Acer - 15.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Pure silver

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Touch screen AC Wi-FiAcer 15 Chromebook: Enjoy immersive visuals on the large display. This display's anti-glare and wide-viewing-angle technology also ensures your big picture is a clear picture. Movies and your favorite songs sound pitch perfect, thanks to two full-sized upward-facing speakers. Enjoy wireless Internet performance that is faster than previous generations of devices, thanks to 802.11ac wireless technology. With large touchpad, you can click, scroll, zoom, pinch and swipe freely and effortlessly. The built-in webcam supports High Dynamic Range imaging, for clearer photos and quality video calls. This Chromebook also looks and feels great, so it's a great companion for wherever you explore.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT-P39B
  • 4-cell battery
  • USB-C power adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (354 out of 370)

Features


  • Intel Pentium

Google Chrome OS

Automatically downloads and installs security and software updates, so you don't have to waste your time managing patches and waiting for restarts.

15.6" Full HD multitouch screen for hands-on control

CineCrystal glossy screen technology maintains the vivid colors in your photos and videos. The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology. LED backlight.

4GB system memory for basic multitasking

Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.

32GB eMMC flash memory

This ultracompact memory system is ideal for mobile devices and applications, providing enhanced storage capabilities, streamlined data management, quick boot-up times and support for high-definition video playback.

Built-in cloud support

Easily save your files to your Google Drive account for secure access wherever you go. You can also sync with your other devices running Chrome and even work offline when needed. Fees may apply.

Intel® HD Graphics 505

On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.

Weighs 3.97 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin

Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.

Aluminum chassis

Offers a sleek look.

Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices

Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

2 USB Type-C ports

To maximize performance on the latest high-speed devices.

2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

Supports microSD and microSDXC memory card formats.

Next-Gen Intel® Wireless-AC connectivity

Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 3x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N. Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots.

Built-in HD webcam with microphone

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Google Hangouts or other popular applications.

Built-in virus protection and Google products

Work, play and do right out of the box with Search, Gmail, Talk, YouTube and Hangouts, then personalize with the Chrome Web Store. Multiple layers of protection defend against viruses and malware.

Additional port

Headphone/microphone combo jack.

Note: This Chromebook does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


Overall customer rating

4.6
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    New 15" Metal Chromebook w/Android App Support

