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Acer CB515-1HT Chromebook 4gb/64gb 15" Full HD - Reduced to Clear - £280 Instore @ John Lewis Basingstoke
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Acer CB515-1HT Chromebook 4gb/64gb 15" Full HD - Reduced to Clear - £280 Instore @ John Lewis Basingstoke

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Posted 28th OctAvailable: South (Hampshire)
3318659.jpgSeen in John Lewis at Home Basingstoke this afternoon, 3 available.

Appears to tick many HUKD boxes, 4gb RAM and Full HD Touchscreen. The 15 inch screen may put off some but attract others.

John Lewis only appears to have stock in store now nationally (according to the deal link). Currys are selling these on their website for £399

Don't really need a new laptop so didn't bite, how very restrained for an HUKD fan...
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CPU, Memory and Operating System:
  • Intel Pentium N4200 processor.
  • Quad core processor.
  • 1.1GHz processor speed.
  • 4GB RAM DDR4.
  • 64GB eMMC storage.
  • Google Chrome OS.

Display features:
  • 15.6 inch screen.
  • Full-HD IPS Display.
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  • Touchscreen.

Graphics:
  • Intel HD Graphics .
  • Dedicated graphics card.

Interfaces and connectivity:
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports.
  • 1 USB Type-C port.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Backlit Keyboard

Multimedia features:
  • HD webcam.
  • Built-in mic.
  • Built-in audio sound system.

General Information:
  • Up to 14 hours battery life.
  • Size H1.89, W37.8, D25.6cm.
  • Weight 1.8kg

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ruffedgrouse29/10/2019 00:37

These piles of garbage should be shamed out of existence. Not only are …These piles of garbage should be shamed out of existence. Not only are they powered by the largest surveillance company on the planet (Google), they have an expiry date after which you won't receive security updates, making them essentially disposable. Many models are also virtually unrepairable and can't be serviced by the user.With everyone and their granny now becoming eco-aware, I really hope this kind of technology dies off fast.


Maybe you need to learn what the ‘expiry date’ actually is. They don’t just stop working and explode, in the same way that Windows 7 and XP aren’t receiving updates now but continue to work fine.

Most Chromebooks are unrepairable but then so are most integrated machines - maybe you’ve heard of the Apple MacBook or Microsoft Surface?

What a ridiculous and ill-informed rant that was...
eraldo29/10/2019 00:44

Given the specs its a crap deal tbh, you can get a much better spec …Given the specs its a crap deal tbh, you can get a much better spec windows 10 laptop for less. I dont understand the pricing on these chromebooks, doesnt the chrome OS cost the laptop manufacturer nothing....


No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent reviews.
Genuine 10 hours Battery life, IPS touchscreen, fanless and silent, backlit keyboard and Play store support are the advantages here. You won't get that on a £280 Windows laptop.
Edited by: "win26" 29th Oct
Anyone who has never used a Chromebook needs to try one before they make stupid comments .

Absolutely brilliant for probably 80% of people. The rest will be complete geeks anyway
Lots of talk on here about specs, but lets put this into real world context, £280 CB15 (n4200/4GB/64gb eMMc) vs £709 Asus FX503 (i5-7300HQ/8GB/128GB SSD/GTX1060)

Which boots quicker? CB15
Which Shutsdown quicker? CB15
Which installs updates quicker? CB15
Which requires virus protection? FX503
Which has a touchscreen? CB15
Which has the best battery life? CB15
Which has the best screen? CB15
Which has the best build quality? CB15
Which has the best keyboard? FX503
Which has the best touchpad? CB15
Which can play hardcore games? FX503
Which can use full microsoft office? FX503

For most people then, CB15 > FX503.

As I own both, I should know.
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These piles of garbage should be shamed out of existence. Not only are they powered by the largest surveillance company on the planet (Google), they have an expiry date after which you won't receive security updates, making them essentially disposable. Many models are also virtually unrepairable and can't be serviced by the user.

