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Acer - Spin 15 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Sparkly Silver-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Winner winner! Like a desktop, only thinner!

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    EagleCroft
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    I am a 30 year veteran of the computer industry, I worked on computers back when screens showed only one color (green or amber). Or they didn’t have a screen at all, and instead printed everything on a teletype widebody dot matrix printer. I worked for a couple of companies that designed the first thin and light computers. Of course back than that designation was completely different than what we have today. The technology advancements are nothing short of incredible, if only our transportation system and energy sector advanced at the same rate! I could spend time making comparisons for the technology in the Acer CP315 and compare it to the laptop computers I worked on 20 years ago. But that would be laughable and pointless. Instead I’ll tell you my impressions of this computer, what I think it’s good for and whether I recommend it. Hardware Very impressive build quality! I would not have expected this level of fit and finish at this price point. It’s really incredible that Acer can manufacture a system this solidly built, with quality components and keep the price point so low! A true testament to engineers, and their constant pursuit of building high quality products efficiently and cost-effectively. The body and chassis are stiff and feel well put together. It feels like a single unit, which is impressive. I really like the texture materials, and the high-end look and feel. Outstanding! The screen quality is quite good. The resolution is excellent, and the backlit screen is very evenly lit and accurate. Edge to edge the light emission appears quite evenly distributed. Fonts look crisp and not-blurry at all even at the highest supported resolution. Very, very nice! Off angle viewing is also surprisingly good! Far better than I expected it to be. That’s good and bad depending on what you will use this for, if you don’t want people next to you seeing what you are typing - well, this screen won’t help you any because it displays well even at extreme angles. Having said that there is a fair amount of glare on the screen, which I attribute to the touch screen capabilities. What’s that you say? Touchscreen? Yep! Not only is the panel crisp and clear but also doubles as a touchscreen display. More on that shortly… Color reproduction is also very good, and very minimal artifacting even while watching fast moving videos. The keyboard is shockingly good! The debounce is good, the travel length of the keys just right! Really good, and not at all like the terrible ‘chiclet’ style keys of the past. I can type on this keyboard and not get frustrated. It doesn’t have much feedback in terms of sound, but that’s not unusual. I like the old-fashioned clickity click mechanical keyboards - I’m kind of spoiled that way. My first PC was an IBM XT with an 8088 process and a keyboard that weighed more than the entire Acer CP315 with adapter! Ha! As far as laptop keyboards go, this one is excellent. And for bonus points it’s backlit! Good job ACER! Built-in storage is a mere 32GB… I say that jokingly because my first notebook computer had a 100mb hard drive! It was puny and slow, by today’s standards. But back then it was state of the art. What can I say, I guess I’m old… The 32GB of flash memory in the CP315 is all you need, honestly. If you feel you need more, go ahead and add it. Acer was kind enough to provide a MicroSD card slot and USB 3.0 ports. Knock yourself out if you really want to pile in more memory. But it’s not worth it in my estimation. This is a networked Internet device, that uses as part of its architecture Google’s online services and storage. The whole idea of this system is to separate out the processing part from the storage part. Storage is online, is plentiful and can be accessed anywhere in the world so long as you can access the Internet. Well maybe not in China and North Korea where it would likely be blocked. Add Iran to that too.. Hah! You can save your work locally, for those times that you won’t have access to the Internet (on an airplane for instance). But memory is cheap, if you are running low - go buy some more… The battery life in this machine is awfully impressive! It’s rated at 14 hours, and while I haven’t reproduced that - it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s a real number. I’ve used the CP315 for 8 hour straight on battery only and it still had battery life left. YRMV. There aren’t any moving parts in this system, Acer did a great job optimizing energy consumption. This is the laptop I’ll bring with me on extended trips. The power adapter is also lightweight, small and features a long cable. Nice!~ The touchpad is… Ummm… A touchpad. I was never a big fan, and I’m still not. I liked the old trackballs of the old laptops. They just don’t exist anymore. You have to buy external ones and plug them in. The touchpad on this computer is ginormous! There is plenty of surface area to get very detailed movements on. I should like it, but I just don’t care for any touchpads. The other thing I don’t like about this particular touchpad is that there are no buttons. Zero. Not two, now one. Instead the button(s) are under the touchpad so you have to train yourself to click and double click in place on the touchpad. If you’ve used Apple notebooks, this will make perfect sense to you. But I’m an old fashioned mouse guy, and I haven’t got comfortable with it yet. Having said that the touchpad combines a number of capabilities and functions all in one. One finger press, one finger drag, two finger press, two finger drag… Ugh… Read the manual is all I can say… The CP315 is the contortionist amongst other normal laptops. It has an ingenious hinge design that not only holds the screen stable at most every angle I tried, it also allows the user to flip the screen completely backwards. The end result is that the laptop transforms into a tablet computer. I personally don’t have much use for that, but I’m sure lots of people do. The feature is there if you want it. When you convert it to a tablet the keyboard and touchpad are disabled so you don’t accidently type things on the screen. In tablet mode you will use the touchscreen to navigate and type - it’s like a big smartphone in this mode. I recommend getting a stylus to use if this mode is important to you. It is really cool, and a nice added bonus for those people that will appreciate it. The speakers sound very and are very loud for the size and depth of this laptop. No complaints at all! Of course most people have Bluetooth speakers, and headphones. I tried both and they both connected quickly and worked flawlessly. I tried the built-in webcam and microphone only long enough to verify they work. They work… I haven’t used them in practice, but I’m sure given everything else with this machine they’ll work equally well. So that’s a review of the hardware, of the major functions. Oh the wifi works great! No problems at all, fast solid connection. Never lost connection, very stable. No ethernet connection of course, this notebook is too thin. If for some reason you must be hard wired, you can use a USB style connector. I won’t review the software on this computer because Acer didn’t design it, they integrated it. This runs the Chrome OS, and uses Apps instead of full fledged software applications. This operates a lot like Microsoft Windows, but it’s not. It takes a little getting use to. But if you have an Android phone, you probably already know how to use this. So who is this computer meant for? In my opinion it’s perfect for the user who wants to browse the Internet, to watch videos online, to correspond via email and to use the wide assortment of Google Chrome Apps. You get access to Google’s excellent office productivity apps. I wouldn’t use this to write a thesis or my memoirs, but in a pinch it can double as a work computer. But this is not a gaming computer, nor is it meant to be. It has enough power to do what I mentioned but not anything requiring lots of processing power. If you are a power user and want to play video games or edit large videos - this isn’t for you. But if you are looking for a stable and well-built laptop that will keep going on battery power all day long - this is a winner - and you better believe I recommend it. It’s a bargain!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Spinning" its way into my heart.

