Acer R 11 is a new budget-friendly Windows 11-inch convertible notebook coming in July

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.

Source: Acer (opens in new tab)

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  • Acer laptop is ok
    Acer smartphone definitely no
    Glad to be first btw
  • ohhh "acer is dying"...
  • As a tech I hate Acer. Cheaply built, hard to open.
  • Taiwanese brand
  • I've hated acer computers for a long time. Just recentky starting to cautiously open back up to them. This looks like a nifty little notebook.
  • Is it like all convertibles and tablets are supposed to have Pentium and core m processors and all notebooks have core i3/5/7 processors??
    Well I can understand about tablets..but why most of the convertibles dont have core i processors??
  • Battery lives? I don't know for sure though. :)
  • The battery is good, you can use it for many hours without draining
  • How is this Pentium processor compared to i3,i5,i7 processors !
  • Pentium processor?
    Where does the Pentium processors sit in terms of atom, M, and i?
  • Just after atom
  • The new Pentium (and Celeron) are actually has similar architecture with Atom. For example, when latest build are Bay Trail based (before Cherry Trail released), they have Z3xxx as Atom, N28xx & N29xx as Celeron Mobile (for cheap laptops and netbooks), N35xx as Pentium Mobile, J18xxx & J19xxx as Celeron Desktop, and J28xx & J29xx as Pentium Desktop. So we have Atom (Zxxxx), Bay Trail-M (Nxxxx), and Bay Trail-D (Jxxxx). Their most noticable difference was in base-burst clock configuration if I'm not mistaken. So if a convertible use Z processors, they are more tablets than netbooks/notebooks (usually in detachable form). If it use N processors, they are more like netbooks/notebooks than tablets (usually in 360 rotation hinge form). The positioning should be Atom, Celeron, Pentium, Core-x (where Core-x is divided into Core-M and Core-ix). Though, I don't know how Intel will define the new Celeron and Pentium in the new naming scheme (where Atom is X3, X5, and X7).
  • Glancing at the title I saw "Windows 11" and got really confused for a second, haha.
  • I was about to say so
  • This actually looks great for an Acer laptop.
  • What about a zero app gap machine? ;) XD
  • At $250 starting price, this will be good for people who can not afford a Surface.
  • Why I can't all laptop manufacturers stop flooding the market. They put out 50 models and hope the customer buys one of them. Put them all together you have 100's. Then on top you have drivers for them. Why can't they slow down and design everything and not kick it out the door asap. Incremental upgrades on laptops with basic names. Why do they persist in fragmenting everything. The low end of Android is the same and completely stupid. Just my opinion. But imagine all the laptops that aren't bought or all that fuck up and they blame it on windows 8/10.
  • They could've made the screen bigger instead they waste space on bezel
  • $249 in USA but €349 in Europe etc. When $249 is only €230 at the mo, I think the rest of the world is getting ripped off.