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Acer Chromebook 15 Unboxing & Hands On

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In the post-Pixelbook era, I was really interested to see what my reactions would be to the first Chromebook that crossed my desk. That first Chromebook? The new Acer Chromebook 15. My reaction? Very good! All clad in aluminum, this Chromebook improves on all the stuff Acer got right the first time around with the 15.6-inch Chromebook. Last year’s model was all plastic, heavy, and not the most impressive looking thing that has come through the office. They've done it right this time around.

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Gautam (1 day ago)
What am I watching the narrator or the product
Hannibal Barca (10 days ago)
Hello thanks for the review! May I ask what "running octane" is?
Man of YAHWAH (24 days ago)
Is there a no touchscreen spec.?
Brandon Stewart (1 month ago)
Is this good for programming and animation
Bongtasia (1 month ago)
Nothing Surprising to YOU Maybe, BUT That's Exactly Why Some of Us Are Here -X-
Professionally Lay (1 month ago)
How does the plastic on the back compare to the hp chromebooks g1's? I recall you saying it actually helped to dissipate the heat during that review, so am I to assume this is a different material, or...?
Professionally Lay (1 month ago)
Not all usb c chargers are going to provide the same experience for multiple devices. Actually, I'd say the usb a micro standard did a better, though incidental, job of that. But you're spot on in that the c to a connection it provides is extremely useful and convenient, altogether.
1MinuteFlipDoc (1 month ago)
i just helped my parents get one of these from best buy today. was about 325. windows updates were killing them (and me). its big and simple. i love it. i look forward to not having to maintain their computer from now on.
ShavedBird (2 months ago)
The processor is so outdated
cFREDOc (2 months ago)
300$ chromebook vs reg 300$ laptop why get s chromebook?
Brinquedos e Games (2 months ago)
it looks like a macbook pro 2nd gen
Mathew Joseph (2 months ago)
I had to switch it out for a Samsung Chromebook Pro, best decision I ever made. I know it's a $200 device and you get what you pay for but the lag on this device after opening just three tabs made the browsing experience pretty tedious.
Salah Said (2 months ago)
Chromebook sucks
tipoomaster (2 months ago)
Is there still a full review coming for this?
lloydgeemail80 (3 months ago)
Watching this in my acer chromebook 14..
Lance Reed (3 months ago)
Can you upgrade the ram?
John Batchler (3 months ago)
Is chrome book finished?
bloxy (3 months ago)
but how do you freaking power it on
Super (3 months ago)
Just got one today!
eneboer (3 months ago)
Review pending?
Larry Hunt (4 months ago)
It would be great to see a full review on the Acer Chromebook 15.6.
HDmens (4 months ago)
Where dafuq do you keep looking at
Mckai Taylor (4 months ago)
Is it backlit keyboard?
TheDavePhan (4 months ago)
I have gone through 4 of these, all have bad screen issues. 2 had dead pixels and 2 had super bad light bleed from the corners visible during normal every day use, even with the lights on. can you do a light bleed test on this model? I really want to love this laptop but I am curious if there are actually any good screens on this model....
Baury (4 months ago)
This video convinced me to buy it! Currently watching this video on my Acer Chromebook 15 :)
John Mays (4 months ago)
I have put this to the test this last week and now love this more everyday. The battery life is ridiculous last forever
Lawrence Cavens (4 months ago)
it may be all nice and beautifully constructed but the thing you have to remember is what happens when Google stops supporting that modle after 5 years from the date of manufactured then what do you do???!
Lawrence Cavens (3 months ago)
Well to me thats a waste of money and materials
george welsh (3 months ago)
get a new one?
John Mays (4 months ago)
I bought this chromebook today and have to say its nice
OnCruz Ctrl (4 months ago)
can i use a el gato 60s capture card with this lap top i have one as well and want to stream
Guess who? (4 months ago)
Can't wait to get mine!!!!
