The big knock against Chromebooks — the light, minimal alternative to MacBooks and PC laptops — is that their software options are limited. The Acer Chromebook R 13 is one of the first notebooks to avoid that problem, as it offers (beta) support for the Android apps in the Google Play store. On top of that, it has long battery life, a comfy keyboard and an aluminum design that’s quite slick for a $399 machine. As long as you don’t need a lot of processing power, the Chromebook R 13 is a great choice.
The Acer Chromebook R 13’s aluminum chassis gives it an eye-catching look that made one of my co-workers mistake it for a MacBook Pro. Its 1080p display rotates to laptop, display, tent and tablet positions on a pair of hinges that offer enough tightness to keep it stable.
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