Long battery life, sharp screen, good price


The Chromebook 13 isn't everything Acer and NVIDIA promised it would be, but somehow, it's still a worthwhile product. Though its performance isn't much better than the Intel Bay Trail machines it claims to beat, the battery life is nearly best in class, reaching 10 hours even with a full HD screen. Speaking of the sort, this remains one of the few Chromebooks out there with screen resolution greater than 1,366 x 768. Yes, the viewing angles could be better, but then again, that's true of every Chrome OS laptop, so it's hard to really fault Acer for that. Most importantly, though, with a price starting at $280 (or $300 for the full HD version), it's easy to forgive the machine's flaws. Even with merely average performance, this feels like a fair price for what it is: a Chromebook with a sharp screen, long battery life and a spacious, comfortable keyboard.

Buy It:


90-Day Price History


Critic reviews

8 reviews
  • Speed and features
  • Design and form factor
  • Battery life
  • Display
  • Durability
  • Expandability
  • Noise
  • Portability (size / weight)

sort by

User reviews

3 reviews
Engadget Sep 23, 2014

As the first Chrome OS device with an NVIDIA Tegra chip, the Acer Chromebook 13 isn't as powerful as promised. Still, it manages to redeem itself with long battery life, a sharp screen, a comfortable keyboard and, most importantly, a fair price.

Read the full review →
CNET Sep 4, 2014

One of the nicer-looking and better-performing Chrome OS systems, the 13-inch Acer Chromebook adds some zip by ditching Intel for an Nvidia processor, but also hits a few issues with popular Chrome apps.

Read the full review →
TechCrunch Sep 4, 2014

I’d still recommend hanging back if you don’t have an urgent need for a Chromebook, but if you do, this is where you should be looking.

Read the full review →
Gizmodo Sep 4, 2014

The Acer Chromebook 13 shows the K1 has promise as a Chromebook brain, but the Chromebook 13's screen is really disappointing, and K1 could very well show up in a machine with a better one.

Read the full review →
The Verge Sep 4, 2014

Unfortunately, despite its great battery life, the Chromebook 13 falls short on the most important promise of all: providing the best web browsing experience you can get on a Chromebook.

Read the full review →
Computer Shopper Oct 5, 2014

Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor promises great visuals, mostly in titles that don't exist yet. While you wait, the Acer Chromebook 13 that contains it is a handsome if not stellar alternative to smaller-screened models.

Read the full review →
azw409 azw409

This is the 2nd Chromebook that I've owned, the first being the HP Chromebook 14 (Haswell model) and I prefer this one. It's smaller, lighter, feels more solid, has a marginally better display, better battery life and best of all is silent unlike the Intel powered HP. I have not noticed any...

Read the full review →

How it stacks up

Instantly compare the Acer Chromebook 13 side by side with some of the top devices on Engadget!

Compare these

Other Acer laptops / portables

Don't forget to check out these other devices by Acer, you might find something good!

See all Acer laptops / portables