Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF Review

September 28, 2015
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It’s been a long time since Chrome powered notebooks were introduced to better processors than Celerons. Some people indeed want to use the Google’s operating system but don’t want to leave powerful components often found in Windows machines behind. This kind of mixture would found in Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF which uses a rather powerful Core i5 as its processor. RAM amount is appropriate 4GB and 32GB solid-state drive is used for storage. Other aspects of this system will be discussed in detail below.

What programs is this laptop good for?

Performance-wise, Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF isn’t shabby. It includes Core i5-5200U dual-core processor (Broadwell, 2.2GHz base speed, 2.7GHz turbo). Because the entire Chromebook runs on lightweight software, more precisely the Chrome browser, you’ll have no problems using it with the i5 processor – it’s much more beefy than budget Celerons, Pentiums or even i3s. The 4GB RAM will also be sufficient for the browser, you shouldn’t have problems running Full HD videos off YouTube or browsing with a lot of tabs open.

One of the possible limiting factors might be the storage. It’s a 32GB SSD (seems to be true solid-state drive, not eMMC) so excellent performance is guaranteed – for example booting up the system takes ca. 8 seconds. But there’s not much space available, just the little 32 gigabytes. To fix that, you could for example utilize the 100GB cloud storage offer from Google. Or if you’re tech savvy, take out the current SSD and put a bigger mSATA model in.

Would I be able to play games on it?

Without tinkering, you’re able to play only browser games. Windows executables don’t work in Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF unless you install a Linux distribution like Ubuntu and run a Windows emulator. Even if you did that, I’m pretty sure many heavyweight games (like GTA 5) wouldn’t run here anyway, the emulator uses a lot of system resources and the components, especially the integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics card, are not very powerful to begin with. So, an average user should stick to browser games which work fine here.

How’s display quality?

Some reviewers have said the display is low quality whereas some have praised it. It’s probably a very subjective thing in real life, but on paper the 15.6″ Full HD IPS display surely looks good. Of course, because it’s over 15 inches, the whole unit is much bigger than original Chromebooks that are admittedly better choices for active travelers.

Connections, ports

Many devices often connected to Windows machines can also be plugged in here. To begin with, Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF offers two USB ports – the other one is USB 3.0. You can hook up things like keyboard and mouse. If you want to connect a printer, you can’t do that using the USB, but with Google Cloud Print this should work. Monitors, including TVs, can be plugged in using the Chromebook’s HDMI output.

DVD burner is not installed, and there are limitations what this system could do with an external optical drive. Burning CDs and DVDs won’t work, and reading is limited to data discs – no video DVDs work here.

The laptop features SD card reader, you can expand local storage with that (for example, if you don’t want to use external hard drive). You can also transfer files from cameras using that reader.

An excellent 802.11 A/C WiFi is provided for wireless networking. I don’t think RJ-45 is available, but you can get that with a simple USB adapter.

Any other important things?

Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF weighs 4.85 pounds, so around the same than a similar Windows laptop. The difference is in the operating time, the 4-cell battery should work for ~7 hours.

The keyboard isn’t backlit. No dedicated numpad is available either.


Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF is one of the faster Chrome laptops. The beefy processor (i5) with 4GB memory are a good combination for laptop that’s basically a browser – you can’t install programs on the storage drive, but all things done in the browser (including YouTube videos) will be a smooth sail with this system. The display size is 15.6″ and an excellent thing, has Full HD resolution. For general use it’s spot on, but portability, the feature often associated with Chromebooks, isn’t obviously so great. So if it’s a Chrome-powered notebook you want, but you’re not traveling with the laptop a lot, this kind of Acer might be an essential item on your shopping list.

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