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Acer Chromebook R13 Full Specs, Early Benchmarks

acer r13 chromebook on table

The R13: Underestimated?

The Acer Chromebook R13 is a device of many firsts.

Not only is it the first 13-inch convertible to be released, but it’s also the world’s first Mediatek Chromebook.

It may also snatch another first: the first Chromebook to be woefully underestimated.

The “meh” response to the Mediatek processor inside may have been premature as early benchmarks of the Acer Chromebook R13 suggest it could be one of the better performing Chromebooks released this year!

First, let’s get a closer looker at the specifications.

Acer Chromebook R13 Specs

‘The Acer Chromebook R13 could be one of the better performing Chromebook launched this year’

Display

The Acer Chromebook R13 has a 13.3-inch 10-point touch display with IPS that offers a wide viewing span of up to 170 degrees.

A welcome resolution of 1920×1080 (FHD) and a 16:9 aspect ratio will help make photos and other content look great on the high-brightness backlit LCD.

The screen is mounted on a 360° hinge to allow for full convertibility: laptop, tablet, tent, and stand.

Processor, Memory and Storage

A fanless quad-core MediaTek processor M8173C powers the Acer Chromebook R13.

A BIG.little chip, this processor is composed of a powerful dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 (@ 2.1GHz) and an energy-efficient dual-core ARM Cortex A53 (@ 1.7GHz). A Neon multimedia processing engine with SIMD (v2) and VFP (v4) ISA support also features.

RAM-wise you get 4GB of onboard LPDDR3L SDRAM (non-upgradeable) and a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB eMMC flash storage.

An Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU takes care of the graphics.

Peripherals & Ports

acer r13 ports

Ports and power button

Connectivity is provided by a 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

An HD webcam lets you make (and take) video calls in 720p. Two “high-definition” side-mounted speakers feature, as does a built-in microphone.

For expandability there’s a MicroSD card slot, 1x USB 3.0 port, a full-sized HDMI out, a USB Type-C port for display and power.

A combination headphone/speaker jack sits on the right-hand side, next to a row of LED indicators.

You get a full-sized Chrome keyboard to hammer on and a ‘fully clickable touchpad featuring click-anywhere functionality’ to stroke.

Build, Size, Weight & Battery

The Acer Chromebook R13 is available in just one colour: ‘Sparkly Silver’. But don’t be put off. The build quality of the device is said to be “fantastic”, and the device made from aluminium all around, bar the display bezel.

It measures 326mm (W) x 228mm (D) x 15.5mm (H) (or 12.83 x 8.98 x 0.61 inches, if you’re imperially inclined).

Weight-wise expect to shoulder 1.49 kg (or 3.28 lbs).

The built-in 3-cell battery provides up to 12 hours of use. 

Benchmarks

acer r13 chromebook benchmarks

Kim Østergaard Christiansen has been hands on with a development sample of the R13 and described the device as “fast and snappy ” and says “the Mediatek chip absolutely lives up to the performance of equal Intel products.”

While I offer caution with any sort of benchmarks (real world usage matters more than arbitrary stress tests of web features you won’t use) the results of the R13 are, at the least, incredibly encouraging.

In Octane benchmarks tests the device posts a rather impressive score of 9944 — which is above the scores of the Acer R11, Acer Chromebook 14, or any other low-end Celeron N fare of late.

While this is not a knock-out score by any means, it does put the Acer Chromebook R13 among the better performing ARM Chromebooks, with only Intel’s fanned and mid-range processors outpacing it!

Images: Kim Østergaard Christiansen
  • Wow, that’s a really attractive Chromebook…

    • KozmoNaut

      Yeah, it’s pretty good looking (and aluminum, too!). I may just sell my old Acer Chromebook 13 and get this one instead.

  • Stéphane Gauvin

    Very cool… But looks like they have poor performance (Octane 9944) !!! :-/

    • Henry Pham

      This score beats my Toshiba Chromebook 2 with an Intel Celeron which lets me run multiple videos at once or anything else I do with my Chromebook with ease. So I don’t consider it a poor score at all. Look forward to seeing reviews.

      • Christopher Carr

        But I can dual-boot Linux on a Swanky.

      • Henry Pham

        As pointed out by another poster, looks like I was wrong about the score of the Toshiba being lower. Too bad.

  • Placeman

    I’m confused… Is the panel an IPS or TFT? The first two paragraphs under the “display” section contradict each other.

    • IPS is a type of TFT. Perhaps you’re confusing it with TN?

      • Placeman

        You’re right. Thanks. I’ll try not to post before coffee again.

