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Acer Chromebook R 13 Convertible, 13.3-inch Full HD Touch, MediaTek MT8173C, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB5-312T-K5X4

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  • Chromebook runs on Chrome OS - an operating system by Google that is built for the way we live today. It comes with built-in virus protection, updates automatically*, boots up in seconds and continues to stay fast over time. (*Internet connection is required)
  • All the Google apps you know and love come standard on every Chromebook, which means you can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
  • With the Google Play Store, you can access a rich library of apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines, and more, all from your Chromebook
  • Chromebooks come with built-in storage for offline access to your most important files and an additional 100GB of Google Drive space to ensure that all of your files are backed up automatically
  • MediaTek Quad-Core CPU, 13.3" Full HD Touch Display, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC, Up to 12-hour Battery Life, Convertible Laptop

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Customer Reviews

This Chromebook is a rockstar among all laptops (Chromebook or otherwise) I've always been a fan of Windows but increasingly I've become disillusioned with Windows lack of privacy, vulnerability and incessant security theater surrounding it. Each week brings another stack of exploits for Windows in a never ending floor, week after week. These days the threats have become so advanced that simply visiting a website can cause kernal level exploits under Windows. To be honest, the only real reason a general consumer should run Windows is if you are a gamer - you have little choice in gaming. Everyone else should really be migrating to ChromeOS as soon as possible.I ordered 3 of these to migrate the household notebooks to ChromeOS after doing extensive research. Part of the reason is ChromeOS has matured into a fine operating system these days and comes native with Googleplay greatly expanding your menu of choices. Second, for security ChromeOS is second to none, it's a secured operating system based on the Gentoo Linux Distro and latest Kernals. It's virtually impenetrable to malware of every type. I'm happy to report that even the most technical/geek type person will now find ChromeOS to be a fully fleshed out OS in most cases.As to this device in particular, it was my choice because of a variety of reasons. The primary reason is I will not run Intel chips due to the Meltdown and Spectre exploits and known Intel Backdoors. This uses a heterogeneous ARM chip and by design is much more secure than Intel. This notebook also met ALL of my conditions.Overall it's a fantastic device and perhaps the best Sub-$500 Chromebook in the world. It's not the lightest being full Aluminum but probably the coolest running since Aluminum is superior in heat-bleed. It's also probably one of the more durable units out there. Out of the 3 I purchased I am returning one because the touchpad doesn't feel like it was seated correctly from the factory. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if I didn't have 2 other ones to compare it to. But since it is 'obviously' different than the other 2 I am going to assume it's a defect and get it replaced while under the return policy.Screen wise this has a GREAT screen. Colors are 'warm' like Samsung OLED's (even warmer) but I often prefer warm screens over the cold white ones you find elsewhere. It's easier on the eyes and colors look amazing. I recommend using this on full bright, anything less and I feel the contrast becomes slightly washed out. Not bad, but it looks fabulous on max-brightness.For older folks like me (50+, LOL) you will find 1920x1080 to make everything TINY. Since this is the native resolution you will want to run at 1920x1080. So the solution is to go into the accessibility settings and 'boost' the size of text and objects while retaining the 1920x1080. ChromeOS does it right in this respect and you have MANY options for improving the way the screen is displayed - which is fantastic.GREAT Chromebook, if not the best Sub-$500+ unit in the world. 5Recommended without hesitation! I am a certifiable Chrome device fan. My fascination with Chrome OS began with an all plastic, low-end Samsung Chromebook in 2012. A long time Windows user and developer, I quickly became enamored with instant on, no fuss no muss computing. Gone were the seemingly endless time wasting updates and nerve wracking scans for malware. Since then, I have added an Acer 270P, Asus Flip C100, and Asus Chromebox to my list of go-to devices. I almost never use our 27 inch iMac with 5K Retina screen and cringe when powering up our Windows PCs.I am developing all new websites using online themes like Divi, so I no longer need my PC only Artisteer or Mac-Centric RapidWeaver programs to create and maintain responsive sites. My workhorse Acer 720P was starting to lose a little battery life, and I longed for a better display. After much research, I opted for the Acer R13.As many