In the lists of computers recommended for study, the Acer Chromebook C733 is always highlighted for being a machine developed for this purpose. And no wonder: the device bets on robustness, delivers the main Google applications and promises battery that lasts all day. It is equipped with an 11.6-inch screen, has an Intel Celeron N4020 processor and 4GB of RAM.
Costing R$2,399, the C733 still has military strength with a waterproof keyboard and touchpad for clumsy children and adults. But does it make sense to pay for all this on a Chromebook? How does he behave on a daily basis? I used the Acer Chromebook C733 to study and I’ll tell you if it’s really worth it.
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Design and connections
The Acer Chromebook C733 is a device without extravagance and, clearly, the materials and workmanship mean that it was developed to withstand the unforeseen circumstances of everyday life. It is a robust machine, all made of hard plastic and with thick sides. The laptop weighs just over 1 kg, is about a foot wide and 8 inches deep. Being compact, I was able to study and work on the table, sofa and even in bed without any difficulty.
The C733 has a 180° aperture which, according to Acer, “makes it easy to share content during classes.” I honestly didn’t see much benefit from this flexibility and I haven’t found a plausible reason to tilt the entire screen, but if you ever need to, the hinges are ready for it. Says Acer that this model has military strength and a drainage system that drains up to 330 ml of water, so the equipment does not stop working even when it receives liquids unexpectedly. They are more than welcome protections, especially for children.
In connection, it remains simple: you have access to two USB-C ports, two USB type A ports, a standard jack for headphones and there is also a microSD card reader, which can be useful for expanding the internal memory. Like other Chromebooks, this tested model allows the user to choose which USB-C port to feed the battery on, another plus. Unlike Lenovo 300E, Acer’s device doesn’t have HDMI input. Ethernet port, traditionally, does not appear either, but at least it has Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and brings Bluetooth in version 5.0, excellent for homeschooling.
Screen, sound, keyboard and webcam
If in the finish the Acer Chromebook C733 gains an advantage due to its robustness, on the screen it loses points. It has an 11.6-inch LCD panel with HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) and can reach up to 250 nits of brightness, this is a configuration very similar to the Chromebook Acer C731. It’s a suitable canvas for browsing web pages, social networks and online educational platforms, but for gaming and streaming, the experience isn’t good. Black is grey, there are whitish tones, and depending on the angle, you can’t see the content, especially if you’re near windows.
You should still find a version identical to this one analyzed, named C733T and with a touch-sensitive screen. I had a quick experience with it and I must register that I didn’t like the usability. Touching the screen allowed me to streamline some commands, but the lid wobbles so much that I avoided touching it all the time. Obviously, the C733T variant is more expensive, something around R$100 more, so it’s worth analyzing whether it’s really worth spending this.
Acer’s Chromebook has stereo speakers placed at the bottom. At first glance, the position may seem awkward, but the sound is loud and the only conflicting point is the shrillness when the volume is turned up. Fortunately, headphone input is available.
The keyboard is in ABNT2 standard. I did, however, have a bit of trouble adapting to Caps Lock, which requires selecting “Alt” + the letter. In a few moments, I accidentally hit the search button that is nearby. It’s not backlit and the spacing isn’t as wide as I’d like, but the keys are silent. On the other hand, the touchpad has a good precision, but it looks simple and the lower buttons require a little pressure. Also, it would be nice if Acer increased the size for more comfortable usability.
About the webcam, I avoided using the component during work meetings on Zoom and Google Meet. However, for children who are studying at home, it should do the job, even with the low setting. The camera works only in 720p and has an 88-degree viewing angle.
Performance, software and battery
Let’s move on to performance. This computer is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020, quad-core, combined with 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32 GB eMMC. That’s what you’re thinking: these are basic settings, but enough to run Chrome OS. If you are looking for a device just for studying, the equipment will meet your needs.
Startup is quick and it was possible to run the main everyday applications without bottlenecks. I used the C733 to study in Zoom for 1 hour, watched videos on YouTube, Netflix, accessed several web pages through Chrome and, during these activities, the equipment didn’t ask for help, which reinforces the good performance in basic tasks. Other study and productivity apps available on the Play Store, such as Google Docs and Google Classroom, run smoothly.
The main challenge for this Chromebook with Intel UHD 600 GPU is gaming. For example, Asphalt 9, with the details reduced, it runs with constant crashes and the most complex scenes keep freezing. Already Modern Strike it runs well with few limitations, even if you elevate the title details.
In software, Chrome OS is an excellent system for students, even more so if the educational institution adopts Google platforms. It is also a good entertainment device, as the main streaming services can be downloaded from the app store. Fortunately, the Chromebook only comes with the search giant’s apps, meaning no bloatware and other services from Acer. When you turn on your laptop, you already have quick access to Chrome, Gmail, Google Docs, Spreadsheet and Slides. I just missed Google Classroom, which could come pre-installed. Anyway, the app is available on the Play Store.
This tested model has a 45 Wh battery and, according to Acer, this is enough for the Chromebook to work for up to 12 hours, therefore a autonomy similar to that of the Samsung Chromebook 4, which is a strong rival to the Acer C733.
In my tests, I consumed 2 hours of Netflix, 1 hour of YouTube, 40 minutes of video calling on Zoom, and ended up with 1 hour surfing the web via Google Chrome. The battery came out of 100% and was at 56%, excellent autonomy! I could see that the computer has good battery drain control; sometimes, with just one charge, I can work with it for up to three days (using a few hours a day, it’s worth pointing out). The power supply is bivolt and makes the device reach 100% in about 1h40min, which is a good amount of time.
Acer Chromebook C733: Is It Worth It?
Acer asks for R$2,399 for this Chromebook, which doesn’t make much sense considering the settings and even the proposal of the model. This is a basic device with hardware, software and structure for children and teenagers, who need a simple laptop for everyday tasks. The good news is that some retailers already sell the device for R$1,500, which is an acceptable value considering the current scenario of increasingly expensive notebooks.
I still can’t classify that the C733 is a perfect Chromebook for students, but it’s a good option that you should look into before you hit the hammer. It is compact, resistant, has a very interesting connectivity system and Android apps that make life easier for those who are already in the Google ecosystem. In addition, the model does not disappoint in basic activities. You’ll be able to browse without bottlenecks through Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Docs, Classroom, Netflix and other study and entertainment services.
The Samsung Chromebook 4 and Lenovo 100E are other entry-level models for you to look at. For those looking for something more complete in hardware, screen and productivity, the Samsung Chromebook Plus is a machine to keep an eye on during promotions. It is 2 in 1, has a full HD screen, pen, 13 megapixel front camera and a more modern design.
Acer Chromebook C733
- Model has a tough and durable design
- Satisfactory performance for basic tasks
- It has Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0
- Chrome OS is great for studying
- screen could be better
- Touchpad requires pressure
- Webcam is bad for online meetings
- Processor: quad-core Intel Celeron N4020, 1.10GHz up to 2.80GHz (Video card: UHD Intel 600 with shared memory with RAM memory);
- RAM: 4GB of 2400 MHz LPDDR4 (soldered);
- Storage: eMMC 32GB HDD;
- Screen: 11.6-inch IPS LCD with HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels);
- Drums: 42 Wh (three cells);
- Connectivity: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (2), USB-C (2), microSD card reader, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.0, connection for headphones and microphone;
- Others: ABNT2 keyboard, 180-degree folding screen, 720p webcam, two speakers;
- Operational system: Chrome OS;
- Dimensions: 302(W) x 209(D) x 21.3(H) mm;
- Weight: 1.26 kg.