It’s not exactly svelte at 20.9mm and 1.58kg but this is reflected in the price. It would be nice have the option to spend a little more on a thinner and lighter model with a metal chassis.
The hinge works well and means you can use the Aspire R1 in different modes: laptop, tablet, display and tent. As with other devices, we’re not convinced by using a device like this in tablet or tent mode but the other two are useful.
For this price you’re not going to get amazing specs so the Aspire R11 is powered by an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor with up to 8GB of RAM. Performance seems ok during a hands-on time but we’ll need to put the R11 to the test in our lab before we can comment fully.
There’s no SSD for speedy performance, instead you’ll get a 500GB hard drive which can be up to 1TB depending on the SKU. Acer touts a battery life of up to eight hours.
The Aspire R11 is a diddy customer compared to most which have a 360 hinge. It has an 11.6in screen which may be too small for some people depending on what type of things you want it for. A resolution of 1366 x 768 is understandable for the price but viewing angles are very poor so we’d like at least the option to buy the R11 with an IPS display. Poor viewing angles and the hinged design don’t really match.
There’s little in the way of other specs with an HD webcam built in and a handful of ports down one side. You get two USB ports, full-size HDMI and ethernet