have noted, the screen is lovely, the fit and finish of the case, feel and function of keyboard and trackpad are impressive. Pages and files load quickly and WiFi connections are solid with no apparent attenuation from the metal case. So far, battery life seems to meet published quotes of 10 to 11 hours. As with most Chrome laptops, estimated remaining power is frequently recalculated. The R13 takes updates of remaining battery life to a maddening extreme. One minute it may inspire with an estimated 7 hours and the next a depressing 5 hours. It shifts enough to limit it as a useful estimate of remaining run time. My astigmatism forces me to spend an inordinate amount of time adjusting and testing different resolutions and find the 1536x864 setting with a page zoom of 125% yields the best text clarity for me.The R13 is frequently described as heavy. It does have a bit of solid heft to it, but I would not characterize it as heavy. After draining the battery to 3%, charge time to full was approximately 2 hours. Some complain that screen brightness is limited, but from one who often lights a room with the glow from his computer, I find the screen at max to be too bright to use for extended periods. Audio volume is a tad lower than that of my Acer 270P but loud enough to share music and videos with others sitting close. Bluetooth syncs quickly with my LG headset.The R13 is one of the Chromebooks listed by Google in line for Play Store Apps support, but as of this review, the only way to install apps is to switch to the Beta channel. The only app of interest to me is Skype, and I can wait for stable channel support.The Acer R13 is an excellent laptop computer and has become my La-Z-Boy computer of choice. Recommended without hesitation! Update: With almost a week of daily use, the R13 has never disappointed, Battery life is close to 10 hours. Charge time from lows around 3% remaining life to 100% is a bit less than 2 hours. YouTube videos and MP4 files stream without hiccups. As of this update, the Play Store is not available on the stable channel. I switched to beta and downloaded the free release of the Power Director, video editor. I am familiar with the PC desktop program and impressed with features, responsiveness, and ease of use of the Android app. I decided I could wait for the promised stable channel release and reset the R13 to the stable channel. The R13 has become my preferred laptop for entertainment and work. I spend much of my time developing, and maintaining websites using the Divi theme and Divi Developer plugin. I am literally using the R13 while comfortably seated in a Lay-Z-Boy recliner where the fan-less cool case is appreciated.UPDATE 8-30-2017My Acer R13 Chromebook just updated to Version 60.0.3112.112 (Official Build) (32-bit) and enabled Play Store access using the stable channel. Long wait but as I look through the store none of the apps seem particularly appealing. 8-30-2017 5Outstanding Chromebook with Great Battery Life I work as a system administrator and my computer is my life. I need to have access to a charged laptop that is ready to use quickly. This Chromebook is the first device that truly meets those requirements. The battery life is phenomenal and I regularly get over 11 hours of use (yes use, not standby). The touchscreen is outstanding too and the overall build quality inspires confidence and radiates elegance. Four stars due to a few minor annoyances like mediocre speaker quality (but hey, it's a laptop). Extended review below.Extended:Overall this is an outstanding Chromebook and works very well for my everyday use. I never worry about a charge and even when using it for work there are times when I spend an entire week without having to charge it. The size is perfect and the weight is just right. Build materials are great quality and no plastic is to be found. The touchscreen works well and feels absolutely great. The screen hinges do not become loose and the overall quality is astounding.Anyone purchasing this is likely to already know about Chromebooks and some of their "caveats" but I'd like to provide some details on that end: Chromebooks are not Windows or Mac computers. You will not be able to run desktop programs. You also do not need an internet connection for this device to work. Many applications work just fine offline and things like taking notes, editing spreadsheets and editing Word documents are all very easy and pleasant with Google's product suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc).If you are already accustomed to the Google ecosystem and use Gmail, Docs, etc. on a regular basis than this will work very well for you. From a more technical standpoint, you can run Linux via "Crouton" just fine with this Chromebook. I was able to run several different Crouton "distros" including Ubuntu and Debian with XFCE. Performance was just fine and I was able to switch back and forth between the Linux instance (Crouton) and the native ChromeOS. I will mention that some of the newer Chromebooks (processor dependent) are getting "native" Linux app support in ChromeOS however this device is not on the list it seems. To me this was no big deal because anyone who