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Acer - R 13 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Chromebook - MT8173 - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Sparkly silver

Touch screen Acer R 13 Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook: Experience the combined benefits of power, flexibility and mobility with this Acer Chromebook laptop. It has a 2.1GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 4GB of RAM for multitasking efficiency and enhanced productivity, and it runs efficiently on Chrome OS. This Acer Chromebook laptop has a 13-inch touch screen that flips for use as a tablet.

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    What's Included

    • 3-cell battery
    • Acer Chromebook R 13 CB5-312T-K8Z9
    • Power adapter

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (130 out of 148)


    Google Chrome OS

    Automatically downloads and installs security and software updates, so you don't have to waste your time managing patches and waiting for restarts.

    13.3" Full HD 10-point multitouch screen for hands-on control

    The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

    4GB system memory for basic multitasking

    Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.

    32GB eMMC flash memory

    This ultracompact memory system is ideal for mobile devices and applications, providing enhanced storage capabilities, streamlined data management, quick boot-up times and support for high-definition video playback.

    360° flip-and-fold design

    Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.

    Built-in cloud support

    Easily save your files to your Google Drive account for secure access wherever you go. You can also sync with your other devices running Chrome and even work offline when needed. Fees may apply.

    Weighs 3.28 lbs. and measures 0.6" thin

    Ultraportable design, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 3-cell lithium-polymer battery.

    Aluminum chassis

    Offers a sleek look.

    Bluetooth interface syncs with compatible devices

    Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the laptop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

    2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

    USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

    HDMI output expands your viewing options

    Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

    Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

    Supports MicroSD memory card formats.

    Dual-band wireless network connectivity

    Built-in high-speed wireless LAN built into the screen, so it connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards in both laptop and tablet modes.

    Built-in HD webcam with microphone

    Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Google Hangouts or other popular applications.

    Built-in virus protection and Google products

    Work, play and do right out of the box with Search, Gmail, Talk, YouTube and Hangouts, then personalize with the Chrome Web Store. Multiple layers of protection defend against viruses and malware.

    Additional port

    Headphone/microphone combo jack.

    Note: This Chromebook does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 148 reviews

    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews



    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Chromebook

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have had great capability and use out of my Acer C720. So, it was no surprise to me that the R13 was a worthy successor. I'm typing this on the screen keyboard now. It takes a little getting used to, but it is nice to have type-ahead like a phone (not exactly the same, but workable). l wanted a Chromebook with touchscreen so I could take advantage of Android. So far it exceeds my expectations and works very well. I didn't anticipate the device having sensors. I thought it would be a "dumb" computer and less like a smart phone. It senses orientation in four directions. Of course it acts like a tablet (in tablet mode), but without the home or other hard buttons. BTW, since I'm typing this lengthy and detailed review, I quickly reverted back to the keyboard since it is much faster for me even though it doesn't have type-ahead built-in (that will probably happen in future equipment and/or operating system upgrades). One thing I absolutely love is the pinch and zoom capability. It is so much easier and faster to set it to see what I'm typing. To me, the lid seems just right. It is not too loose and not too tight. It flips open easily and does not move unless you want to move it. The hinge and plastics are not six-sigma designed and form fitting, but they are very passable for a computer of this price range. I have read other complaints about this being lower quality workmanship or materials. It may not be the top of the line, like the now "near-extinct" Chromebook Pixel (but WAY below the original price; you can get a Pixel near the same price now, but it is already 3 or 4 generations old). The R13 is very sturdy and has a professional feel and appearance. I don't have any problems with lag or slowness so far. The speakers are as good as I could ask for in this package. It won't blow your room away, but it is many levels better than other laptop-style computers I have dealt with in the past. The HDMI capability is good. The video card is capable of 4k+, but I wasn't able to run a stable configuration. It is probably something between the TV, cables, switches, etc. rather than a real problem with this computer. It isn't a big deal for me because I have several other sources to run 4K video. It works fine with 1080P and I'm OK with that. I did get a little scare out of the box as the system seemed to constantly reset itself. However, that was quickly remedied by a Google/Chrome update. I guess the drivers are in bad shape from the factory, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it start behaving well immediately after the update. So far, the Developer Channel has also been stable. FYI: if you want to use Android apps for this computer, as of 12/2016, you need to switch to Developer Channel (Mode) on Chrome O/S (just google for how to do it). However, it is on the list of future upgrades to Chrome and will eventually be on the Stable Channel.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love This Chromebook, Can't be beat for the price!


