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Acer - 15.6" Chromebook - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 16GB eMMC Flash Memory - Granite Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1258 reviews

93%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performance, So-So Screen, Too bulky

    Posted
    stini777
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    I love the Chromebook concept - relatively inexpensive, great for surfing/streaming/light tasks, and security built in. I work a job on the weekends where there are long periods of down time - so I was looking for something to throw in my backpack and bring with me to pass the time. The build is solid, the 4GB of RAM worked just fine for what I needed it for (surfing/streaming) and the battery life is great. The screen is just so-so - not very sharp. My biggest issue is that it's kinda' bulky. At this price point it's a got a little more weight and it's thicker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    ugh

    Posted
    Diamond

    I really only use laptops for school projects, hulu, youtube, and shopping. This one was recommended to me. Its not terrible for everyday use but its just too big,bulky and heavy to have such poor sound. I can barely hear it when its on full volume sitting right in front of me. I would not recommend if you mostly would use it for videos.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Value for price

    Posted
    Jazzy262
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    I'm a student and my computer conveniently broke down before the school year. I needed something reliable but not too expensive, so I ordered this chromebook. This chromebooks is not the fastest but it works very well. So far, I have NEVER heard the fans on this computer and the computer has always stayed cool! Battery life is good. I don't know exactly how long it lasts but it lasts at least 10 hours and charges very fast. This laptop is also pretty light for a 15 inch(in my opinion). When buying the computer, I was scared that it would be too heavy for me to carry around, however, this laptop is pretty light for the size. In fact, this laptop is actually the same weight as my previous laptop, which was a 13 inch! The only downside is that it is really big and bulky so I don't have as much space in my backpack. Overall, good laptop for students. Great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value with a limiting screen

    Posted
    emiliosic
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    This is a great value for someone with basic requirements, including students. The 15 in notebook is on a larger side at 15", which means a larger screen than the typical 13"laptops. It has suitable speakers, comes with a headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, a full size HDMI connector, Kensington lock slot, supports Bluetooth and has a solid Wi-Fi connection (AC standard, and works very well in the house, even picking up solid signals from neighbors). It also has a Webcam good for video chats. It has an Intel Celeron CPU, 4 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, which is fine for a Chromebook. The keyboard is island keys and recessed like most modern laptops, good for general typing. The trackpad is relatively large and pleasantly effective. The only and major drawback is the screen. The screen is mate, not reflective, which is good for work. The resolution is 1366 x 768, and while not the best for movies, it's OK for general purposes, but the real issue is that is that is that it's a bit washed out and after a while it can get tiring looking at it. Also keep in mind that it's not a touchscreen. The laptop is a bit heavy at around 4.5 pounds, on the bulky side but with a battery that can go all day (Rated up to 12 hours). It's a great student Chromebook, except for a mediocre screen. I still consider it a great value but the screen can be an issue for some. Chrome OS: While it's not for everyone, it's fine for basic uses. Chrome OS is basically a Google Chrome browser with not much else, so for someone that only needs a browser, including the plethora of Chrome extensions, this is fine. It has a bit of storage to save files locally, USB connections, etc., and can print, but only to Google connected printers. It's also ideal for classroom settings. Android applications: After installing the latest Chrome OS, it now opens up the Android Play Store, and can run many of the Android apps like a tablet. The android apps still feel a bit foreign, and it's not quite as integrated but works well for most tasks. It's not a touchscreen, so the android apps work through the keyboard and trackpad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Budget Workhorse

    Posted
    JenN7
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    When you get a machine at a certain price point, it's important to keep expectations in line with that price point. That being said, this is a budget Chromebook on pretty much every level. You get what you pay for. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. First, what do you get with a Chromebook in general? Frankly? The internet and all things Google. If you live in Google--Google Drive, Android, Gmail, Google Play, and Chrome... a Chromebook will do almost everything you'll need it to do, and even more functionality has been added since the last time I used one shortly after they first came out. You get automatic and almost unnoticeable updates, almost instant boots (if you ever even shut it down), and everything living in the cloud, accessible from any internet connected computer (or phone, tablet, whatever) that you ever use. What do you not get? Windows. @@@@@@@@ Or a MacOS). You don't get iTunes. You don't get Steam. And it's kind of hard to print stuff on actual paper. @@@@@@@@ There are ways... with the right printer... but honestly, it's still a hassle) With this particular Chromebook? You get the base model experience in hardware with all the cloud access of ChromeOS. You could pay a lot more for nicer hardware... but you'd still just basically be getting a nice box for Chrome to live in, so a "base model" hardware experience can really make sense here. Pros: It's fast, loads immediately, works well software-wise. I was able to log in with my google account, and it loaded up all of my preferences right away and I was off and browsing and working on a Google doc I'd started on my PC. It has TWO USB ports, which is handy if you need one for a mouse and one for a USB drive, for some extra file storage for those items which are NOT in the cloud (for instance, if you have some mp4 movies on a USB drive saved for a long airplane ride, you can actually play them from the drive). There is a full-size SD card slot and a full-size HDMI port. The keyboard is spacious and comfortable. My one gripe is the lack of a dedicated "delete" key. Other than that, the shortcuts are straightforward and all the keys are sized and spaced just as you'd expect--much appreciated by this touch typist. The touchpad is also large, customize-able in the settings, and responsive. That being said, even for a 15 in. laptop, this machine is bulky. It'sn't especially heavy... but it's thick and if it was a PC, it's what I'd almost term a "desktop replacement" size. What saves it from this designation for me is really three things: 1) It'sn't super heavy, even though it's big. You'll need a backpack to carry it instead of a nice svelte handbag, but it won't break your spine. 2) The battery life is PHENOMENAL. I got a good 10 hours of use and almost TWO DAYS of standby time out of it between charges. 3) It does NOT heat up on your lap. It's well ventilated, and because ChromeOS isn't a power-hungry application, the bottom stays nice and cool. If you're a college student on a tight budget and need something to lug around campus all day that will last without a charge and not fry your thighs when the tiny desktops in the lecture hall won't cut it, this might work for you. Cons: The large, bulky size is a con for me. I was surprised by the bulk... given how light it's, I imagine it could have been made more compact. But again... budget machine must come with certain expectations. Also, the SD card slot will only be used when the computer is on a table. Unfortunately, this isn't the kind of slot that allows you to put the card all the way in with a spring... the card only goes in halfway, so it'sn't likely you'll be keeping the SD card in permanently as extra music or video storage. Finally... the screen is just awful. If you're expecting to be enjoying HD video, lower your expectations. There is a lot of screen real-estate and it's just fine for regular web-browsing and text consumption, but video is muddied and dark. Asus saved some coin on production, here. If a sharp, glossy, high-def screen is a priority for you, please pass this one up. Or plan on using an HDMI cable to connect it to a better screen...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Budget Chromebook with Sacrifices

