Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670 Review

Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670

Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670 Specifications

Display: 11.6″ 1366×768, 135.1 PPI, Matte/Anti-Glare finish
Battery: 3220mAh 8 hours, 30 minutes
Dimensions: 29.97 x 20.32 x 1.85 cm (11.8 x 8 x 0.73 in)
Weight: 1.1 kg (2.43 lb)
CPU: Intel Celeron N2830  Bay Trail dual core @ 2.16GHz
Storage: 16GB SSD
Wireless: 802.11ac dual band and Bluetooth 4.0
Connections: 0.9MP Webcam
USB 2.0
USB 3.0SD Card Reader

Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670 Review

On the hardware side, there‘s not much to complain about: keyboard OK, touchpad with two click areas, interfaces sufficient. However SD cards with over 1 cm stick out too far and the PSU is too bulky and heavy. I find the speakers surprisingly good for the price and the size of the device. Depending on the system, there are some limitations, which are areas for the part. Because I want to work still offline and with Linux, it is necessary to evaluate the CB3 for both operating systems separately.
Benefits as the Chromebook: 2 years 1 TB will begin in a few seconds after application space in the cloud (Google drive), scary (in the sense of the word…) good link with other devices of the same Google account, default programs for Office documents, browser, E-mail program, YouTube etc. on board. Perfect surf machine for the standard tasks on the Web if you trust the cloud. The keyboard is OK, the top row of function keys for ChromeOS meaningfully occupied.
The security seems to be high, when I think of the effort to impose a different operating system to the Chromebook. In any case, reinstalling with all personal data is very fast to realise if you did not create a recovery media.
Disadvantages as the Chromebook: unusual operating concept: I work with various Linux distros, Windows 7 and Android and miss a clear, familiar structure of the file system, are cumbersome to unpack ZIP files, without an Internet connection, work is difficult, the assignment of the top row of keys is smart, but unusual. Dealing with different Google accounts can I find especially in conjunction with confusing my drive storage of cloud. The offline storage is limited this is €30 but not a big problem with a micro-USB3-stick 64 GB for good. The display is not easy to change relatively dependent on angle of view and the color characteristics.
The touchpad is not reasonable to configure, the pointer remains very slow. The most I miss but the possibility of familiar programs like Thunderbird, to install Libre Office or Krusader.
So I have been myself with games on a Linux system on this special Chromebook. In principle, there is the possibility to set up a dual-boot system or but almost as alternative surface on ChromeOS to saddle up on a Linux system. After long searches, and many attempts failed at first me, to get the dual-boot solution up and running. With an additional installation of Kubuntu 12.04.5 about crouton I am LTS but very satisfied. Googling for “Chromebook Ubuntu crouton” scents enough instructions light support.
Anyway, has to install within a second operating system with a few statements from about 20-30 minutes and can switch back and forth with a few keys printing between the two – that is expected for each, the Linux ever worked, feasible? The hardware is pretty much perfectly controlled: keyboard, touchpad, speakers, wireless Internet access, all work, because including the ChromeOS. In addition, but can change things, that otherwise do not go. Installation of kde-config-touchpad, you can finally properly adjust the movements of the mouse pointer and the xgamma commands you can change the color of the display. Also, thunderbird, Firebird and VLC run – all at impressive speed! All programs tasted from running subjectively comparable to fast as on my desktop machine. 
Meanwhile I succeeded also, Ubuntu 14.10. dual-boot mode to install and also here I‘m surprised, works as much on right off the bat. However I have had no sound, I got a series of error messages and the Chromebook woke up from the readiness, so that I did undo the whole thing.


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