    Posted
    CriticalEye
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    ACER CHROMEBOOK 15 MODEL #CB515-1HT-P39B SETUP & USE Out-of-the-box, I was amazed at how easy it was to set up this Chromebook. As a lifetime Windows user, I found it surprisingly simple. Just plug it in, connect to your Wi-Fi, log in, or create a Google acct., & you’re off & running. For Windows users, the main thing to understand is that you can’t install traditional desktop software on this notebook. So, though it looks & feels like a laptop, Chromebook is really a different breed of portable computer. It runs on Google’s web-based Chrome operating system & is designed to be used w/an internet connection. Google’s Chrome browser is Chromebook’s principal user interface. Chromebooks heavily feature & are optimized for Google’s suite of cloud/web-based apps, including: Google Calendar, Docs, Drive, Search, Sheets, Talk, Hangouts, YouTube, & Gmail, etc. Google gives you 100GB of free Google Drive cloud storage w/a Chromebook purchase, though that only lasts for 2yr, after which you'll get only 15GB of free storage. Unfortunately, popular software apps like MS Office suite & Adobe Photoshop, etc., aren't available on Chromebooks. But MS Office Online, the free cloud version of Office, is available as a webpage in the Chrome browser, & you can always use the native Google Drive to open/edit docs/spreadsheets. Because Chromebook is meant primarily for online use, the onboard technical specs aren't as important as they are for traditional Windows-based laptops. Just as Chromebook isn’t designed for traditional desktop software, neither is it intended for serious gamers. In general, Chromebooks are affordable, portable, & offer decent performance. And the introduction of Android apps is both increasing Chromebook capabilities & user productivity to the level that many are now considering their Chromebook as a desktop replacement. If you’re already familiar w/the Chrome OS & you like or prefer Google’s apps/services, Chromebook is a good choice for home, work, school, & fun. MY LATEST CHROMEBOOK MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE Last weekend I couldn’t wait to finish streaming a fascinating Netflix documentary that I’d started earlier in the week. Without any light in the bedroom, I sat up in bed, opened my Chromebook on my lap, used the beautiful LED backlight touchscreen, backlit keyboard, & earbuds plugged into the headphone jack, & watched the last ½-hr of the movie—all without disturbing my spouse. Besides the total silence of the fan-less Chromebook, my thighs never felt like they were on fire—the way they used to feel from the heat radiating from my previous hot-running laptops w/their heavy mechanical hard drives & noisy fans. And when I’m not using the Chromebook in silent mode, I can still lower the speaker volume for quiet environs, as I no longer have to overcome a noisy fan. PROS -Looks: The thin brushed aluminum case is sleek & sturdy. It has a high-end, minimalist look to it. -Display: Chromebooks usually have smaller displays, but I really like this larger 15.6” multimedia display. Why spend life hunched over & squinting at small displays? (Likewise, I always choose the largest available smartphone display option when I upgrade phones.) This Full HD 1080p display offers big, bright, vivid colors w/minimal glare, which makes viewing photos & YouTube & Netflix videos much more enjoyable. -Portability: Lightweight, easy to carry -Ports-a-Plenty: 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 3.1 Type C, MicroSD, left- AND right-side power jacks, & a headphone