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The best Chromebook (2016)

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Chromebooks are wonderful little computers that can get a surprising amount of work done. In this episode of This Is My Next, we sort through the available models to find the best of the bunch. Subscribe: https://goo.gl/G5RXGs Check out our full video catalog: https://goo.gl/lfcGfq Visit our playlists: https://goo.gl/94XbKx Like The Verge on Facebook: https://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Twitter: https://goo.gl/XTWX61 Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com

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Oziel Contreras (2 days ago)
My school has these
Ben-kitty Jones (23 days ago)
I also love ChromeBooks.
ThatOneKid1 (1 month ago)
I have the 11 except with no touchscreen.
S Saini (21 days ago)
same here
LAM (1 month ago)
watching this on my r13 cus im edgy
Commander Neon (1 month ago)
boo nussberger (1 month ago)
got my cb3-111 i love it
the paden show (2 months ago)
Are they good for video editing
Aei Ou (2 months ago)
Do Chromebooks work ONLY via wifi or can you connect with a portable net device that plugs in via USB
steve c (2 months ago)
Vox sucks.
Rose Jermusyk (3 months ago)
I have a question for Jake Kastrenakes / @Jake_K who reviewed the Chromebooks. He said the Acer R11 had a great keyboard, and I was wondering if I could get some more details here. I'm a writer so the keyboard quality is a top priority for me. So I'm wondering exactly what makes the keyboard great, how does it Feel to use?
Cahmi (3 months ago)
this or the nextbook flexx 11?
WhiskerZoo (5 months ago)
Toshiba chrimebook 2 2015 is my favorite. 13.3 inch with a clean clear screen amazing track pad and a light up keyboard which actually comes in handy. Best thin is it only cost me $235
Animelord 1953 (5 months ago)
I have the r11 and I'm looking to sell it
raghad mariam (5 months ago)
i am watching this video on my chromebook acer R11
H A (6 months ago)
His voice is memorizing.
GETALXFE_Smh (6 months ago)
the google chromebook pixel is the 1 i would sugeest or the pixelbook which is $1000
Ankit Shah (7 months ago)
How does lenovo thinkpad 11e (3rd gen) chromebook compare with the R11?
Yato God (7 months ago)
What do you think, acer chromebook 11 or r11??
TQ Collins (7 months ago)
Can you save pictures on there
Fairy Shadow (7 months ago)
I have Acer chrome book
Lindsey Desfosse (7 months ago)
this is so funny im watching this on my acer!
R. B. (8 months ago)
His voice!! OMG!!!! He sounds so hipster!!! like " Thats so dope guy!!!"
PavtubeStudio (8 months ago)
How to Play AVI on Chromebook on the move? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh7feRaEpF0
bryandontours (8 months ago)
This was the most helpful video I've found on Chromebooks. I bought the R11 and wasn't sure if I had made the right decision, but like you've said, it just does everything quite well. It's not perfect, but it's an great value compared to everything else. I was most impressed by the sound. It's loud and clear. The screen is bright. The hinge for the touchscreen is firm enough to prevent jiggling. The only complaint I have is the microphone basically doesn't work, but that just might be the one I have. If you're considering, definitely buy.
bobcat 29 (8 months ago)
The acer r11 is good except for the back arrow.
bmorant1902 (8 months ago)
how does one download android apps on this chromebook? through the google playstore?
Tonmoy Shanto (9 months ago)
Update this video please
Mian Moaz (9 months ago)
Hi, will I be able to access Microsoft Office offline on the Acer Chromebook?
Smail Smajic (9 months ago)
my samsung cromebook 3 has angroid apps u just have to put ure comeputer on delv. mode and let it download i play clash royel all the time on it
Burak Kederli (10 months ago)
I just love 21:9 content.
G.Y. Prof. ret Land (10 months ago)
What a nerd!
DigitalTravis (10 months ago)
Sooooo how were these configured? Was the Acer R11 an n3060 or n3160? Pretty flawed roundup to not even mention the ram or cpu.
