Today at IFA 2016, Acer announced their latest Chromebook that follows up on the success of the Chromebook R 11. Called the Chromebook R 13, this laptop features not-so-shocking specs with a relatively hefty price for a Chromebook nowadays.
For starters, the R 13 features a 13-inch 1920×1080 touchscreen which swivels 360 degrees. This means that you can flip your Chromebook into a) a standard laptop, b) display mode which prompts the screen up via the keyboard laying flat on a surface, c) tent mode, and d) pad mode. Inside, you’re getting a MediaTek M8173C Core Pilot quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16, 32, or 64GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 12-hour battery. IO wise, there’s a USB-C port for charging and data transfer alongside a standard USB port, a microphone, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an HDMI port. Plus, you’re getting Chrome OS which can run Android applications on this machine.
All in all, this is a pretty capable laptop that’ll definitely get you through any tasks you need to complete. However, this does come at a cost.
Acer’s Chromebook R 13 will start at $399. Nowadays, you can get a pretty decent Chromebook for less than $300, so this almost $400 price tag is relatively steep. Nonetheless, it’s not that expensive. At least you’re not paying almost $1,000 for one (yes, I’m looking at you, Chromebook Pixel).
North America is where you’ll be able to pick up the Chromebook R 13, while October will be the time when you can buy it. Other EMEA markets will also see the laptop launch, with this particular price starting around EUR 399.
What do you think of Acer’s latest Chromebook? Is it worth checking out? Let us know in the comments what you think about it!
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