jack -Performance: Both the Intel Pentium quad core processor & the flash drive are quick, quiet, & responsive. -Touchscreen: I use it more than the trackpad -Trackpad: Tactilely, it sounds/feels cheap when clicked on, although it’s smooth when moving the cursor. -Keyboard: Full-sized -Webcam: Wide-angle lens accommodates more participants in video chats -Multiple User Sign-On Ability -Bluetooth 4.2: faster, more reliable, & higher capacity connectivity, convenience, & security -Battery Life: Very good. I enjoyed ~ 12hr in the 1st unplugged cycle, including a fair amount of video streaming. -Value: Good value for the price CONS -Printing: Very difficult to set up without a Cloud Print-enabled printer -Speakers: Claims of a ‘stunning entertainment experience’ are overrated. Unfortunately, the 2 upward-facing stereo speakers are tinny w/absolutely no bass. Music sounds distorted/scratchy at increased volume. SPECS -Operating System: Google Chrome OS: auto-downloads/installs security/software updates; no more patches/restarts. -Security: Offers multiple layers of built-in protection to defend against viruses/malware when using Google apps. -Cloud Support: Save files to Google Drive for secure access wherever you go. Sync w/other Chrome devices & work offline when needed. -Multimedia Features: 2 upward-facing stereo speakers, long battery life, & 2+ million apps (& games) from Google Play Store -Aesthetics: Sleek, brushed aluminum build feels very sturdy, yet lightweight, due to its thin profile. The finish hides smudges well, & the TouchPad is framed w/chamfered (grooved/beveled) edges. -Webcam: HDR (Hi-Dynamic Range) 1280 x 720p 88° wide-angle lens delivers clearer, more natural images w/improved color for photos, video chats, & teleconferences. -Wi-Fi: 2x2 MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) 802.11ac wireless LAN w/data rates ~3x faster vs. 802.11n -Bluetooth 4.2: Wirelessly transfer photos/music between your Chromebook & desktop, smartphone, MP3 player. -Processor: Intel Pentium N4200 1.1 GHz Quad Core -Memory: LPDDR4 (Low Power Double Data Rate) 4GB RAM: Lower power consumption/faster memory speeds -Storage: eMMC (embedded Multi-Media Card) 32GB Flash Drive provides data stability/durability, quick boot-ups, & support for HD video playback. -Display: Immersive 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) IPS (In-Plane Switching) multi-touch CineCrystal LCD panel w/glossy screen display technology using newer LED backlighting—resulting in brighter, more vivid color reproduction (regardless of viewing angle) & better contrast ratios for improved clarity for photos/movies; 16:9 aspect ratio. -Touchscreen: Google Play apps are mostly designed for touchscreens vs. devices relying on trackpads/mice. -Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505 (integrated/on-processor); LPDDR4 Shared Graphics Memory: good image quality for internet use, basic photo editing, & casual gaming -Ports/Connectors: 2 USB 3.0 ports (blue) & 2 USB 3.1 Type-C ports (doubles transfer speed of USB 3.0 to 10Gbps & allows up to 100W power output; so, it can also charge the device): maximizes latest hi-speed devices for easy transfer of text/data files, photos, & movies at 10x USB 2.0 speed (backwards compatible w/USB 2.0 devices). Other ports incl.: 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack & 1 microSD media card reader. -Input Devices: TouchScreen, TouchPad, & backlit chiclet keyboard -Battery: 4-cell 3220mAh Lithium-Polymer; up to 12hr battery life -AC Power Adapter: 45W, USB-Type C -Dimensions: 15”w x 10”d x .75”h -Weight: ~ 4 lbs. -Warranty: 1yr limited

