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Acer Chromebook 15 C910 (Review)

November 20, 2015 Comments off

Acer Chromebook C910-54M1Acer Chromebook 15 C910-54M1
Acer
$499.99 Retail

Being a Chromebook owner and dedicated convert doesn’t hurt when reviewing a beautiful piece of hardware like the Acer Chromebook 15 C910. In fact, it helps. It also makes me a little jealous of those who have the $500 to buy one. The Acer Chromebook 15 C910 (C910) is a large format, very fast, delicious version of a Chromebook. It also doesn’t hurt that I love Acer products. I own several–all of various ages and platforms, but all still run and are used on an almost daily basis. While I don’t own the C910, I’m only reviewing it, it is certainly another worthy hunk of awesome from a superb personal computer company.

The C910 is a large laptop computer that sports a 15.6″ full HD screen, although as I stated in the review video, “It reads more like a 17”. What I mean is that it is a laptop with a wall-to-wall video screen. It has less of a frame around it than my iPad 4 does, which makes its screen feel like something much larger than a 15-inch by comparison.


Acer Chromebook 15 Review Video


Acer Chromebook 15 Extra Video created with the Chromebook 15


Acer Chromebook 15 Extra Video 2 created with the Chromebook C720.

The C910 is a business grade laptop computer that’s suitable for any application or situation. You can connect an external monitor–not that you’d need to. You can connect an external mouse and keyboard and any other peripheral that you might have or want. It has a built-in webcam and microphone. It also has two huge speakers in the unit’s base. It is a multi-media aficionado’s dream machine.

Features at a Glance:

  • Chrome OS™
  • Intel Core i5-5200U Dual-core 2.20 GHz
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9
  • Intel HD 5500 with Shared Memory
  • 4 GB, DDR3L SDRAM
  • 32 GB SSD

A few Words about Chrome OS

For those of you who believe that you need a Windows system to run “standard” applications, you don’t. The Sixth Flag is a great solution for that complaint, but that’s another story. There are web-based applications for just about everything you use. Even Microsoft has created Office365 to promote the use of web-based applications for any platform or device.
The only Chromebook shortcoming that I’ve found so far is Skype, which doesn’t work on Chrome OS. Supposedly there’s a workaround so that you can use Skype, and perhaps The Sixth Flag web-based Windows desktop is also the answer to that problem, but I haven’t tried it. It is unfortunate that Skype doesn’t/won’t work because I use it so much. It is the one shortfall that prevents me from using a Chromebook 24x7x365. Solve that one issue and it’s a done deal.

Chrome OS is the most secure operating system that a computer can run. As I explain in the video, there’s just nothing for a hacker to latch onto over the network. And even if someone were to steal your Chromebook, your data isn’t saved on it, so there’s nothing to steal except the hardware. The only way your data is vulnerable on a Chromebook is for you to be logged on and either someone looks over your shoulder while you’re working or if they steal it while you’re actually using the device.

More features of the Chromebook 15 C910:

  • 1 HDMI port
  • Non-skid, non-slip coating
  • 2 USB ports (1 USB 2.0 & 1 USB 3.0)
  • Audio out port (3.5mm jack)
  • Built-in webcam (720p)
  • Built-in microphone
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi networking (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
  • 4-cell, Li-ion battery that lasts 8 hours or more
  • 4.8 lbs.

 

The Dell Chromebook 11 (Review)

March 12, 2014 2 comments

Dell Chromebook 11Dell Chromebook 11
Dell
$299.00

The Dell Chromebook 11 is an educational Chromebook, although, in my opinion, the Dell Chromebook 11 (11) is a Chromebook suitable for general use as well. At three pounds, its weight is in line with other Chromebooks. The 11 feels solid and good in my hands. It doesn’t feel cheap like some Chromebooks do. It feels more like a regular laptop than an inexpensive Ultraportable computer.

The 11 sports the new 1.4GHz Intel 2995U Celeron Haswell processor (CPU) with 2MB of cache. For you less technical types, that’s all good stuff. Just think speed and low power usage. The memory is 4GB DDR3, which means you have plenty of memory (RAM) to handle a large number of Chrome browser tabs with ease.

The Dell Chromebook 11 Technical Specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Haswell 2955U processor 1.4GHz
  • Operating System – Chrome OS
  • Memory – DDR3 Memory 4GB (internal) Advanced
  • Chipset – Intel Integrated
  • Video Card – Intel Integrated
  • Display – 11.6″ LCD Min 1366×768 HDMI 1080p
  • 720p Front-facing Camera
  • Audio and Speakers – 4W Internal Stereo Speaker (Min 2W x 2)
  • Hard Drive – 16GB SSD storage (SATA)
  • Power – Internal 220 Watt Power Supply (PFC. nPFC. EPA)
  • Primary Battery – Greater than 8 hrs.
  • Warranty – 1 year depot repair/service; 1-4 years warranty extension options
  • Security – Browser based security with hardware TPM: Phishing and malware. SSL certificates content settings Kensington Security Lock
  • Wireless – Dell DW1901 (Atheros). A/B/G/N 802.11
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support

The two things that the 11 doesn’t have as features are a standard 15 pin video out interface and a standard wired Ethernet interface. They aren’t essential features, but they are nice-to-haves. In their place, the 11 has an HDMI interface and, of course, wireless networking. You could use a USB Ethernet connector in one of the 11’s two USB slots.

Why it’s frugal: For $299, you get a fast, solid computer that will easily last you three to four years and possibly longer. The Dell Chromebook 11 is well-built and features a lot of RAM for a Chromebook at 4GB, a 16GB disk, and a fast CPU. Unless the Chrome OS bloats drastically (not likely at all) within the next 4 years, you’ll have made a very wise computing investment.

Dell Chromebook 11 ScreenThe Chromebook 11’s sound is clear and noise free. The camera is a front-facing 720p (YouTube quality HD) and is as good and clear as I’ve seen on any laptop–not just a Chromebook.

Because this model is targeted toward students and education, I should note that the 11 feels sturdy enough to withstand being carried to and from school in a backpack without damage. And the battery has enough life in it to last an entire school day, if plugged in to charge overnight before the school day begins. It’s small enough and lightweight enough to fit into all but the smallest purse, messenger bag, or backpack. Students will love the “instant on” feature that places them at a login prompt upon opening the computer.

Unless you really love trackpads, buy a wireless mouse for your Chromebook. You can buy small ones that are roughly half the size of a regular desktop mouse. The reason for the external mouse is that Chromebooks, including the 11, leave out essential mouse buttons from the trackpad. To right click, you have to press the ALT key while tapping the trackpad. A minor annoyance, but still an annoyance.

The only major drawback to the Chromebook 11 is that it only has two USB slots and they’re both located on the left side of the computer. They’re both next to the HDMI slot, which makes using external HDMI video and two USB devices somewhat cumbersome or impossible, depending on the USB connector widths.

I like the Dell Chromebook 11. What’s not to like? It’s a fast and furious Chromebook with a bright, clear screen that would be perfect for students and just about anyone else regardless of learning status. It’s a good value and you won’t be disappointed with its performance, styling, or durability.

Rating: 8/10

Recommendation: Buy it for a student, for yourself, or for anyone.

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