The Acer Chromebook R13 is a little expensive for a Chromebook, starting at $400 (converts to about £320, AU$525), but it’s perfectly priced for all the features it offers.
It’s a convertible laptop with a touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a tablet. It also has commendably long-lasting battery life, a stylish aluminum lid and plenty of ports for connecting peripherals.
Depending on your needs, you might be able to find a more affordable alternative. However, for a 2-in-1 Chromebook with a killer battery life, the Acer Chromebook is a diamond in the rough. And if you want to spend more,has a higher-res hybrid touch screen and an included stylus, and runs Google Play Android apps.
About that battery life
There’s one big reason to buy the Acer Chromebook R13: battery life.
The 13-inch Chromebook averaged 13 hours in our battery testing, and that’s well beyond what we’re used to seeing from Chromebooks. A Chromebook with “good” battery life is around 8 to 10 hours, so the Acer’s 13-hour average is pretty great — if you need something that lasts that long.
For most people 8 to 10 hours is a full day’s charge. If you need something with a little more juice than that, the Acer Chromebook R13 is the only Chromebook we’ve tested that outlasts the rest by a considerable amount.
The Acer Chromebook 13 has a smooth and stylish aluminum lid that gives it a touch of class. It’s not as skinny and lightweight as the, but by no means does it look like a cheap laptop.
On the left of the laptop you’ll find plenty of ports for your connection needs, and the headphone jack, power button and volume rocker are located on the right side.
- Full-size USB 3.0 port
- USB Type-C (no Thunderbolt 3 support)
- HDMI port
- MicroSD card slot
Its keyboard feels spacious and the touchpad is responsive, but the keys aren’t backlit. I prefer the option of backlit keys, especially since I’m a writer who sometimes has to type in dim environments, but that’s understandably less of a deal breaker for others.
The speakers, which are located on the left and right edges toward the front of the computer, are pretty weak. Their maximum volume can meekly fill a quiet room, so I suggest packing a pair of headphones.
The Acer Chromebook R13’s screen is sharp with impressively wide viewing angles; you can clearly see what’s on the screen no matter at what angle it’s titled.
- 13.3-inch IPS
- Multitouch screen
- 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution
The 360-degree hinge lets you flip over the screen so you can use it as a tablet, albeit a very chunky and heavy one. I didn’t use it as a tablet much because it was too heavy to comfortably hold. I did, however, often use it folded like a tent when watching video. The hinge is sturdy enough to keep the tablet in a stationary position with no wobble.