From what we gathered from their global press event, Acer is dominating the market with their premium releases this summer. From the ultimate gaming laptop Predator Helios 500 to the most powerful Chromebook to become available on the market, they are definitely at the top of their game.
Eric Ackerson, Acer’s Senior Product Manager, introduced the new Acer Chromebook Spin 13 as the world’s most powerful Chromebook. With it being the first ever Chromebook on the market to have the 8th generation Kaby Lake U-series processor, we are inclined to agree.
Set apart from others in its league, the Chromebook Spin 13 is packed with 8th generation Core i5 or i3—depending on the buyer’s preference. It comes equipped with a RAM of 16 GB and 128 GB of storage. This makes the Chromebook Spin 13 ideal for professionals or individuals with heavy workloads.
It has a 13.5-inch, 2256×1504-pixel touchscreen with a uniquely square 3:2 aspect ratio. Its full HD screen is suitable for high productivity and web browsing. Its touchpad is made of Gorilla glass, making it smooth and responsive. On its sides are two Type-C 3.1 ports, a Type-A USB port, and a slot for a microSD.
Chromebooks have access to Google Play and also support Android apps, eliminating the usual restriction that comes with a device that runs on Chrome OS.
The Chromebook Spin 13 looks well-built, fitted with a matte-finish aluminum chassis with diamond cut edges, as opposed to the regular Chromebook with plastic cladding. Its bezels are also incredibly thin, giving it a wider screen. It looks sleek and sturdy, unlike many of the other Chromebook devices available on the market.
The Chromebook Spin 13’s hinges allow it to be converted from laptop to tablet and even inverted for presentations. It also comes with a Wacom EMR stylus that is stored in the chassis. Acer claims that it can run for up to 10 hours of continuous use. It is designed to be a convertible Chromebook that is capable of heavy work, perfect for busy students and professionals. It can also transition seamlessly from work mode to movie marathon mode—all you have to do is flip the screen.
Price and release date
So far, no price has yet been announced by Acer, but it is expected to be a tad steeper than that of the usual Chromebook device. Rumors have been circulating that it will start at $400 for the non-convertible version and $500 for the convertible version. If these predictions are accurate, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 will be considerably more affordable than the Pixelbook, which costs $1,199.
The release date also remains mysteriously unannounced, but we are hoping it will be very soon.
With powerful specs underneath that premium design, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 brings Chromebooks up the ladder of portable computing devices. Powerful, presentable, and portable—the trifecta of productivity that is perfect for professionals and students who are looking for an affordable and efficient device to work with.