Acer Chromebook R13 2-in-1 (CB5-312T) - Quad-core, 4GB, 64GB SSD, 13.3" FHD IPS, Aluminium Encased, 12 Hours Battery Life, Fanless, Android Support, 2 Years Warranty £349.99 @ ACER UK
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Acer Chromebook R13 2-in-1 (CB5-312T) - Quad-core, 4GB, 64GB SSD, 13.3" FHD IPS, Aluminium Encased, 12 Hours Battery Life, Fanless, Android Support, 2 Years Warranty £349.99 @ ACER UK

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Edited by:"win26"Found 12th Aug 2017
Deal on Acer at the moment, If you're looking for a premium Chromebook with good specs, lightweight, slim, long battery life, no virus, have Playstore access and can be used as a tablet.

  • Chrome OS - First 13.3" Convertible chromebook
  • MediaTek M8173C processor Quad-core 2.10 GHz
  • 13.3-inch 16:9 IPS Full HD Touchscreen (1920 x 1080) Gorilla Glass 4 (scratch resistant)
  • 4 GB RAM, LPDDR3 and 64GB eMMC Storage
  • Fan-less design - Ultra Fast wireless and Boot-up time
  • Battery life up to 12 hours
  • Imagination Technologies PowerVR GX6250 with Shared Memory
  • Android Support
  • HDMI out
  • 2 Years Warranty

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Cold.. I'm looking for a chromebook WITH virus
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Cold.. I'm looking for a chromebook WITH virus
10% Quidco cashback as well
Very tempting!
Can this one run android apps?
gacameron0110 m ago

Can this one run android apps?

I assume " android support" means it can.
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gacameron0119 m ago

Can this one run android apps?


Yes, this has Google play support.
Does anyone know if the SSD card is removable and hence changeable for a greater capacity?
BeerGoggles31 m ago

Does anyone know if the SSD card is removable and hence changeable for a …Does anyone know if the SSD card is removable and hence changeable for a greater capacity?


It doesn't have an SSD it has eMMC memory, which is an essentially an SD card soldered to the motherboard. So it's quite unlikely that it's removable.
What the hell is this thing? This is like the bat signal to my gadget buying obsession
I thought the whole idea of a chromebook was to be cheap, £350 isn't expensive but to my mind this should be £250ish?
winchman12 m ago

I thought the whole idea of a chromebook was to be cheap, £350 isn't …I thought the whole idea of a chromebook was to be cheap, £350 isn't expensive but to my mind this should be £250ish?


Find me a decent android 13.3" tablet with connected keyboard, the same specs (incl battery life) for less, including VAT. Then you'll realise what a good deal this actually is.
Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock for around £200

I bought mine from them ... great machine to take on trips
winchman26 m ago

I thought the whole idea of a chromebook was to be cheap, £350 isn't …I thought the whole idea of a chromebook was to be cheap, £350 isn't expensive but to my mind this should be £250ish?

I would agree, but this is a laptop/tablet hybrid, and touch screens aren't cheap (well, the crap ones are).

If you want a good quality, cheap Chromebook then I got 2 of these for my parents to use since they won't use a touchscreen or Android apps - ebay.co.uk/itm…229
xicosm11 m ago

Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock …Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock for around £200I bought mine from them ... great machine to take on trips


Too big and heavy to be used as a tablet. Asus Chromebook FlipC213 fits the bill perfectly.
xicosm11 m ago

Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock …Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock for around £200I bought mine from them ... great machine to take on trips

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xicosm1 h, 43 m ago

Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock …Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock for around £200I bought mine from them ... great machine to take on trips


I have been checking their price for two months. Around £290 refurbished with 3 months warranty. This is new with 2 years warranty.
Edited by: "win26" 12th Aug 2017
I own this and it is a great Chromebook but was initially wary of the Acer brand, however, I couldn't find anything similar on the market at the time of purchase. Google continuously provide updates and the Play Store is easily installed - I mainly use mine as a large touchscreen Android tablet and I haven't missed my old Windows laptop. It is a little bit heavy but the software is very fast and it hasn't suffered with any lag or slowdowns etc.

I bought this for £330 on launch day last year directly from Acer so it appears that it has increased in price. It also arrived next day from the Netherlands and I cannot fault the Acer experience (so far).
Garstonk2 h, 9 m ago

Too big and heavy to be used as a tablet. Asus Chromebook FlipC213 fits …Too big and heavy to be used as a tablet. Asus Chromebook FlipC213 fits the bill perfectly.



Any idea on when this will be in the UK and how much?