Brandon Lehr (5 months ago)
What do you keep looking at to your Right? Stop doing that s@&t man
OverProcessed (5 months ago)
Just picked this up from Best Buy for a (now expired) promo price of $299, which included a free Google Home. This is my first foray into Chromebooks. I love the large, touchscreen display and the overall look and feel of the device. The recent Best Buy promo made deciding to purchase it a no-brainer.
levi Dauerheim (5 months ago)
does this chromebook lag/buffer when playing 1080p 60fps videos
Coleman Lee (4 months ago)
no prob, ive ran 1080/60 youtube vidos perfectly fine on this chromebook.
Stuie Stu (5 months ago)
Well i'm loving it. I love the big screen and firm and back lite key pad. nice review. I had 15 tabs open listening to music and downloading still no problems. thanks guys.
Fredy Ramirez Jr. (5 months ago)
I just bought this chromebook for $300 with a FREE google home speaker! So excited to pick it up tomorrow
tipoomaster (5 months ago)
Did this keep the upgradable real SSD from the original 15?
Daniel Southcomb (5 months ago)
I'm watching this on a 2 year old acer 15 with the core i5 processor which gets an octane score of 24150, so just to get touch screen and aluminum and loose performance, I have to keep this one. Now I may consider the Asus C302 with the core m5 processor, but I'm having a hard time finding performance data on the m5 version.
Stargazer (5 months ago)
Can you give me link to where I can buy it??
ZANDAR_ (5 months ago)
what year model is this ? Mine is a 2017 and its Made of plastic and has only a 16gb/ssd
Coleman Lee (4 months ago)
2017. I believe your model retails for 299. This one retails for 399 w/ touch screen/4gb ram/32gb ssd.
James Maybury (16 days ago)
10:20...PLEASE link me to that audio! Sounds awesome.
Nik Court (5 months ago)
i bought mine from walmart for 179.99 honestly the speakers are the only cool thing from it!
Andreas Constantinou (5 months ago)
the european version of this laptop doesnt have a backlit keyboard.
tipoomaster (5 months ago)
Can the display output more nits than the 14 to make up for going to a glossy screen?
Tay Taygirly (5 months ago)
Does it turn into tablet
Nikola Vonfulton (5 months ago)
When is your full reveiw coming. I am very interested in Chromebooks in general ( never had one so this will be my first time getting a Chromebook) and this one in particular cause I can get it for 319 on Best buy currently. And it has everything I am looking for spec wise for the screen and sound.
Nikola Vonfulton (5 months ago)
Michaela Pitre thank you very much that was really helpful
FlipWilSRK (5 months ago)
I'm in the need for a new Chromebook with a bigger screen. Currently watching this video on my C720p. This Chromebook is looking good with a sale price of $320 at Best Buy right now. O_O
levi Dauerheim (5 months ago)
everytime I read on the acer chromebook 15 it says that it does not have a backlit keyboard
J (5 months ago)
$319 at bestbuy right now
Shawn Sapp (5 months ago)
Is there still going to be a full review on this Chromebook?
CHUN-LI (5 months ago)
is this good for at home work?
John Go (5 months ago)
Yup. 5-8 tabs, music, and multimedia. That's what they are made to do.....
2lazy4u (5 months ago)
Just got one from Wall Mart for $179 all good so far
Michael Dust (4 months ago)
2lazy4u fucking liar
Coleman Lee (4 months ago)
walmart model for 179 is the non-touch screen/intel dual core/2gb RAM/16gb SSD. this model is a touch screen/intel quad core/4gb RAM/32gb SSD. FYI.
Drew Christine (5 months ago)
I just left Walmart today on 12/16 and got this model for 179 as well
John Go (5 months ago)
A $400 dollar model for $180 even on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? I highly doubt it would be that discounted.
Reemo2100 (5 months ago)
2lazy4u this exact model??
Mark Jordan (5 months ago)
so its pretty good ;O
Joel Leong (5 months ago)
Why does it cost $445 in Amazon on Black Friday? I am interested to get one but disappointed that it's not $399. The Asus C302 cost the same... hard to decided
Ricky Kromopawiro (6 months ago)
Would you recommend this one over the asus Chromebook flip c302?
John Ducato (6 months ago)
Great review ! Where can I get the best price ?
LivinMelanin (6 months ago)
Couldn't your camera man zoom into the features of the laptop while you were speaking? Poor execution
jameschris29 (6 months ago)
This was a very helpful review. Have been researching chromebooks now for quite some time looking for the best fit. I don't own a chromebook currently and getting excited about owing my first one.