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    CrysisComplex
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    It's been an amazing year for Chromebooks especially since they added the Google play store. I was using an Acer Chromebook 15 from last year as my device but this one is much improved plus the "Spin" feature makes it even more useful than last years model with the same performance which still feels good use. Design: The design is great with the aluminum well-constructed throughout the top and surrounding the keyboard. Almost the same as last year with a textured top. There is a nice silver trim that just gives off the illusion of luxury. Everything about the laptop feels nice even the bottom of the laptop which is plastic but better than last year model. Chromebook Spin 15 somewhat lightweight, it feels heavier than a basic Chromebook 15 from Acer. I can still pick this up with one hand and place it down but not as easy as before. The design also allows for the Spin feature to work which lets you put the Chromebook in Tablet mode. Screen: The screen is great to look at for a Chromebook. it's a 1080p IPS Muti-Touch panel and nothing looks ugly on this screen. Having the touchscreen allows you to use the Google play apps that are available. 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. Games look awesome like Asphalt 8 as well. 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 Apple Music sounds loud and clear. 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 though. There is one problem, in presentation mode, the speakers will be muffed laying down. I wish Acer would have put 2 more speakers on the bottom of the Chromebook Spin. Performance: Intel Pentium makes this Laptop hum though many task and great for a Chromebook like this.This laptop cuts through whatever Chromebooks do. 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 Pluto TV all was here working just fine with the respective apps. If you doing basic task this is the product to own! Battery Life: THE STAR OF THE SHOW AGAIN. I have never ever witness battery life in a laptop EVER such as this! I was getting INSANE standby time but using it all day was great. there was never a time I was worried about the battery dying 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. 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 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 as with the last year model. One is the long "search" on the left is still there. I nearly hit the key every time near the "a" on the keyboard, It's not as bad as it was on the last year model but its still annoying. I can't fault it because I think this is just a Chromebook 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. Something I wish Google would change but this doesn't take points of Acer's efforts. Chromebook 15 Spin biggest feature is well the "Spin" the ablity to turn it into many standing modes and even laptop. This makes it closer to an Android tablet too albeit being thick. Laptop Mode: Standard mode you and most likely other people will use. Nothing special here, This mode makes it look like a basic laptop. Tablet Mode: This is a mixed bag, There are things to love about tablet mode as you can use the device as a tablet for the tons of apps on the Google play store. Some people found it strange to hold in tablet mode and I'm here to report that it is depending on what you do. If you browsing around on the browser or using it to play Spotify then it's very good to use. The basic task is great for the tablet mode but gaming is a different story due to button placement of each game onscreen. If one of the things you use android is gaming spear yourself the trouble and get a BT controller. You will quickly realize that the tablet mode is not very easy to hold for long periods of time. The keys on the keyboard deactivate in this mode so you are not hitting buttons by accident. Tent Mode: This makes the laptop pop up into tent mode so you can watch or play your Media, Music, or even play some old school games in a "Nintendo Switch" fashion. I use this mode more then I thought I would, It's nice to just pop it up and watch Hulu like an HDTV. Presentation Mode: Same like tent mode this pretty much make your screen more accessible. Allows easy touch for the screen and showcasing what you have on screen to friends/ family/co-workers. I like this mode as well but there are some drawbacks with sound as the speakers lay flat against the table blocking them. I/O ports and others: 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. if you need ports its funny enough here on this Chromebook 15. all the same ports from Chromebook 15. There is a webcam and the quality is ok, It's there if you need it but that is about it. MIMO Wireless is supported so superfast Wifi is here. My final word is I love it, I love everything about it because it feels like the hardware with the software is unmatched. If you have the basic Chromebook 15 don't feel compelled to upgrade but for newcomers this is perfect. The build is phenomenal, the OS is fluid with the performance as always. For my basic internet needs, this is the best product to use, because Acer did an outstanding job. I had no shortcomings from using the device and would recommend this to my family, friends, and students. Good job Acer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Humongous Tablet

