Acer 11.6" Convertible Chromebook model: CB5-132T-C7R5

Acer 11.6

I had a few things to say about this laptop

Watch the video below to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. I recorded this during the March 1st, 2019 live stream. The video below starts right when we started discussing the Acer 11.6" Convertible Chromebook.

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Quick Description

It might not be the most capable laptop out there, but as a netbook or tablet, it's a great fit for casual use for a minimal investment.

Being a Chromebook, you get full website functionality without the need for apps, and thanks to its self-updating design, it's safe and easy to use out of the box.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 57 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected 12 days ago, selling for $270.

This is a good laptop for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (59.90% of the time to be exact).

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30-$150

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.~$20

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $390.

Available at 8 locations, from $300

Based on 601 days of observation, the Acer 11.6" Convertible Chromebook usually costs ~$350 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $220.93. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Acer 11.6" Convertible Chromebook to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.



Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Best Buy, Amazon, Best Buy, Tiger Direct, Staples, Newegg, eBay or Visions Electronics at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.


Here's how the Acer 11.6" Convertible Chromebook ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).


Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Ease of Maintenance1.5/5


Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power1/5
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5


Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Ease of Maintenance3.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Ease of Maintenance2.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS, Android on Chrome OS
Processor: Intel Celeron N3160
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: 11.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(135.09ppi)
Dimensions: 29.39 × 20.40 × 1.93 cm
Weight: 1.30 kg

The features

  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • HDMI
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 2
  • USB 3
  • USB Type-A
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Multiple Monitor Support

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 0/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 1/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 3/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 2/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (1 / 1)

Texts & Numbers (2 / 5)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 10)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (0 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 10)

Video Games (5 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (2 / 53)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 56)

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