      • rslh

        Sorry but would this have a glossy or matte screen? Thanks.

  • landale

    My circa 2014 first gen Toshiba Chromebook scores over 11k on Octane so I am not sure how this qualifies as good performance. I would probably say the Mediatek processor outperforms the Celeron N3XXX class of Chromebooks commonly priced around $200-300 but it still is easily outclassed by Celeron 3XXXU processors found in Chromebooks from Toshiba, Dell and Lenovo which at a $399 price point are more along the lines of what this Chromebook competes.

    • Alan Winston

      Are you price-comparing only to touchscreen devices?

    • Kieran M

      Keep in mind that you’re comparing a fanless ARM device to fanned Intel. If you wanted an x86 fanless device that’s more powerful than this, you’d be looking at something like the Pentium 4405y in the HP 13 at least, which is $400 more expensive than the R13.

      • Exactly that Kieran. I don’t think anyone is claiming this is the world’s best performing Chromebook, but that it’s performance is good when compared to other ARM processors used thus far in Chromebooks (Rockchip, Exynos) and some of the lower end ‘N’ Celerons

        • Waethorn

          Comparable to a Rockchip. Exynos are a joke though.

  • Chromebooks have come a long way in terms of processing power and their ability to be fast, snappy and non-laggy. I have nothing against the MediaTek or this Chromebooks in general but if the performance is not up to speed, I would call it a step in the backward direction.

    The Chromebook industry is more looking at i3’s or Celerons etc. with snappy performance, the Octane score of this Chromebook looks low to me. Of course, more reviews and experience will need to be watched.

    Having said that, the 13 inch convertible style is a welcome and bold move. Looking forward to know more about this Chromebook.

    • KozmoNaut

      The 12+ hours of battery life is also a huge factor.

  • Just_Joe

    Good performance is all well and good, but I’ve encountered an extension or two that won’t work on non-Intel processors. Compatibility for what I use means more to me when performance is good enough. So far, only Atom hasn’t been good enough.

    • Conversely, being ARM-based should ensure maximum compatibility with Android apps and games.

      • Just_Joe

        Sure. But while I might find some Android apps useful, I’ll find none of them to be essential to the purpose for which I use a chromebook. Games are a non-issue. Now, what’s essential for others is certainly up to them to decide. The market will decide what the market wants.

        • Sure, to each their own. Personally, I’m looking for an Android tablet and laptop combined in one device. Given this Chromebook has a touchscreen, I guess that’s what they’re going for.

          If you’re looking for something more productivity focused in the same price range, you’d probably prefer the Toshiba Chromebook 2, the HP Chromebook 13, etc.

          • Jeffrey Blattman

            +1. Without a touch screen, there are going to be some Android apps that won’t work at all and many more that won’t work well. The only reason I’m considering a Chromebook is the same as you: I want an Android device with a larger screen and a keyboard.

    • Out of curiosity, what extensions don’t work?

  • Dan Goodes

    I’ve got the baseline Pentium version of the HP Chromebook 13, and it gives me an Octane score of over 14k (and it’s fanless). So I dunno why you think 9900 is a “good” score, much less one of the best performing Chromebooks this year…?

    • Degru

      Agreed. There are phones that score higher. However, the price wasn’t mentioned, so it could be great performance for the price if its really cheap.

      • Gadgetman

        Yeah the article is not exactly accurate when it states it’s faster than current celerons.

        • I didn’t “state” that it is faster than Celerons. I said it is faster than *some* Celerons used in Chromebooks in 2016.

          • Waethorn

            It’s faster than the Bay Trail and Braswell series, not the ones based on the higher-wattage (and higher cost) Ivy Bridge and Haswell variants.

      • Jeffrey Blattman

        I read 400usd elsewhere. Not cheap.

    • It is a “good” score relative to other ARM processors, e.g., Rockchip, Exynos.

      I never said it was the best performing Chromebooks of the year.

      Honestly, this stuff is in the article…

      • Jeffrey Blattman

        Yes we all read what you wrote: “with only Intel’s fanned and mid-range processors outpacing it!”. That’s not true by any account or measure.

    • Waethorn

      Which model Pentium? If it’s a U, it’s a higher-wattage, more expensive model. If it’s an N model, it’s a Braswell. A quad-core Braswell Pentium is likely going to be the N3700, and those are the fastest models in that series of processors before you get into the higher-architectures (Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, etc.) on which the Core iX processors are based, so they should be able to outpace any ARM processor too. But your battery life won’t be as good unless they put a large battery into the machine, and that adds cost and weight.

