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Acer As­pire R 11

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Peter Chu

It looks like notebook man­u­fac­tur­ers are no longer dead set on de­sign­ing note­books that are wafer thin and feather-light, and are now di­vert­ing their at­ten­tion to de­vel­op­ing note­books like the Acer As­pire R11, which is a con­vert­ible de­vice.

You're go­ing to be slightly dis­ap­pointed if you're ex­pect­ing the As­pire R 11 to pack a punch, and that's be­cause tasked to power this 11-inch con­vert­ible notebook is a 1.6GHz In­tel Pen­tium N3700 pro­ces­sor, along­side In­tel HD Graph­ics, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

While this notebook could have used a beefier pro­ces­sor, it's gen­er­ally suf­fi­cient for pro­fes­sion­als who need to do word pro­cess­ing on the go, and col­lege/univer­sity stu­dents. Fir­ing up browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Fire­fox takes a sev­eral sec­onds af­ter we dou­ble-clicked their re­spec­tive desk­top icons, when it right­fully should be an in­stan­ta­neous af­fair. It's not a painfully slow ex­pe­ri­ence by all means, but if you're ac­cus­tomed to the per­for­mance of a desk­top or notebook that's fit­ted with an In­tel Core pro­ces­sor, you'll def­i­nitely no­tice the drop in per­for­mance.

The palm rest area of the As­pire R 11 is made with what cer­tainly feels like hard plas­tic, which isn't nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, as it does a pretty de­cent job at keep­ing un­sightly fin­ger­prints and palm prints at bay, de­spite us spend­ing a good cou­ple of hours mashing away on the key­board. Speak­ing of which, the As­pire R 11's key­board is pretty nice to type on, though it would cer­tainly be bet­ter if its keys had slightly more travel and if they weren't so mushy.

The As­pire R 11's unique selling point is its abil­ity to ro­tate its 11-inch, Go­rilla Glass HD (1,366 x 768) touch­screen dis­play to es­sen­tially con­vert it­self into four dif­fer­ent modes: Lap­top, Dis­play, Tent, and Tablet.

In terms of per­for­mance, we were un­able to run both PCMark and 3DMark, which is likely due to hard­ware or soft­ware in­com­pat­i­bil­ity. Nev­er­the­less, we de­cided to gauge the As­pire R 11's worth by hav­ing it run games such as Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, and Counter Strike: Global Of­fen­sive.

De­spite the se­lec­tion of not- so-re­source-in­ten­sive games, the As­pire R 11 still had a tough time run­ning all three of them smoothly, re­gard­less if their graph­ics set­tings were set to the bare min­i­mum. As far as fram­er­ates are con­cerned, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, and Counter Strike: Global Of­fen­sive ran at an av­er­age fram­er­ate of 27fps, 15fps, and 22fps, re­spec­tively.

Based on our real-world test­ing, it's clear that the As­pire R11 is meant for pro­duc­tiv­ity, rather than gam­ing, so if you're look­ing for a sim­ple and func­tional con­vert­ible, the As­pire R11 is a solid choice.

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