John Hixson (6 months ago)
I just want to know the Chromebook with the best speakers and camera for Skyping or video chatting. Seems like the Pixel has everything but those two things. Why pay a grand for something with a sub par camera and speakers? How are the speakers and camera on this?
Rosella Boduroglu (6 months ago)
you were wondering why the acer can lay flat. if you go to settings theres a device screen rotation where you can actually change the rotation to use this like a tablet.
Pikachu (3 months ago)
Dat Boi Momo It is full touchscreen so you don't have this Chromebook. You probably have the older one.
Pikachu (3 months ago)
Dat Boi Momo It is touchscreen. Full touchscreen.
Dat Boi Momo (5 months ago)
Rosella Boduroglu but its not touch screen so tablet mode is useless
lacey lynn (6 months ago)
Is this good for school? Can I get Microsoft word and things like that on this for papers?
Enmew Vue (6 months ago)
lacey lynn if the Chromebook has access to the Google play store, then yes you can install the MS Office as an app.
Tracey Bradley (6 months ago)
lacey lynn no it runs on Google operating system. You have full access to Google docs which you can convert to Ms word documents. I think it would be good for school
claypool0 (6 months ago)
When will it go for sale?
Jasmine Davenport (6 months ago)
Is this the same as the 14 just bigger?
levi Dauerheim (5 months ago)
basically with just a lot better procceser and a backlit keyboard
Tausif Mulla (6 months ago)
I'm waiting for Samsung to come up with pro edition with 64+ gigs space.
Jon E. (6 months ago)
Watching this on my Pixelbook :D Thanks as always, Robby!
LeaVibes63 (6 months ago)
Thank you for your fair & conciliatory review. :-) Additionally, I just want to compliment you on the excellent haircut and your choice of copyright-free music. I really enjoy the 'Modern China-Lounge' style. Please provide a link to that nice music, if you may.
Thierry Levy (6 months ago)
This is a ridiculously bad piece of hardware. I have the old Acer 15" that I bought 2 years ago. Its octane score is over 18,000. vs this thing's 11,257. What the hell is Acer thinking trying to push a super slow piece of hardware with only 4G of RAM??? This is crap. All looks no substance.
Norbitek25 (2 months ago)
I choose battery life over performance.
Thierry Levy (4 months ago)
I don't agree. I run out of RAM evey single day with my 4 GB chromebook when watching videos, because I use an external 3K monitor. My next chromebook will have at least 8GB of RAM.
Kevin T (4 months ago)
Chromebook OS doesn't need a lot of ram. It essentially just has to run a browser. I'm using a 4 yr old toshiba chromebook with 2GB of RAM and it still runs fine. I prefer it over my 2 more costly 'powerful' Windows PCs. The chromebook starts is seconds, with no virus/update/security issues, has a longer battery life and is more stable. I use mine mainly for business use and emails (gsuite), never games. But 4GB ram would be nice.
asfa anderson (6 months ago)
im interested to see how this handles android apps
tchinou nitchou (6 months ago)
its SWIFT3 with chromeOS instead of windows
Brien Bliatout (6 months ago)
I'm excited to see what your final review of this machine will be. I think this may be the device to hand off to my tech-illiterate elders. Chrome OS has always been great for them (super hard to mess things up), and the large screen is key. With android apps available on it, I think I can replace their older machines, and hopefully eliminate all the I.T. calls ;^)
David C. (6 months ago)
When will the non-touch variant come out?
Jonathon N. (6 months ago)
Come on Acer.. Give me an i5 with 8gb ram for $599!!!
pterotactical (4 months ago)
Indeed. I have the Acer Chromebook 14 (Gold)... beautiful, functional machine that gets sluggish when the action gets thick... I loved the HP G3 but it looks like production for that has stopped.
