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The cr-XPRT performance test measures Chromebook performance in basic productivity tasks as well as more demanding activities, such as watching movies or playing games. The Dell ran neck-and-neck with the older Acer Chromebook 15, while the newer and higher-end Acer Chromebook 15 C910 skated away with the prize.
The Chromebook 13 shone brightest in battery life, using cr-XPRT 2015’s expected battery life projection. Here, the tables were turned: The Acer Chromebook 15 C910 posted the shortest life of just over 7 hours, due to its power-hungry Core i5 processor. Dell’s Chromebook 13, with a less demanding processor and a large 6-cell, 67WHr battery, outpaced everyone by a wide margin: At 15 hours and change, it lasted 50% longer than the next-best Chromebook on this test.
The Dell Chromebook 13 is affordable quality in the Chromebook space. It’s sturdily built, well-configured, and its performance is competent, while its battery life is outstanding. You wouldn’t buy this for your kids, but for professionals and Chromebook aficionados, it’s currently the strongest buy.
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