Acer's annual global press conference was today, and while there has been a slew of gaming related rigs and peripherals announced - something a little smaller also caught our eye - the Chromebook Spin 13.
It's worth noting that a 15-inch Chromebook Spin was also announced and to date it's the world's first Chrome convertible of its size. While something a little bigger may appeal to some, after trying both, I definitely prefer the 13. In comparison the 15 feels a little too bulky. I like my 2-in-1s to be sleek, thin and portable.
Here are the key specs:
- 8th Gen Intel Core i5/i3 processor
- 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 IPS display with integrated 10-finger touch
- UHD 620 graphics
- Up to 16GB memory
- 32/64/128GB storage
- 309.5 x 245.8 x 16.95mm, 1.58kg
- Up to 10 hours battery life
What I really like about the Chromebook Spin 13 it is has been designed as low-key mini work horse with its USB-A and USB-C ports, as well as a microSD card reader.
Sure, you probably won't be using it for photo and video editing - but it seems well suited for every day use and would be perfect for a commute.
On the aesthetic side of things, Acer has moved away from a single long-hinge in favour of a more attractive two-hinge look. IThe laptop also contains a full metal chassis and a Gorilla Glass touchpad. It looks and feels a whole lot nicer and begs the question of whether Acer has been paying attention to what HP has been doing in this space.
We only got to spend a short amount of time with the Spin 13, but at first glance it has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see what comes out of a proper road test.
Like with everything out of today's [email protected] conference, there are no Australian pricing or delivery details yet. But the Chromebook Spin 13 will start at $US500. Or if you're after the next size up, the 15.5-inch will start at $US450.
The author attended [email protected] as a guest of Acer.