  • Why do they ruin these incredible specs by only including a MicroSD card slot. There are still plenty of photographers out there that use SD cards, and while you can adapt a MicroSD to an
    SD slot, you obviously cannot adapt an SD card to a MicroSD slot. For those that agree, take a look at the new ASUS 301 which has great specs, full SD card slot, but sadly no touch screen.

    • Jeffrey Blattman

      Because hardly anyone owns a dedicated camera and they dont build machines for niche photography use cases?

    • Scott Welsh

      You could use the adapter in the camera, or a USB SD reader.

      • Waethorn

        Or just plug the camera in. USB and most PCIe-bus card readers built into machines (many internal ones use the USB bus too) are not that fast. Any higher-end camera usually has a faster card reader in it.

  • Gadgetman

    I’m a little disappointed in the benchmark results, a Toshiba Chromebook 2 with Intel Celeron 3215U gets 17600 in octane and was really hoping this was close to that :(

    • Henry Pham

      Thanks for pointing out the score of the newest Toshiba chromebook. Color me disappointed as well.

    • Seems like it’s the fastest ARM-based Chromebook to date, so faster than the R11, but yeah, slower than other Chromebooks around the $400 mark.

      • Gadgetman

        Being ARM-Based is another issue because it won’t do Crossover out the box (just to run certain Windows proprietary software from work) but hopefully maybe Crossover will make it comparable down the line because I suspect the R13 will be successful.

        • Waethorn

          If you really want to run Windows applications, get a Windows PC. It’s like buying a Mac to run Windows – it might do it, but it’s not particularly good at it.

          Get a Chromebook for all the Chrome OS stuff. Android apps will get better over time, but you’re going to see some teething problems out of the gate in respect to screen size and input options. Windows app support through Crossover shouldn’t make or break your purchase decision of a Chromebook. Even if Crossover is supported, dealing with app restrictions with it is another headache. No modern productivity software versions work in Crossover.

          • Gadgetman

            I have a Windows laptop and a Chromebook, my next upgrade will hopefully replace my Windows laptop and as stated in prior comments, Crossover is a factor.

            As far as deal breaker well no if I chance a sale on Slickdeals, Black Friday etc…. :)

          • Waethorn

            Then you’re probably going to be looking for a Haswell or Broadwell-based machine with something hopefully better than a Celeron. Before you even consider Crossover a factor, take a hard look at the application compatibility list – it’s depressing.

    • Waethorn

      The 3215U is based on the higher-wattage architecture from Intel.

      • juanjeremy2012

        not everyone is trying to save wattage or money, they just want something that can web browse without any compromises

        • Waethorn

          You can do that on ANY Chromebook. They aren’t slow at all. If something’s slow, it’s your Internet. See my other comment that I sent you.

          Chromebooks aren’t like Windows computers at all. If you’re used to Windows on a Celeron being slow, Chromebooks are a breath of fresh air.

          • Gadgetman

            You are correct my current Acer Chromebook 14 aluminium scores 8000 in Octane (when I first bought it) and is more than sufficient but when considering an upgrade, a tech enthusiast like myself, I do not consider the R13 that much of an upgrade from the 14 when compared to others on the market.

            Currently with Chrome OS Version 53.0.2785 I get 8434 Octane FYI.

    • Markus Ottosson

      Agreeed. To click the button to change to a new Cb I would like to see scores around 30.000. Not 10.000 which is in the range of my old 13.3″ Samsung Cb2…

    • Andrew Gryaznov

      +1 – I was expecting M8173C to be a much more performing chip. However, given the fact that 9900 is about the typical score you will get on a Samsung S7 edge – that’s still impressive for a china manufacturer and may be a beginning of a new era where we will have more equality across computing device budgets’ so that everyone will be able to afford a good horse.

      • macguy59

        then I would love to see a Chromebook that uses Apples current A series CPU’s. My iPhone 6s Plus scores 17802 on Octane 2.0

    • Jeffrey Blattman

      This is a $400+ Chromebook with the specs of a $250 Chromebook. That’s the compromise you make to get convertible + touchscreen.

      • Gadgetman

        Haha, Yes if it in demand that’s what they do.

  • Beat Odermatt

    It is interesting that most people knocking Chrome OS are still using Windows OS or Apple OS. I bought last year an Asus Chromebox which boots up in about 5 seconds. I was amazed about the speed of it and it made me to get rid of our Window based desktop computer. I am happy with having twice the speed at half the price.

    • Ordeith

      Your sure are redundant with your Google sponsored spiel.

      • Beat Odermatt

        Keep your Window system. I am far too old to waste time with it. I told you if you are happy with MS, stay with MS.

