Acer has introduced a new addition to their Chromebook lineup: The new Acer 2-in-1 Chromebook Spin 15. It is the first 15-inch 2-in-1 type of Chromebook in the world, making it a desirable choice of many, but let’s see what it’s actually made of and who would want to buy it.
Under the Hood
The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 weighs only 4.63 pounds and comes equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen covered in Corning Gorilla glass for added protection which is rarely found in other models or notebooks. The touchscreen supports 10-point multi-touch and works with IPS technology and the special design of this notebook lets it rotate a full 360 degrees, immediately transforming it into a tablet.
You can choose between 4GB to 8GB of RAM memory, which combined with 32GB to 64GB of storage offers plenty of space for all documents and data for medium to heavy users. Acer decided to stick with Intel on this one and the available models feature one of the three following processors: the quad-core Intel Pentium N4200, dual-core Intel Celeron N3450, and the dual-core Intel Celeron N3350.
Connectivity-wise, the Acer Chromebook Spin comes with two USB 3.0 type A ports, two USB 3.1 type C ports, and a microSD card slot. The battery performance should be impressive too, and is able to deliver 14 to 15 hours with continuous use, which puts this Chromebook into the spotlight for many who work remotely or for longer chunks of time.
You will also find a decent webcam on the Chromebook, that has 720p HD definition, HDR, and a wider field of view than most others. The sound is solid, with two speakers that face upwards, although when you rotate to use in tablet mode they are facing away from you which can make the quality of sound suffer a litte. Plus, you can enjoy a full-size keyboard.
The Specs (Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315 model):
- Operating System: Chrome OS
- Processor: Intel Pentium N4200 1.1 GHz Quad Core
- Memory: 8GB LPDDR4
- Storage: 64GB
- Screen: 6″ Full HD (1920×1080), ten-point multitouch
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
- Connectivity: 11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2
- Audio: 2x speakers
- Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.1 Type C
- Battery: 4670 mAh
- Dimensions (W x D x H):96 mm x 261.96 mm x 19.95 mm or 15.19 in x 10.31 in x 0.78 in
When it comes to performance, the Chromebook Spin 15 doesn’t let you down. There were no delays when launching and opening apps, and when handling multiple apps at the same time. It easily deals with multiple open Chrome browser tabs, and full-screen HD videos run smoothly.
The textured aluminum lid gives it a slick look, but this is unfortunately lacking on the inside which has a bit of a “plasticy” feel to it. Another thing that might be a deal breaker for some is how difficult it is to open it: you need both hands, which can be off putting.
That being said, the touchscreen is super responsive: every swipe and tap register immediately and without a delay. There are wide bezels around the screen and the display is fairly reflective which could be an issue if you’re trying to watch a dark movie in the daylight. It has a soft touch keyboard that is standard sized like many other Chromebooks and the 360° option that turns it into a tablet is great for reading, sketching and drawing.
Who Should Buy It
For those looking for a Chromebook to read, watch movies and do light work, the Spin is ideal, but high power users should consider going for a higher model. Acer’s Chromebook 15 spin aims at those who want a device that will continue working even with prolonged use (or a long movie) and as such, the battery life is truly outstanding. It’s a larger Chromebook, ideal for long-usage and if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve got a good deal.
The Acer Chromebook Spin is available from $449 or £499. It is an affordable option for those who need a device that can handle long working hours on the go. It doubles as a tablet and is great for reading and watching videos in this mode, but the screen glare might make this difficult in certain situations if you’re planning to use it frequently on the move. The overall performance is good, but if you’re a power user, you might want to look at alternatives.