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An affordable 2-in-1 Chromebook that'll last you all day

The 13-inch Chromebook has a long-lasting battery and a 360-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a tablet.

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Acer Chromebook R13

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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A laptop

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

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A tablet

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

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A portable theater

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

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Weak speakers

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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360-degree hinge

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

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Versatile design

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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13-hour battery life

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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Not backlit

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

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Chrome OS

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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Plenty of ports

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

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Good for the price

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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