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I think I'm giving up Windows 10 for good!

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    CrysisComplex
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    This is my first time ever using a Chromebook to any degree and I can't stress enough how amazingly good it feels to own and use. The purpose of this review was to talk about the hardware surrounding this amazing OS. Which I will do first then talk about my experience with Chrome OS from a Window 10 user. Acer really came with a powerful Chromebook this time around and one I can't stop raving about. I'm even typing this review from it. Design: The design is great with the aluminum well-constructed throughout the top and surrounding the keyboard. there is a nice silver trim that just gives off the illusion of luxury. The Acer logo shines while the Chrome logo gives it a nice color, everything about the laptop feels nice even the bottom of the laptop which is plastic. Oh, want to know the best thing about this Chromebook? It is extremely lightweight, lighter then any laptop I've held in previous years. I can pick this up with one hand and place it down easy. it certainly feels lighter than an iPad Pro 12" with a 3rd party keyboard attached. I am so happy with the fanless design as well having a fanless laptop is just a breath of fresh air. Screen: Oh yes, the very thing I'm sure you would be buying this for. The screen is BEAUTIFUL for a Chromebook! it's a 1080p IPS Muti-Touch panel. And yes it's gorgeous to look at. Nothing and I mean nothing looks ugly on this screen. Having the touchscreen allows you to use the Google play apps that are available. (which is a treat within itself but I'll get to that later.) I am able to multitask with more than one screen open at once. The screen gets really bright when you turn up the brightness and gets low enough not to disturb anyone next to you. YouTube Netflix and Hulu all look amazing on the vibrant screen. (The actual screen resolution 2160 x 1215 if that counts.) Sound: The speakers are placed on each side of the keyboard and the speakers are LOUD. There are not tiny small speakers at all and they sound way more fuller than anything on a tablet. Youtube at its loudest is a treat to hear but listening to music on Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, and (with a few hoops) Apple Music sounds flawless. There isn't a lot of bass in the speakers but they do get loud enough for people to enjoy. When the speakers on this laptop aren't enough, When connected through Bluetooth you can use any wireless speakers you have. Don't have Bluetooth? Well just use the headphone jack on the side of the laptop. But the speakers are amazing on the laptop itself. Performance: I'm not sure whats inside the Acer Chromebook 15, It says Intel Pentium but to tell you guys the truth whatever version it is....it's Blazing fast. in fact, this almost feels like overkill for a Chromebook. This laptop cuts through whatever Chromebooks do. I played Asphalt 8, GTA Series, Sonic CD, and Implosion games and it ran all the games without any issues. Acer Chromebook also never overheats at all. I had multiple tabs in chrome open while using some Android apps. It opens up a whole new mind of mindset getting used to having an OS so smooth with Google Play store. Other apps like Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, Amazon, and Xfinity Stream all was here working just fine with the respective apps. If doing basic task is something you need this is a performer as it comes with 4GB of memory which is a good amount for this laptop. Battery Life: THE STAR OF THE SHOW. I have never ever witness battery life in a laptop EVER such as this! I kid you not this laptop does last around the 12-hour mark. I was getting INSANE standby time. If this is the future of Chrome OS I am all for it. my Windows 10 Laptop can't even last 4 hours before crapping out. The Acer Chromebook 15 last so long before needed another charge. Certainly the first laptop I can confidently walk out the door and be safe about it lasting all day. I have been on Chromebook since 3:24 PM, it is now 9:35 PM and I still have 60% left off the first charge with brightness about 75%. Stamina is what this Chromebook is all about! Keyboard: The keyboard works well with a nice travel between them. They are pretty satisfying to click even as I type this review in the dark. Oh yeah, The keys are backlit! They are bright enough to get work done at later hours of the night. There are some annoyances that I personally don't like about it. One is the long "search" on the left. I nearly hit the key every time near the "a" on the keyboard. Though I think this is just a chrome thing. Another problem I have with the keyboard is that there are two icons that are "gears" one is a big one and one is a small one, you control the brightness with these keys and they feel mislabeled and nothing that could resemble brightness...Again this is my first Chromebook. Media Music controls would have been appreciated but that is not a big deal. I/O ports and others: Kensington lock slot, 2 USB-C ports for charging on each side of the laptop, 2 USB 3.0, MicroSD card slot, and headphone jack all work fine.using a 128 GB SD and it reads everything from it. if you need ports its funny enough here on this Chromebook 15. There is a webcam and the quality is ok, nothing to write home about. Its there if you need it but that is about it. MIMO Wireless is supported so superfast Wifi is here. Chrome OS: I'm a Windows user and have been since the 90s, This was my first time using Chrome OS and I love it. From the Superfast bootup times to using Apps in the Google play store It just a blast to use, work with, and, own. It feels like a very mature Android Laptop but so much more. For years going through Windows issues, it feels like none of that is here. It's designed to get you to where you need to be online and fast. I was once a non-believer of Chromebooks now I can't stop recommending them to everyone who just needs a basic PC to do task fast. Infact now that I think about it, I didn't even need to learn much to understand Chrome OS on it own. it was very easy to setup and start using. The OS is just design to be easy and it shows. Google Play: The very reason why I jumped into Chrome OS now, The Google Play Store is the BIGGEST reason to own the Acer Chromebook 15! Every app I used worked without a problem so far. To me the Google play store opens up this Chromebook to everyone, with so many apps that work with it there is no reason why not to get one. Got Apple music running, Play emulators, Unkilled was a blast to see on a big screen, Streamed Sling TV, Youtube is flawless and all of this was thanks to the power of Android apps running behind it. There is nothing like using the google play store on Acer Chromebook 15 combined with the screen. I don't know how they got this to work as good as they did but I have to give big props to Google. My final word is I love it, I love everything about it because it feels like the hardware with the software is unmatched. The build is phenomenal, the OS is fluid with the performance. This is one of the best PC-like experiences I ever used. For my basic needs, I will always use this Chromebook 15 and one I'm most likely going to keep using going forward. because Acer did an outstanding job. I had no shortcomings from using the device and would recommend this to my family and friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop if you understand what it's meant for

