Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2022)

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2022)

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When we reviewed it in August 2020, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 changeable to the apical of our Chromebook rankings for its peppy performance, plentiful ports, sleek and sturdy construction, and 13.5-inch interaction surface with eye-pleasing 3:2 facet ratio. The recently refreshed Spin 713 is pricier astatine $699.99—that's $70 much than before, though it brings an 11th alternatively of 10th Generation Intel Core i5 CPU and a 256GB alternatively of 128GB solid-state drive—but it's inactive a charming convertible that easy earns an Editors' Choice grant among premium Chromebooks.

Now With Thunderbolt 4 

This year's Chromebook Spin 713 (model CP713-3W-5102) has the aforesaid Steel Gray aluminum chassis that's passed the aforesaid MIL-STD 810H tests for daze and vibration arsenic its predecessor; there's hardly immoderate flex if you grasp the surface corners oregon property the keyboard deck. At 0.67 by 11.8 by 9.3 inches, it's deeper than the 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook (0.67 by 12.2 by 8.4 inches), but astatine 3.2 pounds it misses the cutoff to suffice arsenic an ultraportable—the 14-inch Asus Chromebook CX9, for one, is noticeably trimmer astatine 2.31 pounds.

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The Acer carries a quad-core, 2.4GHz Core i5-1135G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, on with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB NVMe solid-state drive. It meets Intel Evo standards for connectivity and swift startup, and is 1 of the fewer Chromebooks to enactment Thunderbolt 4—the 2 USB Type-C ports connected the near flank (either of which accommodates the compact AC adapter) travel the latest Thunderbolt spec. 

Something other connected the near borderline that's uncommon among Chromebooks is an HDMI video output, truthful you needn't fuss with a USB-C adapter to usage an outer monitor. There's an audio jack adjacent to it. The close broadside holds a USB 3.2 Type-A larboard and a microSD paper slot, arsenic good arsenic the powerfulness fastener and a measurement rocker for usage successful tablet mode.

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Against each those features, the Spin 713 lacks a fewer frills seen connected immoderate high-end Chromebooks. There's nary fingerprint scholar (or face-recognition webcam, though we haven't seen the second connected immoderate Chromebook to date). The webcam has nary privateness shutter. The keyboard follows the modular Chrome OS layout, meaning you'll person to brace the paper and Alt keys with the cursor arrows successful the lack of existent Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys.

As Good arsenic an IPS Screen Gets 

Acer calls the squarish 3:2 facet ratio sheet a VertiView show due to the fact that it shows much webpage oregon connection processing contented oregon spreadsheet rows without scrolling. Its autochthonal solution is 2,256 by 1,504 pixels, which makes substance and surface elements tiny albeit crisp capable to beryllium legible; arsenic with astir Chromebooks, the Settings/Device tab offers a prime of faux oregon "looks like" resolutions (the default is 1,410 by 940 pixels) truthful you tin find a size that suits your eyes.

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Brightness is ample, though I was ne'er tempted to crook it down from the maximum, and opposition is fine. Viewing angles are wide and achromatic backgrounds are pristine, not dingy. Colors are affluent and vivid some for inactive images and YouTube videos. Two hinges clasp the surface with minimal wobble erstwhile tapped successful laptop mode, and marque it casual to fold backmost into structure oregon tablet mode. The convertible kept up with my swiping, swooping fingertip successful Chrome Canvas, but my fingertip was each I had to enactment with—no stylus is provided. 

The webcam has the accustomed scanty 720p solution and captures soft-focus images with tons of static; it's downright mediocre successful low-light conditions. Bottom-mounted speakers nutrient reasonably large but somewhat hollow oregon tinny sound. Still, there's much bass than I expected, and you tin marque retired overlapping tracks.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2022) keyboard

The keyboard is brightly backlit and has a comfortably snappy, if shallow, typing feel. The square, buttonless touchpad is nicely sized and glides and taps smoothly, requiring a airy unit for a quiescent click. As with each Chromebooks, a two-finger pat equals a close click.

The Spin 713 does travel with bundle that immoderate whitethorn equate with the unwanted bloatware communal connected Windows PCs, but others whitethorn find useful. The Explore paper icon includes a assortment of extras, led by 1 twelvemonth of 100GB Google One unreality retention and YouTube Premium, SoundCloud Go+, Clipchamp, and DocuSign proceedings offers.

Testing the Spin 713: Leader-of-the-Pack Performance 

Besides the Asus Chromebook CX9 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook, we compared the 13.5-inch Acer's benchmark results with those of 2 13.3-inch systems that harvester deluxe displays—QLED for the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, and OLED for the detachable Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook—with low-octane processors (an Intel Celeron and a Qualcomm Snapdragon, respectively). You tin spot their basal specs successful the array below.

We trial Chromebooks with 3 wide show benchmark suites—one Chrome OS, 1 Android, and 1 online. The first, Principled Technologies' CrXPRT 2, measures however rapidly a strategy performs mundane tasks successful six workloads specified arsenic applying photograph effects, graphing a banal portfolio, analyzing DNA sequences, and generating 3D shapes utilizing WebGL.

The second, UL's PCMark for Android Work 3.0, performs assorted productivity operations successful a smartphone-style window. Finally, Basemark Web 3.0 runs successful a browser tab to harvester low-level JavaScript calculations with CSS and WebGL content. All 3 output numeric scores; higher numbers are better.

The Acer slugged it retired with the Asus for benchmark supremacy, not astonishing since they person the aforesaid CPU, portion the Core i3 Lenovo Flex 5 did a good occupation of keeping up with the Core i5 systems. All are superb Google Workspace productivity partners. The Celeron-powered Samsung was a backmarker. 

Two different Android benchmarks absorption connected the CPU and GPU respectively. Primate Labs' Geekbench uses each disposable cores and threads to simulate real-world applications ranging from PDF rendering and code designation to instrumentality learning, portion GFXBench 5.0 stress-tests some low-level routines similar texturing and high-level, game-like representation rendering that exercises graphics and compute shaders. Geekbench delivers a numeric score, portion GFXBench counts frames per 2nd (fps).

Finally, to trial a Chromebook's battery, we loop a 720p video record with surface brightness acceptable astatine 50%, measurement astatine 100%, and Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting disabled until the strategy quits. Sometimes we indispensable play the video from an outer SSD plugged into a USB port, but the Acer had much than capable interior retention to clasp the file.

The Spin 713 narrowly won the Geekbench processor contest. And portion we've ne'er seen a Chromebook we'd picture arsenic a gaming laptop (though we accidental its Thunderbolt 4 enactment means you could theoretically link the Acer to an outer GPU, if operator enactment for that existed), it should suffice for the occasional Android crippled based connected its class-leading GFXBench score. The IdeaPad Flex 5 dominated our artillery rundown, but the Acer volition get you done a day's enactment oregon schoolhouse positive a Netflix movie.

It's Hard to Buy a Better Chromebook 

We considered cutting the Chromebook Spin 713's standing from its erstwhile 4.5 to 4 stars due to the fact that of its $70 terms summation and flimsy heft, but decided its enhanced performance, doubled solid-state storage, and Thunderbolt 4 enactment merit keeping the fractional star.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2022) rear view

So does its presumption arsenic a astir flawless Chromebook choice—except for being a smidge heavy, it's a first-class convertible for productivity, creativity, and media enjoyment, with a 3:2-aspect-ratio show that'll spoil you for old-school 16:9 panels. The Acer isn't cheap, but Chromebooks don't travel immoderate amended than this.