Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K8Z9) Convertible Chromebook Review

Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K8Z9) is an average performing convertible Chromebook. It belongs to Acer Chromebook R 13 series Chromebooks. R 13 series Chromebooks are large display models with powerful specs. In this article, you will see a simple review of CB5-312T-K8Z9 model. This model is completely similar to Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T-K5X4) with same specifications, designs and features.

Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K8Z9) is a large convertible Chromebook with powerful processor, amazing display and very long battery life. Its a thin design model which is only 0.6 inch. Other than its thickness, it weighs around 3.28 lbs and looks big. Design is good but you may feel its heaviness while using in Tablet mode.

It has 13.3 inch Full HD IPS display with 10-point multi-touch screen. Full HD display in a convertible Chromebook for around $400 can be accepted. This Chromebook is powered by MediaTek MT8173C Core Pilot Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A72/A53 Heterogeneous Multi-Processor, comes with 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM and Integrated Imagination PowerVR GX6250 Graphics chip.

Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K8Z9)


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In performance-wise, this Chromebook is an average performer. You can use this Chromebook for basic computing and for entertainment purposes. Don't expect to multi-task or to browse internet with many opened browser tabs. For general usage, like watching movies, light internet browsing, document editing and other simple tasks, this notebook is perfect. You can even play Android and Chrome Web store games without any issues. As it runs o Chrome OS, you can expect a decent performance for Android apps and Chrome apps.

At the time of writing this opinion, all budget-friendly Chromebooks comes with a 32 GB eMMC type storage, so we can't complain about its less storage. In general, 32 GB is not enough. So, if you want more storage, you have to use an external hard drive or use an SD card. You can make HD video calls, take high quality pictures and record HD videos with this Chromebook's HD webcam which supports HDR.

Modern connectivity options can be found in this model. You will have better internet connectivity due to 802.11 ac adapter and have faster data transfers via USB 3.0 ports. You will also find one advanced connectivity option, USB 3.1 Type (Gen 1) port for faster data transfers between devices. One of the major feature of this Chromebook is its battery life. Battery life completely depends on the usage but in general usage, it gives around 12 hours of battery life. This is the feature which most of the travelers want for their portable notebook.

Pros:
  • Slim design.
  • Full HD display.
  • 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM.
  • You can play android games without issues.
  • 802.11 ac WiFi standard.
  • USB 3.1 Type C port.
  • Long battery life.
Cons:
  • Storage is less.
  • Thin but heavy.
Specifications:

Technical Specification of Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K8Z9)
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 Chromebook is best suited for students, travelers and to people who want a basic notebook for browsing internet, writing documents and for entertainment purposes.

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