With everyone and their granny now becoming eco-aware, I really hope this kind of technology dies off fast.
ruffedgrouse29/10/2019 00:37

These piles of garbage should be shamed out of existence. Not only are …These piles of garbage should be shamed out of existence. Not only are they powered by the largest surveillance company on the planet (Google), they have an expiry date after which you won't receive security updates, making them essentially disposable. Many models are also virtually unrepairable and can't be serviced by the user.With everyone and their granny now becoming eco-aware, I really hope this kind of technology dies off fast.


Maybe you need to learn what the ‘expiry date’ actually is. They don’t just stop working and explode, in the same way that Windows 7 and XP aren’t receiving updates now but continue to work fine.

Most Chromebooks are unrepairable but then so are most integrated machines - maybe you’ve heard of the Apple MacBook or Microsoft Surface?

What a ridiculous and ill-informed rant that was...
Given the specs its a crap deal tbh, you can get a much better spec windows 10 laptop for less. I dont understand the pricing on these chromebooks, doesnt the chrome OS cost the laptop manufacturer nothing....
plewis0029/10/2019 00:41

Maybe you need to learn what the ‘expiry date’ actually is. They don’t just …Maybe you need to learn what the ‘expiry date’ actually is. They don’t just stop working and explode, in the same way that Windows 7 and XP aren’t receiving updates now but continue to work fine.Most Chromebooks are unrepairable but then so are most integrated machines - maybe you’ve heard of the Apple MacBook or Microsoft Surface? What a ridiculous and ill-informed rant that was...


Read my comment again. I said: "expiry date, after which you won't receive security updates". Where did I remotely imply the machine would be unusable? Whether you'd want to use it, however, after it stops receiving security updates is another matter, especially since it's an "always online" surveillance machin-- uh, I mean, "laptop" -- by design.

And yes, Surface laptops are atrocious and should also be cast into a volcano. Macbooks aren't quite as bad, but I still look forward to their demise as well and look forward to the day when consumers decide they'd like to stop throwing their money at huge corporations for the sake of fashion.
eraldo29/10/2019 00:44

Given the specs its a crap deal tbh, you can get a much better spec …Given the specs its a crap deal tbh, you can get a much better spec windows 10 laptop for less. I dont understand the pricing on these chromebooks, doesnt the chrome OS cost the laptop manufacturer nothing....


Correct. The cost of the so-called "free" software is borne by the end user who pays for it by relinquishing every bit of their privacy and personal data to Google.
I wouldn’t touch Google with a barge pole (DuckDuckGo represent) but you could just install Linux on a large majority of Chromebooks. Also Microsoft under Windows 10 have a good amount of telemetry and surveillance, albeit anonymised unlike Google.
Edited by: "Jameseh" 29th Oct
ruffedgrouse29/10/2019 00:50

Correct. The cost of the so-called "free" software is borne by the end …Correct. The cost of the so-called "free" software is borne by the end user who pays for it by relinquishing every bit of their privacy and personal data to Google.


Lol. I'm guessing you don't own a smartphone and wear a tinfoil hat.
Have the 14" version of this for 2-3 years now, can't complain. The screen is significantly better than a standard laptop screen, the keyboard is pretty good, the touchpad is pretty meh but usable. Performance is also surprisingly decent, can handle way more intensive tabs than it has any right to and the battery life is fantastic.

Some things might be a bit of a pain to service but it's not totally locked down, I had to replace the power jack and it was easily accessible under the back cover (ten screws), just unplug the old one and plug a new one in. Audio jack looked similar too. Think these things can be great if you don't do anything super intensive but still want a nice physical keyboard for writing.
dark_shadow29/10/2019 01:42

Lol. I'm guessing you don't own a smartphone and wear a tinfoil hat.


