A couple of months ago I bought the Acer 713 Chromebook. I reviewed this Chromebook on this blog and my YouTube channel. It’s a great laptop and for the money, you get very decent specs. The display is fantastic, but I’ve hardly used the laptop much since buying it. This is completely different to my Asus C302 Chromebook that I used before buying my Acer 713. I’ve realised the reason for this is because I like really compact laptops. I also like laptops that look the part.
Don’t get me wrong the Acer 713 Chromebook is very compact for the size of the display. Personally speaking though, it’s a tad too heavy for me. Also, although it comes with a military-grade standard, which means you can drop it from a height without damage. I don’t feel I could take this laptop out and about with me because it feels fragile. It simply doesn’t have that just throw it in my bag feeling like I used to have with my previous laptop.
Like I said, it’s a really powerful laptop thanks to the Intel i3 tenth generation processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The display is great with the 3:2 aspect ratio and the 13.5-inch display does keep it fairly compact. I say fairly compact because the aspect ratio does make it a tad too big. I want a laptop that is perfect for travelling, which means it needs to be super compact and light, so I can just throw it in my bag.
I’m replacing it with the Google Pixelbook Go
I love the Pixelbook Go, and it’s the reason why I rated it as number one in the Ten best Chromebooks to buy in 2020. I’ve never owned one but I’ve used one for a considerable amount of time at a retailer near me. In fact, there is nothing I don’t like about the Pixelbook Go. It looks amazing, feels amazing, has a fantastic keyboard, which is really important to me. The display is fine and the speakers are really decent quality. It’s also super lightweight at just over 1kg / 2.3lbs.
For me, it has everything I like about owning a laptop. I can use it at home or on the move without having to worry about it getting damaged. I know it doesn’t have the same military standard certification as the Acer 713. However, it just feels like it would be less likely to damage when on the move. This is possibly because it weighs so little, and you’ve got a display that feels less likely to get damaged.
That may sound a little strange when you consider at 13.3-inches it’s only 0.2 inches smaller than the Acer 713. The reason for this is the aspect ratio. Although I love 3:2 aspect ratio displays. They do feel a tad awkward for using when on the move. It’s a lot taller, which is great for indoors. Unfortunately, it’s not so great when you’re on a train or bus and you don’t have much room.
Specs isn’t everything
I think this shows, for me anyway, that specs aren’t everything. I’d most likely opt for the cheapest Pixelbook Go, which comes with an Intel M3 processor. I haven’t decided yet, but this is definitely the best value for money. It still comes with 8 GB of RAM, so it will perform most tasks perfectly fine. This is what’s great about Chrome OS. You don’t really need an expensive processor for a lot of tasks. This may change in the future when we get the Steam Linux app, but I’ve got a Chromebox for that.
The Acer 713 has an AUE date of 2028, and the Pixelbook Go stops receiving updates in 2026. Even this isn’t enough to put me off buying a laptop I know I’ll love. I’m sure I’m not the only person who prefers a laptop that looks great, and what makes you feel happy when using it. Rather than owning a laptop that has the best specs.
Although the Acer 713 is a fantastic Chromebook. It will definitely be the laptop I’ve owned the shortest amount of time. Apart from Chromebooks I’ve specifically bought just to review and then sell on like the Lenovo C340 Chromebook. Owning a laptop for just a couple of months has made me realise what is more important. Yes, I want good specs, but it also needs to be a great allrounder.