Acer Aspire R 13 – To Buy or Not

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Acer Aspire R 13

The Acer Aspire R 1, an upscale hybrid laptop, has a screen design that is quite flexible. For those required to make numerous presentations, the versatility of the screen design is a boon as it functions well in different situations that demand touch computing.

It also manages screening with aplomb and video editing quite well. The B50 comes equipped with several upscale features as well as decent performance numbers. However, it is slightly expensive and will cost you close to $1,500.

Review of features and design of the Acer Aspire R 13

The R 13 is a slim and light version of the convertible Acer Aspire hybrid laptop, which is much more usable and portable as compared to the Acer Aspire R7-572-6423 reviewed in the previous year.

The system is around 0.7×13.5×9 inches. It weighs around 3.21 pounds. The size and weight is a bit more as compared to the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. The hinge system of the Aspire R 13 is a little complicated. It is definitely flexible but tends to add additional bulk to the machine. Overall, the weight remains pretty decent and it is still lighter when compared to the Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W-B5224, weighing close to five pounds.

The touch screen (WQHD) is 13.3 inches in width and has a 1,440 resolution. It turns on a central axis, in a similar way as the Dell XPS 12. But unlike the Dell, the screen frame is shaped in the form of a ‘U’ and not a complete surround. So there is scope for two additional modes as compared to what is offered by majority of the convertible hybrid machines.

You will find a 512GB SSD and memory space of 8GB in the Acer Aspire R 13. This allows for plenty of space needed for downloading videos or a lot of music, images etc. It also adds to the cost making the Aspire 13 one of the most expensive Acer models.

Performance review

The Aspire R 13 is installed with an Intel Core processor (i7-4510U) along with Intel 4400 HD Graphics. Therefore it is much faster with PCMark 8 Work Conventional, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Handbrake (3:07) as compared to Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro.

The system has a decent battery life, if not great when considered by existing standards. It delivers a battery life of 6 hours and 45 minutes on an average prior to demanding a recharge. On the other hand both Toshiba 13 i7 Touch and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro have a battery life lasting for a day.

To Buy or Not to Buy?

With Acer Aspire 13, you get both storage space and good performance, but it is still costly for its offerings.

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