        • Maria Selvam

          yes waste time , spend more time with virous , ms spend millions to spread via adverstiments agains chrome book , but google spend less ahead 10 years user friendly products

          • Beat Odermatt

            Most people spend more time using their smart phones instead of a computer. Almost all smart phones today are either Android (Chrome) or Apple. Using an OS which is fast and lean not only on a smart phone but a computer makes sense to me. I understand that MS is defending its current dominant position and tries to keep up with Google.

      • Beat Odermatt

        You cannot change facts. Wake up you poor sour soul.

        • Ordeith

          Why would I want to change something that’s on my side, old man?

          • Beat Odermatt

            You know that you are being watched. Have a good look outside and wave to us!

          • Ordeith

            ew…. an old man voyeur. No thank you!
            Eric Schmidt is bad enough!

          • Beat Odermatt

            Microsoft has even better intelligence than Google. Google Earth is not showing your face.

          • Ordeith

            Time for your medication, old man.

          • Beat Odermatt

            You don’t need medical support just pity.

          • Ordeith

            I don’t need either, I don’t use ChromeOS.

          • Beat Odermatt

            Great, how can you comment about something you know NOTHING?

          • Ordeith

            If I was ignorant I might use it. It’s because I know about it that I don’t.

          • Beat Odermatt

            You are so clever!

          • Ordeith

            Glad you noticed. :)

          • Beat Odermatt

            Welcome.

    • Jeffrey Blattman

      “It is interesting that most people knocking Chrome OS are still using Windows OS or Apple OS”- It’s interesting that people that don’t like Chrome OS aren’t using it?

  • Scott Welsh

    Am I the only one that wants to see something other than a 16×9 screen? I was hoping that the Pixel (and the Surface Book for that matter) might convince other manufacturers to look at other aspect ratios.

  • Mediatek? But….why?

    • Waethorn

      Battery life and cost.

    • KozmoNaut

      I’m on an Acer Chromebook 13 (the older white model), which has the Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU, which is also an ARM design. While it certainly isn’t the snappiest thing around, it’s quick enough for web browsing, handles 1080p Youtube videos no problem, and gets 11-12 hours of battery life, no problem.

  • Vin

    Are we EVER going to get a big screen (>= 17 inches) Chromebook laptop with quality features?

    • SciK

      Do laptops with such big screens really make sense? They’re not really portable anymore. I prefer a desktop computer in this case (and I have indeed purchased a Chromebox + a 24″ screen recently).

      • Vin

        Sure they do. What’s involved in portability? Does 3 extra inches make a major difference? No. Besides, in the real working world, a lot of people just take their laptop to work and take it home. It’s not a big deal any extra size or weight. What IS a big deal is the extra real estate when you have to have multiple windows open to do tasks.

  • Southern Gal

    this is interesting…. maybe a rival for the flip and r11 (but 13 is not as portable)

  • Raynar Belmont

    I still prefer acer chromebook 14

  • systemBuilder

    The 2015 Toshiba CB2 has 2x the Octane score, backlit keyboard, an excellent LED IPS display, and is $100 cheaper. If you care to run Crouton it can also do some 3D (League of Legends, 30-45 fps), all for $299 street price.

  • juanjeremy2012

    why all these expensive chromebooks with junky cpus? im sorry but with that kind of performance that thing is worth $200 max to me. why is no one making chromebooks with i3? not all of us can stand to use an atom based or arm based cpu

    • otaku_no_bfm

      I have an Acer c720 i3. Love it.

      • juanjeremy2012

        yeah but they dont make that one anymore. all the new chromebooks are these braswell junk that have trouble rendering some web pages. i like chromebooks but dont want to compromise on the web experience just to save a hundred bucks

        • Waethorn

          I have a Chromebook Flip and it outperforms a Skylake Pentium desktop running Chrome on a clean Windows 10 install.

          You don’t need a Core i3 to browse the web.

          • otaku_no_bfm

            It helps for audio and video stuff though. I use web applications as well as viewing content.

          • Waethorn

            It helps for content creation apps, but few of them even do any processing on the client unless it’s offline. Most of the audio web apps do server-side processing, or just require very little out of the CPU at all.

            You can do HD video on ARM. You can do higher-than-HD on ARM too, since cellphones with 1440p screens and 4K playback via external displays prove that.

            I would seriously wait until the new Rockchip models and other ARM Chromebooks ship before you completely discount them. Customers with Chromebook Flips with the Play Store are reporting that Android apps run about as good as any high-end smartphone would run them, so I still feel that an i3 or higher processor just isn’t warranted, given the cost difference. An i3 is going to run with a fan too, as will an i5. Fans do take additional power to run also, because they’re a moving part. Why would you by a Chromebook with moving parts in it in this day and age? ARM Chromebooks give you extended battery, super-thin-and-light designs, good performance with multi-core processing, and no moving parts with better thermal designs than Intel. And prices are cheaper.