I actually saw this at an educational show back in January, and it is very plasticy. It's designed for education, so rugged is the key word here!
Supersoul56 m ago

I own this and it is a great Chromebook but was initially wary of the Acer …I own this and it is a great Chromebook but was initially wary of the Acer brand, however, I couldn't find anything similar on the market at the time of purchase. Google continuously provide updates and the Play Store is easily installed - I mainly use mine as a large touchscreen Android tablet and I haven't missed my old Windows laptop. It is a little bit heavy but the software is very fast and it hasn't suffered with any lag or slowdowns etc.I bought this for £330 on launch day last year directly from Acer so it appears that it has increased in price. It also arrived next day from the Netherlands and I cannot fault the Acer experience (so far).



Hi Supersoul, (or anyone who owns this chromebook!)

Can I ask you some questions? Mainly I want to know how well do it works in each mode?

Do they have enough grunt to work as a decent Chromebook (how many tabs before it starts to slow down)?

What about as a tablet? Is it light enough? Does Chrome work well as a tablet OS?

I would be using the chromebook to do a fair bit of google docs, slides and sheets work and it would be replacing my old 10.1 asus tablet.
xicosm4 h, 13 m ago

Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock …Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock for around £200I bought mine from them ... great machine to take on trips


Are you sure? :-/
Nice Chromebook but £350 is just silly when you can buy a thin/light Windows based laptop for less that does a whole lot more.
Evilmonkey5 h, 38 m ago

Hi Supersoul, (or anyone who owns this chromebook!)Can I ask you some …Hi Supersoul, (or anyone who owns this chromebook!)Can I ask you some questions? Mainly I want to know how well do it works in each mode?Do they have enough grunt to work as a decent Chromebook (how many tabs before it starts to slow down)?What about as a tablet? Is it light enough? Does Chrome work well as a tablet OS?I would be using the chromebook to do a fair bit of google docs, slides and sheets work and it would be replacing my old 10.1 asus tablet.



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That Mediatek CPU also looks a bit feeble....

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Edited by: "Picard123" 12th Aug 2017
Picard1237 h, 59 m ago

https://www.cnet.com/uk/products/acer-chromebook-r13/review/That Mediatek …https://www.cnet.com/uk/products/acer-chromebook-r13/review/That Mediatek CPU also looks a bit feeble....https://www.notebookcheck.net/Mediatek-MT8173-SoC-Benchmarks-and-Specs.187982.0.html

Thanks Picard, I've read a few of the reviews, but other than the fact its heavy, they don't really dwell on the tablet element, especially now it has android play store access.

I was hoping for an owners assessment!
I have had this netbook for about 4 months (I paid £329 in Currys). I find it better than a laptop and does everything I need including word processing, spreadsheets and basic photo editing. For surfing it is excellent and I have had eight tabs open with no sign of issues. The android apps work well, my only criticism is that some apps are designed for phones and don't appear full screen (they are a phone size rectangle in the middle of the screen).
To everyone comparing it to a laptop, they are not the same!. The processor is more than adequate.
I would not personally go back to a windows laptop, a Chromebook is faster starting. Faster working, more secure.
Can you put Windows o this ;-)
I tried this model in-store and really didn't like the keyboard. Very mushy and the centre of the keyboard flexed easily. Ended up going for the Asus C100PA which had a much more solid one but isn't comparable given the 10" screen and older CPU.
chaywa20 h, 53 m ago

Find me a decent android 13.3" tablet with connected keyboard, the same …Find me a decent android 13.3" tablet with connected keyboard, the same specs (incl battery life) for less, including VAT. Then you'll realise what a good deal this actually is.



But it's not an Android tablet is it, it's a Chromebook with Android support which will likely have some disadvantages or quirks. While the Mediatek processor is probably fine, it's a bit low rent for a machine of this cost and spec.
Evilmonkey19 h, 27 m ago

Hi Supersoul, (or anyone who owns this chromebook!)Can I ask you some …Hi Supersoul, (or anyone who owns this chromebook!)Can I ask you some questions? Mainly I want to know how well do it works in each mode?Do they have enough grunt to work as a decent Chromebook (how many tabs before it starts to slow down)?What about as a tablet? Is it light enough? Does Chrome work well as a tablet OS?I would be using the chromebook to do a fair bit of google docs, slides and sheets work and it would be replacing my old 10.1 asus tablet.




Okay I've just had a play around and tested the Chromebook. I've had 23 Chrome tabs open that includes Google Sheets, OneNote and some webpages that are video embedded and are normally quite intensive in Windows. There is no noticeable delay when switching to the standard webpage tabs. With the tabs containing the embedded videos and adverts, there is a delay but it's a fraction of a second and not an issue to me. I also have 6 Android Apps open in addition to the 23 Chrome tabs and the Apps have no delay. Obviously this isn't an official test and in my typical situation, I would normally have around 12 Chrome tabs open and that never caused me any issues.

As an Android tablet, I find it lightning fast and it replaced a very slow Samsung 10.1" tablet. Typical apps that I use it for include IMDb, LoveFilm, Yatse, OneNote, YouTube, Kindle, TeamViewer, Tonido & Houzz. I would like to test Plex on it at some point in the future when I have some free time.

