Acer Chromebook 13 (College Review)

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The Acer Chromebook 13 is Acer’s second Chromebook, that is for more serious users who need a more powerful Chromebook to fit their needs. Don’t get this confused with the Acer C720, as that is Acer’s budget Chromebook. The Acer Chromebook 13 is bigger and more expensive, but is it better? Find out in our Acer Chromebook 13 review below.


Features

  • Runs ChromeOS, the cloud-based operating system used on Chromebooks
  • Full HD Display
  • 8 Second Boot
  • HD Webcam
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2 USB-3.0 ports
  • 1 USB-2.0 port

Specs

  • Screen Size: 13.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Processor: 2.1 GHz Tegra
  • Memory: 2 GB or 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 16 GB or 32 GB SSD
  • GPU: NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores
  • Wireless: 802.11 A/C
  • Average Battery Life: 11 hours
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs

Specs Review: If you’ve seen other Chromebooks, the first thing you’ll notice about the Acer Chromebook 13 is that it doesn’t have the regular integrated graphics. It is the only relevant Chromebook that contains an NVIDIA Keplar GPU, combined with a 2.1 GHz Tegra. If you’re not into what these terms mean, it basically means this laptop is the real deal if you want performance. It can handle whatever ChromeOS throws at (which isn’t much to start with) without a sweat; especially if you get the 4GB RAM version. The 2GB RAM/16GB SSD version is regularly priced at ~$250, and the beast-mode 4GB RAM/32GB SSD is priced at ~$350. While the prices are higher than the standard $200 for a Chromebook, the extra dollars are worth it if performance is a concern. The battery life will last you all day, because who is using a laptop for more than 11 hours in a day? Be wary of the heat though, customer reviews seem to be concerned with the heat on your lap after prolonged use.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews)

  • “I highly recommend this for people who are looking for a basic PC replacement or for students who are focused on writing a lot.”
  • “The keyboard is something I disliked about the C720. The keyboard was way too mushy for my liking although extremely reliable.” (contradicted by next review, depends on your liking, do some more research if this is a concern.)
  • “Keyboard is spaced so well that it is very easy to type with.” (look at previous)
  • “The screen resolution makes the text hard to read at times.”

Conclusion for College Students: I will repeat what I said in my What is a Chromebook guide, Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. People who need a laptop for heavy-duty applications won’t be able to use a Chromebook since it is mainly for online based applications like Google Docs, Netflix, etc. If you CAN make use of a Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 13 is the closest Chromebook there is to a regular laptop. It has an industry-grade GPU, RAM (on the 4GB), big screen, and high resolution. Many customer reviews complain that they higher resolution looks a bit funky on a Chromebook; however, considering you’re a college student you’re probably used to reading small text anyway.

Compare this laptop to the Samsung Chromebook, and Acer’s budget Chromebook (C720).

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