            Now, maybe in a couple years time when Android apps become nearly as capable as their Win32 counterparts, you’ll see higher-end processors become necessary in Chrome OS devices, but that’s still a ways off, and ARM processors are getting better all the time. Some companies are producing 8 and 10-core processors now – FOR PHONES! Android apps are built for ARM. Web apps are built for server-side processing for the most part, and Chrome OS on ARM is not inept like Microsoft’s aborted Windows RT and Windows 10 Mobile platforms. Chrome OS and Android are similar in the hardware that they support, and they’re eventually merging into a single OS, with the Android parts just becoming a containerized ecosystem of apps with the Chrome OS being the convenient thin-client wrapper, almost like a hypervisor. What’ll be interesting is what Google does with the Chromium bits of the OS, what with Android allowing more full-featured native apps. If users replace all their web apps with Android versions, what’s left besides the browser? And even then, should they get rid of the Chrome OS web browser and utilize the Android version of Chrome instead?? What’s easier to maintain from Google’s perspective? The browser integrated into the OS, or one in a containerized Android environment?

          • Nicolas David

            “Now, maybe in a couple years time when Android apps become nearly as capable as their Win32 counterparts”

            I just don’t get how this statement makes any sense… an app is designed according to its environement and limitations, software as well as hardware (mostly). So in the end, what would make sense to say would be : “Now, maybe in a couple years time when mobile hardware become as capable as their desktop counterparts”

            “Some companies are producing 8 and 10-core processors now – FOR PHONES!” Yeah, and AMD have maid some with more cores for years now without ever equaling their Intel rival which have fewer cores and as much if not less clock speed. Design, design, design…

            But I agree that when the thickness of engraving will be low enough and with a good design, performance on fanless CPU will be good enough to perform just as well as a current good active dissipated Intel CPU for the current web content. And maybe a point will be reached where the app performance needs stops growing, and that performances offered by a fanless CPU will be more than enough to handle the said app needs ; at that point only using fanned CPU will make no sense as for now it is what is best for heavy ressources consuming apps.

          • Waethorn

            Two things: First, you decry the statement of platform evolution, yet you actually defend it in your last statement.

            And second: nobody thought Android would be useful as a productivity platform, yet even Microsoft is making Office for Android. Ditto for ARM with Windows codebase and apps (Windows Store apps anyway). It was a pipe-dream back when we had Pocket PC’s, and Intel made XScale.

            Just FYI: Intel’s plans were always to have exclusively fanless CPU’s. It’s not a reality – YET – but this was always the goal. Air-cooling is a pretty archaic cooling method. Back when Pentium D’s were launched and Intel saw the end-game of processors and partnered up with a Chinese ODM to make the first compact, closed-loop liquid coolers, they saw the future of processors being completely fanless. Also, AMD sees the future of processors being scaled so that CPU’s and GPU’s are no longer discrete, and processor cores are universal. We’re not there yet, but it’s still no less feasible of a goal.

          • juanjeremy2012

            no it doesnt. and yes you do need a core i to fully browse the web. brawsell stuff is really bad on pages with graphics

          • Waethorn

            Yes, it actually does. Both have the same amount of RAM, yet the Flip loads pages faster on wireless than the Skylake Windows PC in wired LAN. It’s quicker all around, from loading tabs to transferring files. You don’t need a Core i processor to browse the web. That’s just foolishness talking.

          • joeandmilly

            I too have that chromebook but it does struggle alot with certain websites that are ad content heavy etc. Android Authority is one website that is so bad it’s unbearable to visit. I installed Ublock origin and now it’s runs really nice. but that rockchip does struggle with some websites, no doubt.

          • Waethorn

            I installed AdBlock on both Edge in Windows 10 AU, and on the Chromebook Flip, and the Flip still loads pages faster. Chrome on Windows 10 is faster to load pages than Edge, but even with AdBlock in it, the Flip is still faster.

          • Ordeith

            LOL..Often-Wrong Waethorn is high. It’s the only explanation for that comment.

          • Waethorn

            Nice icon, Mr. I-Hate-Anything-But-Microsoft.

            You can f* off just about any time now, Mr. Cherry. You’re out of your league here.

          • Ordeith

            What an odd sideways comment to some mysterious third party.

            You’re out of your league everywhere, Often-Wrong.

