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Acer Chromebook R13 review – CNET


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, Samsung’s Chromebook Pro 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.

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Use it as a tablet. Or not, because it’s heavy.


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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.

Versatile design

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 HP Chromebook 13, but by no means does it look like a cheap laptop.

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Can your laptop do that?


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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.

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The aluminum lid and 360-degree hinge give the Acer a touch of high-end class.


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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.

Solid screen

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.

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A solid screen for watching video.


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  • 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.



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