    Posted
    MadSquabbles
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    Remember Lily Tomlin in those old Electric Company episodes where she's acting like a little kid in a giant chair? When you put the Acer Spin 15 in tablet mode this is how you'll feel! As impressive as it is in tablet mode it's also a bit unwieldy. It just too wide and to heavy to use without fear of dropping it. In portrait mode it's a bit more manageable and very usable as a tablet. Still may be a bit to heavy for some, but it feels very functional for me. Because of the size and weight I'd suppose tent mode would be better suited most. Watching video, reading recipes, etc. The downside of using it in tent and table mode is that the speakers will be facing away from you, and these speakers are some of the best I've heard in chromebook. Don't expect a lot (or basically any) bass, you just can't fit a decent sub in such a thin body. But the mids and highs come out clear without being to shrilly or tinny and get pretty loud without distortion. Without using any benchmarks the N4200 drives this laptop with ease. Webpages load quickly with no stutter on most websites and 4GB of RAM I've had just over 20 tabs open without a hiccup. Navigating with the trackpad and the touch screen was a breeze. The trackpad is impressive as it feels smooth and glides nicely tracking every movement. Some might balk at at 1080p screen but those are the "emperor's new clothes" type of people. All the marketing tells them they need the new shiny "Big K's" when 1080p does just fine in most cases, especially in smaller screens. Sure if you stare long enough you'll see a little aliasing on thin fonts, but if you just use it then it's perfect for the job. The screen is a little unevenly lit with a little dark spot on the lower right, but my eyeball is pretty sensitive to colors (passed the pantone test at 100% and I'm the official color checker at work) so most people my not notice it unless under certain conditions - total darkness with a black screen. I did a little gaming with a few android apps and it handled the games pretty well with very little stutter - just an ARPG and RPG. I can't say what the actual frame rates were, but the never got low enough to cause any problems. Just keep an eye on the space because 32GB can go quickly. Luckily there's an mSD slot to take car of some of that burden. Battery life is pretty impressive. I usually get better than normal life than most because I set my screen's brightness to about the brightness of a sheet of paper in your current lighting conditions - meaning I barely go over 30% unless I'm outside. That said the meter says I can have almost 12 full hours of use. I've never run it all the way down, but I've only charged it full three times in a week- once after getting it, and then twice when it was around 30-40%. I use it mainly for media consumption so it's not a "power user" device for me. With that kind of batter life it can keep me entertained for a day or two before having to hit the charger again. My biggest gripe, which I don't know if it's Google's fault or Acer's, is that the set up is set extremely small. It didn't bother me but those with worse vision than mine will have to pull out their reading glasses for setting up the device. Maybe there was a setting to enlarge the UI, but I didn't see it. Once you've gotten it all set up you can change the preferences for the UI in the settings. They should have set it a lot bigger and let those with better vision change the UI smaller afterwards. So far I'm loving the Acer Spin 15 and so is the family. Definitely one of the better Chromebooks out there should be one at the top of you list if you're looking for a 15 inch laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A BIG screen chromebook with great battery life

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    rockhunter
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    My first impression of the Acer Spin 15 Chromebook was it was BIG and likely to be in a completely different class of Chromebook than I had previously used. My hands on experience with Chromebooks has been 2-in-1 systems with screens from 10 to 13 inches in diagonal and a weight from 2.0 to 3.2 lbs. Once in a great while I used the Chromebooks in tablet mode holding it with one hand while walking or standing. For me I don’t think I will be able to use the Acer Spin 15 one handed in tablet mode it is just to large and heavy to manage confidently with one hand. When I used a Chromebook for entertainment, reading or streaming video I used it in tent or laptop mode. When doing web activity, email, research, shopping, etc., I usually use a Chromebook in laptop mode for the Acer Spin 15 so far that means on a table or desk although I have used it in my lap. So other than BIG what I find the Acer Spin 15 to be is, first the display is impressive it is large enough to have several windows open at the same time, for example the Chrome browser for research and an Android word processor at the same time drafting a review. Second the Pentium processor in the Acer Spin 15 is in the lower Intel Core m class performance judging from benchmark results found on the Internet, but better than the average Intel Celeron results. The only differences between the two versions of the Acer Spin 15 that Best Buy has now is storage size 64Gb vs 32Gb and price, the 32Gb version is usually less. 32Gb of storage is not a handicap for me so far my available free storage hasn't fallen below 18 Gb yet but that is subject to change. Wifi performance has been excellent over 100Mb/second and very stable connections on our home Wifi virtually anywhere in the house. The feature of the Acer Spin 15 that really surprises me is the battery life I only have two charging cycles with the Acer Spin 15 so far but claim of 12 hours battery life seems conservative. The battery consumption while drafting this review looks like the battery life will exceed 14 hours per charge. The backlit keyboard is quite bright and the level of back light is adjustable using the alt-key and the screen brightness keys simultaneously. It looks like the Acer Spin 15 was perhaps targeted for student or business usage and it looks like a very successful design given its price point. The Acer Spin 15 makes a nice personal Chromebook but you have to factor in the reduced mobility compared to alternative models. It would have been nice to see the addition of an active stylus and digitizer to expand drawing capabilities but tha that would probably very substantially increase the price. As it is it is well built with an excellent display and sound for entertainment, it is nicely optimized for student and business usage if Chromebooks fit into the the school or business IT ecosystem. And it is an excellent value in Chromebooks. I recommend the Acer Spin 15 to my friends and relations with the caution that it is a large Chromebook I rate it 5 stars for features and value..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great performance for everyday use