ShowerThoughts (10 months ago)
French Fries (11 months ago)
im watching this on m r11
siZeDcuBe (11 months ago)
How bigs the dell?
bob bob (11 months ago)
just bought it for cheap
GT: COSMO RED STARS (11 months ago)
bob bob which one? and for how much(Usd, Cad?)
Shaye Skowronski (11 months ago)
how much is this acer r11 ?
Lou Lopez (1 year ago)
Just bought it for my nephew,thanks.
Alex Ear (1 year ago)
I think that this gets replaced by the Lenovo Flex 11 as the best one out. It has an ARM Porcessor, is ready for Google Play Apps, has USB-C, HDMI, full SD-Card Slot, HD Screen and is ruggedised and water resistant and it has the same price tag. I ordered it and I am happy to see, how it fairs against the R11.
George Jacobi (1 year ago)
This review helped lead me to get my first Chromebook for my kids, I went with the Acer Chromebook R11. Thanks for a great, fun and interesting review!
DrSagaciousone (1 year ago)
Awesome job. Thank you
Pi (1 year ago)
I never understood the obsession of cheap chrome books people happily spend 1000+ on their mac, dell xps or Microsoft surface and pretty much use it just for the internet and word processing.
Terry I (1 year ago)
That's what I'm like. Unless you're playing games or doing some kind of complex graphic design project, people use these things for Office docs and surfing the internet. That's it.
dancing on (1 year ago)
I got the Acer cromebook r11 for my B-DAY
Homer Thompson (1 year ago)
The Asus 10.1 has a good screen, portability, and build quality but doesn't operate as fast the Acer r 11
Acre is
It's CTF Johnnyboy (1 year ago)
I have the Chromebook 11
LC (1 year ago)
You can get a pixel Chromebook for around 400 bux now. Best deal available on any laptop.
Plogga kicks (1 year ago)
Would've been nice to leave a link for purchase
Karoline Celis (1 year ago)
Plogga Datrainer You just have to type and then enter the a Amazon website on the web browser there is many chromebooks you can choose from. Yet I suggest you to pick many most rated and reviewed chromebooks.
Plogga kicks (1 year ago)
Would've been nice to leave a link for purchase
Richard Recupero (1 year ago)
i just saw a pixel for 4oo bucks.. lte version with 64gb storage and 8gb ram. am i missing something'? should i scoop it up ?
Alex Who? (1 year ago)
The acer chromebook r11 reminds me of the original MacBook white
Butler Davis (1 year ago)
im watching this using the acer r11
truc anh (1 year ago)
Hay lắm ! Dạy con từ thủa còn thơ....
Joe L (1 year ago)
YES, WHY CHROMEBOOKS ARE " A W E S O M E " - Please note that I myself am comparing $200-250 Chromebooks with $400-500 Windows 8.1-10. I have used PC's since the late 1980s. I've used WebTV, I-Opener, Windows Professional 2000 (in the dial-up days), etc. For the past two or three years, I have been receiving 100 Mbps Internet speed from my local provider. I spend virtually 100% of my PC time online. At home, my primary PC has been the Chromebook for the past 1-2 years. My Windows 10 I use only as a secondary PC for YouTube movies, studying (passively and audio turned off) languages, economics, law, and for other educational videos, as well as for recorded or live sports, and as a secondary or tertiary TV (to follow a second or third sporting event in process simultaneously). I hardly save anything on the hard drives; virtually 99% of my files are in the cloud. I keep all of the devices impeccably clean in that I delete history and other unnecessary data almost daily. I also use Android and Amazon tablets, mostly to play movies with closed captioning/subtitles with the audio turned off. When commuting (generally, 20-30 minutes at a time) I do not bother to use any devices (tablets, cell phones, etc.). At 100 Mbps and WIFI-use only (no Ethernet connection to any of the devices I use; I don't like the unnecessary cables) from my Internet provider, the speed test results - under very impartial conditions - have consistently been as follows: CHROMEBOOK = always above 100 Mbps; often 110-120 Mbps. WINDOWS 10 = consistently ONLY 60-70 Mbps. Note that this particular CHROMEBOOK's inherent