Erin Brains of the Brains Report really needed her own computer. I would send stuff for her to edit, and she would be forced by her cruel taskmaster to do her work on her phone. Plus, sometimes she just wants to get away from the family and re-watch her stories (Games of Throne, America’s Next Top Best Supreme Model, etc.) After hours of research, testing out other alternatives, and several heated arguments, we settled on the Acer Chromebook 11 laptop.
Three Reasons Why We Like the Acer Chromebook 11
- Price – We paid a smidge over $200 for a slightly older discontinued model, but you can currently get it for even cheaper on Amazon.
- Battery life – The battery will last you for a full day of work (8.5 hours), and it charges incredibly quickly.
- Compact design – It’s small enough to fit in the giant back pockets of your old-school JNCO jeans.
Does It Look Cool?
Yes. I think the Acer Chromebook only comes in “Moonstone White.” It’s textured, so you’re unlikely to fumble it like a Cleveland Browns running back trying to do football. The keys are large and easy to read with an unobtrusive touchpad. The screen has a sorta matte finish that reduces glare. There are several holes on the outside for plugging in the power cord, headphones, HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0, and for popping in an SD card. There are no DVD or CD drives because no one uses those anymore.
The speakers are located on the bottom of the device so if you place it on a pillow or cushioned surface, the sound may not be the best. You probably would not want to put on a rave concert with nothing but this laptop.
If you’re in a bind and want to play a game of beer-friz, this laptop should work perfectly in place of a flying disc created for the purpose of throwing. It has a svelte design. The entire unit is under three-quarters of an inch thick. However, the Chromebook does not unfold to a completely flat position. Also, it doesn’t have a touchscreen, and Erin gets really mad when you touch the screen.
What’s Under the Hood?
I don’t think there’s any way to make specs, like the 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor, sound cool. I think the only way to tell you things, like that it has Intel Burst Technology up to 2.41GHz, is to just rattle off some numbers. So, here we go:
- 3-cell lithium-polymer battery (3220 mAh)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring MIMO technology (and can access 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands)
- Intel HD graphics
- 16GB SSD internal storage
- 2GB DDR3L SDRAM
- 6” HD LED-backlit widescreen display (16:9 aspect ratio, 1366 x 768 resolution)
- Google Chrome OS
- 8” by 11.8” by 0.7” and weighs 2.4 pounds
- 720p webcam
How Does She Perform?
Why don’t you see for yourself?
It works great for watching videos and listening to music. My research shows that a lot of people use their laptops for viewing pornography. I’m not here to judge. I’m just here to tell you that you can view pornography on this laptop in HD video. Also, the webcam can be used to create your own videos, with or without clothes on. For privacy, I strongly recommend putting a piece of electrical tape over the webcam when you are not using it.
This is actually our second Acer Chromebook. In March of 2015, we bought the Acer Chromebook 15 for about a $100 more than this model (it’s now just $50 more). About the only difference we’ve noticed between the two is that the Chromebook 15 is bigger (15.6” screen). We still use this Chromebook mainly for streaming video on our Acer projector. I did use it to do freelance writing work while riding shotgun on our cross-country road trip. It worked great.
Affordable, durable, aerodynamic, versatile. These are all characteristics that describe the Acer Chromebook 11. This is Erin’s newest babby, and she loves it. Sometimes, she loves it more than her human babbies. Please don’t tell them that.
Anyway, if you are sick of doing heavy-duty work on your smartphone, the Acer Chromebook is an excellent alternative that doesn’t break the bank. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a cost-effective laptop for watching videos, surfing the web, processing words, and looking self-important at a coffee shop.
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