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    Xtant
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    Coming from a 5 year old Acer C710 Chromebook this Acer Spin 15 is a big leap forward! The Spin 15's bigger and better HD screen with touch is a major upgrade over the C710s 11" non touch non HD screen. Reading emails and watching movies/videos is a lot more enjoyable thanks to the HD screen. Touch input works well especially with Android apps/games. Speakers are o.k. when in laptop mode but kind of useless in tablet or tent mode. I use headphones instead. The Spin 15 runs Chrome OS smoothly with no hang ups while playing a Play movie and multiple Chrome tabs running. I had one issue while watching a movie having Closed Caption on caused the screen to flicker. Mostly around the edges about an inch and a half on the bottom and about a half an inch on all other sides. Not sure if it is a Play Movie app issue or not? The bigger 15.6 screen is a big difference from the 11" and thus makes for a bigger heavier package but I wanted the bigger screen. Also there is about a half inch of bezel on either side of the screen and about an inch top and bottom. Not sure why but seems that the Spin 15 could have been in a slightly smaller package then it is. But is in a nice package with a brushed aluminum look on the cover and a nice chromed beveled edge around the keyboard area. The keyboard is compfortable to use. The backlight is a nice add on but I haven't found anyway to control its settings but not a deal breaker You get 2 USB 3 plugs, 2 micro USB 3 plugs, a headphone/microphone plug amd a micro sd slot. There is a volume control button on the right side as well. Battery life has been good so far getting around 5 hours of mixed use and still having around 30% battery left. If you are looking to upgrade to a newer Chromebook especially from older Chromebooks that are no longer supported like the C710. With the added ability to run Androud Play store apps/games and having a convertible touch screen will definitely improve your Chromebook experience for the better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Chromebook that can replace an expensive laptop

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    stevefromtheburbs
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    Let me start by saying if you have ever had a Chromebook in the past, other than the $1200 one, you were disappointed in the display. This was my number one problem with them. They started out with a pretty awful screen that looked washed out and little contrast, and they got better each time, and now this Acer is at full HD (1920x1080). An amazing screen! The other problem was the trackpads on these Chromebooks. This one has a trackpad that rivals the big fruit. Seriously. I'm a big fruit guy who uses a MAC all the time. And I'm going to tell you that this trackpad is amazing. This was the second biggest frustration I always had with a Chromebook. Speed was my third frustration and Acer has now solved this problem too. This machine, with the RAM and processor combo, provides a very useable computer to do all of the normal stuff most people use a home computer for - web browsing, checking email, a spreadsheet or typed document, etc. Fast, fast, fast. And Chrome, while at one time was an obscure browser, now seems to have overtaken Internet Explorer in terms of compatibility, with a bunch of websites. As a bonus, and I don't normally do this, but this Chromebook is a convertible and can be used as a tablet. My limited time doing this was a success, and it might be for some people, but it was a bit hard to handle as a tablet - it works great, the hinges are strong, it just isn't something I'm used to doing with a laptop. This is where the SPIN part of the name of it comes from. And the touchscreen IS VERY responsive. Acer has a huge hit on their hands - I'm totally sold on this now and find myself loving the larger screen and everything this has to offer. Mostly I'm web surfing or doing emails, and this exceeds any expectations I had. This has a very long battery life, will carry your settings over from the machine you were last using, and allows access to all of your stuff as it is in the cloud - and not only is it convenient, it is so cool to sign into a brand new machine and have all of your stuff right there! For anyone wanting a decent laptop computer, for this price point, a Windows laptop will be a disappointment because the hardware won't come close to what this has to offer. This has everything you could want, at a price that is reasonable for what it has to offer, and will bring laptops to those who never thought they could get something so feature rich for such a decent price. Great job Acer! Thank you for showing me a Chromebook has finally entered the mainstream!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice laptop which might replace a main machine

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    MurphyR
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    This feels like a very nice laptop. It seems a bit large at first, but I've actually come to enjoy having a larger screen again (my most recent computers have been 10.1" and 7"). The extra real-estate is nice, particularly if you don't have to carry it around all the time. The construction of the laptop feels premium, even with a plastic top and bottom. The plastic on top is more heavily textured than many that I've used in the past, which helps it feel more premium and avoid finger-prints. The main area that you end up touching is the keyboard and related surface, which is actually metal. The built in speakers seem nice with the drilled-in grills. The audio isn't great, generally lacking in the low-end, but serviceable. The keyboard feels reasonable. There is no noticeable flex to it, which is nice. The keys don't have a long travel distance, so it may feel odd if you're used to a mechanical keyboard, but it is very responsive and feels nice to type on. The screen is nice, with a full HD display. The bezels around the screen are significantly larger than is ideal, lending to the general over-sized feel of the computer, but the screen itself presents nice color, is sufficiently bright to use in a sun-lit room (though I haven't tried direct sunlight). Flipping the screen around to use as a tablet seems a bit odd, but tenting the device to have a second screen to watch a video is nice. It is unfortunate that this makes the built-in speakers face away from you, but you're probably better off using external/bluetooth speakers anyway. For the battery, I've used this chromebook for a few hours of video, and it looks like you'll get about 8-9 hours of video play-time based on the rate of drain. If you're just doing other web-browsing or document work, I don't think it would be an issue to have the battery last all day. Even if you need to carry the cord, the brick is a bit smaller than most other laptop adapters I've seen. I've tried a Chromebook every couple of years, and I do think they are getting very close to replacing a regular laptop. You can use MS Office apps, or other less expensive apps, to do actual work; most things that people do with the internet will work perfectly; security isn't an issue as most everything lives on Google servers, and if you have a remote machine for work that you access through a web-browser, this works just fine. The only thing holding this back is specialized software that requires Windows/MacOS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One Big Chromebook!

