I don’t know how long the sale will run but you can purchase this high-end Chromebook at a mid-range price of $529 right now.
I recently pointed this device out in my Chromebook buyers guide for every budget; this was a contender in the $600 and up range. And although I haven’t used this particular Chromebook — my review unit is on the way — I have used its predecessor, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13.
In fact, I still use it every day because it’s a fantastic device. My Spin 13 has 16 GB of memory while the discounted 713 has half that.
However, everything that’s good about the Spin 13 is there on the Acer Chromebook 713 and what’s changed has made it better: A newer, 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U processor and 128 GB of NVMe storage.
Ironically, I just wrote about some computer tests between eMMC/SSD and NVMe; you can check the results here but rest assured, everything will be faster on a Chromebook with NVMe storage save for any activities that are solely cloud-based.
You’ll also get an antimicrobial 13.5-inch Corning Gorilla glass display with 2256 x 1504 resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio, two USB 3.1 Type-C and one Type-A ports, a full-sized HDMI out and microSD card reader. Wireless upgrades include the newest Wi-Fi6 radios and Bluetooth 5.0 as well.
Essentially, you’re getting a lot of hardware for the cost here and the device will get Chrome OS software updates through June of 2028, so almost eight years of support.
Again, I thought this was a great value at $629 for what you’re getting. At $529, it’s even better as long as you don’t mind that 3:2 display ratio (I actually like it for productivity) and have a budget that can afford it.
Update: This post was originally published on November, 15, 2020. The deal is currently available again)