|Screen Size||11.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.6 GHz Celeron N3150|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3L SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||32GB Flash Memory Solid State|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Wireless Type||802.11 A/C|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 hours|
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Acer Chromebook R11 Convertible, 11.6" HD Touch, Intel Celeron, 2GB Memory, 32GB Storage, Google Chrome, CB5-132T-C32M
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Acer Chromebook R 11 CB5-132T-C32M 11.6-inch HD Touch Notebook – White
The Chromebook That Bends Over Backwards
Pick up the Chromebook R 11, and open this stylish touchscreen Chromebook all the way, until it becomes a tablet. On the way to 360 degrees of tablet fun, you can stop to configure it as a stand-up display, or a tent-shaped display that you can place on narrow ledges.
- Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz
- Google Chrome Operating System
- 11.6" HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness, LED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology with integrated 10-point multitouch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation (16:9 aspect ratio)
- 2GB of DDR3L Onboard Memory
- 32GB internal storage
- Intel HD Graphics
- High-Definition Audio Support
- Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
- Secure Digital (SD) card reader
- 802.11ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 1 - USB 3.0 port
- 1 - USB 2.0 port
- 1 - HDMI port with HDCP support
- HD Webcam (1280 x 720)
- 3-cell Li-Ion (3220 mAh) Battery
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
Designed for 360 Degrees of Fun
You weren’t designed to sit still, and neither was the Acer Chromebook R 11. The 360 degree hinge features a dual-torque technology with the perfect combination of flexibility and strength so you can effortlessly open the lid with just one hand yet have enough torque for a wobble free touch experience.
Use the Chromebook R 11 as a tablet on-the-go, optimize productivity in its comfortable notebook mode, and pivot the screen in multiple ways to share and create with others. The Chromebook detects the mode you are in and automatically adjusts the sound when display is flipped over, as well as the content of screen display.
Four modes to fulfill different demands:
- Notebook: Maximizes productivity with fully functional keyboard.
- Display: Brings the screen closer for enjoying any entertainment content.
- Tent: The perfect mode when space is limited such as in an airplane or kitchen.
- Tablet: The best way to play, share and browse.
Designed for Style
The Chromebook R11 sports a premium aluminum top cover with an attractive imprint using Acer nano-imprint technology creating a unique textured metallic finish that helps you grip the laptop firmly but looks cool too.
The 11.6 inch HD IPS touch display lets you surf, organize, swipe and edit with the tip of your finger while Zero Air Gap technology ensures visuals pop and images are sharp by reducing frustrating reflections in the sunlight.
Store and access your photos, music, videos, documents and more from anywhere with Google Drive. It’s simple, and all your files are backed up automatically online, safely and securely. Plus enjoy 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.
Designed for Fast Connections
The Chromebook R11 brings speed to another level featuring the latest MIMO 802.11ac wireless for a smooth and reliable Internet and video streaming experience, at up to three times faster connection speeds than previous generation wireless technologies. It also outperforms most other Chromebooks with its impressive Intel processor based on Braswell architecture, giving it the power to support another rarity for a Chromebook, a super-fast USB 3.0 port.
Because the Chromebook OS is designed for efficiency and simplicity, the Acer Chromebook 11 starts up in just a few seconds, so you can spend less time waiting and more time doing. With a long-lasting battery life, you can keep the full Chrome OS experience at your fingertips. Go all day at school, the library, or home – all without recharging, with up to 10 hours of battery life you can extend your productivity and enjoy life on-the-go.
Watch movies, play games or get work done (if you really have to). The Chrome Web Store offers thousands of free apps, themes, and extensions to help you make the most of your Chromebook. Plus, automatic updates help keep your Chromebook safe with the latest virus protection.
Acer Chromebook R11 CB5-132T-C32M comes with these high level specs: Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz, Chrome, 11.6" HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display (1366x768 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio), Multi-touch screen, supporting 10 finger touch, Intel HD Graphics, 2GB DDR3L Memory, 32GB internal storage, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, Built-In HD Webcam, 1 - USB 3.0 Port, 1 - USB 2.0 Port, 1 - HDMI Port, 3-cell Li-ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 10-hours. | 2.76 lbs. | 1.25 kg (system unit only) (NX.G54AA.001)
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The Acer R11 Chromebook is a product with something of an identity crisis, but one that I still quite like, for reasons I'll explain in detail below.
In brief, the R11 is much better for people who want a Chromebook that is often used with its keyboard for content creation of any kind, but also want an IPS touchscreen display, whereas the Flip is much better for people who often use it as a touchscreen device and use it less frequently as a content creation device.
The Chromebook a lot of people expected to compare this to is the Asus C100P "Chromebook Flip", which is another touchscreen Chromebook with four different use modes. However, outside of their use of IPS touchscreen displays, these Chromebooks could not be more different. The Flip is a sleek, light device with a metal case, which feels just about small enough to be used as a pseudo-tablet, but just large enough to be a laptop when you need one. Inside, it is powered by an ARM-based Rockchip SoC.
The R11, on the other hand, is an 11.6" laptop, which may not sound all that much larger than the Flip's 10.1", but in actuality it is substantially larger, with a thick bezel and a relatively chunky design. Where the Flip feels slim and sleek with its modern design and metal case, the R11 is a more typical Acer plastic slab. It isn't so much that it is an unattractive design, as it just feels familiar at this point, similar to both the Acer Chromebook 11 and 13, neither of which felt particularly fresh when they released over a year ago. The lid is aluminum but has a non-metallic textured finish, which does help give a degree of faith that it will not stain. Where the Flip punches above its cost in the looks department, the R11 looks like a budget Chromebook.
