Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K5X4
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K5X4
Source: PC Mag
It may cost more than other chromebooks, but the Acer Chromebook R 13 (CB5-312T-K5X4) has a full HD screen, a convertible 2-in-1 form factor, and other features to help justify its price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
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Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 85%
Model: The Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K5X4 is a convertible laptop with four modes to choose from – notebook, pad, display or tent thanks to its agile 360° hinge. It can deliver just about all the right features required from a basic laptop, plus extras like a USB-C port, a sturdy design and almost 12 hours of battery life. The Chromebook R13 measures 1.55 x 32.59 x 22.81 cm (0.61 x 12.83 x 8.98 inch) and weighs 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds), which is average for a 13.3-inch laptop. As for design, the Chromebook R13 features a sparkly silver lid and keyboard deck. It is light enough to carry one-handed and thin enough to fit easily into most backpacks. A fan-less design keeps the device silent and dust-free at home and at work. The R 13 goes to the extern by including an expansive 13.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) screen, that’s easy on the eyes and likely to appeal to a wider audience. This is a major step from the usual 1,366 x 768 resolution that is common among smaller Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook R11 and CTL J5 Chromebook. It gives some extra space that will be valuable to work on a large spreadsheet or text document. The sharp screen lets you stream YouTube videos and stream media at greater levels of detail.
As for hardware specification, the Acer Chromebook R13 features a MediaTek MT8173C Core Pilot Quad-Core ARM processor with integrated Imagination PowerVR GX6250 Graphics and 4 GB of RAM. The processor and RAM are quite good for multitasking, especially in situations like copying and pasting text from a website, text processing, or live streaming videos. The Chromebook R13 is certainly capable enough for the home/office user who needs an affordable entertainment solution and for the school user too. The Chromebook R13 is operated by Chrome OS which is designed by Google and based on the Linux kernel It uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. The keyboard itself is chiclet style and, as on most Chromebooks, the Caps Lock key has been replaced with a Search key. The one-piece touchpad is wide enough for everyday use and responds quickly to multi-touch inputs – almost as good as the one on macbooks. Connectivity is good, including a USB 3.1 (Type C) port with DisplayPort over USB-C support, one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a Kensington lock port, a headset jack and a microSD port. The Chromebook has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connections. As for battery life, the Chromebook features a 3 cell Lithium Polymer battery with a capacity of 4670 mAh, which is capable of delivering a maximum runtime of 12 hours. The Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T-K5X4 might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially for those who well invested in the whole Apple or Windows ecosystem, but for those who can do just fine with only an Android device, this is the perfect laptop.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Imagination PowerVR GX6250: 2 cluster graphics chip integrated in ARM SoC (e.g. used in the MediaTek MT8173)
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
MT8173C: ARM-based quad-core SoC that integrates a performance cluster of two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz (max.) and a power saving cluster with two Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz (max.).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
82.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.