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.

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