Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK) 2-in-1 Chromebook Review

Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK) is a 2-in-1 convertible Chromebook. It belongs to Acer Chromebook R 11 series laptops.

This model is best suited for doing everyday tasks and basic computing. Lets see the review of Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK).

Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK)


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Design:

One of the best part of this Chromebook is its design. Its a compact Chromebook with stylish design and metallic finish. It features a well-spaced keyboard and large trackpad for best typing and pointing experience.

A 360 degree dual-torque hinge which we have seen in Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-55ZR) and Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU), has been used in this Chromebook too. So, you can use this Chromebook in many modes like normal laptop mode, tent mode, display mode and in tablet mode.

This notebook weighs around 2.76 lbs and is about 0.8 inch thin. So, it won't be a problem while using in tablet mode.

Overall, compact and lightweight Chromebook with stylish design.

Display:

This portable Chromebook comes with 11.6 inch HD LED-backlit LCD IPS Display with 10-point multi-touch screen. For a convertible Chromebook like this one, having a 1366 by 768 pixels resolution display is accepted cause most of the entry-level Chromebooks feature this resolution.

Overall, display is good for the price. You can watch HD movies and see images in detail. We can't expect higher display resolution for the its price and other specs.

Performance:

For a Chromebook, configuration like this is enough for everyday tasks. Though you can't do multi-tasking or do heavy computing, for Chrome apps and Android apps, this Chromebook supports well. Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK) is powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor which can go up to 2.08 GHz using Intel Burst Technology.

This processor is basically used in entry-level laptops. Only suited for light internet browsing and light usage. For a Chromebook, this can be the best choice cause most of the traditional entry-level Chromebooks feature an Intel Celeron N3060 processor. N3150 processor gives almost double the performance of the N3060 processor.

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So, you will have better performance on this Chromebook for your daily tasks. Don't think of doing more than moderate browsing or computing.

4 GB DDR3L SDRAM is good and sufficient for this Chromebook. For Chromebooks and cheap laptops, 32 GB eMMC storage is common specification at the time of writing this review. So, we can't complain about it, but in general, 32 GB is not sufficient for anyone. You have to use SD card or external drive to increase storage.

As games are completely from Chrome Web store and Google Play store, you can play most of the games on this Chromebook. You can even play high graphic mobile games easily. This Chromebook comes with an integrated Intel HD graphics which gives good support for display and for mobile games.

Overall, specifications are good for a Chromebook and by performance-wise, this Chromebook is worth to buy. You can use this Chromebook as a tablet with Android apps or like a laptop with Chrome web store apps. You can watch videos, run almost all demanding apps, write documents, browse internet, read eBooks etc. In general, best for beginners.

Webcam and Audio:

With an integrated HD webcam, you can have HD video calls or record HD videos. This webcam supports HDR also, means you can click high quality and clear images through this webcam.

Audio output is decent with two stereo speakers. Speakers are best suited for indoor listening.

Overall, decent audio and perfect webcam for an everyday Chromebook.

Connectivity:

Connectivity is very limited for this Chromebook. Few port are missing for this notebook. At left side, you will find one HDMI port with HDCP support, one USB 3.0 port and SD card slot. At right side, you will find lock set, one USB 2.0 port, headphone in/out jack and power button.

For wireless connectivity, this notebook features an integrated 802.11 ac WiFi and Bluetooth V4.0.

So, you will have basic connectivity. You can connect to other display, have fast data transfers with USB 3.0 port, expand storage via SD card and have best experience with 802.11 ac WiFi. No LAN port is available and USB ports are limited, which may be a problem for most of the people.

Overall, connectivity is good and suited for modern users.

Battery:

This Chromebook comes with a 3-cell Lithium Ion (3490 mAh) battery which can give up to 8 hours of battery life in general usage. Battery life totally depends on your usage.

Operating System:

This Chromebook runs on Chrome OS, 64-bit.

Others:

You may get 100 GB of Google Drive storage free for two years.

Pros:
  • Specifications are good enough for an entry level convertible Chromebook like this one. You can do everyday tasks. Best suited for students.
  • HD webcam with an integrated microphone.
  • Good connectivity options and better internet connectivity with 802.11 ac WiFi adapter.
  • Battery life is good.
Cons:
  • No LAN port.
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Specifications:

Technical Specification of Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK)
Display 11.6 inch HD (1366 x 768) Active Matrix TFT Color LCD LED-Backlit IPS Display
Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3150 (2M Cache, up to 2.08 GHz)
RAM 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage 32 GB eMMC
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Webcam 720p (HD) Webcam supporting HDR with integrated Microphone
Audio Two Stereo Speaker
Headphone Jack
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology
Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
Interface One COMBO audio jack
One USB 3.0 port
One USB 2.0 port
One HDMI port with HDCP support
One SD Card Reader
Battery 3-cell Li-Ion (3490 mAh) battery (Up to 8 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 11.6 x 8 x 0.8 inches
Weight Approx. 2.76 lbs

Conclusion:

Overall, this notebook is good for everyday tasks and less computing. Best suited for students and people who want a Chromebook for less usage.


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