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Acer Spin 13 Chromebook - a quick look.

A few days ago I got to try an Acer Spin 13 Chromebook. This is a high-end device - in the same price bracket as the Pixelbook. The one I looked was going to be priced around the £800. For this you get:

  • 8th Gen i3 8100 processor
  • 16 Gb RAM
  • 64Gb SSD
  • 13" touchscreen 2256x1504 and touch flip format 

I ran a quick Octane benchmark and it scored a decent 33000 (my Pixel 2013 does around 21000).

To use its similar to the Pixel 2013/15 - same aluminum case and quality finish. The Pixelbook is a much more luggable device if that's what you are after. So it's basically a fast, touchscreen, high-resolution Chromebook with a price to match. It feels well built and the keyboard was responsive - a nice machine.

Would I buy one? Probably not. For school, the price is way too high and I manage just fine on a regular 11" Spin. As a private buyer, I currently have an Acer R13 Chromebook that does everything I need (not as fast) and cost less than half the price. I also have a Pixel 2013 running Cloudready which is more than fast enough for a Chromebook. If I was in the market for a high-end Chromebook I'd go for the Pixelbook as its thinner and lighter for similar money. However, for the same money, I could spec out a custom laptop with more storage, higher spec processor and easily put whatever OS I wanted on it - so for me, my Pixel 2013 is likely my one and only high-end Chromebook (unless Acer gives me one - I won't say no).

Some picts below - this was an Acer account, not mine - they seem to be into their Andriod gaming!




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