Let’s get straight to the point…Acer R11 is a cute, compact computer that gets the job done. Measuring 9×11 inches it’s small enough to fit into most carry cases or a large purse making it ideal for travel. And, when it’s out for the world to see, R11 makes a bold statement with a textured cover in one of four available colors. The textured shell also makes R11 more durable than metal covered laptops. I handled the device without fear of it getting scratched or nicked in a way that would destroy it aesthetically; A good quality because the tougher the device, the longer its lifespan in my home with two small children. The device has all the ports you’d expect which include, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with a gigabit Ethernet port, two USB ports (USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0), HDMI, VGA and a 3.5mm headset jack and a built-in SD card reader.
R11 is a convertible that can be used in several modes including Notebook, Display, Tent, and Pad. I spent most of my time with the device in notebook mode because it’s a nice break from mobile computing. I handle most of my daily tasks using my mobile so when I switch to a larger device, it’s usually for the comfort of a laptop. The 360 degree dual-torque hinge made switching between modes easy and seamless. The keyboard was noticeably smooth. I used tablet mode the least because it was the least comfortable way to interact with the device. That can likely be attributed to the thickness of the profile when the device is in tablet mode. It feels a bit bulky.
Overall, R11 is well designed and good looking.
R11 is powered by an Intel Pentium processor with Intel HD graphics. The machine did well performing basic functions. Transitions were smooth and I didn’t experience any problems multitasking between applications. The device I tested features a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3700 processor along with 8GB of RAM. It’s not plum for gaming or entertaining but it does get the job done for basic computing.
I use a MacBook so it was refreshing to have touch screen capability. I’ve tried other 2-in-1 devices that required turning touch mode on and off. Thankfully, the R11 was seamless and responded timely to the use of both touch and keyboard/touchpad commands without all the fuss.
Acer promises that R11 has up to 8 hours of battery life but I managed about 6 hours – enough juice to last through a heavily social day.
The screen is covered with damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass so you don’t have to worry about getting it scratched. The laptop’s 11.6in touch screen isn’t bad; it’s not as vivid as the V Nitro (which is also under review) and contrast is fairly low at 433:1 which means finer details are lost but at this price point, the display is adequate.
R11 comes with Windows 10 and all of its glory; no problems there. A few times I tried to access the Windows Store and received the following message:
“The server stumbled. Page could not be loaded. Please try again later”.
I believe that’s a Microsoft issue that has nothing to do with the device itself.