Acer Aspire R 11
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.