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    mstanleynh
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    I recently received my new Acer Spin 15" Touch Screen Chromebook and the first thing that stands out is the size. Most people, including myself, probably think of more portable devices when thinking Chromebook...but the 15.6" screen on the Acer Spin is a bonus. This Chromebook can now replace many of those old 15" laptops that are being used for online, email, google apps, etc. The full HD backlit LED display is impressive with bright and accurate colors and great viewing angles. The 180 degree hinge is also a plus for watching movies. The touch screen feature works perfectly and surprisingly there is not too much in terms of fingerprints and smudges building up on the display. The Spin also comes with a full-size backlit keyboard and two impressive speakers mounted upwards. The key feedback is a little lighter than I'm use to, but still provides decent feedback, and the backlighting does its job during those late-night web surfing sessions in the dark! The speakers are crisp and loud, but do lack a bit of bass...but that's not a surprise coming from a laptop configuration. The Spin is also loaded up with USB, USB-C ports and SD card readers on both sides of the unit for easy access and setup on a desktop area. Lastly, the build quality is pretty impressive for a sub $400 machine. Acer uses aluminum for the top sheet this year and it really looks and feels great. I was a bit concerned with "sparkly silver" as the color, but it's certain to impress most users. Overall, it feels very solidly built with no flex in the machine or keyboard. Pros: - Large 15.6" display - Multitude of ports and readers - Great Speakers - Overall Build Quality Cons: - Would have been nice to make the 180º hinge a full 360º - Little bit of an edge on the lower case, but this is kind of a nitpick Overall, the Acer Spin 15 Chromebook is a great alternative to a 15" laptop, it's packed full of features, performs well and is built with quality in mind. I would certainly recommend this machine for anyone looking for a full-size Chromebook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Backlight keyboard, good specs, nice Chromebook

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    jago
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    The Acer Spin 15 Chromebook is not very portable, it’s a very large device to lug around and will barely fit in my backpack that is meant for up to 15” laptops. It is also pretty heavy for a Chromebook at 4.85 lbs. It does have an Intel Pentium processor with 4GB of RAM and a 32GB eMMC flash memory. The screen is fantastic though. It is a full HD screen (1920x1080) and is bright and the viewing angle is really good. There is a very welcome headphone jack, two USB 3.0 Type A ports (one on each side), 2 USB 3.1 Type C ports (one on each side), Built in wide angle 1280x720 webcam, microSD slot, backlit keyboard, stereo speakers (located next to the keyboard). The speakers sound a lot better than most due to their placement. They face up and you can actually hear them when watching a movie. Battery life is rated at 13 hours and I believe I will get close to that with moderate use, but of course if watching a movie, expect that time to do down dramatically. During normal usage of typing a report and web viewing, it seems to be responsive and fast. I have had no issues with speed or battery life while doing that. I did try a few graphic intensive games and it did struggle a little. I suspect due to the 4GB shared memory. Using this as a tablet is a bit cumbersome and bulky due to its large size. Watching a movie in Tent mode is not great with the sound since the speakers are now facing away from you while positioned that way. Using BT headphones or wired ones fixes that issue though. In summary, I think this is a fine tablet for a student who needs to do school work at home, but for a power user or someone who likes to take your device with you, you may want to look elsewhere. I have uploaded a photo of the Acer Spin 15 next to my wife's Samsung ChromeBook plus (12.2") for comparison.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent Hardware, Software is a Disjointed Mess

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    Clshipp91
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    As far as budget laptops go, this Chromebook hardward is fairly decent. The specs are pretty budget but, you really don't need much to run ChromeOS. The laptop handles ChromeOS well enough. If you are looking for a flawless experience, this is not the laptop. But, if you want a cheap laptop that will let you browse the web, this one will work. As far as the screen goes it looks pretty good. It gets plenty bright and is pretty clear. My biggest complaint is the massive bezels on the screen. They are the biggest I've seen and really make this laptop look way bulkier than it should be. The touchscreen works decently, I've notice I have to tap things more than once often. I'm not sure if that is due to a cheap touchscreen or ChromeOS not being optimized for touch. This keyboard on the other hand, is bad. The key travel is not good and overall a very mushy and unsatisfying experience. The pretty terrible ChromeOS keyboard layout doesn't help either. I'm not sure why the decision was made to replace the caps lock key with a search button. It doesn't seem like a useful place for this. More than once I have hit this key on accident and brought up the search menu, which is really annoying when trying to type. You can remap the key to caps lock but, it's very confusing to do and I doubt many people will know how to do this. I think a much better option would have been to include a caps lock key and move the search key to the bottom left of the keyboard where the Windows key is on a normal laptop. Battery life is pretty good really, I get a solid 8-9 hours on this laptop, which I find to be really good for browsing and watching videos. The real problem of this laptop is ChromeOS. I think the OS has a ton of potential but, it very much still feels like an unfinished product. The idea of being able to run full desktop style Chrome along with Android apps should be enough for most people. But, the problem is the execution. ChromeOS and Android Apps seem like they are two completely different operating systems crammed together. You end up with duplicate Chrome and Android apps that do similar things but, neither give you everything you want. It's impossible to tell on some apps whether they are Chrome apps or android apps, and the settings menu or should I say menus is the craziest thing I've ever seen. There are two entirely different settings menus for ChromeOS and Android apps, which makes navigating your settings the most frustrating thing on the planet. Overall, I can't say I could recommend this laptop or any other ChromeOS laptop until they polish out the operating system, I think you'll be frustrated at some point or another with this laptop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Laptop Option

