Acer’s C910 chromebook s a sight for my aging eyes.. For the last three weeks , I've been slipping in and out of California Studies classes, coffeeshops and university libraries putting this addition to my book bag through its paces.
The C910 has one of the best display screens i’ve yet seen on any 15-inch screen chromebook.
The C910 isn’t dainty, it weighs 4.85 pounds, has a 2.2 Ghz dual core Intel processor, only 4GB of RAM, but includes a 32 GB SSD drive
This new Chromebook is well built, measuring 15.1 x 10.1 x 1.0 inches and hits the scales at 4.85 pounds.. Don’t think for a second that this notebook is “Rubenesque.” After toting it around Southern California for a week it's become a welcome replacement for the 13-inch chromebook I’ve used for the last year.
The size and weight of Acer’s C910 could be off putting to users of lighter Chromebooks. But charge this portable, fire it up and you may come around to its heft and overall performance.
I wanted to review this portable for a simple reason: My eyesight isn’t that of an eagle-eyed 20 year old, and its 15.6 inch widescreen makes using this for extended periods in dimly lit spaces keeps eye strain at bay.
Acer’s C910 is driven by an Intel i5 5200U processor and Intel 5500HD graphics chip, plus a 32GB SSD. It’s quick to boot up and its graphics performance is robust enough for the types of graphics files engneering anda rt student use as part of their regular coursework.
I really like the 15.6-inch screen because it has enough real estate to open and size a Google docs document on one part of the screen so that I can take notes on a graphics images diplayed on another part off the screen.
Like many new Chromebooks, Acer’ C910 has good external connectivity. In Addition to requisite USB 2.0 sockets, an SD card slot and an HDMI connector. it also has a rock solid 802.11AC WIFi and dual band Mimo antenna.
There are two very noteworthy pluses to the fit and finish of this Chromebook; It's pebbled plastic case which helps keep it clutched safely in your hand, And I like its rounded edges, because they don’t snag on my inside seams of my raggedy ass book bag.
Overall, after totting this Chromebook around for three weeks, I’ve come to believe it’s built like a tank and should hold up to years of service moving easily from any bag to any work surface without worrying about mechanical wear and tear.
The battery life in my real world tests has consistently been more than 7.5 hours, even when I’ve been on Youtube listening to music videos real loud.
I believe this Chromebook is well suited for anyone whose interests encompass graphics intensive applications such as engineering and/or science, or the arts. It’s 15.6 inch, 1920 by 1280 pixel, screen was the prescription I needed to cure eyestrain associated with my use of chromebooks equipped with 12 and 13 inch screens.
Acer Chromebook 15 C910-54M1 has a suggested retail price of $499.
The price of this notebook is in line with other top of the line chromebooks , but its basic performance and rock solid construction make it a safe buy, outweighing concerns about its carry weight.--Jim Forbes on 1 May 2016.