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Acer Chromebook R13

A laptop

A tablet

A portable theater

Weak speakers

360-degree hinge

Versatile design

13-hour battery life

Not backlit

Chrome OS

Plenty of ports

Good for the price

For $400, this convertible laptop gives you your money's worth.

Click through the gallery for a closer look at the Acer Chromebook R13 and read the full review for all the details.

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The Acer Chromebook R13 can be used as a laptop...

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...or you can flip over the screen to hide the keyboard and use it as a tablet...

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...or prop it open like a tent for watching video.

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However, if you are using it to watch video, pack a pair of headphones. The speakers on the left and right sides are relatively weak.

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The 360-degree hinge is what allows the laptop to be used in so many different configurations.

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A Chromebook with a 2-in-1 design is nothing new, but a Chromebook with a 13-hour battery life is.

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The Acer Chromebook R13 averaged 13 hours in our CNET Labs battery tests. That exceeds the 8 to 10 hours we're used to seeing from Chromebooks.

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The keyboard is comfortable enough, however the keys aren't backlit.

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The Acer Chromebook R13 is expected to run Android apps soon. The update hasn't hit yet, but it's supposed to drop in 2017.

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The laptop has USB-C, HDMI and full USB ports, as well as a MicroSD card expansion slot.

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It's not the best performing Chromebook you can buy, but it's high on the list.

For everything that it offers, the Acer Chromebook R13 is a good deal.

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