Jan 19, 2016 Review
The Acer Chromebook 11 (model CB3-111-C670) has the look and feel of a small MacBook at just a fraction of the cost. It’s lightweight, compact and offers decent performance for the money. It’s definitely a step up from the Haier and Hisense $149 models. The extra $20 gives you a huge upgrade in build quality and reliability. This model also supports Linux very nicely, making it a great laptop with a traditional desktop as well.
One of the first things you’ll probably notice is how large the trackpad on this model is. I really like this feature and think that it makes this laptop look very modern. The all-white case and black chiclet keyboard add to the stylish, modern feel of this computer.
The multi-touch trackpad is actually very convenient. You can use gestures to scroll, right click and even return to the top of your browser. This makes using your computer much faster and easier.
The Acer Chromebook 11 was first brought to market in 2014 and features the somewhat outdated Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor. The processor isn’t the latest and greatest, however, it still outperforms most other Chromebooks with an Octane rating of 7,600.
Like most low-cost Chromebooks, this one comes with just 2 GB of RAM. This is going to be somewhat limiting when you start opening dozens of tabs. Just keep this in mind and you shouldn’t have too many problems with performance. This laptop will serve most basic functions with ease.
This Chromebook does, in fact, come with both a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port on either side of the case. Other connections include a headphone/microphone combo jack and an SD card slot for additional storage. There is also an HDMI port on the back of this laptop that will allow you to connect it to additional monitors and TVs.
The display is 11.6″ and 1366×768 in resolution. The biggest complaint regarding the LCD on this model is that it has a very limited viewing angle. This isn’t a HUGE problem, considering that 99% of the time you’ll be sitting right in front of the screen. Do you really expect to have friends over and watch movies on an 11-inch screen? I hope not.
The one thing I really like about this laptop is how quiet it is. It offers a fanless operation, much like a smartphone or tablet, which means you’ll never have to worry about a noisy clogged fan ever again. The design allows the heat from the processor to dissipate across the entire chassis. A fanless design will also ensure that you never lose your laptop to overheating issues.
Overall, the build quality of the Acer Chromebook 11 is fairly nice. I really like the white plastic case a lot. It has a nice marble finish that doesn’t show fingerprints. I’ve grown to really dislike a glossy finish over the years. It might look a little flashier but always looks dirty with fingerprints.
One thing I didn’t really like was the speaker placement. The speakers are on the bottom of the case on either side of this laptop. This means that the speakers point directly down onto whatever you have the laptop on. If you have the laptop on a soft surface, like a blanket, it’s really going to muffle the sound quite a bit.
Other than that I think the build is executed almost perfectly. The plastic seems strong and durable, the hinges are strong, and the external ports are distributed nicely around the outside of the case.
This has been an extremely popular Chromebook since it first became available. It has over 1,700 customer reviews posted on Amazon with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Check out some real testimonials from customers on Amazon to see why this laptop is such an exceptional value.
This little laptop is a great value, especially if you’d like to use it with Linux. The build is solid and the only real downside is the limited viewing angle of the screen. I think it stands head and shoulders above the $149 Chromebook offerings.
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