Acer's new Chromebook Spin 513 channel Pixelbook high screen

Acers new Chromebook Spin 513 channel Pixelbook high screen

It would not be CES without new Chromebooks, and Acer has a new trio to announce - although two are not expected to arrive until June 2022. The most exciting of these is a new version of the Chromebook Spin 513 (pictured to h), one of Acer's mid - range options. While the company already sells a few different versions of the Spin 513, this new model has a rather unusual processor. It uses a MediaTek eight-core Kompanio 1380 processor, along with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. In the past, I've been willing to recommend Chromebooks without Intel processors, but I won't write this off without first testing it.

Assuming the processor holds up, there are some other things you would like about the Chromebook Spin 513. This year’s model has a 13.5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504; that’s a 3: 2 aspect ratio like the Chromebook Spin 713 I reviewed last year. The Spin 713 is an expensive Chromebook at $ 699, but the Spin 513 is priced at $ 599. That's not cheap, but I'm glad to see that Acer is putting this 3: 2 display on a less expensive option. As the name suggests, the Flip 513 has a 360-degree swipe to move the laptop around to tablet mode as well as “tent” mode for video watching. Unfortunately, we have to wait until June to sell this laptop.

The other two new Acer Chromebooks are budget options, both at $ 299. The 2022 Chromebook 315 is a 15.6-inch laptop, and its large 1080p panel (optional touchscreen) is the main selling point here. Other specs are pretty typical for this price range: Intel Celeron or Pentium Silver processors, up to 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage and about 10 hours of battery life. The Chromebook 314, on the other hand, is almost identical to the 315, it has just a 1080p 1080p smaller screen. The Chromebook 315 goes on sale this month in the US, but the 314 won't be available until June.

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