Larry Lawrence (4 months ago)
yes i wish there was a core i3 model and core i5 model, i would pay more, i need better processor
John Go (5 months ago)
Yeah, most folks have no need for an Intel i5 for day-to-day needs unless you're some programmer or something like that. My 14" Acer Chromebook Aluminum does everything I need (5-6 tabs and music) and word processing. If you need to program or play video games or edit media, another laptop would suit you better.
levi Dauerheim (5 months ago)
chrome os really doesent need a i5 thoe
Conner Aldrich (6 months ago)
These are the ports the MacBook should have had
MegaPolarbear22 (6 months ago)
Conner Aldrich my MacBook Pro is way louder then this.
Zashimi X (6 months ago)
People are still using chrome machines?
Or 256to4 (6 months ago)
I love it, so true, will never go back to Windows if I can help it.
Linus Lindblom (6 months ago)
Erik Ng Windows is like the plauge. Should get paid to use it
Zashimi X (6 months ago)
Kayla Echols like how are they useful? You can do anything like that on a $200 windows laptop. And you can do way more
Kayla Echols (6 months ago)
Erik Ng Duh. They’re useful.
Isuf Byqmeti (6 months ago)
Alex V. (6 months ago)
Great device! What is the exact model reference?
Erick Marte (6 months ago)
I've had the older one for almost two years now. That bench score is lower than mine (never had delays on mine but...) which might keep me away from these, considering it now runs android apps. But that aluminum looks a lot more premium than this cheap bulky white plastic. Please, I'll wait for you to write the more extensive review based on your daily usage.
Jiří Sedláček (6 months ago)
I have the older one too. I get Octane Score 14345 on my Acer Chromebook 15 White CB5-571-C0N5 with Intel Broadwell Celeron 3205U, but in anonymous mode, without all extensions loaded etc. Robby measured the new one right away after log in under his account, which is not correct method. And remember: The old one wasn't fan-less (the Celeron 3205U is rated at a TDP of 15 Watts), the new one is fan-less (the Intel Pentium N4200 is rated at a TDP of just 6 Watts), which is definitely plus point.
Erick Marte (6 months ago)
Jonathon N. Yes man, isn’t fair. It’s sad, why didn’t they just upgrade just bit the processor. We’ll must wait to see.
Jonathon N. (6 months ago)
I have also owned the previous Acer chromebook 15 for 2 years. It's a great device. I was excited to see Acer launched an updated model, but then completely let down that it wasn't at least a core m3 processor. My wallet was out, then quickly put back. If Acer releases the 15 with m5/i5 + 8gb for <$650.. I'm all in.
REMY CORTORREAL (6 months ago)
I prefer POV Style videos
Vanisshen (6 months ago)
I just love how affordable these Acer Chromebooks are, this is how Chromebooks are meant to be. My Chromebook 14 is still running like new after a year of use, it just keeps surprising me with how much I can get out of a $300 laptop.
Kevin Keller (1 month ago)
Vanisshen Mine was 200
Gabby Omega (5 months ago)
Yeah my Chromebook 14 has a working playstore. It doesn't support all android apps but it supports most of them.
Vanisshen (5 months ago)
levi Dauerheim No it doesn't, you can see the list here: https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/chrome-os-systems-supporting-android-apps
levi Dauerheim (5 months ago)
it needs to be a 2 in 1 for it to support playstore
Tonya French (6 months ago)
Andrew Prosser fuck you
HoraceVCHarriott (6 months ago)
This guy has lost so much weight
Asad Khawaja (5 months ago)
HoraceVCHarriott Not only the guy. The Chromebook lost a pound too!
Marlon Hoyte (6 months ago)
You're gushing. Lol but I get it --- the Acer Chromebook 14 was surprised hit and this is their follow up. They didn't mess too much with the formula and they nailed it again.
Diego Gomez (6 months ago)
This is really good. Thanks for running the octane benchmark. Keep using it
Antonio Sanchez (6 months ago)
why buying this when you can buy a Samsung Chromebook plus for less?????
levi Dauerheim (5 months ago)
the chrombook plus comes with a smaller screen and not a backlit keyboard thoe
SunnySalamander (6 months ago)
Antonio Sanchez screen size
nortexoid (6 months ago)
Finally! An upgrade to my Chromebook 15! Just wish it came with faster CPU options. Probably not a replaceable m.2 sata though.
