Acer may have built the most rugged Chromebook ever

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Acer just announced the Chromebook 712 and in many ways, this device is unique in not only the specs it brings to the table, but in the outer, ruggedized features as well. Education-focused Chromebooks tend to be thought of as corner-cutting, uninspired tanks; they get the job done for as little overhead as possible and don’t worry much about how they look, feel, or perform while doing it.

The Acer Chromebook 712 is a welcome change to all of those tropes, however, as it brings better performance than expected to an EDU Chromebook, looks quite nice, and all the while packs in more ruggedness and durability than any Chromebook we’ve ever seen.

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38 comments

Jez Madden June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I have the previous model (Acer Spin 311), as I needed a small basic laptop. The thing that sold it for me was that it was so rugged. I'm really clumsy and it's been dropped, had stuff spilt on it & it just keeps on going. Not the prettiest of machines, but pretty is no good if it's smashed. The irony is I bought a full size (non-rugged) Acer for my 12 y/o daughter.

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Adam Jenssen June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Looks like the chassis is plastic? Hows that rugged?

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Phil Dehnert June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

The "Acer Chromebook 712" finally has a new landing page on Acer's site. It has all the important new guts and the 8+ years of updates. No prices or ordering info yet though.

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/series/acerchromebook712

Phil ~

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Kaden Browne June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I've seen all of this stuff done while I was in high school. I personally was really good to my Chromebook. Even kept it in a case.

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Imam Syafi'i June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

abuse 😅🤣

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hedge hog June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

mine broke!

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haolee June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

So it is 3310 chromebook version?

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Neisha Wills June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Mine is blue and it actually looks good . it's not ugly

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Neisha Wills June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I have an Acer Chromebook and it is very good it also turns into a tablet and is touchscreen

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N R June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I still like my Acer spin 11

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Michael Vaughan June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

If there's one thing Acer does exceedingly well, it's their hinges. I have an Acer Chromebook Spin 13, and while I'm not game to hold it by the corner for a sustained period of time, I can pick this up by the screen. I can hold it by the middle of the top edge without feeling any kind of stress on the body or the glass, and the hinge stays rigid, in exactly the position I left it. Other convertibles can have this loose wobble to them, like the hinge has a few tight spots, where you're "meant" to set it, with loose spots in between. None of that on any Acer product I've owned.

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Frank Pierce June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

But can it take a bullet? This would be a nice feature for students in the projects.

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Terry Cavender June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

This would be good for use on a boat. I follow some YouTube sailing channels, they are always having issues caused by moisture and other environmental factors.

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A Cornel June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

It's been a while since I've been a student, and even then I never thought of picking keys off a laptop keyboard.
But I kind of want to buy this just to figure out how to pick keys off it.

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edgar siordia June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Really good video

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Derek Moore June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

In my class, the other kids also peel the trackpad sticker

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John Doe June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I bought the 715 and it is great.

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rich allen June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Meh, all I want is a Chromebox that can run Linux and apps such as Unity and other video editing/photo editing stuff such as Adobe products.

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James Rowe June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Kinda hard to take this channel seriously when they're still sponsored by a company that's WELL KNOWN for being insecure to the point that everyone else had dropped them.

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Carmen Nooner June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Now every kid will accept the challenge of trying to remove the keys!

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Ra's Al Ghul June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Kudos to Acer for thinking outside of the box

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jason cutler June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Hi Mr chomebook I have a HP+2 I by chance found a dock for the stylus in tablet mode the stylus was capturedby the strip magnet for the keyboard dock.My question is is it safe to use or could the magnetism damage the stylus long term (save time down the back of my sofa finding the pen) Hope you can help. watch all your videos.Thanks

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Diego Gomez June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

They grab it like that? Those little cavemen!

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Fake Name June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

The chrome book i got was stuck in French for a month, and this is why I was able to punch it repeatedly and it didn't break.

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Cameron Llewellyn June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Suddenly felt nauseous at 5:30 that's so insane. Kids are savages

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Electricnick June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I wish Acer was doing for hardware in their low end Windows laptops the same as they're doing in their low end Chromebooks. They stopped making the Spin 1 with the premium build quality and STILL haven't added USB-C charging to it. The latest Spin 1 with the pentium n5000 is faster than the older model with the Pentium n4200 which I'm typing this comment from. I could've bought the newer model because it's the same price. I chose not to though because the build quality and screen quality are WAY worse. Not to mention the speakers on the newer model also don't sound as clean. The Chromebook CB3-531-C4A5 has the best laptop speakers I've ever heard, better than even the 2016 MacBook Pro 13" in my honest opinion. I used a friend's MacBook Pro while they were visiting and while the speakers are definitely amazing, the 100 dollar CB3-531-C4A5 gets marginally better bass and mid volumes. The Spin 1 I am currently using continues the trend, but admittedly is slightly worse than the MacBook Pro I referenced before. The newer model with the n5000 has… "ok" speakers. They're not BAD, but they're… well… They're just basic laptop speakers like every other laptop out there. Not bad but not good either. And the display quality on the newer model is also just eh. And the fact that it's made of plastic instead of metal like it was for 3 different refreshes is just ridiculous. Everything but the processor is a downgrade in the new model. lower resolution screen, weaker build quality, identical battery life, crappier touchpad, dimmer screen, way worse color accuracy. But the faster processor somehow makes it worth an upgrade? Fuck no. I chose the older model and don't regret it because this little thing is powerful enough to even run all of my games at a playable framerate. I even have 2k textures running in Skyrim and haven't even had a performance dip from it. Oh but it does bother me that the Spin 1 still DOESN'T HAVE USB-C!!!! That is the main thing bothering me about the difference between the chromebooks and the windows laptops from Acer. Still. No. USB-C. It's really frustrating because in my short time with the Chromebook Spin 11 I really loved having to only use one charger for all of my devices but I have to use multiple chargers because no variant of the Spin 1 has USB-C yet. I almost splurged and got the Surface Go for double the price but the port selection on the Surface Go is just awful. I like having my USB-A and HDMI ports on my laptop and not in a dongle. I might've considered dealing with it if the pentium 4415y wasn't such a trash processor. It gets outperformed by the Pentium n4200 in everything but graphics and that is a fact I have tested myself. The only thing good about the 4415y is the hd615 graphics. But for double the core count, way faster clockspeed, and the same specs otherwise, the pentium n4200 is a much better choice. The 4415y seems almost like it's just a pentium n4200 CPU dye with half the cores cut out and slowed down by around 50% and newer graphics. It's stupid as hell. I don't know what intel or microsoft were thinking.

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Ben John June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Please make a video playing in your chromebook

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Jinrai June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

JerryRigEverything, please! I need to know if the screen scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7.

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Norris dalton June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I now hate "other people's kids" even more.

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Mario Scott June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

That thing is a tank

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Josh June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Kids in 2020 “computers are for punching and throwing at walls” 🤦‍♂️

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T Chowdhury June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Why Chrome release OS like windows. Love to use chrome os on a custom built setup

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Patrick June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Wow I don't know what's more impressive, the abuse this Acer can take or how creative kids are today when it comes to destroying things!

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matthew s June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

since 3 manufacturers are building to this military spec maybe it's just a new specification for educational Chromebooks?

>> MIL-STD-810G, 76cm drop on concrete, IP41, HP Education-specific testing,
200 tumble test cycles, 25,000 hinge cycle tests, pick-proof anchored keyboard 5,6

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matthew s June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

>> MIL-STD-810G Lenovo has another Chrome OS tablet for schools w/ 8 years of updates
>>> Versatile detachable keyboard folio case with anchored and water-resistant keys

The Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet is, well, just what its name implies. It’s another Chrome OS tablet which, as far as we can tell, is just a modified version of the IdeaPad Duet. Gone are the fabrics, replaced with a more rugged design that has water-resistant keys and rubber bumpers. Lenovo mentions that the product meets MIL-STD-810G testing, too. It appears the kickstand attaches as a case this time rather than with magnets.
https://9to5google.com/2020/01/15/lenovo-chromebook-10e-tablet-schools/

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matthew s June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 EE
>> MIL-STD-810G, 76cm drop on concrete, IP41, HP Education-specific testing,
200 tumble test cycles, 25,000 hinge cycle tests, pick-proof anchored keyboard 5,6
https://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/getpdf.aspx/4AA7-0508ENW.pdf

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matthew s June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

I imagine the reason they're making versions with Intel® Celeron® 3855U, i3 & i5

so that they can make identical Microsoft PC'S in this case and design and just swap out the software

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matthew s June 29, 2020 - 10:04 pm

" rigorous testing " >>>>> MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6, Procedure IV for >> transit drop test.<<
Tested by a national independent third party test lab following MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6, Procedure IV for >> transit drop test.<<
An impact resistant body means that it can take the daily knocks of students as it accidentally falls off tables or is stood upon.
https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/series-design/acerchromebook11
https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/models/laptops/acerchromebook11

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