Negatives include the weight, slightly spongy keyboard and flexible hinge. You can alter the angles but using it beyond 270degs is "bouncy" and not ideal. BTW, I never use it at this angle anyway so it isn't a major issue for me. I also do not know the longevity of Acer products. Before I purchased, the other alternative I was considering was the Lenovo Yoga 10.1" Touch but the technology was too new for me to take a risk.

A lot of the critical comments are related to the MediaTek processor but I can honestly say I have not had any problems and I can only offer my opinion as an owner. It isn't cheap when you consider some alternatives but I'm definitely sold on the Chromebook principle and it suits my lifestyle. Hope this helps.
xicosm23 h, 53 m ago

Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock …Cold ... if you keep an eye on laptops direct they are usually in stock for around £200I bought mine from them ... great machine to take on trips

£290 for refurb with 3 month warranty at Laptops Direct right now, not sure that's a better deal
Edited by: "pants" 13th Aug 2017
Supersoul7 h, 11 m ago

Okay I've just had a play around and tested the Chromebook. I've had 23 …Okay I've just had a play around and tested the Chromebook. I've had 23 Chrome tabs open that includes Google Sheets, OneNote and some webpages that are video embedded and are normally quite intensive in Windows. There is no noticeable delay when switching to the standard webpage tabs. With the tabs containing the embedded videos and adverts, there is a delay but it's a fraction of a second and not an issue to me. I also have 6 Android Apps open in addition to the 23 Chrome tabs and the Apps have no delay. Obviously this isn't an official test and in my typical situation, I would normally have around 12 Chrome tabs open and that never caused me any issues.As an Android tablet, I find it lightning fast and it replaced a very slow Samsung 10.1" tablet. Typical apps that I use it for include IMDb, LoveFilm, Yatse, OneNote, YouTube, Kindle, TeamViewer, Tonido & Houzz. I would like to test Plex on it at some point in the future when I have some free time.Negatives include the weight, slightly spongy keyboard and flexible hinge. You can alter the angles but using it beyond 270degs is "bouncy" and not ideal. BTW, I never use it at this angle anyway so it isn't a major issue for me. I also do not know the longevity of Acer products. Before I purchased, the other alternative I was considering was the Lenovo Yoga 10.1" Touch but the technology was too new for me to take a risk.A lot of the critical comments are related to the MediaTek processor but I can honestly say I have not had any problems and I can only offer my opinion as an owner. It isn't cheap when you consider some alternatives but I'm definitely sold on the Chromebook principle and it suits my lifestyle. Hope this helps.



Thanks Supersoul and sleepymouse, some thorough testing.

Most of the apps I would be using have tablet versions (ticket to ride, comic readers etc.) so hopefully would pick up those versions!

I think I need to see it in action now, to get a feel for the weight etc.
Anyone know if new chromebook owner still get upgraded google drive storage? My 2 year 1TB from my last chromebook just ran out, thx
Shame about that Mediatek processor...gonna hold out for a deal on an ASUS c302ca.

Still heat for price.
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wilc6 h, 14 m ago

Anyone know if new chromebook owner still get upgraded google drive …Anyone know if new chromebook owner still get upgraded google drive storage? My 2 year 1TB from my last chromebook just ran out, thx


You get 2 years of 100GB Google Drive storage and a 90 days trial of Google Play Music. This was back in May.
Edited by: "win26" 14th Aug 2017
Evilmonkey12th Aug

Any idea on when this will be in the UK and how much?I actually saw this …Any idea on when this will be in the UK and how much?I actually saw this at an educational show back in January, and it is very plasticy. It's designed for education, so rugged is the key word here!


Sorry, don't know.
The HP X360 Chromebook looks interesting too.
This costs more than an ipad 2017, is it faster ?
Why should I buy this instead ?
foes4you11 m ago

This costs more than an ipad 2017, is it faster ? Why should I buy this …This costs more than an ipad 2017, is it faster ? Why should I buy this instead ?



Because you want a chromebook with android support instead of a ipad with ios?
Pretty expensive for a chrome book especially with the MTK Processor. It's about £100 more expensive than my 2 year old Toshiba Chromebook 2 which has better specs and has held its full price since I bought it (imported mine from Amazon USA). In 2 years time will this one still be worth buying for £350? I doubt it. But I like that it has 64GB of storage instead of the standard 16GB. It means you can have even more user accounts on it whereas with 16GB machines you're doing well if you can fit more than 2 on it. Sure you can add a 128GB SDXC Card in them for external storage but the whole sandboxed Chrome OS environment has to be kept in internal storage so the 64GB will definitely be advantageous. Not a bad Chromebook by any means but it's overpriced by too much for me. I'd consider it if it drops sub-£280 and the feedback on it was mainly positive.
Can this run Adobe illustrator and Photoshop?
plap23rd Aug

No


What about the Adobe Android apps, do they run on Chromebooks?
Anyone have this and would recommend this?
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