needs to use Linux apps should have no problem using Crouton.I personally ran Visual Studio for coding and had absolutely no issues. I was also able to run an RDP client and a VNC client for remote desktops when needed for my job. Performance is not perfect when using Crouton but quite good and you still retain the outstanding battery life. My battery life was not adversely affected which is remarkable because I am not aware of any other laptop that gets 11+ hours of active usage running Linux or another full featured OS.The keyboard is comfortable, trackpad works well and the speakers are okay but not great. The screen quality is outstanding, incredibly bright and has great response times. Cold boot times as well as "wake up" times are measured in single digit seconds and the laptop often feels like it's ready to use by the time you finish opening the lid.Charging is done via a single USB-C port. This works well and the charger is fully reversible (as it's USB-C). USB 3.0 ports are available for media transfer at great speeds which is a big plus. Hard drive space is limited but this is intended to be a "cloud" device so that is not a big deal to me. In addition, fast USB ports make expanding storage very easy. In addition to a very performant WiFi chip this Chromebook also offers Bluetooth connectivity.I would highly recommend this Chromebook, it's a near perfect laptop for me as an "on the go" systems administrator and is indeed a perfect Chromebook by my standards. 4Very Sexy device, but with some definite issues. Dec 2017:This is a very sexy device, but with most really sexy things there are drawbacks.This unit charges very fast, battery really lasts a long time - Especially if you keep your screen brightness low. Looks great!!!So far everything I have downloaded from the Google Store has worked just fine. Nice touch to a Chromebook.However - a Ferrari is a very sexy car, but no one uses it as their daily driver.They put the power button on the side of the system in a way that you can't help but turn off/on the system by accident several times a day. Every time you move / adjust the system, you just can't help but hit the power button. The Chromebook 14 has the power button up on the keyboard. Never hit it by accident.When you put the system in your backpack, you have to choose, Power Button Up OR Power button Down. If power button Down - it will constantly be trying to turn on in your pack. If you choose Power Button UP - The SD card is down, and when you pull it out of your pack, the SD Card will be missing in your pack (you hope...) I still can't believe I still keep finding the SD card around and haven't lost it so far. It's only been a couple of weeks, the card is going to come up missing sooner or later. Same thing when you have it in tablet mode reading a book. You have to choose - Power button down, or SD Card down. Do you prefer accidentally turning off the device, or accidentally ejecting your SD card and playing hide and seek. They need a way that the card doesn't come out by accident.The charger plugs in on the opposite side as the power button. Again, if you are trying to catch up on your reading, or cramming for the next test while charging the unit, you will be forever turning the device back on when you accidentally turn it off.Lack of USB 3 Ports - There is only one standard USB Port. you can run your mouse OR access your Flash Drive. You can NOT back up your flash drive to another flash drive or USB Hard Drive. I got a "Anker Premium USB-C Mini-Dock" 69.99 on Amazon. Very nice touch Anker. Gives you more USB Ports and adds an Ethernet port which is great for when you get a new Router, and need to be able to plug into it to configure it. Very cool device.Dirty Screen - One drawback to touch screen is that you get your grubby little fingers all over the screen. You better always have that cleaning cloth close by your side for every little smudge. When trying to scroll down web pages, those phantom smudges register as a second finger and the text is constantly jumping larger and smaller. If you are dyslexic, or ADHD, this will absolutely obliterate your comprehension of what you are trying to read. We all have smart phones, we are used to having to cleaning our screens, but this just seems a little too sensitive to that sort of thing. I just ordered a screen protector - will see if that tones it down a bit.All in all...What this system does well - It Does Really WellWhat this system doesn't do well - I Doesn't Do Well.Updated 9 Feb 2018After Owning it for 90 days, the power plug on the side of the Chromebook became loose and it stopped charging. Called Acer Support. They are sending me a shipping label to send the system in. 3A Nice Convertible But A Heavy Tablet I ve owned or have auditioned more Chromebooks than I can actually remember (along with some high-end Ultrabooks). From the basic Samsung Series 3 to the high-end Pixel LS (my go-to machine). I was looking for a convertible with a larger screen to take the place of my Chromebook Flip, so I thought I d give the new Acer R13 a shot. There are things that are good and not so good, and there are also a couple items that shoppers need to be aware of before purchasing this device. 