Acer Convertible Chromebook R 11 Laptop Review

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3.8/5 on October 18, 2017

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564 reviews

PROS

  • Lightweight: (2.6 pounds) hence portable. You carry your Acer Chromebook R11 to the office and back without much hassle, bring work home easily.
  • Processing Power: At 1.6 GHz, Acer R11 is great processing power for a Chromebook executes basic tasks without any major setbacks; it’s a great option for a personal computer.
  • Touchscreen: Acer Chromebook R11 is touchscreen enabled convertible laptop with access to Android applications.
  • Battery: The solid build, impressive screen, and the near full day battery life make the Acer Chromebook R11 the perfect laptop for an average user.

CONS

  • Personalization: The Acer Chromebook R11 doesn’t offer any real customization options for users; hence personalization is highly limited.
  • Weight: Though it has been advertised as one of the lightest Ultrabooks on the market, the Acer Chromebook R11 is heavier than most of its alternatives.
  • Speed: Though the device can offer a smooth performance for an average user, it can be extremely slow when pushed a little harder or when playing heavy games.
  • Display: The display is mediocre for a laptop in the Acer Chromebook R11 price range — a 1080p display could have been much better — and the trackpad was constantly brought up as a problem by many users.

VERDICT

For most people, it’s hard to argue with the Acer Chromebook R11 if you are in the market for a small Chromebook. The laptop is a great device if you want to break it out as a tablet replacement on some occasions, kick back and listen to some tunes, play your favorite games, and get some work done. The price definitely hits a sweet spot.

The Acer Chromebook R11 is not as rugged as the Dell Chromebook 11 or as stylish as the Asus Chromebook Flip, but it beats these two devices in some of the most essential features. The Acer Chromebook R11 introduces some level of flexibility, something that has always been lacking in the Chromebook market. The best thing about the Acer Chromebook R11 is that it adds the flexibility without having to send the price skyrocketing.

The RAM and the processor are a little bit wanting; the laptop can be noticeably slow at times. The quality of the laptop’s build is okay at best, but the trackpad is downright awful, Acer needs to do better next time. The battery is impressive, the touch screen is nice, and the display is decent — given that it’s a small device. Acer Chromebook R11 is certainly not a laptop without its compromises, but its price range should allow you to overlook its shortcomings. This laptop is perfect for you if you are looking for an affordable, do it all Chromebook.

The function of Chromebooks is typically to access the internet. For that reason, Chromebooks have found themselves in an odd spot in the laptop market time and again.  In most cases, Chromebooks will sport almost similar features irrespective of the manufacturer. However, the Acer Chromebook R11 stands out from the pack with the increasing popularity of online games. The device comes with a 360-degree hinge which makes it Acer’s first ever convertible Chromebook and tells it apart from other devices.

Acer’s idea of developing a small, convertible Chromebook that is touch enabled makes a lot of sense especially in the light of recent events — Android applications will soon be available on Chrome OS. Upon its launch, many pundits were of the opinion that the Acer Chromebook R11 was a little ahead of its time. But what exactly can the Acer Chromebook R11 do for you that other Chromebooks can’t? Check out the full review to find out.

Acer Chromebook R11 Specifications

There’s nothing too fancy about Acer Chromebook’s R11 specs; you get a very standard set of ports and internals. The device comes with an SD card slot, HDMI out, and two USB ports. The Acer Chromebook R11 features a 16 or 32GB of storage and 2 or 4GB of RAM which supports the Intel Celeron N3150 processor clocked at 1.6GHz. Other key features are:

Display: 1366×768 IPS, 11.6-inch

Weight: 2.76 lb

Dimension: 294.6 x 203.2 x 19.2 millimetres

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Memory: DDR3L 2GB/4GB

Storage: 16GB/32GB

Sound: Microphone, stereo speakers

Camera: 1280×720 HD web camera

Battery: 3220 mAh, 3-cell Lithium-ion, almost 10 hours of battery life.

Look and Feel

With a weight of 2.76 pounds, the Acer Chromebook R11 is a relatively light Chromebook. It measures 0.8 by 11.6 by 8 inches (HWD) and it’s pretty attractive and easy to hold due to the small size. The R11 feels like a textured plastic with a metallic finish but what it really made of is a Nano-print technology print, white plastic edges, and an aluminum lid. It’s white in color.

The screen itself features a 1366×768 pixels resolutions featuring IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology. The Acer Chromebook R11 is not a FULL HD, but it has pretty impressive display — the 768p is resolution screen is good enough for a Chromebook of that size. There are three modes of the convertible feature: tablet mode (using it as a tablet by folding the display all the way back behind), tent mode (placing the system upright on its edges), and the display mode (the screen pointing outward and the keyboard facing down).

Performance

Apart from a few minor hiccups, the Acer R11 Chromebook performs admirably when subjected to internet accessibility and gaming tests. The Intel Celeron N3150 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with the support of the 4 GB of RAM gives a pretty smooth experience even with several tabs opened. It slows down a little bit with ten browser tabs and several apps open at the same time. This bog down can only be noticed when loading pages in the background and when opening the pages.

It’ll take some time before text input and window switching become noticeably slow. Other than that, the Chromebook handles basic tasks very well. Video streaming is okay at best typing on Google docs can be a challenge especially if you have multiple applications running. Having said that, it’s unlikely that an average is going to have any problems performing various games and the normal Chromebook tasks with the Acer R11.

Charging and Battery Life

According to the manufacturer, the Acer Chromebook R11 will give your about 9.5 hours of battery life. But that’s subject to change depending on usage with heavy users reporting a significantly shorter battery life. The reasonably impressive battery life is as a result of a power efficient CPU in the Acer Chromebook R11.

You can increase the battery life by dropping the level of brightness. The laptop comes with a standard two cable and brick design, bearing the same white color on the Chromebook. Just like many other aspects of the device, there’s nothing fancy about the Acer Chromebook R11 charger.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Just like its predecessors, the Acer Chromebook R11 sports a decent keyboard, but don’t expect it to sweep you off your feet. The keyboard is not backlit, which is a let-down for most people given the price range. Otherwise, when typing, there’s little to no side to side movement, proper spring, and good travel on the keys themselves.

The trackpad is another story altogether, very disappointing. This seems to be a regression from trackpads on Acer Chromebooks preceding the R11. The trackpad itself is made from a glossy plastic akin the laptop’s body. Some users were unable to smoothly drag their fingers on the trackpad to select precise elements.

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