Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (N4200, 4GB) 2 in 1 Laptop Review

In 2018 Google is making some big moves toward its Chrome OS by releasing several big updated and finally announced the OS will support of Linux application in the future. Of course, this is considered as such big news considering this OS is always lack in term of application. But, that is not the only thing they do to improve people interest for using Chrome because we are now seeing some manufactures like Acer finally release of more premium Chromebook into the market. Today, we are going to take a look into Acer Chromebook Spin 15 which costs for under 500 dollars.

The price point is appeared as slightly more expensive with the current lines-up right now especially considering we only have of Intel N4200 processor and not Core I series processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB EMMC. However, some users might be interested on its FHD display and fully aluminum finishing chassis that looks great here. I am seeing of several good Windows laptop like ASUS Q405UA which features similar design and better hardware at this price point, so it’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

15 inch Chromebook is not something commonly seen in the market because most all of devices available right now come with only 11 inch display. This time, the system appeared as bigger as and thicker than ever. The entire chassis is built from plastic material and I really love this material because it feels rugged and durable in my opinion. Unfortunately, I just hate its aluminum surface which looks bland and plain at all. They actually can put of matte black finishing for making it slightly more premium, but I cannot make any complaint considering on how cheap the price point here.

The Spin 15 might appear as slightly bigger and thicker than its competitors, but I can still able to fit it into my small bag without any issue. The 0.79 inches thickness is not really bad especially its weight only measured at 4.63 pounds. Most of 15 inch devices will feature up to 5 pounds of weight and not included of some premium laptops like Dell XPS 15 that appeared in different categories. In term of connectivity, there are two USB type-C ports and both of them support of fast charging. There are also other two USB 3.0 ports for transferring data and connecting your accessories.

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Display and Input

Acer Chromebook Spin 15 2 I am very satisfied of seeing its 1920 x 1080p 15 inch resolution display despite the quality itself is not far from being called as mediocre. However, an IPS panel looks much better than the TN panel we commonly see in budget range notebooks so far both in term of viewing angle, color accuracy, and brightness. I have no trouble at all for streaming 1080p videos and it feels enjoyable for watching it in big screen. The brightness is quite low in my experience and for outdoor usage will need you to put the brightness level into the maximum unless you won’t see the screen clearly.

As for the input method, they put of Chiclet style keyboard rather than adding of full size keyboard with numpad for some reasons. There are big gaps between the keyboard and right and left spaces for this case. They rather put smaller keyboard and use the space for the ventilation and speakers. I don’t see this case as a bad thing especially considering the temperature issue is not appeared and the system looks fine even during my heavy usage, but they should make the keyboard size slightly bigger and provide a better experience in typing. This is so far the biggest complaint I have toward this notebook.

Acer Chromebook Spin 15Main Specs
CPU Intel Pentium N4200 Quad Core 1.1 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size15.6 Inch IPS FHD
OSChrome OS
Memory 4GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 64GB EMMC Flash Storage

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Performance and Battery

The Intel Pentium N4200 processor is similar to Celeron processor in term of performance because both of them are based in similar architecture design. One thing making it much faster than the Celeron is the number of the CPU. Here, we have of quad core CPU rather than dual core CPU. As the result, the performance is raised significantly especially in multi core test. The single core test itself shows a similar performance like Intel N4000 or N3350. The 4GB RAM and 64GB EMMC are sufficient enough moreover Chrome OS takes less memory than Windows and all of sort activities are done in the Cloud.

Moving into its battery life, users could expect of up to 10 hours of battery in your daily usage. I have made test for couple of times and always end up with either of 10 or 11 hours of battery. The test included of some browsing, editing document, and rarely streaming videos. The result is impressive as the 1080p display takes quite amount of power and still providing of impressive result. If you look for a good companion that lasts for entire day, this could be your best option.

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Final Thought

The Chromebook Spin 15 is a truly good option to afford for around 500 dollars price point. However, I cannot easily recommend it to some users as the current ecosystem is still having lack of support in application matter. Some good apps are not available even until know and I am not seeing some developers will make it around very soon. As long as your work related to just some light tasks like browsing and document editing you have no issue at all, but the thing is in different case if you need some specific apps like Photoshop. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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