’s 4775 for single-core. What about multicore? It scores 12,789 for multi-core. There are lower-priced versions that come with a Core i3/4GB RAM configurations and dual-core Pentium/8GB RAM, but I recommend staying away from those if you can. The difference between performance the Core i5/8GB Chromebook 715 and my HP Chromebook X2 using a dual-core Core m3/4GB is like day and night.

I’ve been getting a solid 8.5-9 hours continuously at 75% screen brightness, with bearing falling to 6.5 hours at 100% brightness. Just consider the laptop is powering a 15W Intel processor, I’m very glad using its consistent 8 hours and change.

Reasons:

Buy if:

  • You want Chromebooks and you want a large display with a full-size keyboard.
  • Your routine includes frequent use of the number pad.
  • A heavy multi-tasker who will advantage from the fast CPU and memory.

Don’t buy if:

  • You want a brighter and more screen color-accurate.
  • Just plan to use the laptop as your primary movie or music device and don’t have the best headphones.
  • You like something more accurate and lighter to carry around.

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Conclusion:

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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