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.
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...?
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.
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.
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.
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....
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???!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 ;^)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.