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Acer announces new Aspire R 11 convertible

Acer unveiled a new convertible with four different modes for extra usability.

Acer announced a new convertible called the Aspire R11 today at their global conference for new products and developments. The R 11 is the smallest offering in their convertible line with an 11.6 inch HD touchscreen display. This device in particular seems aimed at those on the go, as the convertible features a new hinge design that allows it to convert into four different modes, and all are meant for different situations. "Notebook" mode is for productivity, "pad" is meant for using the touchscreen for games or touch-based applications, “display” mode is meant for viewing videos and movies, and “tent” is for when space is especially tight.

The R 11 will run Windows 8.1 with a free upgrade to Windows 10. It will also  sport Intel HD graphics, up to a 1 TB hard drive, and the ability to configure up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. Though the base model specs are not yet known, the starting price of the laptop-tablet combination is $249. The battery life, according to Acer, lasts as long as 8 hours, and there are two color options, sky blue and cloud white. Although the other convertibles in the Acer R lineup offer larger screens, more power, and in some cases more modes to convert into, the focus of the R 11 seems to be on price. Acer’s new product is likely aimed at students, those who value portability and small size, and possibly those who feel the current offerings, such as the R 13 and R 7, are just a little too pricey.


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Joseph Lambert, 2015-04-24 (Update: 2015-04-24)