clock speeds are somewhat better (i.e. higher) than those of the WINDOWS 10's in the tests. Oh, CHROMEBOOKS sold around $250-350 have built-in clock speeds as high as WINDOWS that cost two or three times those prices. The TABLETS speed results = 35 - 75 Mbps, depending on various factors and the tablets' specs, of course. CHROMEBOOK takes a few seconds to boot, and is always ready to go. WINDOWS, described above, takes a few minutes. CHROMEBOOK takes a minute to clean up history, etc., if that's even necessary, because Google automatically attends to those chores in behalf of their users. WINDOWS can take several minutes for updates (and if I shut the Windows down and put it away for a few days, the Windows updates can take up to an hour VERSUS the Chromebook, which is always ready to run. As for video games, I don't play them in that I consider it a waste one's precious time - although it's not a big deal once in a blue moon (I've tested several video games, including my favorite 1980s PacMan. Both the OS's have no problem). I know, it is said that for very high-level, professional photography and gaming, Windows are superior to Chromebooks; however, I'm not comparing a $1,000 PC with a $200 Chromebook, as you can see above. Now, I personally allot 50% out of 100% to the significance of safety and security online and freedom from pop-ups and intermittent viral infections. CHROMEBOOK = no problems whatsoever. No pop-ups. Note that I use free antivirus programs, as well as ad blockers, on both the Chromebook and the Windows. WINDOWS = although I have read lots of technical PC books and researched quite a bit, the WINDOWS can run into trouble with pop-ups and other nuisances (which means using my time to delete them and clean up by means of a couple of free antiviral programs, etc.). Such issues are nonexistent with the Chromebook; in fact, occasionally I run into a warning not to enter a particular website as it's known for viral attacks, etc. I curiously go ahead with the CHROMEBOOK = no problem at all VERSUS WINDOWS, which ends up with some nuisance viruses, which means I have to spend time to clean up (generally, 15 to 90 minutes). Thank you for your attention.
Bye cable tv (1 year ago)
Oliver Migliore (1 year ago)
I happen to like my HP C300SA. Sure, it's not the best Chromebook. It does however, do everything I need it to do. The screen doesn't hurt my eyes or give me a headache and the keyboard is very comfortable to type with.
Lacto (1 year ago)
I'm sad that here in Brazil I can't find any "flex/convertible" and/or touchscreen chromebook! I would like to have one instead of buying that shitty Samsung Tablets...
WSCS School (1 year ago)
Dunkee (1 year ago)
i have one of these perfect condition , includes charger and everything 16GB im looking for a great offer email me bigmcbacon@gmail.com or just replie
Simon Pender (1 year ago)
Thumbs down for the crappy distracting background music. I'll try elsewhere.
moxiot (1 year ago)
Holy Batman!!! that vocal fray...
Esser Gaming (1 year ago)
I'm watching this on my 1 day Acer R11!
chevman21 (1 year ago)
I have an Asus C300. I wish it had better screen, but it's not so bad because I have it hooked up to my 32" TV and use it as my daily computer.
Hussain Ronnie (1 year ago)
Can I use excel on chrome book R11?
Axie SEM (1 year ago)
I have a 10 hour battery life one :D
lostbutfound (1 year ago)
Can you install programs on a chromebook? Programs like adobe illustrator, indesign, photoshop?
Mr. Martell Sincere (1 year ago)
I want the Google Chromebook Pixel 2 so bad 😭😭😭
Jackevie Carroll (1 year ago)
i agree to buy a chrome book i have one. i am typing this with it right now.
John Armwood (1 year ago)
Why does a great Chromebook have to be cheap? That is limiting and not smart. I love my Pixel LS a lot better than my Asus Flip 1 or the Acer 720 or the original Samsung Chromebook O owned. I have a Chromebox in my kitchen. The :Pixel 2 is a great machine. Please expand your view. Yes, the Pixel works well and did before it received Android apps. You are locked in a "cheap" vision of laptop.
