ACER Chromebook 13 - Black - NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-core, 1080p, 4gb RAM, 720p Webcam - £199.99 @ Currys
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ACER Chromebook 13 - Black - NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-core, 1080p, 4gb RAM, 720p Webcam - £199.99 @ Currys

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Found 12th Feb 2016
Currently same price as the lesser 2gb (in white) version.

Technical specifications for ACER Chromebook 13 - Black

OVERVIEW
Type Chromebook
Operating system Chrome OS
SPECIFICATION
Processor - NVIDIA Tegra K1
- Quad-core
- 2.3 GHz
Memory (RAM) 4 GB
Storage 16 GB eMMC
SCREEN
Screen size 13.3"
Screen type LED
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen No
Screen features LED backlighting
CONNECTIVTY
Wireless 802.11 ac
Ethernet No
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
USB USB 3.0 x 2
Video interface HDMI x 1
Audio interface 3.5 mm jack
MEDIA
Optical disc drive No
Memory card reader SD card reader
SOUND
Speakers Integrated stereo speakers
FEATURES
Camera Integrated webcam
Microphone Yes
Mouse / trackpad Multitouch trackpad
Keyboard FineTip keyboard
POWER
Battery type 4-cell Lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 13 hours
GENERAL
Colour Black
Box contents - Acer Chromebook 13
- AC power adapter
- User documents

Acer product code: NX.G14EK.005
Dimensions 18 x 327 x 228 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 1.5 kg
Manufacturer’s guarantee 1 year
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Impressive specs for the price.
Considering the purpose of the device and its locked-down nature - can they even be taken advantage of?
Can anyone with knowledge on the Tegra K1 chime in here?

I've read that the only chromebooks worth gettng run Intel Celeron and higher, anything running an ARM CPU is underpowered and not compatible with some chrome apps. But with that said, the K1 is supposed to be a powerful ARM CPU and ARM compatibility might be better now so that might no longer be true?
Edited by: "nyasham" 12th Feb 2016
I've been interested in a chromebook for quite a while. Anyone here with a bit more knowledge care to answer these?

Does Chrome OS work with android apps? In that does it use the Google Play Store at all (or can it?)

What is considered the best way to expand the memory on these, or more ideally, what is the fastest in terms of speed, a decent USB 3.0 stick or a speedy SD Card?

Considering all I use my laptop that I have now for is web browsing, social media, music, films, torrents etc, would a chromebook fall short in any areas? I use office too but I'm sure there are workarounds for this or at least software that would be compatible with Office files?
Roasting hot.
Shouldn't the 4GB variant come with 32GB storage? it's the 2GB that comes with 16GB
Great to see a 1080p panel on a sub £200 laptop, hopefully there will be more in the future.
kristianity77

I've been interested in a chromebook for quite a while. Anyone here with … I've been interested in a chromebook for quite a while. Anyone here with a bit more knowledge care to answer these?Does Chrome OS work with android apps? In that does it use the Google Play Store at all (or can it?)What is considered the best way to expand the memory on these, or more ideally, what is the fastest in terms of speed, a decent USB 3.0 stick or a speedy SD Card?Considering all I use my laptop that I have now for is web browsing, social media, music, films, torrents etc, would a chromebook fall short in any areas? I use office too but I'm sure there are workarounds for this or at least software that would be compatible with Office files?



It doesn't natively run Android apps (there are some workarounds if you're that way inclined), and instead has its own Web Store
Can't comment on the second point as I just stick everything in the Cloud and hook up a generic 500GB HDD otherwise.
There's no native torrent client on the Chromebook (although I bought JSTorrent for a few quid for mine). VLC is a bit hit and miss, but I mostly use Plex for Video playback anyway through a separate client.
Are these things basically like tablets with a keyboard......before they made tablets with a keyboard?
I try to fathom it but I still can't work out the point of a Chromebook. I really am never going to work on spreadsheets in the cloud for the remainder of my time on Earth.
Joehawkins609

Shouldn't the 4GB variant come with 32GB storage? it's the 2GB that comes … Shouldn't the 4GB variant come with 32GB storage? it's the 2GB that comes with 16GB


According to official specs, yes. Maybe a typo on Curry's site. Will check when I get mine.
Very limited Chromebook without internet
16 GB eMMC - hmm my phone 32 GB main + SD 64 GB
Same review says that display 1080p have the pixel but it is not sharp contrast display etc

I will better save 200 and get something else

MY MAIN RULE : )
What you need to look to any device is the screen - you always will be looking to screen and all you experience come first from this.

