Then again, the keyboard and palm rest do a fantastic job of resisting those oils relative to my Yoga Chromebook C630, which looks like an oil-filled mess in only one day of use. Chromebooks rarely impress when it comes to design, offering little in the way of flair or frills. The overly-expansive aluminum keyboard deck is reasonably flex-free, as is the soft-touch chassis bottom. I had to move the display to some very weird angles to spot any sort of color distortion or significant brightness loss. The hardware was definitely worth the cash, but the software wasn't.
And even when using it in clamshell mode, I have to boost the volume to between 30 and 40 percent to clearly hear the sound. A more significant bonus is the Spin 11's battery life: While it doesn't run our Windows-based performance benchmarks, the system lasted for 12 hours and 48 minutes in our video rundown test playing a locally stored copy of The Lord of the Rings trilogy with screen brightness at 50 percent and volume at 100 percent. Acer is targeting up to 10 hours of , but we'll have to see how well that claim holds up in our tests. Action titles like Asphalt 8 were choppy at times. You'll likely get a runtime closer to 10 hours if you aren't constantly hitting the machine and powering the screen for that many hours straight. For the intended audience read: school children , this laptop is going to be able to survive almost any trial it has to endure.
The with its Celeron 3965Y managed a much faster 43. The touch panel that covers the display is antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass, designed to resist not only knocks and scratches but passing germs from small fingers to classmates and teachers. Of course, this is a 2-in-1, and so the display supports touch, and it worked as well as the usual touch display. I am also not a fan of how annoying it is to open the lid. Downward-facing speakers produce passable audio output. I found that I had to force the jack all the way inside, before the Chromebook actually detected my headphones.
It is a bigger laptop in every way: weight and dimensions. On the back of the stylus is an eraser. Write a review of this product to share your opinions with others. Pricing and availability is not yet known. The included 45W charging brick is exactly that — a rectangular brick — which is not my favorite form factor. But after some time with the machine, its charms grew on me, and the display began to feel normal and natural. This is perfect for people who want to see more of a web page and has been incredibly helpful to me, since my work is entirely internet-based.
Thanks, in fact, to the wide autonomy promised by this product, users will be able to face the whole day without problems and without having to use an electrical outlet. Of course, this is a 2-in-1, and so the display supports touch, and it worked as well as the usual touch display. Please focus on the product performance and quality. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this product! Handy for when the Spin is in tablet mode. This is a complete package as far as ports go, and a lot more than we would expect on a Chromebook at this price point much less this size. These are fairly average specs for the category, and the Spin 11 sweetens the pot by including a pretty decent stylus and carrying case.
Writing felt fluid, thanks to the surprisingly low latency. The Aspire E 15 is heavier at 5. I would also be careful if you used the Chromebook Spin 13 as a tablet. How much of a difference do you really notice between a Core i3 and i5 in real-world use? In anecdotal testing, the Chromebook Spin 13 felt snappy even with 20 Chrome tabs open. However, I have to dig my finger into the display itself just to open the Chromebook Spin 13. One good option is the , which will give you better performance, especially in gaming, to go with a better 15.
That's not to take away from its talents; the touchpad does feel accurate, with smooth gliding from its protective Gorilla Glass coating. For some reason, the app either crashed or froze. Like many touch screens, the panel is plagued by reflections, so the bezel and dark areas are like looking at a mirror, but the 360-degree hinges let you tilt the display back as far as it takes to minimize the effect. This is where the law of diminishing returns factors in. The Pixelbook in default mode? The battery is expected to last up to 10 hours. Most modern laptops feature a screen with a wider 16:9 aspect ratio, but a 4:3 screen has its advantages, especially for a 2-in-1 convertible.
November 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm I have been planning on getting the higher end i5 model of the Spin 13. A Tough Screen and a Tight Hinge The touch display, too, features Gorilla Glass for added protection. I wish it was a bit wider and longer, since I have larger hands. The Spin 13 weighs 3. It was not very comfortable to use, with a rectangular shape. Despite its aluminum design, Acer Chromebook Spin 13 cannot be described as sleek in large part because its display, featuring a 4:3 aspect ratio, makes the laptop look and feel bigger than its 13. It's our new Editors' Choice for student chromebooks.
Even when you share your display, everyone gets to see all of its strengths. Is there a better alternative? It managed a very strong performance in our Basemark web benchmark, churning through this aggressive test for about five and a half hours. I had no problems using three fingers to switch tabs, pinch to zoom, and swipe up to bring up all of my windows. The wide-angle lens is perfect for video conferencing. When measured against other relatively budget machines like our favorite 15-inch model, the Acer Chromebook 15, the Spin 15 performs right in line with our expectations. Your review will be posted on Consumer Reports for other subscribers to view. Forget all about the Pixelbook; the Chromebook Spin 13 is the best Chromebook out there.
. The all-aluminum build exudes a premium quality only could come close to matching. By the way I appreciate your articles on deciding whether to go with the Slate or not, I had somewhat gone through the process on my own before reading your articles but it was helpful to see what you had written. This means that thanks to a sophisticated system of hinges, the large display can be rotated 360 degrees. Pricing and availability is not yet known. The 360 degree hinge does have a purpose though: Prop it on your lap with the display flipped around in media mode and you can enjoy some Netflix without the keyboard getting in the way. And as a bonus, it comes packed with all-day battery life.