SunnySalamander (6 months ago)
Any idea on Canadian availability?
moskwa123 (6 months ago)
release date and battery? and as always good review
reason2gether (6 months ago)
It is on Best Buy right now...already has 38 reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.
Andrew Malcolmson (6 months ago)
In your review please tell us how the keyboard compares to the Acer 14.
Santiago Guerra (6 months ago)
Awesome video. I've always have had a soft spot for Acer machines. And those speakers sound amazing! I still want to hold our for the Pixelbook.
Matthew Shaffer (6 months ago)
"Lay flat" screens are very useful. Most laptops I have owned I can't use them when standing up (e.g. at a kitchen counter) because the screen doesn't tilt far enough back, so being able to go all the way to the counter means you can get as extreme of an angle as you need. Additionally, lay flat screens are great if you have kids because you don't have to worry about them forcing the screen open too far and snapping it. In regards to this laptop, I have an older Acer Chromebook 15 inch (the bulky white beast). Seems to have the same specs, except it doesn't have an aluminum build and was a little cheaper on release. But this old model I have scores around 13,000 on Octane. It's sad to see so many new Chromebooks coming out that are slower than their predecessors.
Nalin Airheart (6 months ago)
Octane scores have generally been "deflating" from what I've seen on multiple Chrome OS devices. The M61 update in particular decreased the result by around 1000 when compared to before. It's just a benchmark though.
Jesse Afolabi (6 months ago)
watching this on my Pixel book :)
FruitCakeTech (5 months ago)
Farzan Khoobchehr awesome! Now that I recommend! :)
Farzan Khoobchehr (5 months ago)
FruitCakeTech Actually you are absolutely right! I bought New XPS 13 on Black Friday. Thank you for you help
FruitCakeTech (5 months ago)
Farzan Khoobchehr I wouldn't, I think $1k is a bit too much for a Chromebook. Just my two cents tho
Farzan Khoobchehr (6 months ago)
:))) That was funny, thanks
Josh Haughton (6 months ago)
Anthony (6 months ago)
Happy Birthday! Thanks to you i am watching this on my chromebook and i love it!
XXtheJUMPoffXX (6 months ago)
Watching on my Acer Chromebook 14
Ferid Muayyad (6 months ago)
where to read the specs and when is release date
Abneer Ambrose (3 months ago)
Ferid Muayyad I
59seank (6 months ago)
Best Buy has them listed -- Amazon doesn't as of 11/3/17 Specs at: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.GPTAA.002 https://www.wired.com/2017/10/review-acer-chromebook-15-2017/
Miftachul Hadi (6 months ago)
It would be nice if I could install Fedora distro in this laptop without so much pain in the ass.
Andrew Malcolmson (6 months ago)
Conner Aldrich (6 months ago)
Watching this on my pixel 2 xl :)
Paul Jamieson (6 months ago)
Did it burn into your screen yet?? LOL
David Davis (6 months ago)
Alex Hedtke (6 months ago)
Conner Aldrich same!
The Tech Cousinzzz (6 months ago)
Everyone is talking about the iPhone 10, but you are here talking about a okay computer with software that runs no apps.
Phone Without Question (6 months ago)
Your thousand dollar piece of shit iPhone that breaks if you look at it wrong or bends when you're done fucking yourself up the ass with it is a criminal excuse of technology.
Kunule Imbayi (6 months ago)
People still buying logos in 2017.ok
Ferid Muayyad (6 months ago)
these laptop runs now mostly all android apps, writing this with Samsung Chromebook pro from Iraq. U can shove iPhone up ur arse
Conner Aldrich (6 months ago)
Tech TIme 101 He is talking about a product that targets his channels purpose with apps you are not used too
Steve Kluver (6 months ago)
This is my next! Thanks Birthday Boy : - )
The Flash Unlimited (6 months ago)
Bruh it looks like the Mac Air lol
John Go (5 months ago)
The Acer 14" can easily be mistaken for a MBA
Miftachul Hadi (6 months ago)
PhoneWithoutQuestion lol nice one
Phone Without Question (6 months ago)
that feel when it can look like a macbook air but has twice the utility
The Flash Unlimited (6 months ago)
First baby

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