4 Stars means "I like it" so I rated it 4 stars because of the way I'll primarily use it (not as a tablet). It arrived on Stable Channel Version 52 and after the update it's now on Stable Version 54. If you want to run Android apps you can switch to the Developer Channel (55 at this moment), but Developer is unstable and you may have issues. If Google follows its normal schedule we could see Android apps on Stable in 6 weeks (but don't hold your breath). If you have any specific questions after reading this review please don't hesitate to ask them in the comments section. I will be happy to answer as soon as I can.TWO THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUY: For a 13 convertible this computer is BIG and HEAVY. It s practically a 14 laptop with a 13 display. I forgot to add a 13 laptop sleeve when I did my order, but I had an Amazon Basics 14 laptop sleeve sitting around from an Acer Chromebook 14 that I had auditioned a couple months back (which my folks now use). All the other 13 laptops I have owned fit quite nicely into the 13 Amazon sleeves, but those sleeves were too small for this Acer R13 (unless I really stretch the thing and risked scratching the laptop with the zipper). I understand that a convertible needs some bezel beyond the display so you can hold it as a tablet without inadvertently touching things on the screen, but not to the point that a 13 laptop is the size of a 14 . The width isn't all that bad, but the depth could stand to be about half an inch less. The R13 is also heavy. At over 3 pounds it feels unwieldy when using it as a tablet (especially portrait mode). I can manage my 10 Asus Chromebook Flip for extended sessions in tablet mode, but unless you have the R13 resting against your legs and are holding it in landscape mode it gets uncomfortable pretty quickly. If you re looking to use this R13 primarily in laptop, tent, or stand/display modes or as a tablet in landscape mode that s resting on something, then the size and weight shouldn t be too much of an issue. However, if your intent is to use this mainly as a tablet you definitely need to consider the size and weight.DISPLAY: For a budget 1920x1080 panel the brightness, sharpness, and color are very good and I had no dead pixels. The display is easy to see in a sunlit room and looks good when dimmed in a dark environment. The panel leans towards a warmer color temperature (like the Chromebook 14), which I prefer; and it looks great when streaming video. On my 13 1080p Chromebooks I like to set the resolution to 1536x864. You lose only a little sharpness, but things are much easier to read. The easiest way to change the resolution on any Chromebook is to hold the ctrl and shift down while you tap the + (zooms in and lowers resolution) or - (zooms out and increases resolution). The resolution will change instantly and you ll get a notification in the lower right corner. Running in a lower resolution will have NO EFFECT on full screen playback of 1080 video. The lid which houses the display may be metal, but it s not all that rigid. I recommend caution when opening, closing, or flipping the lid. The touchscreen works well too. Not as responsive as my Pixel, but it already seems better than the one on my Asus Flip. Tapping, scrolling, panning, swiping, and pinch-zooming all work well, but the lid bounces quite a bit when you tap the screen in laptop mode (wobbles back and forth at least 7 times).PERFORMANCE: Don't expect the R13 to scream right off the bat. It'll be a bit shakey while it updates itself, syncs your account data, and installs your apps/extensions (especially if you already had another Chromebook). Once you do start browsing it'll also be a bit slow to load pages as you build up your cache. So far for me, the performance has been pretty good. The R13 is certainly faster than my flip, but obviously slower than my Pixel LS. It does seem to run better than the Acer Chromebook 14 I picked up for my folks, and the Octane score says it should. I streamed off of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and played some 1080p 60fps videos on YouTube; all of which worked well and played smoothly. Facebook loads quickly and scrolls pretty smoothly (not like on the little Flip). Loading pages while streaming music or video didn t really seem to cause any issues either. I m not a tab monster so I really didn t push the machine in that regard, but I will do some testing and report back. My Wi-Fi connection has been solid, but I have not had a chance to run the R13 with any Bluetooth devices. UPDATE: I've have had a couple crashes (system crashed and restarted) over the past couple days, Both of which occurred during video playback on YouTube, but at this time I don't see this as a real problem. I have been an early adopter of several Chromebooks, and this behavior sometimes occurs with new models (and new to Chrome OS CPUs) and is usually resolved after a couple Chrome OS updates. I had lots of glitches with my Asus Flip when I first got it, but that machine runs great now. If this becomes a problem I'll be sure to update my review. UPDATE 2: After a third crash I did