    Posted
    niteryder
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    This is my first time using a Chromebook, it is a nice change from my usual Windows offerings. I have just one issue, which for me was enough to deduct one star. The keyboard. It's layout is just not good. I am typing this review on the Chromebook, and the number of times I had to correct spelling is just not acceptable. It is just too small for such a 15" device, and it makes typing very awkward. But that is my only issue, otherwise this is a great device. My initial thinking was this is a consumption device, movies, surfing the web, music, etc. So i thought I'd put it to the test. I used only the Chromebook for my workday yesterday, and it was up to the task. I was able to complete my reports, schedule appts, and submit my work all from the Chromebook. It is a worthy competitor to the Windows laptop I currently use. I need MS Word and MS Excel, and they both performed like I had hoped on the Chromebook. Moving from task to task was very snappy, no lag or hiccups at all. Unfortunately with the typing issue I am having with the keyboard, some of the work was a bit slow and tedious. But I'm hoping that with time I will get used to the keyboard and this will become a non issue. For now it is a bit of an issue and I have to rate it based on that. As far as everything else I tried, the Chromebook was up to the task. I used it to watch NFL Sunday ticket and the games were clear, crisp and no lagging issues. I don't recall one time where this machine did not keep up with the action. The speakers are OK, but not great, but this was no problem, I just connected a Bluetooth speaker and had awesome sound. Surfing the web was nice, folded over it is a giant tablet and makes the internet big and bold. I downloaded all my favorite Google Play apps and most that I've tried all work just great. 32 GB of storage seems a bit small, but with the option of adding a micro SD card, this again is not an issue. Overall I really like this device, I'd really like to give it 4.5 stars, but this is not possible. For me this will be a strictly consumption device, because it does it so well. I absolutely give this a high recommendation and anyone looking for a Chromebook will be hard pressed to find a better option that the Acer Chromebook 15.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally!

    Posted
    MemphisTechieRN
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    This is my 4th chromebook. Even though the others are all still working fine -----> I just like them! However, this is the first one that "feels good". In saying that, I am 6'4 with larger than normal hands. And to me, the touch-screen and ability to go into tablet mode feels better to me than their previous smaller screen options. Whilst this isn't a pixel-book (as far as tricked-out specs) - this model is definitely sufficent for daily use. The quad core pentium, the 4gb of RAM all make this machine fly! If this is your first chromebook you can also get 100gb of extra cloud storage to go along with the 32gb onboard, and 15gb of google-drive storage. The chrome-OS in my opinion has improved leaps and bounds. The ability to now use the playstore without any bugs (that i've noticed) as well as the new beta linux integration (command line only) now brings the OS closer and closer to a daily driver. I'm a nerd (no shame in admitting it), and when the wife comes home at night, I grab this device if there are any emergent needs to take care of. I haven't used the webcam (on any device they freak me out, so not a chrome dependant sort of thing). The sound is great with top facing speakers. For those that needlessly ask "Can I run office on this" the answer is yes.. .Sort of. You can either opt for the android version of the office apps, or use office online. The screen IS HD. I had to tweak the setting a bit, as at the default the text is a bit too small. Another nice feature is the "night time" mode that will reduce blue light. I feel that at its price-point and its impressive performance, it would be the perfect chromebook for those that are either curious about them, or want to leave the other major OS (you know the one). So yes, this chromebook (to me) "ticks all the boxes". And most likely, will for you too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This Chromebook is a beast.

    Posted
    dharr18
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    This Chromebook is a beast. The 15 inch screen makes the Chromebook feel absolutely massive. The colors are vibrant and rich. The screen is perfect for media consumption. BUT, a 15 inch screen as a convertible is a bit overkill. I have a hard time finding a good position for tablet mode that is comfortable. In a A frame or tent mode, the speakers are facing away from you. This defeats the purpose of the speakers... The speakers have really great sound for a laptop. The speakers are built into the base beside the keyboard facing upward. It is a really good design for a laptop. No so much for a convertible, when converted the speakers face away from you when the keyboard is folded away. This design is why I am docking a star. The keyboard is another if for me. The key press is very light and not much resistance. My son can touch type without issue, but I don't get the feedback I expect from a keyboard. I am use to mechanical keyboards, so that could be part of the problem. The keyboard also feels small compared to the rest of the laptop. It seems they sacrificed a number pad for upward facing speakers. Not deducting anything here, but I would recommend taking a test drive before buying to make sure you like the feel. But that is true with any keyboard you use. As for the touch input, I have no complaints at all. The touch screen is flawless and does a decent job of avoiding fingerprints. The touch pad works as well as can be expected. I have not run into any issues when using it, but I hook a mouse up to every laptop I have ever owned as soon as I open the box. :D As for ports, one USB and one USB type c on each side. Both USB type c will charge the laptop. On the left you have a SSD card slot and headphone jack. Battery has been outstanding. I don't have times, but it will last 8 hour days easily. Overall, this is a really great experience with Chrome OS. It also allows the installation of Linux apps (after allowing in settings) and has Google Play store access which expands the usability of the laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, larger 2-in-1 Chromebook!

