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Acer Spin 13 Chromebook Review

by Dan Millward
Acer Spin 13 Chromebook Review

Since the launch of the Google Pixelbook, there has not really been a Chromebook released that can challenge it. Can the Acer Spin 13 change all that? Primarily aimed at the business market rather than the consumer market. The Acer Spin 13 has some serious hardware tucked away inside. Making it the first Chromebook that has a similar specification to the Pixelbook.

When I first saw the Acer Spin 13 I was not overly impressed with the initial look. I think it’s because I am more used to Chromebooks that sport a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Acer Spin 13 comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio which is pretty rare to see on a Chromebook. The only other worth mentioning using 3:2 is the Pixelbook but more about that later.

The Acer Spin 13 comes with two different specifications. There is an Intel i3 model and an Intel i5 model. This review is looking at the Intel i5 Acer Spin 13.

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Acer Spin 13 Chromebook Review

ACER SPIN 13 BUILD QUALITY

The Acer Spin 13 Chromebook is well built. It feels sturdy and looks the part and this is helped by the all over aluminium body, which you would expect to see in a Chromebook in this price range.

Because of the 3:2 aspect ratio the overall size of the device is a little awkward. This is not helped by the large bezel at the bottom of the screen, which increases the Acer Spin 13s overall footprint. It weighs 1.5kg and is just over 17mm thick.

Acer Spin 13 has great build quality
The Acer spin 13 with its 3:2 aspect ratio display

As you would expect from Chromebooks today the Acer Spin 13 is a hybrid, so you can use it in both laptop and tablet mode. The display is made with Corning Gorilla Glass, which gives the display that extra toughness and scratch resistance.

The keyboard comes with a backlight, which is great for anyone who likes to use their Chromebook in the evening. The keyboard is really nice to use and you will not want to stop typing once you start. This is great to see because all of the Chromebooks launched recently have really improved in this department, so we would not expect anything less.

ACER SPIN 13 PERFORMANCE

You will not be disappointed when it comes to the performance of the Acer Spin 13. It comes with an 8th generation Intel i5 quad-core processor. The base clock speed is 1.60GHz and is capable at reaching 3.40GHz, so it’s a pretty damn fast Chromebook device.

It also comes with 8GB of RAM, which means you can do anything with this Chromebook and you should not see any slowdown in performance. The Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM are really recognised when multi-tasking, as you can tell the Chromebook is handling all of the processes without too much of a challenge.

Acer Spin 13 comes with 8th generation Intel i3 processor and 8GB of RAM
The Acer spin 13 offers amazing performance thanks to the 8th generation Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM

Whether you are watching the latest blockbuster movie or using the most demanding Android Apps. You will be happy with the performance that is on offer here. It also comes with 128GB of storage space, which is more than enough to install plenty of Android Apps.

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THE DISPLAY – THAT AMAZING DISPLAY

There is no point having a Chromebook that can perform if it does not have a great display to match. Well, you have no problems at all with the display offering here. The Acer Spin 13 display is absolutely stunning and is one of the reasons why this is the Chromebook to take on the Pixelbook.

The 3:2 aspect ratio might not be for everyone, but it means you get to fit a lot more onto the display than you would get with a 16:9 device. This is immediately recognisable because you feel you are using a display that is much larger than it actually is. The 13.5″ display feels more like a 15″ display, which is great for anyone who needs to fit a lot of data onto the screen.

The amazing Acer spin 13 comes with a free stylus
The stylus comes included with the Acer Spin 13

The 13.5″ display with its Corning Gorilla Glass looks the part. It’s really sturdy and comes with an IPS panel. The resolution on offer is 2,265 by 1,504, which makes images crisp and anything the display shows looks simply beautiful.

The touchscreen works with pinpoint accuracy, which makes using the Acer Spin 13 a pleasant experience. I mentioned earlier that the overall size of the device feels a little awkward if you are used to a device with a 16:9 aspect ratio. However, when it comes to using the Acer Spin 13 the 3:2 aspect ratio is a much better option when it comes to using the device in tablet mode.

The great thing about the Acer Spin 13 is that it comes with a stylus included. This is great to see and it’s definitely something to consider when comparing the cost of this Chromebook with other devices. The Stylus works perfectly and there is no lag at all when using it.

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ACER SPIN 13 CONNECTIVITY

As you would expect from a device that is primarily aimed at the business market. The Acer Spin 13 comes with the older type USB connection and the newer Type-C.

This is great because it means you can use old and new peripherals on this Chromebook without having to worry about buying an adaptor. It comes with one USB 3.0 and two Type-C USB. It also comes with a Micro SD slot should you need to add further storage down the line.

CONCLUSION

What can I say. It’s been really difficult to find any negatives when reviewing the Acer Spin 13 Chromebook. Although it’s aimed at the business sector. This Chromebook I am sure will be on the wish list of many consumers as well.

It’s a little awkward in it’s dimensions but apart from that everything else about this Chromebook is absolutely great. The performance cannot be matched by any other Chromebook on the market other than the Pixelbook and the display is simply stunning.

It’s really hard to believe that a couple of years ago. Apart from the Pixelbook, the Asus C302 was considered as possibly the best Chromebook to get your hands on. Well, a lot can happen in a couple of years. The amount of fantastic Chromebooks that have been launched means the Asus C302 has lost its position of being the one to beat.

In fact, apart from the Pixelbook. Right now, I don’t think a Chromebook can touch the Acer Spin 13 when it comes to performance. Whether it will be right for everyone is a different matter though.

Other Chromebooks you may want to consider are the HP x 360, Dell Inspiron 14 and the Asus C434.

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