Invaluable for a college student for simple school tasks. By: Olivia Wright
Before getting this, I had a Toshiba Windows 10 machine that was heavy, had a short battery life, was falling apart, and was becoming slower with each day--all of which made it hard to get stuff done. As a college student, I needed a quick, affordable solution for doing schoolwork on the go.Enter the Acer R13 Chromebook. It's smaller and much lighter than my laptop, making it a lot more portable. It starts up quickly and is super-fast, allowing me to get straight to homework without having to go through long loading and annoying Windows updates. Unlike my laptop, it doesn't make any noise. The touchscreen is useful, especially when making notes in OneNote that involve a lot of drawing (like math and chemistry). Performance-wise, I'm able to open multiple tabs in Google Chrome without any slowdown (though an ad-filled page will make things a bit laggy).Most importantly, the battery life is phenomenal. I often get 9-10 hours with average use, and find that I only need to charge it once a day or once every two days. I can use it anywhere I want on campus (providing there's wifi) without having to search the room for the nearest outlet.The downsides:-If your school's wifi is poor, the Chromebook will be pretty useless since there isn't much you can do offline.-You can't install full-fledged computer programs (like Adobe Photoshop) or any PC gaming titles. (Really, you can't install anything that's not an Android app.)-Office products: the Android app versions are good for basic stuff, and so far they meet all of my basic needs (especially Word). However, if you need certain features that are only available in full Office products, then you will be out of luck here. I still need full Word/Excel/PowerPoint, so I use the Office apps on the Chromebook to "get started" and add more crucial detail on my laptop later on.-No "delete" key. (I find this weird.)-Dependence on cloud storage (which can be good and bad).If you need something with the portability of a tablet but some of the functionality of a laptop, this Chromebook is perfect for you. Overall, this Chromebook meets my basic needs as a college student (portability, web browsing, typing papers, doing online homework), but will not replace the full functionality of a laptop. I use it as a compliment to (but not a replacement of) my laptop.