    Posted
    KCRoanoke
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    While we haven't had a Chromebook before to really compare to (just Windows laptops), our kids do have ones from school that they use, and this seems to be a pretty good ChromeOS laptop. We use Chrome on our Windows systems and android phone, so it's nice that all the bookmarks sync across all devices. So far, it's mainly being used for email and web browsing (so my wife doesn't have to only do it on her phone anymore), but maybe will be used for some movie watching on vacation, and the hardware specs will work well for that. The display is Full HD (1920x1080), which surprisingly seems not to be an option on most lower to mid-range laptops (ChromeOS or Windows). The touchscreen works great and it is nice that it can convert into tablet mode, even though it is pretty big (more on that later). It has 32GB eMMC internal storage with a microSD slot. The backside of the lid has a pattern on it, which is good for hiding fingerprints/smudges. A really nice touch is the back-lit keyboard. You will get access to the Google Play store for Android apps, but won't get everything an Android phone gets (sorry kids, you won't get to play Fortnite on it). It does come back up very quickly when opening the lid, almost feeling like it wasn't even in sleep mode. The only complaint so far from my wife is that there isn't Home or End buttons. Now, as I was mentioning, it does have a rather large footprint for a 15.6" laptop (almost as big as a 17"). There is a fairly large bezel around the screen - almost 1" on the side, and even bigger on the top. So, you'll need to get a bigger case/sleeve than you normally would for a 15.6" laptop. All in all, this is a really nice Chromebook, and will handle what a Chromebook is mainly designed to handle just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    decent 2n1 at a decent price

    Posted
    ravedave
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    There are levels to laptops, with the features, weight, and price. This falls right in the mid/low category. This is not a $200 laptop with a celeron. This is a pretty decent laptop with some more high end features. The setup was pretty easy, you just login with your gmail account (with no gmail you can only surf the web). Updates were automatic and fast with 802.11AC, I told the laptop what I used for entertainment (netflix, hulu, etc) and I was pretty much set. A few things that really surprised me were the touch screen and lighted keyboard. That is usually a high end laptop feature. I left the laptop on my nightstand for 3 days (did not turn it off or charge) and still have more than half a battery left. I watched a few videos on my Netflix and Plex account and they rendered pretty well. Even if this is listed as 1080p, and you actually get a stop above that. Avengers looked pretty amazing. The sound from the 2 speakers to the left and right of the keyboard was new but the sound was decent. Could not get this to cast to any of my google speakers. I watched movies in regular, tent, and tablet mode and all looked good. I am concerned about the 4GB of RAM, chrome is not RAM friendly. This is not upgradeable. The 32GB of HDD is a downer. There is a media card reader, so you can add more space, you can use your Google drive, and I got an extra 100GB from getting the new laptop. if you think you can use the webcam, think again. The description says 720, the best option I saw was for 16:9 .9MB and it looked like a Motorola flip phone from 10 years ago. You can skip putting the tape on this one. This is not a lightweight laptop, close to 5 pounds. For being my first Chromebook, I can see this as more for emails, and movies and less on the productivity side of things. But if you need a good laptop, great battery life, and a good screen for watching movies. This could be a great deal for Santa to buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A nice, but oversized Chromebook - For no reason!

    Posted
    GadgetGuy1981
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    The Acer brand itself seems to pride itself on just how bulky it can make a device. The Spin 15 Chromebook is no exception. Lets start with performance: This thing is snappy, loaded my Google account in mere seconds on the first sign-in, and updated itself within the first day to the latest ChromeOS with NO INTERVENTION FROM ME! This is where computing is going - Fast, simple, just work please! The controls and interface are simple, and ChromeOS is going through some cosmetic changes right now to make it more touch-friendly, and this will benefit touchscreen, 360 hinge devices like this the most! Its a laptop when you need it, and a (VERY LARGE) tablet when you need that too! On to the physical characteristics... The body on this thing is WAY oversized. If you're concerned at all about portability, this thing is NOT bookbag friendly. Its about the frame-size of a 17" notebook PC. Its pretty thick, and heavy, and the screen has ungodly bezels. On a touch device, a ¼ or ½" bezel is welcome to give the user some surface to slide against, or even hold the screen while interacting, but these things are well over 1-inch in size and make the device unnecessarily large. On top of that, a device this size should have a full keyboard with numeric keypad. While this isn't common on Chromebooks, this body shape and size almost demands it - Just TONS of bezel on that screen makes this keyboard strangely small and out of place on the huge body. The system is so massive, I don't see a great use for folded-back, touchscreen computing, unless its for kids playing a touch-game together, or people jointly enjoying a movie in tent mode. All in all the form factor aside, this is a sharp Chromebook for the money, and Acer continues to impress with nice Chromebooks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Would make a great gift