    Posted
    callmeageeth
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    I never owned a Chromebook before, but am heavily invested in the Android/Google ecosystem. So it's an easy jump for me. I primarily use a 15 inch Acer Aspire R laptop for work, which runs Windows 10. I've always been intrigued by Chromebooks, I like the idea of having all day battery life (although my Aspire R has pretty good battery life itself) and having a cheap device to surf the web, stream to my Chromecasts, and watch videos on the go. I've also previously owned a Surface Pro, and while they are fascinating and cool, I just need a bigger screen. So my Acer Aspire R is 15 inches and one of the reasons I chose the Acer Chromebook was the 15 inch size. To me the larger size matters, I'd rather sacrifice portability for a bigger screen. This Acer Chromebook looks good and has a nice build quality, but it's too big. It's too thick and there's a lot of wasted space due to the bezels surrounding the screen. This is even more apparent when you look at the keyboard, which is centered in the computer with a lot of open space to the left and right. In my aforementioned Acer Aspire, there's enough room for a 9 digit number pad to the right. And when you take into account the features this Chromebook lacks, the poor use of space is even more confounding. The biggest drawbacks in my mind, are the lack of an HD screen (no HD on a bigger than 11 inch screen isn'ticeable, if this were a smaller screen, you could get away without HD), no backlit keyboard (a shame) and no touch screen. This omissions surely allowed to meet the pricepoint, but to me, it seems like too much given up. 'm so used to touch screens, it's actually weird not having one. And as I said, with a screen this big, and given that Chromebooks are primarily consumption devices, the no HD is a big loss. The size of the Chromebook also makes it less portable. It'sn't heavy per se, but it's just bulky. My 15 inch Acer Aspire R is a bit smaller and it hits the upper limits in portability. Carrying this Chromebook around is no easy task. The specs for this Chromebook are also on the bottom edge. But that's no issue. Chromebooks aren't meant for resource intensive tasks, so if you plan on doing so, you should find a different operating system/machine. The big issue is 16 GB of HDD space, but that'sn't an issue to me, my photos and music are through Google Music and Photos, so I don't need HDD space. I'm also not managing documents. And if I needed more space, I'd use an SD card. This Chromebook as a full size card slot for SD cards, and the best thing is that if you put one in, the entire card fits inside the computer so it's "hidden." Onto Chrome OS. I'ven't spent a ton of time with it, but I like it so far. I use the Chromebook to surf the web, watch YouTube, stream Netflix and email. Logging in with your Google Account and having instant access to all of Google's services is great. But I must say, you can get a lot of the same functionality on a Mac or Windows machine if you utilize Chrome Web Browser. So far, I can't find value in Chrome OS that I can't get using Chrome Browser on Windows. I'm not saying the value and difference isn't there, but for what I do, I can accomplish the same tasks on Chromebook as I can Chrome on Windows. I've this Chromebook because I wanted a dedicated machine to use at home to act as a hub for my Chromecasts, Google Home speakers, etc. For what I use it for it's great. This is a good Chromebook, but it's average. If you want a big screen, this could be an option. But if you can spring a few more bucks, I'd look for a model with a better screen that has touch input. And one that has a bit more portability (without sacrificing too much in screen real estate). Assuming you don't have to lug this baby around everyday and it mostly stays in the home, the size and portability shouldn't matter. I do want to caution those who are just looking for a cheap laptop... If you aren't invested in the Google Ecosystem (i.e. don't have Gmail or don't subscribe to their services) and you are just wanting a cheap laptop, I'd make sure you do your homework. A Chromebook might not fit your needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend