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Best Buy has the Acer - Aspire R 15 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Steel gray for $649.99 - &149.99 .edu college student codeLINK :http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-...usel-modal

( sign up for it at Best Buys site here :http://www.bestbuy.com/site/globa...6200050000)


Rating: 4.4 out of five stars - ‎99 reviews link:http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-...usel-modal

I just bought this for my daughter and I must say I was impressed w/ how fast the wireless adapter /antenna config was in this laptop it beat every laptop we looked at even the much more expensive ones. here is the description from Acer :
An ingenious antenna design, Acer ExoAmp™, enhances wireless reception without spoiling the device’s beautiful exterior. What’s more, with 2x2 MIMO and MU-MIMO you’ll stream and download everything faster1, so you can say bye-bye to your Ethernet cables.

Also the IPS TOUCH SCREEN is amazing , again from the Acer site : The 15.6” Full HD IPS display isn’t just bigger, it’s also optimized. The narrow border design gives you more screen for entertainment and productivity. The display also features an anti-fingerprint coating that keeps the oils on your fingers from sticking to the screen.

I know it is a 1TB HD spin-up but what it lacks in start up speed it more than makes up for w/ wireless and display . it also has 4 USB ports (2) 3.0 (1) 2.0 and (1) thunderbolt 3 Type -c 3.1
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OP, how is the brightness on this laptop? Is it better than Dell Inspiron & HP Envy Series? I am looking for a display of atleast 300 nits brightness
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I can not find any specs on the screen sorry maybe it is too new. I turned it on and cranked up the brightness , it looks a lot brighter and clearer than the screens I've seen before ( I repair pcs and laptops on the side) this is all I could find :

Display & Graphics
Screen Size
15.6"
Display Screen Type
Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Display Screen Technology
In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Screen Mode
Full HD
Backlight Technology
LED
Touchscreen
Yes
Multi-touch Screen
Yes
Screen Resolution
1920 x 1080
Graphics Controller Manufacturer
Intel®
Graphics Controller Model
HD Graphics 520
Graphics Memory Technology
DDR4 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility
Shared
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OP, how is the brightness on this laptop? Is it better than Dell Inspiron & HP Envy Series? I am looking for a display of atleast 300 nits brightness

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/...spire-r-15

According to this review its 310.
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Quote from sunrat39 View Post :
http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/...spire-r-15 [laptopmag.com]

According to this review its 310.
Thanx for the help ,that review is much more informative !!
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Got this tonight in store. Having trouble getting EDU coupon so manager gave me one after logging into my account and showing him that I was indeed signed up. Will upgrade to SSD and put in more RAM but no "how to" videos exist yet. Saw some pics in the review section on BB for this model showing what it looks like with the back cover off. No idea how to do a fresh install of Win10 since there are no recovery discs included in the box. Will let it charge overnight and mess with it this weekend sometime.
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Got this tonight in store. Having trouble getting EDU coupon so manager gave me one after logging into my account and showing him that I was indeed signed up. Will upgrade to SSD and put in more RAM but no "how to" videos exist yet. Saw some pics in the review section on BB for this model showing what it looks like with the back cover off. No idea how to do a fresh install of Win10 since there are no recovery discs included in the box. Will let it charge overnight and mess with it this weekend sometime.
You should clone your drive before removing it :http://www.todo-backup.com/backup...to-ssd.htm
you will need a transfer cable that matches the ssd drive you buy . make sure it is usb 3.0 its faster transfer rate.
you can find one here ,link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...Submit=ENE
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thunderbolt 3 Type -c 3.1
You sure its Thunderbolt 3?
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You sure its Thunderbolt 3?
Per ACER it does. Click on this link scroll down and click on data sheet its 9th dart down under Interfaces/Ports Number of Thunderbolt(TM) 3 (USB 3.1) Ports 1 :

http://us-store.acer.com/aspire-r...id=4485850

alsoRead this : For network and communication, it features WiFi, Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0 built in. As for interfaces and ports, it features an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.1 (Thunderbolt 3) port.

here is the link to the review:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Acer...689.0.html
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Per ACER it does. Click on this link scroll down and click on data sheet its 9th dart down under Interfaces/Ports Number of Thunderbolt(TM) 3 (USB 3.1) Ports 1 :

http://us-store.acer.com/aspire-r...id=4485850

alsoRead this : For network and communication, it features WiFi, Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0 built in. As for interfaces and ports, it features an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.1 (Thunderbolt 3) port.
Thanks, really need TB3 nod
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here is the link to the review:http://<br /> http://www.noteboo...689.0.html
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You should clone your drive before removing it :http://www.todo-backup.com/backup...to-ssd.htm
you will need a transfer cable that matches the ssd drive you buy . make sure it is usb 3.0 its faster transfer rate.
you can find one here ,link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...Submit=ENE
Thanks for the help. Found a cable at frys and used the EaseUS proggie to clone to a Trion 150. Took my time being very careful and opened it up. Switched out drives but discovered there's only 1 ram slot! WTF?! Single channel ddr4?!? So much for upgrading the ram too. At any rate, the system is way faster now.
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Thanks for the help. Found a cable at frys and used the EaseUS proggie to clone to a Trion 150. Took my time being very careful and opened it up. Switched out drives but discovered there's only 1 ram slot! WTF?! Single channel ddr4?!? So much for upgrading the ram too. At any rate, the system is way faster now.
did not see that .I guess that's how they give you all this for 499.99. that does suck, not so much for the amount (8GB) but for the double data rate !!!!!! OH BUT WAIT YOU CAN EXPAND TO 12GB OF RAM !! LOL!!
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They raised the price to 699.99 making it 549.99 after 150.00 student discount !!!!
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did not see that .I guess that's how they give you all this for 499.99. that does suck, not so much for the amount (8GB) but for the double data rate !!!!!! OH BUT WAIT YOU CAN EXPAND TO 12GB OF RAM !! LOL!!
I still might put in a 16GB stick and see if that helps anything. Quite surprised it's not dual channel but it's still much much faster with SSD.

Edit: CPUZ shows a total of 8GB of RAM in dual channel but only 4GB in slot 1 (Hyundai chips) running at 1067MHz. Assume 4GB embedded to share with graphics? Is it really operating in dual channel mode? Will it continue to do that if slot 1 is more than the embedded amount?
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