Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4) Convertible Chromebook Review

Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4) is a 13 inch convertible Chromebook of Acer Chromebook R 13 series Chromebooks.

This is quite a powerful Chromebook with Full HD display and powerful processor with best RAM capacity. Lets see the review of Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4).

Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4)


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Design:

As this is a convertible Chromebook, design has to be thin and compact. This laptop weighs around 3.28 lbs and is about 0.6 inch thin. So, its easy to use as a tablet mode. It looks like more like a laptop rather than a tablet PC.

Keyboard keys are well spaced and features a large trackpad. So, there won't be any difficulties while typing or while using trackpad. The best part of this Chromebook's design is its hinge. Attractive hinge which lets you to rotate the laptop screen in 360 degrees and allows you to use this laptop in various modes.

Overall, design is compact and stylish. But it is difficult to use as a tablet because of its weight.

Display:

Its a 13.3 inch Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit IPS LCD display Chromebook with multi-touch screen. That's a Full HD display (1920 by 1080). So, you can enjoy high definition movies and videos on this Chromebook.

With this Full HD display, you are getting a 720p webcam for making HD video calls or to record High definition videos. Webcam supports HDR for taking high quality pictures. So, take high quality pictures or record HD videos and watch them on this Full HD display convertible Chromebook.

Performance:

This is a performing Chromebook with best processor and sufficient RAM to support the processor. This laptop is powered by MediaTek MT8173C Core Pilot Quad-Core processor. MediaTek MT8173C combines two ARM Cortex-A72 and two ARM Cortex-A53 power. Basically, this processor is used in high-performing tablets and Chromebooks.

In small note, this Chromebook has the best processor for the price and its specifications. As this is a Chromebook, there will be no problem in running Chromebook applications. Browse, work or watch movies on this Chromebook without any issues.

For that powerful processor, RAM should be high. So, Acer added a 4 GB LPPDR3 RAM to this Chromebook. For the best performance of the processor, 4 GB is sufficient.

It would be better if it had even more storage. It comes with 32 GB eMMC storage. Another similar convertible Chromebook at same price range, Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K8Z9) comes with a 64 GB eMMC storage. But we can't talk about Chromebooks storage as most of the Chromebooks in this price range feature 32 GB eMMC storage at the time of writing this review.

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Gaming on Chromebook totally depends on the games you want to play. This laptop comes with an Integrated Imagination PowerVR GX6250 Graphics chip which can handle games of 2014 or older easily. As this is a Chromebook, it must handle most of the games without any difficulties.

With availability of Play Store, you can download Android apps directly to this Chromebook. Play android games, use Android apps for entertainment and editing etc.

For a Chromebook, these specs are more-than-enough.

Connectivity:

On the left side of the Chromebook, you will find one USB 3.1 (Type C) port supporting USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps) and DisplayPort over USB-C, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port with HDCP Support and SD card reader. On right side, you will find volume rockers, few indicators, Headphone in/out jack and power button.

For wireless connectivity, this Chromebook features the fastest (at the time of writing this review) 802.11 ac WiFi adapter. With 802.11 ac router, you can enjoy faster speeds. For Bluetooth connectivity, this Chromebook features Bluetooth 4.0 version adapter.

You can connect to HDTV via HDMI port, have faster data transfers with USB 3.0 port or USB Type C port, expand storage via SD card etc. For a Chromebook and Tablet PC, these connectivity options are sufficient.

Battery:

Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4) comes with a 3-cell Li-polymer (4670 mAh) battery which can give up to 12 hours of battery life with single complete charge.

Battery life completely depend on the usage. Overall, it charges fast and gives more battery life. This Chromebook got pretty amazing battery life.

Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4)


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Pros:
  • Everything about this Chromebook is a pro. Powerful processor, 4 GB RAM, touchscreen, Full HD display, 360 degree hinge and many more.
  • Got amazing battery life.
Cons:
  • Storage may be low for the price. You can upgrade your storage via SD card reader.
  • It is heavy.
Specifications:

Technical Specification of Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4)
Display 13.3 inch Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit IPS LCD Display, Multi-Touch Screen
Processor MediaTek MT8173C Core Pilot Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A72/A53 Heterogeneous Multi-Processor
RAM 4 GB LPDDR3
Storage 32 GB eMMC
Graphics Imagination PowerVR GX6250 Graphics
Webcam HD
Audio Two Stereo Speakers and 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 HDMI port
One USB 3.1 (Type C) port
One  SD Card Reader
Battery 3-cell Li-polymer (4670 mAh) battery (Up to 12 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 12.8 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Weight Approx. 3.28 lbs

Conclusion:

This is one of the best Chromebook to buy at the time of writing this review. Powerful specs and long battery life makes it as an amazing Chromebook. Best suited for entertainment lovers and students.


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