Acer just released a Chromebook that Snapdragon powers. But this raised lots of questions like will it be fast enough? Will the battery be good? Will the Android apps work better on this chip than AMD-based Chromebooks or Intel? Etc. These questions are all good, and I hope this article answers every pre-conceived question concerning the Acer Chromebook Spin 513.
Chromebook Spin 513 Design
The Chromebook Spin 513 is attractive. The top lid of the Spin 513 is made from aluminum, and it possesses a polished, beveled, and reflective edge that defines it, together with the reflective chrome Acer logo.
It has a relatively simple 360-degree design. The rotating hinges connect the two halves of the device and allow a complete range of articulation between them. Acer stated that the Spin 513 provides four usage modes: tablet, tent, presentation, and laptop modes. Each mode works well and allows people to use the 513 anyhow they desire. The hinges are sturdy, smooth, and firmly hold the lid properly.
The Spin 513 is slim and feels light. It has a 13.3-inch display enabled Acer to keep the entire footprint down. It measures 310 x 209.35 x 15.55mm (1.22 x 8.24 x 0.61 inches) and has a weight of 1.2kg (2.65lbs). The size and dimensions make it very portable to fit into any backpack without worrying about the weight.
Its entire build-up quality is sturdy. There’s nothing about the design that feels inexpensive or cheap.
Chromebook Spin 513 Display
It’s a 13.3-inch display with slim bezels at three sides (left/right and top edges), but there’s a solid inch of black bezel below the display. Acer stated that it makes a 78% screen-to-body ratio, which is not bad.
The screen has a Full HD panel of 16:9 aspect ratio, which is quite common but not preferred. The 16:9 aspect ratio is good for streaming or watching movies and other content. Still, productivity/professional-minded people may want a device with a 16:10 display because of the extra vertical space.
One common disadvantage to low-priced Chromebooks is the low-res displays. The Full HD is everything you can get at this price, and it works quite well with the 13.3-inch dimensions. Asides from that, the screen looks attractive, and the on-screen elements like the text and icons had properly defined edges and were very clear.
Also, the display is touch-enabled and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. And it is simple and responsive regardless of the mode you put it.
Chromebook Spin 513 Performance
The Spin 513 is powered by a unique chip which is a 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c. Well, this is part of Acer’s new ‘Compute Platform,’ which will cause swift performance with minimal heat (no fan), long battery life, and always-on LTE abilities to entry-level PCs.
It can go through several tasks with elegance. But during the test, we experienced some slowdowns, and it even suddenly rebooted itself while going through the Chrome tabs. But this issue didn’t occur during a gaming session, which made us feel as if the new Qualcomm chips have minor problems that needed to be worked on.
The 4GB RAM is sufficient for the ChromeOS. This is compromising if you can’t get the expensive model. Chromebooks don’t do much on onboard storage, so the 64GB drive is valuable, but a microSD slot would have been better, just like on the Spin 713.
It earned 53.64 for the benchmark test; on the Android app Geekbench 5, it scored 533 single-core and 1564 multi-core scores, on Basemark 3.0, while on Jetstream it scored 2,307. The Spin 713 surpassed these speeds, but the scores are similar to the Lenovo Ideapad 3 Chromebook, which is also the same.
Chromebook Spin 513 Battery
The Spin 513 is powered by a 4,670mAh, 36Wh lithium-ion battery. The two-cell power pack can go for all-day use. Acer stated that the runtime for the Spin 513 is 13.5 hours. And during the battery test, we witnessed an average battery life of 13.2 hours.
Having 13+ hours of power, the Chromebook 513 provides more than enough run time for you to get things done, such as stream movies online, surf the web, or work on some projects either for school, business, or your organization.
Chromebook Spin 513 Keyboard & Trackpad
Acer used a similar island-style keyboard layout on most of its other models and is the most significant aspect for almost all the recent Chromebooks.
The space on the keyboard is suitable and comfortable for typing, but at first, the keys felt quite spongy, just as noticed on the Spin 713. Well, with that, you can still type correctly and quickly as possible on the keyboard. Unfortunately, the keyboard doesn’t have a backlight, so it may not be convenient for use in the dark except if you have excellent and fast touch-typing skills.
Considering the price of $399.99, are you ready to go on with it despite its disadvantages? The major drawback of the Spin 513 is the processor and the limited RAM. This disadvantage made its competitors a bit ahead of it.
But if you’re getting the Chromebook for the purpose of lighting browsing and streaming videos on YouTube or Netflix, then this is the best value for you, even at a reasonable price point.
The Chromebook Spin 513 isn’t for everyone. But it’s undoubtedly the device it was created to be, a long-lasting, portable device for light workloads or tasks. But if you’re shopping within the range of $399, then it definitely worth a look.