This morning, Acer unveiled their new R 11. Starting at just $249, the R 11 is Acer's latest foray into convertibles, bringing a beautiful fabric-textured exterior in sky blue or cloud white machine to the masses.
The R 11 features a 360-degree hinge to allow up to four modes of presentation and an 11.6-inch HD touch screen with Zero Air Gap technology and Corning Gorilla Glass.
Acer R 11 Specifications (Optional configurations)
- Intel Pentium processor (unspecified) and Intel HD graphics
- 11.6-inch HD display (720p)
- Precision Touchpad
- Up to 8 hours of battery life
- Up to 8GB of DDR3L system memory
- Up to 1TB hard drive
- Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam
- Built-in SD Card reader
- USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports
- Full sized HDMI and VGA ports
- TrueHarmony audio speakers
- Ships with Windows 8.1 and is supported by Acer for the free upgrade to Windows 10
Additionally, the R 11 also has a new feature that Acer calls BluelightShield for "effectively reducing eye strain by reducing blue light emission from the screen" with four modes of use:
- Low Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 18%, which is as effective as a pair of generic anti-blue-light glasses.
- Mid Reduction and High Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 36% and 54% respectively.
- Long Hour Mode: Professionally tuned by optical engineers to reduce eye strain over extended periods.
The Acer R 11 will be available in North America in July starting at $249 and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), in June with prices starting at €349.
Overall, the R 11 looks like a great budget-friendly convertible. The inclusion of a Precision Touchpad, BluelightShield, TrueHarmony speakers and ample hardware might make the R 11 a wise option for those who need a new laptop.