a simple "Hard Reset" to the R13. A hard reset disconnects the battery from all systems that never really shut down (like the charging system or the orientation sensor) allowing them to reset. The whole process takes about 6 seconds and no data or settings are lost. You simply hold the reload/refresh key (circular arrow on top row) and tap the power button. The machine will shut off and then restart in only a couple seconds. Since I did the hard reset I have not had any crashes, and I've been using the R13 a lot (knock on wood).TOUCHPAD: The touchpad is pretty smooth, relatively solid, and pleasantly responsive (like most Chromebook pads). It fits well into the base, and my example is well seated against the single click button. That button is located front and center under the pad and is easy enough to click as long as you stay within the front 75% of the pad. Trying to click anywhere near the back of the pad will cause excessive flexing of the base and won t result in an actual click. I only physically click the pad when it s required. Tap-to-click is enabled by default and the pad responds well to all my 1, 2, and 3 finger inputs. The pad is approximately 4 wide by 2.5 tall. I would have preferred another half an inch in the height, but I m not complaining.KEYBOARD: When I first posted this review I was pretty harsh on the keyboard in this R13. Aftrer banging away on it for a few more days I have deceided to adjust this section. I ve never been a fan of the keyboards that Acer puts in their Chromebooks, but the one in this R13 is an improvement over the ones Acer used in the past. I'll admit I ve been spoiled by some fantastic laptop keyboards, but I would also add that the one in my little Asus Flip feels a bit better. The keyboard in the R13 is a good size for me, and I ve used it to type this review and a bunch of other stuff. It ll get the job done for casual to medium users, but can get fatiguing during long sessions spent typing. The pressure required is okay, but I d still like a little crisper break at the end of the keystroke. I would also have preferred a backlit keyboard for my four hundred bucks, but It isn't essential for me as I've been using Chrome OS keyboards for so long that the layout is second nature. The R13 keyboard should not be considered a deal-breaker at all (unless you plan to pen the next great American novel with it), I just had higher hopes. UPDATE: I think part of my complaints regarding this keyboard are due to the fact that there is enough flex in the center of the laptop's body that you often feel a bit of give when a key bottoms out. If you press, even lightly, between the spacebar and the touchpad the deck will distort.OVERALL BUILD QUALITY: The R13 is a very attractive laptop and the fit and finish on my unit is very good. I appreciate the metal construction for its aesthetics, but I expected this machine to be more solid (especially considering its weight). This machine is no more rigid (possibly less, even) than my son s Toshiba Chromebook 2 with its plastic body. I have a couple 13 Ultrabooks that are much thinner and lighter than this R13. Yet they feel much more rigid and exhibit little to no chassis flex when held by a front corner. The R13 twists like a pretzel (okay, maybe I'm exaggeratig a little) when you hold it by the front corner and simply resting your hands on the base as you type results in some flexing. It feels very solid when it s closed or in tablet mode, but like the keyboard, I expected more. I would also re-state that users are cautious when opening, closing, or flipping the lid as it can get pretty bendy as well (which could result in a cracked screen). UPDATE: While considering why my R13 was so "bendy" I thought about the screws that attach the bottom and deceided to check them out. The 4 screws that run along the end nearest to the hinge weren't exactly coming out, but they were loose. I pulled out a small phillips head, broke all the bottom screws loose, set the laptop lid down on a nice flat surface and then snugged up all the screws. I would say that there is now less chasis flex when I hold it by one of the front corners. This didn't change the amount of flex in the main deck, nor did I expect it to.BATTERY AND CHARGING: The R13 uses USB Type C charging and the included power adapter comes in 2 sections and totals 12ft in length with a 1 x 1.5 x 4 brick in the middle. I will comment further on battery life at a later time and once I ve run through a couple cycles. At the time of this writing and with the display at about 25% brightness, the battery is at 90%, and I have around 11:45 of power left (Wow!). UPDATE: I am very impressed with the battery on the R13. I basically used it for 2 evenings at home without recharging. When it was run down to 7% I shut the power off and plugged the computer in (a good technique to use if you want to "reset" the battery meter). I came back in 1-1/2 hours and it was full. I started surfing at 25% brightness with 2 tabs open in the browser and my mail open in a second window and the meter reported I had 13 hours of battery life. 25% brightness is just fine (and less straining on the eyes) in a room with the