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    thedavephan
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    There are tons of reviews that are going to tell you every tech detail that is already available on acer's website, so I don't need to do that, I will try to get a little more personal and dig a bit deeper. This is a great Chromebook. By today's standards the internals may seem a little low end, having a Pentium instead of an i3 that a similarly prices windows PC would use and 4gb of ram instead of the new standard of 8gb on windows based PC's. BUT you have to remember this isn't running windows (which is a resource hog) It is running a very streamlined and minimal OS. It's like comparing a 100 horsepower motorcycle to a muscle car with 500 horsepower. Both are going to go just as fast but the muscle car just needs more horsepower to move all that weight. You are going to have less options than a windows PC would have but also less things to bog down your machine after a few months also. Ok now to get on with what I like about the laptop: I love the fact that it is a mostly metal design, the bottom is a rubberized plastic, but this isn't a $1000 macbook, you can't complain. It has a backlit keyboard that is not too bright and gets the job done. However I cannot find the button to turn it on and off. Maybe it's there and I am just not finding it. The speakers are fantastic! Probably the best set of speakers of any laptop I have owned, including my 17" HP with bang and olufsen speakers that cost 3x what this did a year ago. The screen is really good, 1080p with good colors and contrast for the price, it's going to look great to the average consumer. Also did i mention TWO usb C ports on either side of the laptop? Both function as charging ports and a display out port which makes the lack of an hdmi port forgivable. And the battery life. This thing has a 6,440mah battery and it's powering a very low wattage machine. It lasts the whole day, easily 12 hours or more. What I don't like: no ethernet jack for when wireless isn't available (this actually is still a thing in some hotels) . No user replaceable ram or storage it's all soldered into the main board. You are stuck at 4gb of ram and 32gb of storage. Also as with most cheaper IPS displays you are going to see some light bleed (or flashlighting) from the edges of the screen. this isn't a problem specific to this computer but of all ips screens in general, So i cannot fault it on that and you shouldn't see it with normal use. I removed the 11 screws on the bottom and opened this thing up out of curiosity. the only user replaceable parts are the wireless card and the battery. the wireless card in mine was an intel 7265NGW and completely replaceable but it is a good wireless card and should function very well for most people. The battery also removes easily without any screws and is an Acer AC16B7K which has been used in some of their other laptops so can be found online pretty easily so you can replace that down the line, it will be one of the first things to fail which is normal for batteries. If you are like me and like to keep things for a long time, this is a plus. that concludes my review, overall it's a great machine. It is an ultra low power internet machine, that is great for watching movies and absorbing content and drafting documents and emails. You won't be doing any heavy gaming or editing with this and that is not what it's meant for. If you understand what this product is designed to do, I am sure you will have no complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, Fast, Slim, Great Battery-Just Amazing!

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    JimC
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    This Acer Chromebook may have the same effect upon you that it did for me. It is simply, an awesome package of technology and functionality, wrapped in a beautiful and sturdy silver aluminum body. If looks could kill this would be on the FBI Most Wanted list, but instead, it should be on every tech-geek’s Most Needed list. I have been a devoted Microsoft user going all the way back to MS-DOS in the computer stone ages. I have used every Windows version from 3.1 to 10 when each arrived. So when I say that I resisted the concept of a non-Windows laptop you can understand my perspective. When Chromebooks were introduced about six years ago (June 2011), my reaction was that it seemed like a regression to the old days of dumb terminals, networked and dependent upon a central computer. How could you trust that your data was safe unless it was in your own, local hard drive? How could you use a device that needed internet connection constantly? Well, since that time the ubiquity of wireless networks has eliminated one of my objections. Essentially all public spaces and most homes have fast internet access. And ten years of experience with smart phones has quelled my concern about using cloud storage. And in that time Chromebooks have evolved from cheap, stripped-down devices to become viable competitors to Windows laptops. This Acer Chromebook (CB515-1HT) has nearly every feature that you would want. The screen is a gorgeous HD (normally 1920x1080 but also supports 2160x1215) 15.6” LED with excellent touch control. It has two large speakers facing up on either side of the lighted keyboard, a nice 1MP camera with a wide view for video chats and a sensitive microphone for voice control. Processing power is supplied by an Intel Pentium Apollo Lake 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 4 GB RAM and 32 GB SS hard drive. Connections include802.11AC/MIMO WiFi. two USB Type C (which are also the external display and power adapter connection points), two USB 3.0, BlueTooth, headphone, Micro SD and GoogleCast. The battery is outstanding, giving a full 12 hours of use between recharges. There is no fan so the laptop is elegantly silent in use. It is very thin – when closed it is 0.74 inches – not much thicker than an iPhone in a case! How well does it work? Just as beautiful as it looks! It powers up instantly, connects to your WiFi network effortlessly and holds that connection regardless of how far you are from the access point thanks to the AC/MIMO technology. Coming from a Windows background I had to learn the Chrome approach to launching programs. No desktop icons – just links to installed apps on the start page, but you can set those small mini-icons into the “shelf” (equivalent to the Windows taskbar.) It is very light – less than 4 pounds, nicely balanced with a great lighted keyboard and big touchpad. Chromebooks do not need anti-virus software because you are not really running a full operating system locally, just accessing Google’s Linux-based OS. This eliminates most problems that plague Windows laptops. Hundreds of useful applications, entertainment options and games are available for free from the Google Store. Besides Google Docs, the Microsoft Office suite is available for free as an online application. With its massive battery life, great connectivity, incredible screen and speakers this Chromebook makes watching Netflix or Amazon Prime away from your TV a real joy! Think of this laptop as the ultimate tablet since you can run almost any Android app, easily browse the web, run Office applications, listen to music, watch videos, shop and do it all with the benefit of a real keyboard rather than trying to tap away at a screen. If you have a Google Cast TV you can easily connect it wirelessly and enjoy everything on your big video display. When you consider all of its functionality you will agree that the price is a bargain. I enthusiastically recommend this Acer Chromebook!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, Fast Large Screen ChromeBook

