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TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter? [Solved]

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:13 am
by Chip
I'm a TaxAide volunteer and expect that we will probably be working from home this tax season. I want to connect the TaxAide-supplied Acer 315 Chromebook to an external monitor that has an HDMI input. I know that I need an adapter to connect to the USB-C DisplayPort output of the Chromebook, but am having trouble identifying a compatible adapter. I've searched Amazon, read the Acer manual, searched the volunteer portal, etc. without success.

I know that a lot of you are TaxAide volunteers, and some are on the tech side of things, so would appreciate any insight.

At this point I'm thinking of this particular adapter, though I can't find any mention of it working with the Acer 315:

https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Aluminum-P ... 3?dchild=1

Does anyone have experience with that particular adapter, or can you recommend a different one?

Also, we have some volunteers in our district who still have old monitors with 15 pin VGA inputs. Is there an adapter that would work for them?

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Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:18 am
by strafe
These are universally compatible. It’s $12. Suggest you just buy it.

I have not used that specific adapter but can tell you that a similar one from Anker works just fine with my Chromebook.

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:48 am
by dukeblue219
Since you've already identified that it's a DP-capable USB-C port you're all set. It will almost certainly work.

There's too many Chromebook makes and models out there to count on finding specific guidance for yours most likely. Give it a shot, and if it doesn't work, return to Amazon for free.

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:07 am
by Flyer24
Topic moved to Personal Consumer Issues.

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:10 am
by Chip
Thanks for the replies.
strafe wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:18 am These are universally compatible. It’s $12. Suggest you just buy it.
I was about to, and may still, but read some Amazon reviews that indicated some incompatibilities. Of course those reviews may have been written by the technically challenged. :)
dukeblue219 wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:48 am There's too many Chromebook makes and models out there to count on finding specific guidance for yours most likely. Give it a shot, and if it doesn't work, return to Amazon for free.
The reason I was looking for specific guidance is that TaxAide distributed thousands of this same model Chromebook to volunteers last year. There are many TaxAide volunteers on this board. If no one responds with direct experience, I will "just buy it".

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:22 am
by jebmke
Chip wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:10 am Thanks for the replies.
strafe wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:18 am These are universally compatible. It’s $12. Suggest you just buy it.
I was about to, and may still, but read some Amazon reviews that indicated some incompatibilities. Of course those reviews may have been written by the technically challenged. :)
dukeblue219 wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:48 am There's too many Chromebook makes and models out there to count on finding specific guidance for yours most likely. Give it a shot, and if it doesn't work, return to Amazon for free.
The reason I was looking for specific guidance is that TaxAide distributed thousands of this same model Chromebook to volunteers last year. There are many TaxAide volunteers on this board. If no one responds with direct experience, I will "just buy it".
Tax-Aide has a list of approved “peripherals”. The list should be available on the portal in the technology section. Your TC should know which ones are recommended.

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:27 am
by lazydavid
This cable is arriving later today to connect my son's Dell Chromebook from school to his monitor. I'll let you know how it goes.

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:26 am
by jebmke
Chip wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:13 am I'm a TaxAide volunteer and expect that we will probably be working from home this tax season. I want to connect the TaxAide-supplied Acer 315 Chromebook to an external monitor that has an HDMI input. I know that I need an adapter to connect to the USB-C DisplayPort output of the Chromebook, but am having trouble identifying a compatible adapter. I've searched Amazon, read the Acer manual, searched the volunteer portal, etc. without success.

I know that a lot of you are TaxAide volunteers, and some are on the tech side of things, so would appreciate any insight.

At this point I'm thinking of this particular adapter, though I can't find any mention of it working with the Acer 315:

https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Aluminum-P ... 3?dchild=1

Does anyone have experience with that particular adapter, or can you recommend a different one?

Also, we have some volunteers in our district who still have old monitors with 15 pin VGA inputs. Is there an adapter that would work for them?
The one you linked above is on the list for TaxAide (I just checked).

The recommended USB-C to VGA adapter is the following

https://www.amazon.com/Belkin-USB-IF-Ce ... 837&sr=8-3

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:48 am
by Chip
jebmke wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:22 am Tax-Aide has a list of approved “peripherals”. The list should be available on the portal in the technology section. Your TC should know which ones are recommended.
Thanks! That was the pointer that I needed. I had looked in the Technology section but hadn't seen the "Peripherals and Adapters" folder.

The TaxAide recommended adapter is the Anker A8306. It's a little hard to find on the Amazon site and the Anker site shows it as out of stock.

I see you posted again as I was writing this. The Anker product I was first looking at was the A8312. I didn't see that on the TaxAide list. ?

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:12 am
by lazydavid
Chip wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:48 am The TaxAide recommended adapter is the Anker A8306. It's a little hard to find on the Amazon site and the Anker site shows it as out of stock.

I see you posted again as I was writing this. The Anker product I was first looking at was the A8312. I didn't see that on the TaxAide list. ?
I would be extremely surprised if these two were not electrically identical. They probably just revised the casing and cable to look more premium.

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:26 am
by jebmke
Chip wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:48 am
jebmke wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:22 am Tax-Aide has a list of approved “peripherals”. The list should be available on the portal in the technology section. Your TC should know which ones are recommended.
Thanks! That was the pointer that I needed. I had looked in the Technology section but hadn't seen the "Peripherals and Adapters" folder.

The TaxAide recommended adapter is the Anker A8306. It's a little hard to find on the Amazon site and the Anker site shows it as out of stock.

I see you posted again as I was writing this. The Anker product I was first looking at was the A8312. I didn't see that on the TaxAide list. ?
I suspect they are not always quite up to date on the lastest models or it could have been bought up by other volunteers. The one you linked should work fine.

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:51 pm
by BobTexas
Amazon is really easy to return if it doesn’t work. Take your chance and get it, and if it doesn’t work you can return it

Re: TaxAide: Acer 315 Chromebook USB-C -> HDMI adapter?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:55 pm
by Chip
Thanks to all who weighed in!

I've ordered the Anker A8306. While I agree Amazon makes returns easy, it's worth a few bucks to get the one recommended by TaxAide.