TV and a lamp on, so I'm really not making any sort of major sacrafice to save battery power. I need to pay more attention to the machine next time I recharge it. And I'd also like to do a 15 minute charge test to see how much on-time that will net me (in the Pixel you can get around 2 hours of battery in 15 minutes of charging). UPDATE: I ran the battery down to 8%, shut the machine down and plugged in the charger. The time to recharge was 1-1/2 hours. I have 2 tabs open and my Gmail in a separate window, my screen is at 25% brightness and I'm typing this update. The battery meter reports that I'm at 100% and have 11-1/2 to 12 hours of battery time available (it's jumps around a bit based on my actions). Obviously this would change were I to brighten the screen or really start surfing around, but still, the battery is impressive considering that the first laptop I ever bought ran for about 45 minutes before you had to plug it in!MISCELANEOUS: All the ports and plugs work well, as do the side mounted power and volume buttons. The speakers sound pretty good and I like the side/bottom firing configuration. They aren't all that loud, but they do sound good. The headphone jack has plenty of power and can handle some of my hard to drive headphones. The included webcam is average at best, and I haven t had a chance to make a video call yet. The biggest micro SD card I have is a 64GB and it worked fine. I'd imagine this could handle a 128GB card, but I don't know about a 256GB. The R13 connected right up to my cloud printer and I did a quick remote desktop session with a Win 10 PC. I plugged in my Schiit Bifrost DAC and the R13 recognized it right away. It worked with a Logitech micro-receiver mouse and also a Logitech USB webcam. You can plug in your digital camera (nothing too old) and directly upload your pictures to the machine or your cloud drive. HDMI to my TV worked good as a mirror, extended, and external display. I also tried it with an external optical drive and had no issues (reads only compatible files... no CD/DVD playback or burning).A HANDY TIP TO SIMPLIFY LOGIN: With the update to Chrome OS Version 54 you can now use a pin to log into your Chromebook when it wakes from sleep or when you switch users. With the R13 you can easily tell if you re in sleep mode by looking for the flashing amber light on the right side of the laptop. If you actually shut the machine down (as opposed to simply closing the lid) and restart it you will still need to log in with your Google password. This capability isn t enabled by default, but it s easy to set up by using the following steps. This is especially handy when logging in while not in laptop mode (meaning you're using the on-screen keyboard); especially if you have special characters in your password. Enable the Quick Unlock flag at chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin (type into browser) Reboot Next head into the new Material Design settings menu at chrome://md-settings/ From here select the option to Configure Quick Unlock Select the Quick Unlock setting you d like to use, configure your PIN, and rebootCONCLUSION (For Now): I think this could have been a much better Chromebook with only a few small tweaks; mainly the size and the weight. I didn t expect this 13 Chromebook to be the size of a 14 Chromebook. Especially considering that it is meant to be used as a tablet from time to time. I wish Acer would have done a bit more work on the keyboard or at least included a backlight. I also wish this R13 was more solid/rigidly built. There s just a ton of flex in both the lid, the deck, and the base for a metal body. If you re looking for an attractive convertible with adequate performance that can be used occasionally as a tablet the R13 should be considered. If you want a giant tablet to run Android apps (should be here by the end of the year) you really need to realize how unwieldy this thing can be when using it as a tablet. In this regard I would say that bigger isn t always better. This will be a good fit for me because I bought it primarily for sitting up in bed and watching video. I expected just a bit more for what the R13 costs, and if you don t need the 180 degree hinge there are much nicer machines out there for not too much more money (Dell Chromebook 13, HP Chromebook 13 for example).REGARDING THE PHOTOS: A reader asked if I could compare the display of the R13 to the Toshiba Chromebook 2. I included my Pixel LS display as another reference. The brightness looks similar in the pictures due to my phone s camera, but the Toshiba is definitely brighter (probably 340 nits according to Laptopmag) than the R13 and similar to the Pixel (which is also very bright). The R13 and the Toshiba are warmer where the Pixel is a bit cooler in color temperature. The R13 and Pixel have a more neutral level of color saturation while the CB2 has a much higher saturation (un-natural, but pleasing to many people). The temperature and saturation actually showed up pretty well. This does speak to my wish that Google would include some basic user adjustable color/saturation settings in Chrome OS. As I stated earlier in my review, I am happy with the color quality