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    RalphHenry
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    This Acer Chromebook 15 sits right in the sweet spot of Chromebooks I think. It does not have a high end Intel processor but does have a nice Intel quad core processor which provides plenty of juice for a Chromebook. Also it has 4GB memory, 32 GB of eMMC storage - this is a little slower than SSD but faster than HDD. It also has a beautiful touchscreen. After testing all the features I feel that Acer came up with a great combination of power, speed, function and price point. If you like Chromebooks already, you will love this one. It is solid and the battery life is super, partly because of the low power needs of the processor and also because Chromebooks typically use less power. If you are a Windows or Mac user, you most likely (unless you've got a souped up Gamer machine) won’t see a degradation of speed since this type of OS is simplified on purpose and therefore doesn’t always have all the bells and whistles. I did notice that many things missing in earlier Chromebooks are now easy to find like the battery level indicator. I also liked that it has a USB-C port on either side and you can plug the power supply into either side – now that is nice design. You even get a backlit keyboard which is great on airplanes and I think I will always want this feature. Also there is a useful micro SD card slot, a USB3.0 and a headphone jack. The speakers are top facing and have very nice sound. They also stuck in Intel HD graphics and a HD wide angle webcam – amazing total package. I did notice that an oddball type mouse (Brookstone scanner mouse) gave the OS fits i.e. mouse cursor disappeared, but a ‘normal’ mouse worked fine. Also the touchpad has smooth feel and has multiple finger gestures – nice. The WiFi is 802.11 AC dual band, so this is great to see that Acer did not cut corners here; also it has Bluetooth. The Chrome OS is solid and there are lots of apps. You can download additional Microsoft Office like tools, however I found them to be overdone for what you need. What you need in this area is quite nicely filled for free with Google Docs including spreadsheet, word processor and chart maker. All of these programs are simple to use but have quite a bit of useful features – I loved them. I have used Lotus Smartsuite, Open Office, Libre, MS Office and others; and I prefer the Google Docs tools, except for Excel. You might like apps like Google Play Music, Pandora, etc. Everything installed fine – no glitches. I loaded a Personal Finance app and plan to use only the Chromebook for finance stuff and keep it off my Windows PC’s. You don’t need an antivirus program for Chromebooks it is built in – nice and saves on maintenance costs. If you want to dig into things like CROSH you can, and there are developer tools. CROSH is a shell environment that is provided with Chrome OS. It is kind of like MS DOS and allows users to run commands directly from Chromeos. People who like Linux will like it I think. If you open a Chrome browser and click on the upper right menu bars, you can get to a lot of tools and settings and you may not expect some were there like Task Manager and turning Bluetooth off and on etc. I like Task Manager and you can pin it to your menu bar - sometimes if you are goofing around it is good to end programs. Also if you are new to ChromeBooks; you’ll want to get familiar with and use Google Drive and basically you have a machine that is thrifty to buy, thrifty to maintain and gets the job done. I love this not so little at 15.6 touchscreen and recommend it highly as your first Chromebook or as a step up. It’s also kind of fun to play with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect if you want to go full Chrome/Cloud