      I absolute love this Chromebook !! I have an older Acer C720 that I had bought maybe three years ago…But my granddaughter took it over, so I was in the market to get a new one again! I had a friend that had an Asus Flip, and while I did like the build of it and the screen it was a little small for my liking, plus is was slow as heck! My old C720 just blew it away in performance! ..So then I went out and bought an Acer R11 , and I found that a little better, but the performance was still not there for me….I don’t do a lot with the Chromebook and it is mainly just used for surfing so I don’t require much power, so I at least expect it to perform well doing web browsing! …So that one went back to the store and I got an HP 11 G5, and that was better performance wise, but still no where near as good as my old C720…But acceptable I guess! Then I saw the reviews on this beauty, and decide to get it! …It was to my surprise as good as my old Acer C720, plus I had the touch screen as well as the different modes (tablet, tent, etc) To be honest with you I don’t use the table mode that much, as I find it a bit heavy and clunky to hold the R13 in that mode… But I couldn’t be happier with the performance, and also the touch screen, as well as GREAT battery life, and also the screen is beautiful! The web cam is pretty good as well with doing Hangouts with family and friends! Also the ability to run run Android apps from the play store is a BIG plus! If there is one con to this Chromebook I would have to say that when I do put it into Tablet mode, The onscreen keyboard doesn't come up, but like I said I very rarely use it as a tablet, so for me it isn't a deal breaker…All in All this thing is a BUY, and you get the biggest bang for the buck with the R13!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Replaced my MacBook Air.

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Can't be touched for under $400! I always told my self once Google pulled the trigger on Android apps on a ChromeBook. I'd buy a a nice one. Was expecting to spend as much as a MacBook Air or a Pixel laptop. Was reading about the Acer R13 and how solid it was for about $400? Never liked Acer product and the cheap NetBook I bought as a poor student died shortly after the one year mark. Never bought Acer since. BBY store here in Bellingham WA didn't have the R13 on display, but was in stock. Bought it without looking at what was inside. Got to say was worth the risk. The laptop looks like a mix of MacBook Pro in the 13" MacBook Air size. The screen is great solid construction looks and feel like something way over the price paid. Sure it don't have junk that you will find in a $800+ laptop, but don't really care. I did have some issues with the Android apps crashing, but my laptop is in beta channel. I'm sure Google will fix everything on the normal update. The R13 will replace my MacBook Air and the iPad 2. The R13 can do everything I was doing on two device in one. Acer did a nice job on this computer.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Play Store Apps in a Laptop Configuration!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Chromebooks without Play Store apps just aren't a good fit for me, and it came to the point where I really needed an update from my Note 10.1 2014, so I tired this Chromebook out since it has Play Store Apps available on the Beta Channel. I have to say I'm pretty impressed. I use it for both work and play, and it seems to keep up with me quite well. I really like the battery life, seems to last forever. One downside (and this won't be unique to this Chromebook only) is that Play Store 3rd party file explorer apps (like SolidExplorer) don't recognize jump drives that are inserted into the USB port. I imagine it has to do with security and app sandboxing, but it sure would be nice to be able to use my file explorer of choice (this also applies to other types of apps, like media player apps and RAW image file processing apps). One hurdle I had to overcome was having purchased apps on different gmail accounts. I'm used to Android phones, where just as long as you have that account on your phone, a purchased app will work no matter which account you happen to be logged into at that time. Chromebooks are a little different in that you can only be logged into or signed into one account at a time. So originally, I had 3 or 4 different accounts that I would switch back and forth from depending on the purchased app I wanted to use. This became burdensome. After messing around with the "Family Sharing" option that Google has implemented, I was able to get all my apps to be used under one account. Kind of a pain, but for the time being, a solution that will work. Overall, I'm pleased with the Acer R13, and hope that Google will continue to improve the Play Store App experience!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best laptop i've owned

