The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is a convertible that the Acer company launched a few months ago with a different type of user in mind. Normally these laptops with Google’s Chrome OS operating system are usually seen in school environments.
With this Acer Chromebook Spin 713, you can go up a notch and normalize its use among other more mature audiences , looking for a lightweight, multifunctional laptop that performs well in not too demanding tasks.
This change of course was given by the update that Chrome OS underwent and that added support for using Android apps . Something that opened the door to its use both in the work environment
One of the first aspects that stands out in the design of the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is its exterior metal construction . The entire chassis of this Chromebook is made of dark gray aluminum , although the color varies a bit depending on the light. The name of this color is Steel Gray .
The measurements are quite compact, with dimensions of 300.6 x 235 x 16.8 mm and a weight of 1.45 kg . The thickness of 1.6 cm and the weight of a kilo and a half, make it perfect to transport it and take it anywhere without problems.
If we continue looking at the exterior, at the top only the screen-printed Chromebook logo and the ACER logo in silver relief stand out.
The right edge of the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 has a one-piece volume up and down button, an HDMI port, a type-C microUSB port and the on / off button that has a very tiny luminous led .
This LED will be blue when the laptop is on, orange flashing when it is in sleep mode, solid orange when it is charging and red when the battery is low.
The rear edge has hinges at the ends that make it possible for the screen to rotate 360 degrees and next to them are the ventilation grills.
On the left edge, we find on the far left another type-C microUSB connector, a USB 3.0 port, the 3.5 mm audio jack connector and a microSD card slot .
To charge the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 you can make use of either of the two type C microUSB ports . It is also curious how there is an HDMI port when other models used an adapter from the microUSB port.
The front edge has a concave design in the center to allow you to insert your fingertips and open the top cover of the Chromebook.
The back of the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 features four elongated rubber feet in the corners. These also prevent the device from slipping. In some areas there are vents to expel heat from some of the internal elements. The bottom two grilles are the speakers .
This Chromebook comes with MIL-STD-810G military certification certifying that it can withstand shock, heat, or humidity .
Opening the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, the bright screen greets us. Leaves a good taste in the mouth. This 13.5-inch screen has black frames on the sides. On the sides the frames are 7 mm thick, on the upper frame it is 1 cm and the lower frame is 2.5 cm wide. On this lower edge we find the make logo in silver, while on the upper one there is a small camera and a microphone for video calls .
The keyboard part is divided into two areas, the lower one has a large rectangular touchpad in the same metallic gray color and where the lower corners sink when pressing, to click, it is rare to get used to them. The keyboard occupies the upper half and almost all the way to the side edges.
This 13.5-inch IPS VertiView touchscreen has a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504 pixels and a 3: 2 aspect ratio , which makes it less rectangular than a widescreen TV, but it is not square like the old 4: 3 ones. It has Gorilla Glass resistance to scratches.
It has a great brightness by default and that is not raised at all, so in this aspect everything is perfect. The colors are rich and vivid, without being saturated. The contrast is good too, and the black colors are very correct, but not perfect as you might expect.
The viewing angles are good up to a certain angle , if you look at it from a very off-center side, viewing quality is lost. From the center the sharpness is really very good.
Videos at 1,440p, for example, look quite good, it is a shame the rare rectangular format of the screen, which slightly affects when playing this type of content.
The use of the touch works very well and the response to our fingers is excellent . In general, almost all the apps that we have tested have had a good performance when using touch, being Android, it is not uncommon.
With the laptop in the normal position, it is usually not so comfortable to use the touch mode. By rotating the screen 360 degrees, we will get almost what a Tablet is and we can use the touch comfortably . In this case, the drawback may be the weight of a kilo and a half.
Other recommended methods to use the touch are, to place the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 in tent mode or with the keyboard facing down and the screen slightly turned towards the rear
in sound it almost suspends this Acer Chromebook Spin 713. The problem, apart from not having devoted much care to this section, is the fact that the speakers are at the back . If we use the Chromebook as a laptop, they are down and can be covered.
If they are used in tent mode or with the keyboard down, things improve somewhat. However , the sound lacks punch and bass, the other frequencies are correct and do their job.
This sound can come in handy for listening to some things or making video calls, but you don’t have to expect much from them. With headphones via Jack or Bluetooth, things improve enormously and if possible, it is what I recommend in cases where you want a richer and more nuanced sound.
Keyboard and touchpad
The keys have a good travel and have a rubbery feel , since they are chiclet type . They are made of a type of rigid, smooth plastic with a rectangular shape and with a dark gray color to match the rest of the laptop. The symbols are not painted, but are transparent .
There is a light white backlight, which illuminates the keys from the sides and slightly inside, it looks pretty good. You can’t ask for much more from a convertible of this type.
Although the keyboard is QWERTY and in our case , it does not have a layout in Spanish , the keys have a different position and shape than conventional laptops. The F1 to F12 keys are also dispensed with and quick functions such as moving around Chrome, putting full screen, seeing open windows, raising or lowering the brightness, raising or lowering the volume or locking the screen are added instead .
Another curious key shaped like a magnifying glass, has replaced the one to block capital letters. This key is used to activate the Chrome search engine.
The touchpad of this Acer Chromebook Spin 713 does not have a left or right click , both perform the same function as if both were left. If we want to pretend to press the right button to open a drop-down menu, we must press both buttons at the same time with two fingers . It is strange at first, but after a little use you get used to it, because it crashes and it is even funny to perform that unusual action.
Processor and Performance
It is possible to find this Acer Chromebook Spin 713 in several models with the same name, but different setup . This model that we have tested is precisely the one with the least power.
It mounts an 8th generation Intel Pentium 6405U processor with 2 cores, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage. The integrated GPU is an Intel UHD 610 .
Other models feature 4-core Intel i5 processors, 8 or 16GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of eMMC or SDD memory.
Although the SoC that is mounted is of low level and low consumption , the performance of use in general with this Acer Chromebook Spin 713 has been quite satisfactory. T odo moves fluidly , operating system, browser, Android apps.
The games is a lottery, some can go well and be optimized for such a Chromebook and others do not go or go regular. In those that works, the experience is good and can be played without problems.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this analysis, the good thing about this Chrome OS is the possibility of using most Android apps , which gives us great freedom of use. Obviously, there will be some apps that detect that we are using the Chromebook and will not allow us to use them or they will not come out directly.
As the Chrome browser is one of the central nodes in this operating system, we will also have the Chrome Store to download some additional apps and extensions. Including PWAs or websites that behave like applications. All of this makes it difficult to find many barriers. It is even possible to use the Android Office.
One of the best things that we will find in this Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is simplicity . We have what we have and in one place , such as laptop settings or applications. We lose a multitude of options and configurations and customization, but we gain simplicity, few system crashes and few virus attacks.
The 720p resolution camera that mounts to the top frame of the screen does the job. It is not of high quality, has little sharpness and a lot of grain, but it has colors that are not poorly represented . The contrast is also quite correct.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 has interesting connections such as Bluetooth 5.0 , all Wi-Fi standards up to Wi-Fi 6 , the HDMI connection and the 3.5mm audio jack port .
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 has a Lithium Ion battery with a capacity of 48 Wh or Watts per hour. With the medium high brightness and making normal use of multimedia content, web browsing and use of Google programs to write text documents and Excel, the autonomy has been about 14 hours and 15 minutes . A fairly good autonomy that leaves a good taste in the mouth.
It is clear that, depending on the level of brightness and other factors, this autonomy may vary.
Thanks to the fast charge and the battery adapter, the charge is carried out in an acceptable time. The full charge takes around two hours and little.