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    teasten
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    Disclosure: I am a Best Buy Tech Insider Network member. I received the Acer Chromebook 15 for review purposes. The following is my honest, unbiased review. I have not been compensated in any way. This is for the Acer Chromebook CB515-HT. The T is for Touchscreen. Starting with the specs. Model: Acer Chromebook CB515-HT OS: Chrome Processor: Intel Pentium Quad Core N4200 LCD: 15.6" FHD IPS Multi-Touch Memory: 4Gb Storage: eMMC 32Gb USB-C: 2, 1 required for power USB 3.0: 2 Expandable: Yes, Micro SD. Headphone Jack Don't be put off by these specs, read the full review. These are GREAT specs for a Chromebook. I am going to focus on reviewing the Acer CB515-HT and not Chrome OS. But if you're not aware, Chrome OS is Google's operating system. It's all browser based and is typically used in schools and on small sub-notebooks. More recent Chrome OS devices, including the Acer CB515-HT also support the Google Play store, which gives you access to 10,000s of apps in Google Play (including games). The first thing I noticed about the Acer CB515-HT is that its size. At 15" this Chromebook could be a replacement for your everyday home laptop. So that's what we decided to do. I am actually typing this review on the Chromebook - and it does not disappoint. The Acer CB515-HT is a premium looking device. It's a silver aluminum, has forward mounted speakers on the keyboard (no numeric pad though), and looks like a certain laptop from a fruit company. That should tell you how premium looking it is. The Acer and Chrome branding is subtle. There are stickers on the front and keyboard area promoting the 1080HD screen, the Intel chipset, 12 hour battery life and MIMO wireless. The keyboard has a enough movement to be easy to type on and is backlit for ease of use during night. The screen also features a webcam. In my tests, webcam quality was great in both low and good light and there was no issue with a Google Hangout video call. Using the Acer CB515-HT is blistering fast. Chrome OS makes a big difference here. In fact, the size (full keyboard, 15" HD Screen) means I do not feel a need to go back to a "regular" PC. This does everything I need and is faster, quieter (no fan) and the family sharing ability (everyone has a login, with settings saved, restores from where you last were) is just a dream. The only thing that is missing for me is a numeric keypad. That's more a personal need than everyday requirement for most people. My family had no complaints at all and I did get comments like "this is way better than the one I use at school" and "gosh our old (Windows) laptop was so slow". Seriously, if you don't need a Windows PC then the Acer CB515-HT is the way to go. I had no problem using the Acer CB515-HT with an external mouse. No driver installs, just plug in and use. I used a mouse with a receiver, but the Acer CB515-HT has Bluetooth, so you can use a bluetooth mouse or keyboard if you wanted. Also worth knowing that the Acer CB515-HT charges using USB C. It has 2 USB C ports and can charge via either - which is cool if your desk is setup and it's easier to have power on one side or the other. If you're ready to take the plunge, some extra tips for you: 1. Backup your old laptop photos and video to Google Photos 2. Switch from Dropbox to Google Drive 3. Relax - everything will be backed up, software auto updated, and virus protected! If you want to go full cloud, but don't want to compromise on screen size (15"), quality (1080HD) and want a Chromebook that looks professional, then the Acer CB515-HT is for you. Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very impressive and Sleek Chromebook!