    Posted
    Cipher469
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    When I first took the Acer Spin 15 out of its protective packing sleeve, my first thought was, “Wow, this is gorgeous!” After firing it up and taking it for a test drive, it proved to have brains along with the beauty! This new model CP315-1H-P8QY is a big step forward for Acer Chromebooks. It has the power and features of many quality full-size laptops, and at a very affordable price. Two of my favorite included features are: the responsive 15.6” full HD LED backlight touch screen, with great color and clarity, and the backlit keyboard. If this were a full-size, the only thing missing would be the numeric keypad, which is not even always on full-size these days. Other key features that make the gorgeous Spin 15 a real buy are: *4GB of RAM, 32GB hard drive, and Intel processing, providing power and speed. *Quick conversion to tablet or tent mode, which comes in handy for presentations and/or video conferences using the built-in webcam and mic. *Ease of carry and use due to weight of less than 5 lbs. and height of less than 1”. *Intel-N wireless connectivity, a real plus. *Chrome OS with built in antivirus, including automatic updates to save time and worry. *And more! Acer already built very good Chromebooks (and laptops), but they have now surpassed themselves. This machine is a winner for the business person, student, or anyone else, and it can be had at an affordable price. As we are nearing the holiday season, it would make a very nice gift for someone special on your list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good laptop... Until you own it.

    Posted
    Landry1
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    When my old Chromebook got junked out from Geek Squad, I went hunting for another one for school. I looked at many different ones but decided to settle on the Acer Chromebook Spin 15, since my last one was from the same brand. I was in love for the first few months due to the Chromebooks forward facing speakers, which still sound amazing, and the backlit keyboard, which is very intelligent. When viewing a show fullscreen on Netflix, YouTube, or Hulu, the keyboard goes away quicker than when not in fullscreen or when a non-entertainment app like Netflix. I also loved the big screen due to how big it was at 15.6' and being FHD, and USB-C charging ports, which are on different sides of the Chromebook to make charging super easy on any side. However, when the honeymoon faze ended, I quickly realized the mistake I had made with trusting Acer with my money, again. The screen has constantly flashed black and purple bars at random times repeatedly, which has not stopped for the past 4 months. Also, the screen has gone white and just stopped working for a whole day, until it just powered back on as nothing happened. It also has just froze while completing normal tasks like going through mail and YouTube. There are also cosmetic problems with the laptop, which include the thick bezels bordering the screen, which make the laptop look extremely outdated, especially in the days of bezel-less TVs, laptops, and phones. The display itself has also let me down with crazy amounts of light bleed. Overall, this is a feature-rich laptop with solid value for the money, but sometimes paying more gets you a better laptop, and I would have spent more if I had known the problems that would lie ahead with this laptop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Durable laptop, great for on-the-go

    Posted
    NJRY
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    I really like this laptop. It feels much more robust than other Chromebook options I've tested. I was skeptical, but it has won me over. The 15" touchscreen is big, beautiful, and colorful, with full rotating capabilities to put this thing in all kinds of viewing positions, from standard desk laptop to bedside tablet. The machine powers on very quickly, and setup was fast and simple using my Google account - it took only minutes to get from unboxing to up-and-running. Everything you need to work on the go is available using the easily accessible Google apps, and the laptop lets you switch to entertainment just as quickly with pre-loaded video apps and surprisingly impressive video and sound quality. The laptop is built for a person on the move - it does feel a little heavy, but I won't complain as the outer shell feels like it could withstand the bumps, spills, and overall carnage of daily life. And forget about worrying about coffee shop power outlets: this thing boasts a 13-hour battery life, and I was pushing that limit very often without worrying about a recharge. Last but not least, I really like the sturdy, textured outer casing juxtaposed with the metallic, backlit keyboard. It truly is a good-looking machine and really highlights how far the Chromebook lines have come. The laptop does not have an optical drive, and with its smaller hard drive, it is expected that the user will utilize the cloud capabilities or external options. These things don't take away any of the appeal of this wonderful machine. If you're looking for a true portable desktop and enjoy the Chrome and Google experience, this is the laptop for you. Full disclosure, I was given this product for my honest, unbiased review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stellar Chromebook

    Posted
    AcurNet
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    The Acer - Spin 15 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook is a powerful 2-in-1 system. It's fast, and responsive. Applications load quickly, and I can easy switch between applications without the system hanging or freezing. You can even use some of your common productivity applications for documents and spreadsheets as well. The battery life is amazing. With up to 12 hrs of battery, you can literally work all day with capacity to spare. I have only used the system for stretches of 8-9hrs, and it was at approximately 35% remaining battery capacity before I connected it to the charger. The Acer Spin Chromebook is simple to setup. In just a few minutes from opening the box, you can be on your way surfing the web, streaming your favorite movies and more. The Acer Spin has an amazing large HD screen, with bright and vibrant color. Perfect for viewing a variety of content: movies, games, etc. The Acer Spin has everything you'll need for connecting external devices. The standard USB and USB-C ports allow you to connect a wide range of devices. I love the integration of the operating system with common google services. The 32GB flash drive does not allow for much to be saved locally on the device, but with integrated cloud storage and external hard drives, you can easily access your files when you need them. I would definitely recommend the Acer Spin 15 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Chromebook.

    I would recommend this to a friend