[Review] A Laptop For Work And Students Alike - The Acer Chromebook Spin 713
+ Lightweight and portable
- Touchpad lacks sensitivity
+ Good amount of ports
- Muffled audio in laptop mode
+ Minimalist design
- Thick bezels
Acer Chromebook Spin 713
The Chromebook Spin 713 is very different from all our other review as it is catered towards working adults or students who uses the Google Ecosystem to get their job done.
The Chromebook Spin 713 comes in a grey metallic chassis that looks very simple and chic with an Acer logo on the middle and a Chromebook logo on the top.
In terms of portability, it weighs around 1.3kg making is incredibly light and portable - which eases life of students and people who are always on the go.
The bezels are rather thick on this laptop and the laptop is more square in shape than rectangular making it a laptop that can fit into most bags in the market.
Display & Audio
Aside from the design, the display will a crucial role for everyone. The screen which comes in a 13.5 inch IPS Vertiview Display. It also comes with a Corning Gorilla glass touchscreen that is much more useful in tab mode to get work done just as quick.
The Vertiview Display provides 18% more vertical screen space that can be noticed when the laptop is used in tablet mode. I personally had no issues in terms of lag or delay in terms of response time whenever I used the laptop to finish off work.
In terms of audio, it comes with dual speakers that are placed on the underside of the laptop resulting in muffled audio output whenever it is used in laptop mode. However, when it is used in tablet mode, the audio output is loud and the bass is much more noticeable.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The keyboard on this laptop is comfortable to use and I had no issues typing for long hours as I typed out scripts. Acer also integrated a backlit keyboard design to allow its users to use it in the dark (though I don't suggest because it's bad for your eyes).
In terms of touchpad, it uses a Corning Gorilla glass touchpad and I am rather disappointed with the performance of it. The touchpad lacked sensitivity and it wasn't as responsive as I would've hoped for.
For ports, it has a USB Type-A port, a mini SD-card port and a volume rocker on the right side.
Whereas it has, two dual USB-C ports, a HDMI 2.0 port and a 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the amount of ports provided is good and should suffice for everyday work.
This is where this laptop is stands out against all the others that I have reviewed. It comes with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, an Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe NVMe SSD.
It stands out because of the Google Chrome Operating Software it uses when laptops most often comes with Microsoft Operating Software. I personally think that the Google Chrome OS is useful for people who uses the Google ecosystem in their day to day life.
For battery life, it comes with a 56Wh Li-Ion battery that impressed me as such a slim form factor could last me an entire day as I typed out scripts and blasted songs on the side.
Buy or no buy?
If you are looking for a slim laptop or a tablet that can be brought out with ease, this laptop would be a great pick. However, if your job revolves around the Microsoft ecosystem, this would be a hard pick.
With both pros and cons, I highly suggest doing your research well as this laptop does come with a hefty price tag.
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