Acer Chromebook Spin 15 review

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I’m loving the Chromebooks that are coming out at the moment. The devices that have been launched over the last couple of years have really shown what the Chromebook is capable of. However, apart from the Google Pixelbook, none of the Chromebooks released has managed to knock the Asus C302 off that number one position. So is the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 about to do just that?

7.4 Total Score
Acer Chromebook Spin 15

A great Chromebook for anyone wanting a large 15-inch convertible. It comes with 8GB of RAM, which is great to see and the 64GB of storage means you will be able to install lots of Android Apps.

Design
7
Performance
7
RAM & Storage
8
Display
8
Price
7
PROS
  • Good price
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Nice Display
CONS
  • It's heavy
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Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Build Quality

From the outside, the Acer Spin 15 looks one cool looking Chromebook. This is helped by the textured aluminium lid. It’s good to see because it removes us from the days when Chromebooks looked a little cheap.

However, it’s a shame Acer did not continue with this inside. When you open the lid you are presented with a plastic finish. This isn’t a big issue, but it’s definitely not as elegant looking on the inside as the Asus C302. That being said, it’s a sturdy Chromebook.

It weighs in at 2.1kg, which is not far off double the weight of the Asus C302 that weighs in at 1.2kg. However, it would be unfair to compare it directly with the Asus C302 because you are getting a 15-inch display. It does, however, bring into question whether it’s a truly portable Chromebook.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is the first 15 inch convertible

Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Performance

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 comes with an Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor. It’s got a processing speed of 1.1 GHz, but the multi-core burst makes it capable of speeds of up to 2.4 GHz. It also comes with a 2MB cache.

You should not expect too much from this processor. It can perform daily tasks such as internet browsing, video streaming and is ok at multi-tasking. It can also run Android Apps without any problems. However, you should not expect much more than that.

Like most Chromebooks, the processor usually lets the device down. It would have been nice to see an Intel i3 or i5 processor, but this would have had an impact on the price.

Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Memory (RAM)

Where the Acer Spin 15 lacks in processing power it makes up for in memory. The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 comes with a whopping 8GB of RAM.

A few years ago I would have said this is a waste of memory because the Chromebook would never use it. However, now the Chromebook is capable of running Android Apps and Linux App support coming soon. It’s really good to see 8GB of RAM on the Acer Spin 15 Chromebook.

This amount of RAM means it’s relatively future proof when it comes to the memory requirements that will be expected from Chromebooks in the future.

Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Storage

Again, the Acer Spin 15 does not let us down when it comes to storage. The 64GB of storage available will be enough for most people.

If you are buying a Chromebook to use Android Apps, and you are intending to install a lot of Apps. Then you should definitely be looking for a Chromebook with at least 64GB of storage.

The Acer Spin 15 Display

This is where the Acer Chromebook is different from all other Chromebooks that have come before it. It’s the first Chromebook convertible that boasts a 15-inch display. This makes the Chromebook ideal for anyone wanting a larger display.

The screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels means you get a true HD display and the IPS technology makes viewing a pleasure. It’s a little reflective in direct sunlight, but this has always been something difficult to combat. The touch-screen works perfectly and you’ll have no problems using the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 in tablet mode.

The Keyboard on the Acer Spin 15

The large size of the Acer Spin 15 means there was plenty of room to provide a well spaced out keyboard. This makes typing on the spin 15 a pleasurable experience. You’ll have no problems touch typing a five thousand word essay on this Chromebook. The backlit keyboard also means you will be able to type day or night.

It’s a great keyboard, but it does not offer the same feeling you get with the Asus C302 keyboard. Yes, it’s well spaced out, so typing is easy, but it does not have the same travel as the Asus C302 when pressing the keys.

I don’t want this to put you off. The keyboard is definitely well thought out. It’s just not a contender when comparing it to the magnificent keyboard the Asus C302 provides.

The Sound from the Acer Chromebook Spin 15

The sound you get from the Spin 15 is loud enough for anyone wanting to watch movies. This is helped by the speakers projecting the sound directly from either side of the keyboard. One of the advantages of a Chromebook of this size.

However, as with all laptops. If you are wanting to listen to music in good quality you should use the headphone jack or use a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

The only real criticism about the sound is when you use the device as a tablet. Because the speakers have been designed to project sound when using it as a laptop. When you use the Spin 15 in tablet mode the sound is projected out of the back and this has a big impact on the sound you get to hear.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 in tent mode

The Acer Spin 15 Connectivity

The Acer Spin 15 comes with two USB Type-C ports, which is good to see. The future is Type-C, so you should always look to see if a Chromebook has this if you are intending on buying new peripherals to plug into your Chromebook.

At the moment, most peripherals use the older USB ports, but as Type-C becomes more popular you will notice the older USB ports will become less common. However, the good thing is the Acer Spin 15 does boast the older USB type port. This is great for anyone wanting to plug in a hard drive or mouse that has the older type USB connectivity.

Specification

  • Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor with 2MB cache
  • 1.1 GHz capable of speeds up to 2.4 GHz
  • 15-inch display (1,920 x 1,080) with IPS technology
  • 8GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage
  • 13 hours of battery life
  • weighs 2.1kg
  • 26.2 x 38.6 x 2 cm

Conclusion

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is a good laptop. It’s well built and is a great choice for anyone wanting a large display. It’s the first convertible Chromebook to offer a 15-inch display, which is great to see. However, how many people would want to use a 15-inch tablet is a question I cannot help but ask myself.

The display offers a crisp clear image and the keyboard is well spaced out. Making it a great Chromebook for anyone who needs to do a lot of typing, but the keyboard on the Asus C302 is much better.

I would not necessarily look at buying this laptop if you are wanting a Chromebook to use on the move. First off, a 15-inch laptop is hardly mobile, but it’s the weight that is an issue. Weighing in at nearly twice the weight of the Asus C302 makes it a heavy Chromebook to use on the move.

If you are after a Chromebook with a large display and not considering taking it out and about with you. Then this may be the Chromebook for you. The 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage makes it pretty future proof.

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