        • otaku_no_bfm

          That sucks. i3 was a base requirement when I was looking.

          • juanjeremy2012

            yeah no manufacturer is making core i based chromebooks anymore, its sad that the best chromebook, the toshiba chromebook 2 is two years old now. they dont make it anymore so the prices are now around $400

          • Ordeith

            With a ChromeOS install base that is 26% lower than BBOS, and 73% lower than Windows Mobile you can’t really blame OEMs for giving up on it.

        • CzarekA

          Pixel 2 and HP Chromebook G1 has better CPUs. I’ve G1. Can recommend this. Use for business.

    • Alain Sanguinetti

      Dell is making the Dell Chromebook 13 7310, which has an i3 and even an i5 option.

      • juanjeremy2012

        YEAH BUT ITS EXPENSIXE. I DONT WANT A CARBON FIBER/MAGNESIUM CASE I JUST WANT PLASTIC FOR $300

  • Jack Peters

    How much will this cost?

    • this is more important question , is the improvement woth paying , energy economy etc

  • KRAKATOA

    Will it EVER! be available in the UK? ?

    • Most likely. The R11 and Acer’s previous slate of Chromebooks have been sold in the UK.

      But this device was only just announced. It usually takes a couple of months from announcement to going on general sale.

    • Twelk

      I’m thinking it will be released at the same time as Android apps on Chrome OS hits stable?

  • David

    What is the best current or upcoming Chromebook ? That doesn’t cost £500+

  • Mark Newman

    Does it have a SIM card slot?

    • Waethorn

      I always found a pocket mobile router offers better flexibility.

      • David Major

        Interesting.

        Does it have a SIM card slot?

        • Waethorn

          Of course.

  • Jack Peters

    How much will this cost?

    • José Andrés Jurado Vadillo

      39ó

      • Jack Peters

        Is that US$390 or 390 euros?

    • James Inman Jr.

      399.99

      • James Inman Jr.

        399.99 us.

      • Jack Peters

        Thanks

        Jack

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  • systemBuilder

    I guess that chromebooks with ARM cpus come in 3 flavors (so far)
    Rockchip – RK3288 – many sub-$200 chromebooks
    NVidia Tegra (Denver) – previous Acer 13″ CB5-311-T9Y2 chromebook
    Mediatek M8173C – this new Acer 13″ IPS chromebook.

    I am guessing the price will be $299 in the USA, like the Toshiba Chromebook 2 – 2015 model, so maybe £265 in the UK …

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    • Waethorn

      Tegra in Chromebooks should be considered dead. NVIDIA has a really bad relationship with open-source kernel and driver development, i.e. Linux. They make OEM’s sign contracts that state that only the current version of the kernel will be supported on the hardware. So if something new, like a new Android version, or Google Play on Chrome OS comes along and requires changes to the kernel, they won’t support it, and that generally means the OEM can’t update those devices. This is why you see so few Tegra Android devices on the market. Most of them were for the Chinese market, which doesn’t care about Android version upgrades because of the politics of a consumer ecosystem living in a nationalistic bubble and such. The Google Play stuff in Chrome OS requires new kernel support for the container system (possibly drivers too – I haven’t read much about how Google implements it), so that’s why those systems shouldn’t be on anybody’s buying list if they’re interested in running Android apps or long-term support. Ditto for the Samsung ARM models. The Rockchip and Mediatek models look to have much better lifecycles. The RK3288C and the forthcoming RK3399 will get Google Play Apps (the Chromebook Flip already has them), and the Mediatek is obviously targeting convertible form factors which, of course, coincides with Android app support.

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  • sundragon

    So I bought one and it’s great. The screen is gorgeous and it’s quite smooth with 11 tabs as I currently type. I can get the Google Play store to install on Chrome OS 55 Experimental but it crashes frequently. I managed to get Evernote and Spotify installed.
    The Octane benchmark is 10600 on this baby so it toasts the Intel based Chromebooks N3050/N3060/N3150/N3160 so there’s that :) Let me know if you want any other benchmarks. I’m still trying to figure out how to Geekbench this baby. I may try crouton on this baby but honestly, I’d rather just have the Google Play Store with Android apps :) vs side loading Linux in Developer mode.
    My only nits is the trackpad is shaky/loose but responsive and it’s a little heavy – I hope it means it’s all battery. FIt and finish is good/okay, there are a couple of seams that don’t line up but it’s a solid little laptop.
    In touch screen mode scrolling is not as smooth when scrolling with the trackpad, nothing huge but noticable. I wonder if it’s because I’m using the Chrome OS 54 Beta vs Chrome OS 53 Stable right now.

