Been playing with this device for 3 weeks now, and had non-stop problems with its stability, on the dev, beta, and stable channels. Based on my experience of this one device, and seeing other people with similar problems around the web, my conclusion is the software/hardware has been badly optimised. Beyond that it is a lovely device for the price, but I’ve sent it back, the constant crashes make it unusable. To get the best out of it I had to use the following fix’s:
If your youtube videos keep freezing download extension h264ify, this makes them play in h264 rather than the more resource intensive V9.
If the device keeps crashing/freezing, suspend app sync, see https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/chromebook-central/lHbvPdMOv6U
If you keep getting ‘rats webgl has crashed’, or something like it, go to chrome://flags and turn off hardware decoding (search for ‘decode’ and it will show the relevant flag)
If you keep getting ‘panel is not playing well’ or something like it, go to chrome://flags and enable ‘override software rendering list’. I know this seems contrary to 3. above.
My wife has purchased the Asus chromebook flip (£199.99), and compared to the Acer it is a dream, though my personal aesthetic and ergonomic preferences are for the Acer, which also in my opinion hits the sweet spot for screen size. The flip has a nice screen too, and is touch enabled, but has the benefit of 4gb ram and quad core cpu. Here is a link to the best chromebook specs comparison site I came across: http://zipso.net/chromebook-specs-comparison-table/
If you are thinking of buying a chromebook for the benefit of android apps then you should probably go with an ARM based cpu, the Asus flip is one of them, my, albeit very limited, technical knowledge leads me to believe most android apps are primarily written for arm chips rather than intel, and having tried ‘darkmeadow’ and ‘horn’ on both the Acer and Asus devices, they run fine on the Asus but just drop out on the Acer. Of course the opposite is true for chrome os apps, I think historically these have been intel devices so there is more compatibility for intel chips.
As a positive for the intel chips, if you want to run a linux distro I think this is only possible on the intel devices, which of course means you can run fully fledged non-microsoft office software, and I think, as an added bonus, the PS2 emulator, PCSX2, will run on a linux ubuntu distro.
Personally I find google office apps o.k. for my needs, and certainly better than the microsoft mobile apps, which of course are free on screens <= 10.1” (Asus chromebook flip yes, Acer R11 chromebook no).