and brightness level of R13 even if it isn t the brightest or most colorful display available in a Chromebook.Picture 1: Toshiba CB 2 on left: Acer R13 on rightPicture 2: Toshiba CB 2 on left: Pixel LS on rightPicture 3: Pixel on left: Acer R13 on right 4Google Play Store is ON! (dev channel :) This is my 4th Chromebook and it replaces the Acer Chromebook 14 which was very good also. The Google Play store is working on the Dev Channel and this puts it over the top. I love reading comic books and this is the perfect size in tablet mode. The battery gets me through my workday and the Type-C USB allows fast charging if I ever have a heavy use day. I prefer the ARM chips for the better battery and silent fan-less operation. If you need a high octane score maybe a i5 or i7 will serve you better and with fast charging maybe 12 hour batteries aren't necessary.Chrome Remote Desktop works great, so combine a Chromebook with a Desktop PC and sky's the limit. 5A Great Machine This is my first Chrome Book and I am very satisfied so far. I did a lot of research before buying this one and am glad i chose the Acer R 13 . It's light weight but has a quality feel . The screen is similar to my smart phone in resolution and colors are very vibrant . It's also easy to set-up , maybe 10 minutes before I had it running and at first I was worried about the lack of the Google play store app but with the first update for the machine it installed it . So don't be worried about it at all . I didn't have to do anything at all for the app to install .Not being paid for this review as sometimes others are . 5I am surprised by how much I love this machine I am surprised by how much I love this machine. I wanted this screen size and the ability to run Android Apps, and I took a shot at this during a "deal of the day." It is now my primary machine away from my desk, leaving my Windows laptop in the dust for ease, battery life, speed to wake, connectivity, etc... Extra useful if you have a Google Phone, it recogizes my unlocked Pixel and allows me to by pass the password entry if the phone is in range and unlocked. Also can activate data sharing via my Pixel without me setting up tethering. Really great on the go. Love the touch screen in laptop mode more than I thought (I assumed I would only use that in tablet mode) and have actually really used tent mode when showing things to clients and I didn't think I would ever do that. Great battery life, great fast charge, nice keyboard - I'm really impressed! 5Good for the price, but quality concerns after 5 months of use. Good for basic tasks, but the durability is suspect. I've been using this for about 5 months, and the back of the screen frame is separating from the body (see pictures). I'm pretty careful with this device, putting it in my backpack for my daily commute and removing it when I get to the office.Good:1. Bootup time is crazy fast (maybe 5 seconds).2. Overall inexpensive option for checking email and basic web browsing.3. Screen is clear and keyboard is pretty good.4. Battery lasts for 12+ hours in my normal use.Bad:1. The hinge appears to flex the back of the screen, which is causing mine to separate.2. Chrome OS takes quite a bit of getting used to (compared to Windows or Mac OS).3. Apps from the Play Store are a little glitchy. 3Well done Acer welldone It only took a day for me to be impressed with the functionality of this chromebook. I have never previously owned a chromebook but I knew I needed a light and long lasting device with a decent screen. What I got was exactly that with the added benefit of being able to android apps ( enabled developer mode). I didnt really plan on using this feature much but I have come to really enjoy it. Being able to lay in bed with it propping itself up while playing games like hearthstone (actually runs pretty well) is amazing. I am really happy with this purchase and others are equally impressed by it also.I would say that there are some features/mechanics that take some getting used to. I was expecting to have a right click button, instead you use two fingers which wasn't readily apparent (had to google). If you take some time and learn everything you can do it on it, it quickly becomes a very useful little device.Things I bought it for:-VNC control into desktops and other computers-Webclient manager for Plex and Sonar ( in bed use mainly ) and Freenas-Light google sheets and word use ( lags a little when first opening large sheets files, non issue once open (Unless there are a lot of sheet calculations))Bonus uses I was not expecting:-Native android apps to actually work well-Built in ok google, and tablet mode voice recognitionin fact I wrote this whole review with voice recognition and it came out pretty well only needing some minor correctionsIf anything changes ill update this review below this line. 5
Acer Chromebook R 13 Convertible, 13.3-inch  Full HD Touch, MediaTek MT8173C, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB5-312T-K5X4

Acer Chromebook R 13 Convertible, 13.3-inch Full HD Touch, MediaTek MT8173C, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB5-312T-K5X4

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