And I guess you've been living under a rock for the past decade. Otherwise you might just have noticed the plethora of privacy scandals and the reveal of the unprecedentedly vast mass surveillance programmes run by the most powerful countries in the world which was front-page news for months way back in 2013.

But nah, continue making tin foil hat jokes. They're hilarious and absolutely don't make you seem ignorant in the slightest.
Can someone please have a word with this troll
I had chrome book for past 4 years. I operate exclusively using them. Brilliant machines.
ruffedgrouse29/10/2019 05:11

And I guess you've been living under a rock for the past decade. Otherwise …And I guess you've been living under a rock for the past decade. Otherwise you might just have noticed the plethora of privacy scandals and the reveal of the unprecedentedly vast mass surveillance programmes run by the most powerful countries in the world which was front-page news for months way back in 2013. But nah, continue making tin foil hat jokes. They're hilarious and absolutely don't make you seem ignorant in the slightest.


There will always be privacy scandals and there will always be data collected through use of the internet. I don’t know why you’d rant about it on a forum if you care that much, maybe HUKD will use your data too - did you think about that? Nor do I understand why you care about security updates on a Chromebook when Google is the biggest security threat according to you.

Seems like you’re better off with an unregistered PAYG mobile and staying off the grid if you’re that bothered. And no, it’s not a facetious remark - you’ve complained about it but haven’t actually shown an alternative.
eraldo29/10/2019 00:44

Given the specs its a crap deal tbh, you can get a much better spec …Given the specs its a crap deal tbh, you can get a much better spec windows 10 laptop for less. I dont understand the pricing on these chromebooks, doesnt the chrome OS cost the laptop manufacturer nothing....


No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent reviews.
Genuine 10 hours Battery life, IPS touchscreen, fanless and silent, backlit keyboard and Play store support are the advantages here. You won't get that on a £280 Windows laptop.
Edited by: "win26" 29th Oct
win2629/10/2019 08:14

No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent …No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent reviews. Genuine 10 hours Battery life, IPS touchscreen, fanless and silent, backlit keyboard and Play store support are the advantages here. You won't get that on a £280 Windows laptop.


The only way you’ll win over someone with a Chromebook and their ‘low spec’ is by making them use one. Anything else is futile
win2629/10/2019 08:14

No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent …No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent reviews. Genuine 10 hours Battery life, IPS touchscreen, fanless and silent, backlit keyboard and Play store support are the advantages here. You won't get that on a £280 Windows laptop.



how speedy does it feel to use as the processor seems quite low end?.
I've now been using one of these for a year now, and haven't looked back once. On paper, this is overpriced and you can indeed buy a W10 laptop with much better specs for the same £. In reality, this boots quicker than my £700 W10 gaming laptop, (even after a fresh W10 install,) updates significantly quicker, and shuts down quicker. On this particular Chromebook, the LCD touchscreen is phenomenal, (and that comes from someone who hates LCD's.) and the battery life is insane.
afroylnt29/10/2019 08:45

how speedy does it feel to use as the processor seems quite low end?.


In the land of Chromebooks, the CPU isn't low end, more mid-range and quad core.
Anyone who has never used a Chromebook needs to try one before they make stupid comments .

Absolutely brilliant for probably 80% of people. The rest will be complete geeks anyway
ruffedgrouse29/10/2019 05:11

And I guess you've been living under a rock for the past decade. Otherwise …And I guess you've been living under a rock for the past decade. Otherwise you might just have noticed the plethora of privacy scandals and the reveal of the unprecedentedly vast mass surveillance programmes run by the most powerful countries in the world which was front-page news for months way back in 2013. But nah, continue making tin foil hat jokes. They're hilarious and absolutely don't make you seem ignorant in the slightest.


