Acer Chromebook 715 Laptop Review
Chromebooks have come a long way. Every time a Chromebook crosses our review desk, it carries new features that continue to push Chrome OS. The Acer Chromebook 715 is perhaps the pinnacle of the Chromebook experience, but that depends on your needs.
As an office laptop, the Chromebook 715 measures up well against most other Ultrabooks. However, the limits of Chrome OS and the machine’s small SSD will be a roadblock to those used to Windows. As a Chromebook, however, the Acer Chromebook 715 is one of the best options on the market.
The machine is snappy. Chrome OS programs, Android apps, and Linux navigation are responsive. The Chromebook 715 even has some gaming chops, which usually cannot be said about a Chromebook. The build quality is top-notch, and the keyboard and touchpad are great. Lastly, the fingerprint reader is quick, accurate, and adds an additional layer of security for office environments.
There are a few shortcomings. For one, it is not a convertible, limiting its usability. Both the Dell Inspiron 7486 and Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630, its closest competitors, can be used as tablets, albeit bulky ones. The Acer Chromebook 715 can only be used as a standard laptop. Additionally, its keyboard is not as pleasant as the Inspiron 7486’s and its display is lackluster compared to the Yoga Chromebook C630’s.
The biggest sticking point is the price. At US $899, it is $200 more expensive than the Yoga Chromebook C630 and $300 more expensive than the Dell Inspiron 7486. Taking that into consideration, it’s difficult to recommend the Acer Chromebook 715 over its competition.
All said, the Acer Chromebook 715 is the best 15.6-inch Chromebook available on the market. However, considering its limiting form factor and expensive price tag, we recommend you look to Dell for the best overall Chrome OS experience.