Our First Look At Acer's Chromebook Spin 13

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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.


Comments

    Like most Chromebooks, it'll likely never officially be released here, and if it does it will have a ridiculous Australia tax markup on it.

    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.

    Is that a typo? Shouldn't the larger model be more expensive than the smaller one?

      I don't know why they import all these Chromebook articles, because we've never had a Chromebook market here in Australia - hardly anybody uses them. Which is a shame because there's a bit of potential in them - if Google would only figure out how to properly utilise the strengths of the platform.

        The platform has many strengths that Google DOES utilise.

        The issue is they only seem to really care about the US market, and to a much lesser extent the UK market. They seem completely disinterested in promoting them anywhere else. You can't even buy Google's own flagship Chromebook - the Pixelbook in Australia - not even from directly Google themselves. If you want one, you need to import it from an overseas seller.

        It's really frustrating because I like the idea of Chromebooks, especially now that so many support Android apps, and I'd probably buy one if they actually sold them here.

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