I have Galaxy Tab S2 and Im so happy not by exynos chip or memory or else But screen In looking web or play games everything looks so good Pictures etc . Second is the power of CPU memory etc
Sunni

According to official specs, yes. Maybe a typo on Curry's site. Will … According to official specs, yes. Maybe a typo on Curry's site. Will check when I get mine.



http://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/model/NX.MPREK.005

found it in the end. Seem's strange that the Celeron Version gets 32GB but only a 720p screen.
Incognitoso

Very limited Chromebook without internet 16 GB eMMC - hmm my phone … Very limited Chromebook without internet 16 GB eMMC - hmm my phone 32 GB main + SD 64 GB Same review says that display 1080p have the pixel but it is not sharp contrast display etc I will better save 200 and get something else MY MAIN RULE : ) What you need to look to any device is the screen - you always will be looking to screen and all you experience come first from this. I have Galaxy Tab S2 and Im so happy not by exynos chip or memory or else But screen In looking web or play games everything looks so good Pictures etc . Second is the power of CPU memory etc



Are you going to find a better screen on a laptop at this price though?
kristianity77

I've been interested in a chromebook for quite a while. Anyone here with … I've been interested in a chromebook for quite a while. Anyone here with a bit more knowledge care to answer these?Does Chrome OS work with android apps? In that does it use the Google Play Store at all (or can it?)What is considered the best way to expand the memory on these, or more ideally, what is the fastest in terms of speed, a decent USB 3.0 stick or a speedy SD Card?Considering all I use my laptop that I have now for is web browsing, social media, music, films, torrents etc, would a chromebook fall short in any areas? I use office too but I'm sure there are workarounds for this or at least software that would be compatible with Office files?



Google Docs is compatible with Office files, or you can always use Office Online

Torrents work a treat, but you will have to pay a couple of quid for the JSTorrent app, which was the best one out there a couple of years ago and which I still use (there might be a decent free option now)

NowTV doesn't work because it uses silverlight, but there is a workaround

Some online poker clients are little programs, but many work over the web

It doesn't run Android apps, and I don't know about storage, I occasionally use a USB stick and it's fine

Other than that Chromebooks are awesome compared with equivalently priced Windows laptops which are big, slow, ugly, heavy things

Love my Chromebook. It's replaced my laptop and PC.

You can use it offline and any work you do can be saved locally.

In terms of storage, 16GB is never enough. That said, I only keep documents on the on board storage. Anything else can be accessed via Google drive or via a USB device.

My Chromebook boots up in 7 seconds, it's small and compact. I've never had to download many apps and anything I use either came pre installed or is a streaming service.

These devices should honestly be £150 or lower as many windows based laptops are now £199. I have an Acer that I picked up from Curry's 3 years ago. Still going strong!!
I never thought I could live without a 'proper pc' so installed a Linux crouton on my Samsung Chromebook. Truth be told I seldom boot into Linux. The cloud, a USB stick and one's own VPS or two do most jobs so much better. But when it comes to having to use a spreadsheet offline with LibreOffice or image manipulation with Gimp does the job for me and much better than a budget Windows 10 laptop could do. YMMV.
Fantastic spec for a Chromebook. This thing should fly even when multitasking 1080p video, numerous internet browser tabs etc.
With that Tegra K1, shame this isn't running Android for gaming.
You can run some Android apps on ChromeOS.
I love these laptops think they do the job very nicely indeed. What I have been doing however is try and recycle older laptops. Get a cheap 60gb ssd and recycle an old core 2 duo laptop and install chrome os on it. Granted it doesn't have a full HD screen like this one but I find them to be much more robust and have better build quality as they used to be flagship devices. Of course the downside is its not as portable but I have been getting better specs for less money that way. Horses for courses though.
Elevation

Are these things basically like tablets with a keyboard......before they … Are these things basically like tablets with a keyboard......before they made tablets with a keyboard? I try to fathom it but I still can't work out the point of a Chromebook. I really am never going to work on spreadsheets in the cloud for the remainder of my time on Earth.



Not really, on a tablet (with a very few notable exceptions) even with a keyboard it is hard to do any work or type/code anything as most are <10" screen as well as relatively underpowered, tablets are in general aimed as media consumption devices.

Chromebook on the other hand is a full fledged laptop with a different OS. 13.3" is perfect size for work and still portable and light enough to move around and use for everything you would use a tablet for. (So I sold my tablet after I got my chromebook as I had no need for it and actually ended up with a few extra quid in my pocket...).

16GB is really not a problem, it has 3 full size usb slots and an SD card reader. I would advise using a small usb (such as SanDisk Ultra fit 128GB available for about 20£) as you get far superior speeds. (SD card readers in chromebooks are not usually the fastest and will bottleneck fast SD cards which cost more than usb's).

All in all I use my chromebook for virtually everything except occasional gaming, and even then I have started to use steam in home streaming so I play on the chromebook. (On Linux of course.)

So yes it depends on what you do with your laptop but I would say a good desktop running Windows and a high quality screen chromebook is a very good combo for a lot of people.