Maik (1 year ago)
you foggot chromebook acer c11
Nichole Mendez (1 year ago)
i have the chromebook R11 and it's the best. I use it for school and fun. It has all my needs it's the best. I recommend this chromebook but it's up to you.
JoaKimzen (1 year ago)
Well, I would maybe get a chromebook for school... But our school gave everyone a Surface Pro 3 each, with a keyboard and touchpen :D
Hey guys I am getting a chromebook
Betty Williams (1 year ago)
DreadlockDrummer (1 year ago)
why are there all these different companies with chromebook? why doesn't google just make one badass chromebook by themselves and call it a day? they have the pixel phone now, so they might as well just go all the way and full on compete with apple and microsoft now
Kan Vang (1 year ago)
I love his voice, is that weird?
Redstone4life (1 year ago)
I'm watching this on an acer but it's not the exact one in the video.
Crystal Patnett (1 year ago)
You might have just convinced me to buy the R11!
Stewart Blundell (1 year ago)
Acer cb3-111 constantly lock up
The Sheepster (1 year ago)
What about the acer chromebook 11? Not r11 but 11? I have the CB3-111 chromebook and it's fast for browsing. If you have a lot of extensions it occasionally stutters for 1 second. Doesn't bother me, still BLAZINGLY fast and 100% worth the $$$!!! :D
doggo playz (1 year ago)
i have a chromebook asus
Arturo Gourentchik (1 year ago)
You lost me at touch screen display
Max Su (1 year ago)
I found a new 2017 Lenovo with 500 gb for 200 good deal?
Sarah C (1 year ago)
Everyone says the Acer Chromebook R11 is so great...But when I get one it sucks. My uncle and cousin are having the same problems as me. Keys aren't working, the trackpad isn't responsive, WAY TOO MANY POP-UPS, it freezes at least 2 times a day, it shuts down on its own and it gets dirty PRETTY easily.
Th3H4rdC0r3G4m37 (1 year ago)
I am interested in getting this I am a college student so trying to bargain shop for something I can use to organize and write notes for my classes on so does it support the one note android app? or any of the microsoft apps for that matter? I mainly just want to know if the onenote app and the outlook app work. Thanks!
Richi SV (1 year ago)
wait on the r11, i could download android apps? such as games from the play store,if so i would buy it straight away. im going to download gta san andreas
Patricia Fernandez (1 year ago)
ASUS chromebook flip
Anas Qodri (1 year ago)
On captions from the very beginning 😂😂
Elxna (1 year ago)
0:05 i have that white one
Sqq da dude (1 month ago)
Elxna r11
Mehdi Fawaz (1 year ago)
What I would do is get a cheap chrome book with a nice screen that's portable and upgradeable, then add ram, an SSD and install Windows
Christina Crystal (1 year ago)
Thank god I watched this I was about to buy the hp chrome book 14 this weekend.
Alexander McLean (1 year ago)
dude i watched this video with my acer chromebook r11 you helped me find the right one thank you so much
davidplaz (1 year ago)
I just got the asus chromebook
Valyrian (1 year ago)
I like this guy's voice. Btw, I'm leaning towards the Acer Chromebook 14.
Eduardo Navarrete (1 year ago)
Just bought a Chromebook Pixel 2015 for $400. I'm quite happy for sure!!!
Ricky Esqueda (1 year ago)
Eduardo Navarrete what?! Where??
Christian Markandu (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this video! I'm having laptop nightmare - so Review is helpful!!!
kings17court (1 year ago)
There is a characteristic of a keyboard that is important to me. The ability to see the letters on the chicklets in the dark ... just with the light coming off the screen. Some have this characteristic and some don't. Does the R11 allow good visibility of the letters on the keyboard in the dark?
Ajmal Khan (1 year ago)
Wow I Like This Guy Voice and Great Review.

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