The Acer Spin 713 Chromebook is a classic example of Acer providing us with great Chromebooks. The Acer Spin 713 is arguably one of the best Chromebooks you can buy in 2021. It’s the replacement for the Acer Spin 13 Chromebook, which was also a great Chrome OS laptop. Acer has taken everything they offered with the 13 spin and improved on it with the 713 Spin.
If you’re after a Chromebook for work or play then this is one you should definitely be considering. It’s not the cheapest Chrome OS device, but it offers a lot more than any other device. In my Top Ten Chromebooks of 2020, I put this laptop in second place. The reason it did not get the number one position is that I gave that to the Pixelbook Go. However, in terms of specs alone, the Acer 713 wins. It was also awarded the MIL-STD 810G. This means it has been tested to withstand knocks and falls and still worked afterwards.
BASIC CONFIGURATION MODEL
There are three different configuration models available for the Acer Spin 713. The basic configuration model offers an Intel i3 processor. It’s a tenth generation processor, and after doing some research found the Intel i3 tenth-generation is faster than the Intel i7 eight-generation. This means the processor is amazingly fast and the fact it can outperform an Intel i7 eight-generation shows this. The 8GB of RAM is perfect for the processor and together they will offer outstanding performance. It’s a dual-core processor with a clock speed of 2.10 GHz. The 128 GB eMMC storage means you’ll have plenty of space to install all your favourite Android apps and have space left over.
MEDIUM-SPEC CONFIGURATION MODEL
The mid-range model comes with an Intel i5 tenth-generation processor. This has a clock speed of 1.60 GHz, which at first glance, you may think it’s slower than the Intel i3 with a clock speed of 2.10 GHz. However, this is not the case because the Intel i5 uses a quad-core processor rather than a dual-core processor, so it has double the amount of cores.
The Intel i5 will be considerably faster than the i3 model. In terms of RAM, it comes with 8GB, which will help with performance and you’ll never have issues with the laptop running out of steam. You get the same amount of storage at 128 GB, but rather than using eMMC as you get with the Intel i3 model. The Intel i5 model comes with a Solid State Disk (SSD). A much better type of storage, which performs much faster when dealing with larger file sizes.
HIGH-SPEC CONFIGURATION MODEL
The high-spec model comes with double the amount of storage at 256 GB, which is also SSD. This is a huge amount of storage for a Chromebook considering you should be saving most of your files in the cloud. You’ll have plenty of space for Android and Linux apps. The processor is again a tenth-generation quad-core, but this model uses an Intel i7. Clock speeds of 1.80 GHz means you’ll be getting the fastest possible Chrome OS experience with this model.
|Basic Configuration||Intel i3 10110U – dual-core 2.10 GHz||8GB||128 GB (eMMC)|
|Medium Configuration||Intel i5 10210U – quad-core 1.60 GHz||8GB||128 GB (SSD)|
|High-Spec Configuration||Intel i7 10510U – quad-core 1.80 GHz||8GB||256 GB (SSD)|
|CHROMEBOOK SPECIFICATION RESOURCES|
|What processor do I need for a Chromebook|
|How much RAM do I need for a Chromebook|
|How much storage do I need for a Chromebook|
The display is what makes this one of the best Chromebooks you can get your hands on. Unlike most Chromebooks, which offer a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. The Acer Spin 713 comes with a whopping resolution of 2,256 by 1,504. This higher resolution will offer much sharper images and text on the display, and to think this resolution is provided in a compact 13.5-inch screen is pretty amazing. An excellent display and the IPS panel will offer fantastic colour reproduction and you’ll not have to suffer with a deterioration in quality when viewing the screen at an angle.
The aspect ratio also offers something a little different. Most Chromebooks offer widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. This is great but it does mean when you visit most websites you’ve got unused white space either side of the content. The Acer Spin 713 uses a 3:2 aspect ratio, which means the display is taller and more text can be displayed on the screen. This makes it a perfect laptop for someone wanting a serious laptop to work on.
|Display Size||Resolution||Panel Type||Touchscreen|
|13.5-inch||2,256 x 1,504||IPS Panel||Yes|
|CHROMEBOOK DISPLAY RESOURCES|
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The Acer Spin 713 is a Hybrid 2-in-1 device, so it can be used as either a laptop or tablet. This is great if you want two devices for the price of one. It’s also perfect for the stylus you get with this laptop. Using a stylus is more practical in tablet mode, so it’s great to see a Hybrid design has been used. It also means it’s a touchscreen, which makes this a perfect laptop for using Android Apps.
|Acer Spin 713||Hybrid|
All Chromebooks come with an Automatic Update Expiry (AUE) date. Until this date is reached your Chromebook will receive regular updates to the Chrome OS operating system. These updates will include new functionality and improvements on the functionality already offered. The updates offer something more important than this though. The regular updates offer security patches, which is vital to keep you safe when surfing online.
Once the AUE date has expired you’ll no longer receive these updates. There is a lot of debate to how less secure your Chromebook would be after this date. There is also a possibility the AUE date will not exist in the future, but at the moment this is not guaranteed. Therefore, it’s important to ensure the Chromebook you buy has an AUE date you are happy with.
|Acer Spin 713||June 2028|
|CHROMEBOOK AUE DATE RESOURCES|
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CONNECTIVITY & OTHER SPECS
The connectivity a laptop offers is important. The Acer Spin 713 comes with an older USB Type-A port, which is perfect if you want to use older peripherals. The newest type USB port, which is USB Type – C is perfect for newer hardware. Not only that, USB Type-C also allows you to charge your device and connect an external display. This means it’s a much better USB connection than the older USB Type-A. The Acer Spin 713 comes with two USB Type-C ports, which is great to see.
What is also great to see and rather unusual in a Chromebook in 2021 is an HDMI port. Most Chromebooks today no longer offer HDMI because providing your laptop has USB Type-C you can connect to an external display. That being said, it’s great to see the addition of HDMI because it gives you a further option to connect an external display making this a more flexible laptop.
You’ll also find a Micro SD slot, which means you can easily add further storage at a later date. The headphone jack also means you can use wired headphones, but the Bluetooth available will also allow the use of wireless headphones.
|CONNECTIVITY & PORTS||Available|
|Micro SD Slot||Yes|
|Finger Print Scanner||No|
Before buying a Chromebook it’s a good idea to watch and read some reviews online. A review is the opinion of one individual, so it makes sense to read more than one to get your own idea on whether the Chromebook is right for you.