Chromebooks should not cost $1,000. As much as I adore the Pixelbook from Google, I know I cannot reasonably ask anyone I care about to spend a minimum of $1,000 to own it. Which means it is also a struggle to consider Acer’s Chromebook Spin 13, which borrows heavily from the Pixelbook while also introducing welcome improvements, increasing the power and cutting the price by $100. This luxurious chromebook is full of great ideas—but a $900 luxury chromebook is a damn hard sell. And this thing is very luxurious. The build quality is some of the best I’ve seen from a chromebook. When closed you could mistake it for a Windows machine. It’s all metal and cool to the touch. The hinges are a shiny chrome and its big 13.5-inch display with a wild 3:2 2256 by 1504 resolution display immediately catches the eye. It’s decently bright, maxing out at 372 nits in our testing, and the battery life is pretty fantastic. In our battery test, where we stream a YouTube video after setting the brightness to 200 nits, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 lasted 10 hours and 2 minutes. The Pixelbook lasted just 8 hours and 53 minutes, while the much cheaper Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 lasted just 7 hours and 42 minutes. But Samsung’s tiny chromebook also costs $500, and the Chromebook Spin 13 from Acer that I’ve been reviewing costs $900. That’s a lot of extra money for a better processor, display, and a few more hours… [Read full story]
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