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is my favorite laptop by far. It's lightweight a good portable size and runs very fast. Perfect for regular everyday browsing and schoolwork. Plus it can also run android apps. It's no windows computer so don't expect it to do everything a windows laptop could but if you aren't going to try to do any heavy lifting like video editing or stuff like that I think this is much better. It has a thin profile and is light so it's very easy to take on the go. Plus the 12 hour battery life (which I have put to the test many times in the year that i've owned this so far) is amazing. I love that it's a 2 in 1 so i can prop it up to watch a movie, or completely fold it over and have a 13 inch tablet which is great for reading books and manga. With android apps (i'm running the latest chrome os beta, but there might already be android on the regular builds) using this as a tablet is very enjoyable, and my kid loves playing his touch games on a larger screen. Overall I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I've used it for a little over a year and it still runs like brand new. This is probably because chrome os is a very lightweight operating system unlike windows where my windows laptop is noticeably slower after a year of use. Pick one up, you won't regret it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Glad I got it!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Ordered this at the beginning of this week and received a day early. Love this Chromebook. After reading a ton of reviews I did have a concern relating to the worries. This is a beautiful solidly built laptop and I have no issues with the hinge. The Chromebook itself is beautiful, loads pages and videos quickly, and the screen is great and very clear. Of course it boots up very quickly and the battery life on this laptop is least 12 hours which means I can bring to all day conferences and not worry about bringing the charger. The keyboard is excellent and easy to type on. I have mac laptops, windows pc's, and several chrome books and always seem to come back to my chromebook. The operating system is just more interesting with the least amount of care and of course the new Play Store is great too offering more opportunities for additional apps not available in the web store. I bring to work every day and it really is not that heavy...which I'm glad of because I can't carry heavy items. If you're looking for a great chromebook I highly recommend the Acer R13! You'll love it.....

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Game Changing Chromebook

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      One of the most noticeable features of the the Acer R13 is the build quality. It is a very nice looking piece of hardware. Fortunately, it isn't an empty suit, and what's inside is just as impressive as its looks. Over the last year or so, 2 in 1's or convertibles have been gaining in popularity and there are more and more options to choose from. The Acer R13 separates itself from the pack by combining a great touch screen, a very comfortable keyboard and superb battery life to make using it a very pleasurable experience. The processor, which is a MediaTek MT8173C Core Pilot Quad-Core ARM, is largely responsible for its great battery life, but it also doesn't disappoint with more than ample processing power. I'll often have more than ten tabs open simultaneously, and have rarely noticed a slowdown. Another great feature of the processor is that because it's an ARM, there's no fan, which means it's 100% noise free. I've had a few Chromebooks, varying in price and performance points, and this is without question the best. It's also the most expensive, so my expectations were satisfied. I have recommended this laptop to a few friends (some have previously owned a Chromebook) who have purchased the Acer R13, and all have been impressed with its price and performance.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Save money and buy a real laptop/don't buy Acer

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Chromebook is frustrating to use. It is a good, simple device if you are browsing the internet. However, it is slow and it is difficult to view anything that isn't a webpage. Photos, PDFs, Videos not associated with a website will be difficult to view. The mousepad on the keyboard is pesky/difficult to use and does not always track correctly. Additionally, it has been 3 months. There is something loose in the power connection. This is a warranty issue. If I want it repaired I must purchase the box and shipping material, send via Fedex/UPS (Acer does not like USPS), wait about 30 days, and all for the possibility of holding my item hostage until I pay them if it doesn't turn out to be a warranty issue. If you're going to get this, the geek squad might be worth it. If you have to do anything other than browse the net, I would not recommend this device. I have used other chromebooks in the past and this one is very disappointing.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews

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      An affordable Chromebook 2-in-1 that'll last you all day long
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