    • macguy59

      I’m glad you like it but an Octane score of 10,600 is pretty weak

      • sundragon

        Maybe, but it’s still faster than all the Intel Braswell chips. It’s doing quite nicely for a cellphone chip sipping battery :)

        • macguy59

          I have my eye on the Core M powered Chromebooks but I must admit the new Samsung Chromebook (Hi-res, touchscreen, stylus, etc.) looks damn sexy. The Core M’s are usually around 20,000

          • sundragon

            I think the Samsung will be great. I want to see battery power on that, it’s 1lb lighter than this with a screen that’s higher res (hungrier) and nearly the same size. I have a feeling it’s got a small batter so it may not last that long. I don’t need the pen but the industrial design is nicer than the R13. Oh and the Rockchip’s Mali isn’t as good in benchmarks as the Mediatek’s Rogue chip. I checked the benchmarks before buying. It’s also $100 more.
            If HP sold it’s G1 with a touch screen I’d have gotten that with the CoreM but there isn’t much on ChromeOS that requires that much horsepower. Also something to consider is so many Android games/apps won’t work on Intel Chips. I saw this with my Xiaomi MiPad 2 – I didn’t realize how many apps on Android are made for ARM chips. It depends on what’s important to you. I am impressed with how well the R13 performs with music, youtube running, and a bunch of apps. The Rockchip should be as good (if not better).

          • Bron Faison

            Good point about Android Apps and the ARM chips!

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  • flychinook

    Question on this that I can’t find the answer to : when flipped into tablet mode, do the keyboard and trackpad automatically disable?

    • michaeljc70

      Yes.

  • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machi

    On my iPhone 6s Chrome+Octane 2.0 scored 17780. How can one consider about having a computer that costs $500 that will perform a lot slower than your cell phone? Hmmm…

    • michaeljc70

      Your phone costs $700-$900…..

      • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machi

        Yes you’re right, actually, you can get an iPhone 7 for $700 that will outperform mine. Still, if you get a Samsung Galaxy S7 with the Exynos CPU, that brand new costs $570 “unlocked” in the U.S., you get a quad hd screen, 4GB Ram 32GB storage, two greats Cams all the goods of a nice cell Phone, and it will score 11000. I don’t get the point of these Chromebooks, that slow, I would prefer to plug my cell phone to a monitor via mhl>hdmi or something, just that… My point is that they are Cell Phones and outperform most Chromebook “laptops”, even adding $200 can I get a better version of this Chromebook computer that will give me a better score than my cell phone? I haven’t seen. But well, that’s what I think… :)

        • michaeljc70

          Your phone doesn’t have a 13″ screen or physical keyboard. Most likely it doesn’t have a USB 3.0 port or HDMI port. A chromebook is not really designed to run applications (though Android apps are becoming available). It is designed for the internet and around a browser. There just is no need for big processing power to look at webpages or read email.

          This Chromebook has an aluminum body and is slightly thinner than a Mac Air. It is not a cheap Chromebook. It has a 1080p screen.

          You seem caught up on one metric- the cpu speed.

          • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machi

            Well a MHL to HDMI cable is exactly for that, it allows you to plug your phone to a larger Screen (talking about the Galaxy in this case), and in If the GPU is able to handle 1080p, then it won’t matter how larger is the screen, if the screen 100″ 1080p that won’t stop the phone to perform the same speed. The Galaxy is able to drive a Quad HD screen, which is is FAR superior of a 10, 13, 23 or 100″ 1080p screen. You’re right about that it is not required to have a big processing power for email and simple stuff, but no body do just email on computers or even cell phones today, everybody knows that; well for some reason Google activated Android Play Store on “some” Chromebooks, and well, today the WEB is more hardware demanding, running complete programs on browsers and stuff… The relation of cost/performance in some of these Chromebooks are nonsense to me, this is one case. But again, matter of opinion. If you are ok with it, good for you.

          • michaeljc70

            I just don’t see a 5″ or 6″ screen phone replacing or being comparable to a 13″ screen device, but that is me.

            You cannot get a similar Mac or Windows laptop with this battery life, build, footprint for this price.

            Personally, I am debating whether to keep mine. It is my first Chromebook. I am trying to replace a 12.2 Samsung Android tablet. The issue is a decent number of apps I use in Android aren’t really available in Windows.

          • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machi

            I understand, but it dependents of what you want to do, but as you said, simple things; have you ever connected a phone or a tablet to a 40″ screen or even a 23″ monitor? with a keyboard and a mouse attached to it? You can do simple things, but also crazy things like gaming complex 3D games…
            In the other hand, to give you an example; currently I have and work on a 13″ HP Envy laptop that I bought 6 months ago. It’s got a 3K LED screen, aluminum, 8G RAM, 6th Generation Intel Core i7, 256GB Sold State Drive, fingerprint scanner, backlit keyboard, and other nice stuff, and I paid just $800; yes, it’s Windows 10 Home Edition, but can still run Chrome, it’s alittle more expensive, but I can do complex things, it’s a full blown machine that allows me to do a whole lot of things because it’s power, even edit/play h265 4k video; I can watch videos and photos with an excellent quality on this screen, and I am even learning Unreal Engine 4 development on this, it can handle almost everything… Can I find the same, not better, not lower, the same machine, for the same cost, with Chrome OS? No.
            So that’s been my comparing. There’s something I don’t understand in this Chromebook market. I think it’s crazy expensive for what you get. Maybe I am mistaken and there’s something I am not seeing, but… :)

          • michaeljc70

            Well, I paid $360 for this so I don’t see $440 as slightly less expensive. I could be 2 and still have money leftover.

            The whole point is these are for people that want something simple. Most people send email and surf the web. They don’t need 3k screens or 8gb ram. It would be a waste to them.

          • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machi

            Well I didn’t know what you paid, so I can’t possibly say it is sightly less expensive. But, I can say (and sorry because this post is not supposed to be a post for publishing other products, but take this as a comparing, following the same therad), that for even $449+taxes you can get “today” a brand new Acer with a 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Dual-Core, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 15.6″ 1080p, 256GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.1 Type-C / USB 3.0 / USB 2.0/ HDMI, AND Windows 10 Home. Again, what’s the point with the Chromebooks? Sorry but I still can’t see it. So to be fair, I’ve been looking around for a while, even more when the Android Play Store was added to it, simply because that might make the OS better, but well, I always stop when I see the cost, it’s nonsense…

          • Bron Faison

            Well, part of the point with Chromebooks is simplicity, speed, security, and reliability, I was an “early adopter” and very happy with mine, though I still use laptops, etc. as well. No need to spend endless hours with updates or fixing problems caused by updates. Easy to share among multiple users. The “guest” account is very useful. I have several different Chromebooks (including the fabulous Pixel) and all “sync” easily and automatically without any fuss or attention from me. And so on and so on.

            Chromebooks start up fast, shutdown fast. They update automatically. No virus software required. Simple interface. Fast “wake up”- very reliable. For email and web surfacing you cannot beat them (in my opinion).

            For other tasks, my windows laptops rule, of course.

          • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machi

            Well all that you can do for less money on a Windows 10 Machine, or well, if you don’t like Windows, on a Linux machine, with Chrome (In fact I have Elementary OS installed, and it works good, and looks good, but when I want to Game or do some more complex things, I go back to Windows 10). Now, what I like now is the fact that the Play Store is available in some models, which to me gives more value to that OS. Still, prices are nonsense to me, and that”s what have been preventing “me” to adopt Chrome OS.

          • Bron Faison

            To each his own. I have found the maintenance aspect of windows to be much, much higher than ChromOS. That’s a win for me and many others.

          • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machi

            Sure thing. I’ve been commenting based on my first comment. Don’t take me wrong, I never said Chromium OS “is bad”, never, read my posts; I said that for the same or less money you can get something that will allow you to do the same, plus twice more productivity, so it doesn’t make sense “to me” to spend that money for something that will restrict one a lot, and on something that is what that OS is supposed to be good, the web; because the hardware they’re using are nothing, but they’re charging money like they are crazy good; it’s not the OS, it’s the manufacturers for sure… So for now, it doesn’t make sense to me. Again, maybe there’s something I am not seeing, but.. :)

          • Bron Faison

            No problem. I quite understand. It does seem expensive by comparison. That said, the experience itself is rewarding for its simplicity, ease of use, and upkeep. I guess I’m willing to pay a premium for that.

            All the best!

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            Honestly – when my 180$ Chromebook heavily outperforms an 800 dollar Dell win10 desktop(not laptop) my aunt bought more than a year later (at a time my own Chromebook dropped to $99 in price at the same store) when it wasn’t a month old – I have to say that hardware manufacturers lack of spec offerings are bad enough where the smart route is a speed efficient os

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    I got mine. Everywhere it says the screen is 1080p, but mine says it goes to 2400×1350. Is it lying to me?

    • Bron Faison

      You can up the virtual resolution to that point, but the physical resolution is still 1080p. Still, it’s a nice feature to have for certain uses, as is lowering the rez for other tasks.

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