So what are we supposed to do, wear tinfoil hats all day? Mass surveillance? Go live back under a rock then. Majority of people in the world use either android or apple smartphones, so I have no idea why your freaking out over privacy on a Chromebook thread. Get a life. Then come back and talk to us about Chromebooks
villan5729/10/2019 11:45

Anyone who has never used a Chromebook needs to try one before they make …Anyone who has never used a Chromebook needs to try one before they make stupid comments .Absolutely brilliant for probably 80% of people. The rest will be complete geeks anyway


Couldn't agree more Villan57. This particular CB is also very good for people to try as it doesn't feel like corners have been cut. It feels like something you could live with everyday.
Edited by: "Masteryates" 29th Oct
My Mrs has had this for about a year and is one of the better Chromebooks out there to be honest, faster to boot than my win10 £1100 gaming laptop and the battery life still surprises me to this day to the point that I use her machine more often than not for anything browsing or video watching related. Screen and speakers are also excellent. Couldn't be more happier with it. To top it all off, it charges via usb-c on either side of the machine, so most times I just use the phone charger to top it off. Highly recommend.

For anyone wondering, security updates are guaranteed till Nov 2023 for this machine.
Masteryates29/10/2019 10:00

In the land of Chromebooks, the CPU isn't low end, more mid-range and quad …In the land of Chromebooks, the CPU isn't low end, more mid-range and quad core.


OK ta. What chromebook that's sub 1.5kg would you recommend?
afroylnt29/10/2019 15:47

OK ta. What chromebook that's sub 1.5kg would you recommend?


I'm not an expert afroyInt. Don't know every CB, and certainly not there weights. It's also a case of what you want to spend and what features you really want? Off the top of my head, if you weight is the most important thing to you, consider the overpriced Pixelbook Go.
If you want to save another £30, you can grab the refurb from Laptops Direct

laptopsdirect.co.uk/ref…asp

Personally, I'd pay the extra £30 for the warranty and the brand new battery.
plewis0029/10/2019 07:10

There will always be privacy scandals and there will always be data …There will always be privacy scandals and there will always be data collected through use of the internet. I don’t know why you’d rant about it on a forum if you care that much, maybe HUKD will use your data too - did you think about that? Nor do I understand why you care about security updates on a Chromebook when Google is the biggest security threat according to you.Seems like you’re better off with an unregistered PAYG mobile and staying off the grid if you’re that bothered. And no, it’s not a facetious remark - you’ve complained about it but haven’t actually shown an alternative.


stingebag29/10/2019 12:44

So what are we supposed to do, wear tinfoil hats all day? Mass …So what are we supposed to do, wear tinfoil hats all day? Mass surveillance? Go live back under a rock then. Majority of people in the world use either android or apple smartphones, so I have no idea why your freaking out over privacy on a Chromebook thread. Get a life. Then come back and talk to us about Chromebooks


Laptop: Get one which can easily be upgraded and repaired such as these or, ideally, one from Purism. Install a GNU/Linux-based operating system (extremely simple to do and better than Windows imo).

Phone: The excellent Fairphone 3; wait for the Purism Librem 5; or purchase a used Android phone and install an OS without any Google framework apps (e.g. LineageOS).

HUKD most certainly makes use of user data, however it also provides a reasonably fair platform for people to chat about issues like this one.
Masteryates29/10/2019 15:50

I'm not an expert afroyInt. Don't know every CB, and certainly not there …I'm not an expert afroyInt. Don't know every CB, and certainly not there weights. It's also a case of what you want to spend and what features you really want? Off the top of my head, if you weight is the most important thing to you, consider the overpriced Pixelbook Go.


Tks. Pixelbook v nice but overpriced. Would buy an acer swift 5 for that money.
Edited by: "afroylnt" 29th Oct
ruffedgrouse29/10/2019 16:18

Laptop: Get one which can easily be upgraded and repaired such as these …Laptop: Get one which can easily be upgraded and repaired such as these or, ideally, one from Purism. Install a GNU/Linux-based operating system (extremely simple to do and better than Windows imo).Phone: The excellent Fairphone 3; wait for the Purism Librem 5; or purchase a used Android phone and install an OS without any Google framework apps (e.g. LineageOS).HUKD most certainly makes use of user data, however it also provides a reasonably fair platform for people to chat about issues like this one.