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    Wow – Chromebooks have come a long way since I’ve used them last! I’m a PC guy, so using Chrome OS really wasn’t my thing. This latest Chromebook ALMOST made me change my mind – still missing just a few key items. Right off the back – you can help but notice the well finished, aluminum case. It is stylish. It is light. The battery lasts for 12 hours. The Wifi is AC based – and FAST. The screen is a full 1080p for HD. It really is AWESOME! Wait…..looking at the keyboard – where is the Delete key? Where is the Caps Lock, page up, page down, home, end, etc? Why? Why?? Why??? It’s so close to replacing a laptop for me. At work, I use a virtual desktop – so in couple quick steps and a Citrix logon, I’m running Windows 10 for my company in a browser window – and it works great! All accept for “deleting” an email. My choices? Either right click the email and select Delete. Move my mouse to the delete “x” in Outlook, or use a keyboard combination like Alt+Backspace. My kids however, love it. Touch screen is awesome. The school system uses Apple iPads and Google Chromebooks, so the kids took to it immediately whilst mom and dad – the old PC generation aren’t quite as nimble. Your google accounts takes you immediately to productivity. Chrome Browser favorites are seamlessly synced from your legacy devise to your new Chromebook. Good photos, docs, sheets, google+, etc all immediately available. Really slick I tell ya! Speakers put out some good sounds too! Right on top so it’s easy to hear. MicroSD slot for quick expandability. USB C for power and other devices. Webcam built right in for convenient use. Responsive and smooth trackpad for easy mouse navigation. I enabled Bluetooth and paired by Microsoft Arc Mouse for even more easy use. Again – very sleek, large and impressive device. Even though it’s missing that Delete key, I’m going to give it a week or two of real production use and see how it goes. Nice job Acer! You’re stepping up your game! Four stars only because Chromebooks are missing what I think are crucial keys on the keyboard. Darn it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Has it all ... almost!

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    RodInSA

    Let me start by saying that this is my very first chromebook. I have been using my awesome, very large smartphone as my only computer for the last 5 years, so I was already an android lover and very familiar with Chrome. Ok ... now to the Acer 15.6 Touchscreen Chromebook. I am totally in love. The entire package looks and feels quality. The picture quality is true HD and the screen size is large ... 15.6 is big if you haven't used one. It really has all the bells and whistles ... two 3.0 and 2.0 USBs ... charges super fast and the battery literally is lasting me slightly over 12 hrs with pretty heavy use, including streaming several HD movies during that time. In addition to 32gb of storage, I added the a 64 gb SD card ... but will accept larger. This is the only super quality looking and feeling 15.6 inch chromebook that is true HD 1080p ... and has a touchscreen! I was so used to using my phone that a touchscreen was a requirement and this one in great. The touchpad is really good and responsive and a wireless or bluetooth mouse can be added for a few bucks if you're a mouse person. Ok ... if you have struggled through this very simple but honest review then let me tell you why I did it ... most other reviews sounded like they were done by techies! I'm a real person who wanted something that was a superior product ... to look great and work fast ... and it does. I did compare it to the Acer 14 and the white Acer 15.6 ... both HD but lacking a touchscreen. IGNORE any professional tech, PC magazine reviews online that rates these 2 as superior to the 15.6 touchscreen version. I find all three after extensively trying them out to be very comparable ... with the primary difference being this one has the touchscreen and therefore slightly more expensive. Now for the almost part and why 4 stars. I really would give it 4.5 stars if I could. It is missing the HDMI that the other two have. Lastly, although I love the screen, it's upper right and left corners are slightly recessed ... looks great but if using the touchscreen it can be awkward to try to "X" out and close a window. Some have commented that it lacked the anti glare screen feature, which is true and this could be an issue with sunny outdoor viewing just as it is with most smartphones. I personally prefer it ... it makes the picture crisp and clear as opposed to being opaque which I personally feel happens with anti glare screens. So ... if you want a large, fast, chromebook that has a great HD picture ... AND you like the added bonus of a touchscreen ... then you must buy this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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