Sporting a pint-sized form, the Acer Aspire R11 is a 2-in-1 notebook for people who desire a more affordable alternative to hybrids such as the top-rated Yoga ultra-slim series and HP Pavilion x360 convertible notebooks. The small convertible boasts a fanless design, a dual-torque 360-degree hinge and a low-power processor.
Acer Aspire R11 wears a plastic look – not quite surprising given its expected price. It weighs slightly less than 1.6 kg and comes in at a thickness that is a little below 21 millimetres. The chassis has a patterned, fabric-like finish. The budget convertible notebook is probably the first Acer device to come with a 360-degree hinge. The dual-torque hinge promises a wobble-free experience when using the hybrid in its different modes such as laptop, tablet, tent and stand.
The convertible notebook is furnished with a screen measuring 11.6 inches diagonally. The display has an HD resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is not exactly the best obtainable among the hybrids available on the market. However, the resolution of the screen compares well against the more expensive, similar-sized HP Pavilion x360 (2015) convertible.
Acer Aspire R11 will be powered by latest Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, codenamed Braswell, for a performance level decent for regular computer tasks. The chip is energy-efficient, which explains why the hybrid could have a fanless design. The 2-in-1 laptop will come with up to 8GB RAM. Windows 8 operating system is the platform on which Acer Aspire R11 runs – this makes it special since most of budget hybrids around do not use same. The notebook will reportedly come with Microsoft Office preloaded.
Onboard storage memory of up to 1 TB is available on the Acer Aspire R11, but the storage medium is a standard hard drive – it is not clear if buyers will be able to upgrade to solid-state drives. Acer says the provided battery can last almost a full work day – up to eight hours on a charge. The Aspire R11 features an HD webcam, two USB ports (including a USB 3.0 port), an HDMI output port, an Ethernet port and an SD card reader.
Price and Availability
Acer Aspire R11, which will be available in white and blue colours, starts at a price of $249 and is expected to become available from June or July. The price of the convertible laptop works out to less than N50,000 in Nigeria.