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Acer Launch New $299 Convertible Chromebook

The Acer Chromebook R…otatable

The Acer Chromebook R…otatable

Acer has announced its first convertible Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook R11 — and yes, it’s exactly the same device that we wrote about a few months ago. 

The Acer Chromebook R11 is an 11.6-inch notebook with a touchscreen display. The screen can rotate a full 360 degrees to function as a tablet, or be manoeuvred into ‘tent’ and ‘display’ modes.

It is powered by a speedy Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor (Braswell, 1.6GHz) and comes with 2GB or memory and 16GB of flash storage. Acer say a slightly more expensive model will a marginally faster processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB of flash storage will also be available.

The IPS display pushes a standard HD (1366 x 768) resolution. Not fantastic but worth remembering that a higher FHD resolution would likely make the touch capabilities more fiddly given the small screen size.

The R11 does have a better HD webcam than previous Acer models. It offers HDR technology for better lighting and contrast. There’s also dual-antennae MiMo Wi-Fi for improved connectivity and a smattering of USB 3.0 ports.

Easily one of the thinest and lightest Chromebooks released so far, the R11 weighs a mere 1.25 kg and stands a svelte 19.2 mm thin. It will be available in either black (pictured) or white.

Acer Say It’s Offers ‘Greater Choice’ For You

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Jerry Kao, president of Notebook Business Group at Acer, says the device will provide customers “with a greater choice of Chrome OS notebooks.”

“We already offer a variety of Chromebooks from 11 to 15 inches. The addition of the convertible series is another illustration of our commitment to our customers and the category.”

With a price tag of $299, the R11 is more expensive than the ASUS Chromebook Flip but with its larger screen and far more powerful processor, it’s easily better value for money.

And with a launch date of this October, it should help make seasonal purchase decisions interesting later this year.

Not after a convertible? Lenovo has something new for you, too…

  • robbypayne

    Looking at the actual hands-on pics thus far, the screen looks troubling. Viewing angles look really, really bad. With no mention anywhere of IPS, I’m guessing this is a crappy TN panel. On a fixed laptop, that is excusable. For a device with tablet aspirations, it’s just not. Shame if that is the case.

    • Maybe we jumped the gun with the IPS? I haven’t had chance to check out other coverage of it thus far so assumed it matched all the product leaks from earlier in the year (which did mention IPS).

  • Bryan Rumsey

    I guess I’m going to have to wait until this comes out and see how it fairs against the Flip. I’m loving the larger scree but that Celeron N3050 has some troubling Octane scores, about 1000 less than the Rockchip in the Flip. The higher spec’d R11 sounds like it might be what I want but I’m not too sure about a higher price point.

    • JUDGE

      Agree. The design is good, the IPS screen is a huge selling point, but the internal specs and benchmark scores are other… Wait & see except if I can find the Tosh CB104, in this case and only this one, I will drop all the other Chromebook models… and my HP11 by Google!!!

  • moe

    Acer got the design right but not so much the specs, i hope they’ll update the specs for something better..

    • C_dric

      Still waiting for a tegra X1

  • liamdools

    Meh, I personally think Chrome OS should stay in the “laptop” category. Tablet convertibles are pretty useless unless they manage to fit in a digitizer stylus or not be an awkward fiddly 3 pound tablet of sorts.

    • Homer J. Simpson

      And yet people are still buying convertible laptops.

    • ClikFire _

      i disagree I think tablets are only really useful for 2 things media consumption and playing games maybe reading but point is why buy a whole other device for these few functions when you can just fold your chromebook and have the same or similar experience in one.

      as soon as the Asus Flip was announced I was interested and that will most likely be my next CB or this Acer.

      • liamdools

        It means a device that has two form factors and one OS usually means to different interfaces but with the same OS, but with the new ‘unification’ trend it now mostly means tabletizing the desktop and making a bad experience on desktops because some things are too big, but also a bad experience on tablets because some things are too small.

        • ClikFire _

          that couldn’t be further from the truth. You obviously haven’t seen the Asus Flip in action its the chrome OS ui it just deactivates the keys and shifts to touchscreen controls. Many reviewers are saying the Asus Flip is a well executed convertible chromebook.

          Your example is an old one and falls more in line with Windows 8 type hybrid devices but with windows 10 and Chrome OS UI staying the same when folding the keyboard back your comment holds ZERO weight.

          • liamdools

            Then why is the touchscreen launcher forced into Chromebooks and Chromebases?

          • Homer J. Simpson

            That’s not a touchscreen launcher, that’s just a redesigned launcher. There’s absolutely no difference other than it being centered in the screen and taking up a bit more space. And the purpose for that is to show your google now cards, which doesn’t work with the old launcher.

          • Homer J. Simpson

            Also I have to agree with ClikFire your argument of poor execution of tablet/desktop conformity is really about Windows 8 doing poorly. But even then, Windows 8 gave you the option of desktop or metro mode, it’s just that the start menu was always metro.

  • FirstLine

    I want a tablet. Not these convertibles. :(

    • With Chrome OS?

      • FirstLine


        • It could be great, actually. But why would you prefer Chrome OS on a tablet format?

          • FirstLine

            I don’t want another platform. And don’t think highly of Android.

  • Brandon Zobisch ヅ

    I wouldn’t say the N3050 is a “far more powerful processor” than the Flipbook. The GPU will be better but the benchmarks and performance of the CPU are within 10% of each other.

  • oneleft1

    Too heavy and big. Having the Flip and the Acer 720, this thing looks to be about the same weight and size as the c720. Can’t imagine using the Acer as a tablet. I’ll take the Flip for a portable laptop/tablet compromise.

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