Well it doesn't matter as anything that you subsequently broadcast over the internet is trackable anyway, unless you're going to say 'use a VPN' (which I do) but then how much do you trust your no-log VPN? Is it under Five Eyes jurisidiction?

The Fairphone 3 that runs Android OS and costs substantially more than a phone of that spec should? £450 for a handset with 2016 hardware? If you're that up for sustainability, buy a pre-owned handset.

In my opinion, the issues you bring up are non-issues - Google uses your data but you can't deny it makes your life easier, that's what this is all about. If I'm doing anything super-sensitive then I won't use them.
Thanks for this, was looking for a Chromebook for my daughter who just started secondary school where they use Google Classroom, went to Basingstoke and picked up the second of the three that were in stock in store. The display model was the 13” equivalent of this for £249.
afroylnt29/10/2019 16:27

Tks. Pixelbook v nice but overpriced. Would buy an acer swift 5 for that …Tks. Pixelbook v nice but overpriced. Would buy an acer swift 5 for that money.


But if you bought an Acer Swift 5 you wouldn't end up with a Chromebook - that's like saying what the best car that can get over 70mpg; too expensive, I could buy a Ducati for that price!

But seriously, look at the Asus C302 flip, it got 5 stars in many reviews, has a metal lid, a proper Core M CPU and weighs 1.2kg.
plewis0029/10/2019 17:24

But if you bought an Acer Swift 5 you wouldn't end up with a Chromebook …But if you bought an Acer Swift 5 you wouldn't end up with a Chromebook - that's like saying what the best car that can get over 70mpg; too expensive, I could buy a Ducati for that price! But seriously, look at the Asus C302 flip, it got 5 stars in many reviews, has a metal lid, a proper Core M CPU and weighs 1.2kg.



many tks will check that out. For me a Chromebook has to be cheaper/lighter than a windows laptop otherwise its not worth it

Personally I would buy a swift 5 over an expensive chromebook but the're expensive but offer 1.1Kg intel 8250 & 8gb.
afroylnt29/10/2019 17:50

many tks will check that out. For me a Chromebook has to be …many tks will check that out. For me a Chromebook has to be cheaper/lighter than a windows laptop otherwise its not worth itPersonally I would buy a swift 5 over an expensive chromebook but the're expensive but offer 1.1Kg intel 8250 & 8gb.


Chromebook needs less grunt to be useful so you can get by with less RAM and CPU than a Windows machine. The Swift 5 is just a run-of-the-mill Ultrabook really - only you know what you really want though or if a Chromebook will suit.
win2629/10/2019 08:14

No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent …No, it isn't. It's one of the best Chromebook available with excellent reviews. Genuine 10 hours Battery life, IPS touchscreen, fanless and silent, backlit keyboard and Play store support are the advantages here. You won't get that on a £280 Windows laptop.



Of course it has blaring reviews people who buy them are generally clueless about computers. Of course it doesnt have a fan and has long battery life because the cpu inside is such low power it doesnt need a fan its an n4200!!! they put them in tablets. The only good thing about this laptop is the full hd touchscreen but the specs are crap. A low power cpu and just 64gb of storage. Thats ****, deal with it.
eraldo29/10/2019 17:57

Of course it has blaring reviews people who buy them are generally …Of course it has blaring reviews people who buy them are generally clueless about computers. Of course it doesnt have a fan and has long battery life because the cpu inside is such low power it doesnt need a fan its an n4200!!! they put them in tablets. The only good thing about this laptop is the full hd touchscreen but the specs are crap. A low power cpu and just 64gb of storage. Thats ****, deal with it.