The people recommending Intel cpus are not talking about power of said chips but of support. Thing is, there are many cheap laptops running Linux on Intel Celerons on some chromebooks but not very many, if at all, running on arm chips (such as this tegra one) so I am not sure if you can say install Linux on this machine, while for my Celeron based chromebook it was a matter of 5 minutes. Worth googling it I guess.
I purchased a chromebook Pixel and never looked back. it is a £1000 laptop and can run Linux if needed (I don't). I'm a web developer by trade and do everything I need on this without an issue.

you can run android apps, quite easy in fact. I run Skype for android and it works great.

I've heard this particular laptop is quite good and for this sort of money is a steal.

some people day they don't understand the point of a chromebook but I don't understand the point of a windows/mac laptop these days
Have been thinking about getting one of these, can anyone confirm if it is able to connect to a windows server for file sharing?
rdann

Have been thinking about getting one of these, can anyone confirm if it … Have been thinking about getting one of these, can anyone confirm if it is able to connect to a windows server for file sharing?



https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/file-system-for-windows/mfhnnfciefdpolbelmfkpmhhmlkehbdf

I personally couldn't deal with a chromebook, unless I'd reformatted with a diff os (hence if anything i'd go for intel), different strokes for diff folks though!

The above ext should allow windows (cifs/smb) file sharing with a gui...




Edited by: "uklemons" 12th Feb 2016
Love my Acer C720. Would this be much of an upgrade? Screen obviously better, and 4gb vs the 720's 2gb. Not sure how the processor compares though.
Why would one buy one of these? No hating just curious
how does this compare to the Toshiba chromebook 2?
hello786

how does this compare to the Toshiba chromebook 2?



Toshiba 1080p model (£250 John Lewis):
IPS panel, good viewing angles and colour;
Intel dual-core 2.58GHz;
Speakers in keyboard;
9h battery.

Acer 1080p model (£200 Currys):
TN panel, poor viewing angles and colour;
ARM quad-core 2.1GHz;
Speakers below chassis;
11h battery.
dirtyfrog

Love my Acer C720. Would this be much of an upgrade?



Apart from the resolution, the screen quality isn't much different. The C720 is at least 50% faster (in benchmarks).
saint_abroad

Toshiba 1080p model (£250 John Lewis):IPS panel, good viewing angles and … Toshiba 1080p model (£250 John Lewis):IPS panel, good viewing angles and colour;Intel dual-core 2.58GHz;Speakers in keyboard;9h battery.Acer 1080p model (£200 Currys):TN panel, poor viewing angles and colour;ARM quad-core 2.1GHz;Speakers below chassis;11h battery.



​so you're saying the Toshiba Is worth the extra right? I don't know much about chromebooks spec wise but I'm definitely on the lookout for one. thanks
I suspect a Chromebook with Tegra X1 processor is imminent which gives even better performance but still maintain power efficiency.

If people want to try Android on their laptops, try out Remix OS from jide.com, it's only in alpha testing but is pretty good if you're lucky with hardware drivers
Edited by: "speculatrix" 13th Feb 2016
Had a chance to try this alongside Acer's C720. The 720 is significantly faster in the real world, with the Chromebook 13 for example taking ~9s seconds more to complete a boot, loading half a dozen tabs in the browser in the process in my setup. However I do like the extra screen resolution, fan-less design and the improved battery life is definitely nice to have in the 13. And I don't have to boot it every time (suspend works so well on a Chromebook).

Also I note the max screen brightness on the 720 is a tad brighter.

So... Ebay the 720 or return the 13? Difficult choice. I wonder how much slower the 13 will get as ChromeOS matures and many Chomebooks get faster anyway... It's the screen resolution that's makes the 13 better...

Update: Returning the 13. It's just too slow for me, after using the C720 :-(



Edited by: "Wibbly" 17th Feb 2016
Which is the best C720 to go for?

Also where can I get one and how much?
mattybadboy44

Which is the best C720 to go for?Also where can I get one and how much?



hotukdeals.com/sea…720
?
Still have ~ a year left of my 1TB (not a typo) Google Drive space that came with my C720 @£156 - hopefully similar offers will re-appear at some point. Only using 9GB of it!
back up to £249.99. this is what I've for be indecisive, I did go to buy one last Saturday in local store. but they only had display model left. I asked for discount. and was told I couldn't have any as nobody ever touches then?!? I just had!
Back down to £199.99.
back down to £199
I love my HP Chromebook, but I wouldn't buy one with an ARM chipset. It is just too limited and lacks developmental support. As far as what you can do with a Chromebook - anything you need to. Those who say they can't be used offline just don't know what they are talking about. So I wouldn't vote this as hot, but the Toshiba Chromebook 2 with the HD screen is the one I'd recommend...
Very unusual to see 4gb and 1080p on these. HOT.
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