Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review: breaking out of the 16×9 frame
I fell in love with that computer and the extra vertical screen real estate it offered, and while a handful of chromebooks over the years have also featured 3×2 screens, most have stuck with wider ratios that are great for watching movies, but not so much for scrolling. Through long documents, because of my weird screen fixation acer’s chromebook, spin 13 has been on my radar since it was released in 2020 it’s one of the few chromebooks currently available with a 3×2 display. While i didn’t get a chance to review the first model, i’ve been using the updated spin 13 that acer announced a couple of weeks ago at 700, it’s not cheap, but in a lot of ways, it’s the ideal chromebook for anyone who wants an upgrade over more Basic options: Music, my first impression of the spin 713 – is that it’s exceedingly utilitarian it’s, a big grey slab of a laptop with few flourishes to set it apart and numerous fan slots on the back and sides. The design may be purely functional, but the spin 713 is definitely a solid, well constructed laptop with no flex or creaking. The 360 degree hinge is also sturdy and works smoothly. Of course, given that this computer isn’t a cheap, low end chromebook, this level of build quality is to be expected in keeping with that utilitarian design. The spin 713 isn’t the thinnest or lightest laptop out there. It weighs a hair over three pounds and is two thirds of an inch thick, that’s bigger and heavier than google’s pixelbook go and samsung’s galaxy chromebook 2 to name a few.
More spelled options at least acer didn’t skimp on the ports. Here, you’ll find two usbc thunderbolt. 4, ports on the left side, along with hdmi and headphone jacks. The right side has a traditional usb, a port and a micro sd card slot, alongside a volume, rocker and a power button. So far, this is all standard laptop territory, but the spin 713’s display sets it apart. It’S a 13.5 inch touchscreen with a somewhat strange 2256 by 1504 resolution. That’S. Thanks to the 3×2 aspect, ratio which acer says, offers 18 more vertical screen real estate than a more common 1080p display it’s. Also relatively pixel, dense at 200 pixels per inch, a good bump over the 166 ppi count on a standard 13.3 inch 1080p display. Putting aside all the jargon, the spin 713 screen is my favorite thing about it: it’s, bright and sharp, and the increased vertical real estate makes many of my daily tasks easier, it’s just better to see more of a draft i’m writing in google docs or more of A long article on chrome, given how much of the internet is designed for vertical scrolling i’m, always surprised that the widescreen display is standard, sure, it’s, great for movies and some other specific applications. But almost everything else. People do on a regular basis, benefits from more vertical space. The keyboard and trackpad are quite similar to ones i’ve found in other recent acer, chromebooks they’re good, but not the best i’ve ever used.
The backlit keys have plenty of travel, but they feel a little more wobbly than those in the galaxy chromebook, 2 or pixelbook. Go it just doesn’t quite feel as premium or solid as those other computers. I was still able to type quickly and accurately, though, thanks to the spin 713’s taller display there’s room on the keyboard deck for a larger track pad, which was smooth and responsive, given that trackpads on chromebooks often feel rather cramped. This was a pleasant and unexpected benefit of the spin 713’s extra hype, as the name suggests. The spin 713 has a 360 degree hinge that lets you flip the screen around into tablet mode i’ve written numerous times about how this trick has very little value to me and that hasn’t changed here. The design actually introduces a compromise as well. In this case, the speakers – the spin 713 speakers – are on the bottom of the laptop, so you can still hear audio when you’re in tablet mode. These two small speakers are not impressive. Volume is decent, but there’s, not even a hint of any bass. I’D. Much rather have speakers on the keyboard deck and a standard laptop hinge. Acer will offer the spin 713 in a variety of hardware configurations. The 700 model i tested features: intel’s 11th generation, core i5 processor, 8, gigabytes of ram and 250 gigabytes of storage. Those are some pretty solid specs for a chromebook. My usual apps include multiple chrome windows with 10 to 15 tabs in each plus web apps for hangouts slack trello tweetdeck google keep and youtube music.
I also run a handful of android apps, including telegram todoist, facebook, messenger, spotify and adobe lightroom, though most of those aren’t running at all times, the main things i look to avoid in the chrome os experience include tabs that need to be reloaded frequently sluggish, android app Experiences and skipping music playback, not surprisingly, i didn’t encounter those issues with the spin 713. It has more than enough ram and processor horsepower to handle my fairly modest needs. This also bodes well for the spin 713’s longevity, as these specs should be sufficient to power. Chrome os for years without any issue. Unfortunately, as with many recent chromebooks, i’ve tried, the spin 713’s battery life is merely okay. When looping a video with display brightness set to 65, the spin 713 lasted just over eight hours. Almost two hours short of the 10 hours acre claims under normal use. The laptop lasted me between six and seven hours, it’s, not a shock given the core i5 processor and relatively high resolution screen, but i still wish i got another hour or two. Even if acer’s chromebook, spin 713 didn’t have its standout screen, it would be an easy device to recommend the build. Quality is good. It performs very well, and it should be fast enough to serve you for years to come. Adding in the 3×2 display makes it one of the best chromebooks on the market. I do wish the battery life was longer and then had a slightly more premium feel, but it gets just about everything else right.
If the price doesn’t scare you off and you don’t need best in class battery life, the spin 713 is a chromebook that should satisfy just about everyone.