No, it's you. N4200 is perfect for this, the reason why this is great. Read the comments above. It's a perfect browsing laptop, beautiful IPS screen for streaming movies.
plewis0029/10/2019 16:32

Well it doesn't matter as anything that you subsequently broadcast over …Well it doesn't matter as anything that you subsequently broadcast over the internet is trackable anyway, unless you're going to say 'use a VPN' (which I do) but then how much do you trust your no-log VPN? Is it under Five Eyes jurisidiction?The Fairphone 3 that runs Android OS and costs substantially more than a phone of that spec should? £450 for a handset with 2016 hardware? If you're that up for sustainability, buy a pre-owned handset. In my opinion, the issues you bring up are non-issues - Google uses your data but you can't deny it makes your life easier, that's what this is all about. If I'm doing anything super-sensitive then I won't use them.


Google certainly doesn't make my life easier since I use nothing powered by Google.

Having control of your own private data - which has a monetary value - is never a non-issue.
plewis0029/10/2019 17:53

Chromebook needs less grunt to be useful so you can get by with less RAM …Chromebook needs less grunt to be useful so you can get by with less RAM and CPU than a Windows machine. The Swift 5 is just a run-of-the-mill Ultrabook really - only you know what you really want though or if a Chromebook will suit.


Agree but a Swift 5 is more than run of the mill its great value for a Windows laptop. Almost half the weight of this chromebook.
win2629/10/2019 18:29

No, it's you. N4200 is perfect for this, the reason why this is great. …No, it's you. N4200 is perfect for this, the reason why this is great. Read the comments above. It's a perfect browsing laptop, beautiful IPS screen for streaming movies.



Irrelevant the hardware doesnt justify the price tag and as i already pointed out you can get a better spec win 10 laptop for less that will do browsing and streaming and yes that includes a full hd ips panel.
Edited by: "eraldo" 29th Oct
eraldo29/10/2019 19:04

Irrelevant the hardware doesnt justify the price tag and as i already …Irrelevant the hardware doesnt justify the price tag and as i already pointed out you can get a better spec win 10 laptop for less that will do browsing and streaming and yes that includes a full hd ips panel.


If it was just about the ‘hardware’ then everyone would have the most basic plastic laptops and no-one would ever buy iPhones - so it’s far from irrelevant. Maybe to you but then you shouldn’t buy a Chromebook.


afroylnt29/10/2019 18:55

Agree but a Swift 5 is more than run of the mill its great value for a …Agree but a Swift 5 is more than run of the mill its great value for a Windows laptop. Almost half the weight of this chromebook.


It’s just a lightweight ultrabook - there aren’t any special features other than weight really and the penalty for lightweight is less durability.
ruffedgrouse29/10/2019 18:44

Google certainly doesn't make my life easier since I use nothing powered …Google certainly doesn't make my life easier since I use nothing powered by Google.Having control of your own private data - which has a monetary value - is never a non-issue.


So why would you even recommend a Fairphone 3 that’s overpriced and runs Google’s Android 9 operating system... your own data has a monetary value if you assign it one, but then you might as well get off the internet now because somewhere someone is scraping your data and building a profile, that includes HUKD and probably any other conspiracy theory websites you might frequent. The only way to escape it is to get off the grid and people who do that probably aren’t complaining about it on public forums - and I mean that seriously.
plewis0029/10/2019 19:09

If it was just about the ‘hardware’ then everyone would have the most bas …If it was just about the ‘hardware’ then everyone would have the most basic plastic laptops and no-one would ever buy iPhones - so it’s far from irrelevant. Maybe to you but then you shouldn’t buy a Chromebook.It’s just a lightweight ultrabook - there aren’t any special features other than weight really and the penalty for lightweight is less durability.


That doesnt even make any sense.
eraldo29/10/2019 19:17

That doesnt even make any sense.


If you can’t comprehend that’s not my fault - if you just look at hardware and nothing else then you won’t assign value to anything other than the processor or RAM. Also where is this mythical Windows laptop that has a full HD IPS panel with better performance and costs less?
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