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Acer Chromebook R13 is a long-lasting notebook with a low priceThe 13-inch laptop has a 360-degree hinge so you can use it as a tablet, plus a 13-hour battery life.
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is a nice laptop for people with simple needs. It has a sleek, aluminum lid that looks as nice as a MacBook but it costs considerably less. Starting at $400, it's expensive compared to other cheap, $200 Chromebooks. Yet the Acer is a great deal in comparison to any MacBook It's a two in one. Meaning it can also be used as a tablet. It has a built-in 360 degree hinge that allows its screen to tilt all the way back. Or you can prop it up like a tent for watching video. It's a bit too heavy to hold that he would a tablet but it works okay if it's on a flat surface. It's heaviness may be due to its big battery. In our tests, it lasted 13 hours, which makes it one of the longest lasting Chrome books we've ever tested. It also has plenty of ports for your connection needs, like usb type c, hdmi, full usb, and a micro SD card slot. Like all chromebooks, the Acer chromebook runs chrome operating systems. A simple OS based around online use and google's apps. And it performs really well. I had no performance or lag issues during my time with it. The only time it's performance slowed down was when I had over 10 tabs open and was loading multiple video streams. At the time of the review the Acer Chromebook didn't have access to Android apps via the Google Play Store, but it's feature that's expected sometime during 2017. Chromebooks are a minimal alternative to Mac and Windows laptops, and for the price, the Acer Chromebook Arthur team with its versatile design and long battery life is one of the better options out there.