The R11's reinforced hinges allow for full rotation of the display, granting access to a variety of modes, and as with the Flip, Chrome OS will disable the keyboard past 180 degrees and switch to an on-screen keyboard instead. Speaking of the display, it is terrific to see an IPS display here on an Acer device, and while the resolution of 1366x768 may not below you away, this is a quality screen with great viewing angles and bright colors. Note that it does suffer from quite a bit of glare, which is the downside to a display like this.
There's no doubt that the Flip is a significantly more attractive device than the R11, but that shouldn't surprise anyone, given Acer's tendency to favor function over form in some of their best Chromebooks, like the C720. Fortunately, the R11 delivers in a number of critical areas, and continues that "ugly duckling" trend.
The keyboard is full-size, and while it isn't back-lit, it still is pleasing to type on. I find it to be fairly similar to the Acer Chromebook 13 keyboard. While this isn't a best-in-class keyboard, it is significantly better to use than the smaller keyboard of the Chromebook Flip. The R11 also has surprisingly loud speakers, a rarity among Chromebooks this year, and one that I think is actually important in a device that lends itself to use as a media device.
The R11 is also the first Chromebook to use Intel's N3150 "Braswell" Celeron, a quad-core processor at 1.6 GHz. I was highly concerned about how this processor would perform, coming from quite negative experiences with the N3050 dual-core processor in the Acer Cloudbook 11 and HP Stream 11 2015.
Fortunately, the quad-core version used here, likely combined with the lower demands of Chrome OS, alleviated all my concerns.
While I'd always prefer the 4 GB version, the 2 GB version - which is what I used for the purposes of this review - has performance that is perfectly acceptable and is sufficient for how most people will use a Chromebook. As an example, this version has no problem running YouTube in one window, and loading complex pages like CNN.com in another window, without stuttering on the video or problems rendering the webpage. The dual-core N3050 processor fails this test, which is part of the reason why I don't recommend the Acer Cloudbook 11, but do recommend this Chromebook.
I also found that the R11's N3150 processor has performance that exceeds the Rockchip used in the Flip. It has similar Octane 2.0 benchmark scores, coming in around 7,500 to 8,000, but in actual use I found performance was smooth up around 6 to 8 tabs, and it felt snappy and responsive.
For the full MSRP of $279.99, I'm on the fence as far as recommending this Chromebook from a value perspective. The Asus C201 is over $100 cheaper, and has better battery life, while the Acer Chromebook 11 is routinely on sale for just over $100, and doesn't have significantly worse performance. Perhaps the main competition, the Asus Flip, is often on sale for just over $200. Is it really worth spending extra for this device?
While it depends on how you intend to use it, for a lot of folks, I think the answer is yes, it is worth it.
Unlike the Flip, the R11 has a great keyboard, and an Intel processor, paired with 32 GB of internal storage and nice, loud speakers. That makes it ideal for watching movies and listening to music, and storing that media on the device itself. Furthermore, it also makes it a great candidate for using Linux via Crouton.
I personally picked this Chromebook up on sale for $249, and I think that's around the ideal price for this laptop; it is around the same size as the C720, and for the first time, I feel like I've found an 11.6" laptop that I want to use as a replacement for that aging device. While there's some valid reasons to wait for a 4 GB version, for a lot of consumers, the 2 GB version will be just fine; unless you're planning to do a lot of content creation, or routinely run more than a half dozen open tabs, you may not even notice the difference between the two.
The R11 isn't perfect by any definition. It is much less attractive in terms of design than competitors like the Asus C100P or C201, and at a price point approaching $300, I'd prefer 4 GB RAM as the standard. While the N3150 processor offers solid, competent performance, it doesn't feel nearly as fast as the blazing speed of the 3215U Celeron of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015.
Ultimately, what we have here is a good offering from Acer that checks off a lot of the boxes that are important to me: pleasing keyboard, loud speakers, acceptable display, reasonable performance, 8 hour battery life. Whether the additional cost of this device compared to some of the others I've mentioned is worth it for you, well, that's not a question I can answer for you - but, hopefully this helped.
I just replace my 2GB model (the one purchased here at Amazon and the subject of this review) with a 4GB RAM model of the R-11 from a source that sells that configuration and the difference is significant. With 4GB RAM this laptop handles everything I've tossed at it, including the current developer channel version of Chrome OS and the Android apps it brings with it.
Shopping for an R-11 is confusing. Amazon sells this version (2GB RAM, 32GB Storage and the Intel® Celeron® N3150 processor Quad-core 1.60 GHz). Best Buy sells a version with 4GB RAM and 16GB Storage, with the Intel® Celeron® N3060 processor Dual-core 1.60 GHz. Costco sells a version with 4GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and the Intel® Celeron® N3150 processor Quad-core 1.60 GHz. Just to make it a tad more confusing, the dual-core Celeron N3060 benchmarks very slightly better in some specifics than the quad-core Celeron N3150. So depending on which detail is most important to you (RAM, storage, or processor) will determine which model you want and which stores carry that model.
Bottom line: this is a great laptop providing you buy one of the models with 4GB RAM. The model sold here at Amazon will leave all but light users frustrated.
A little background: This Acer R-11 is the 3rd Chrombook I've owned, and I've had the opportunity to use several others through my work. Of all the Chromebooks I've used, I kept coming back to my basic Acer 11" (CB3-111). Nothing else has ever worked as well or easily as that particular Chromebook, even though its specs were lower than many others I've used. I have been using an Asus Chromebook Flip as my daily driver of late, and it is also a fantastic little Chromebook, but at times it is a little too small. However, I love it's ability to flip back into a tablet and the touch-screen capability when I do.
Now that Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play Store to Chromebooks later this year, having a touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop makes a lot of sense. I've been playing with it on the Asus using the developer build and it works beautifully - I think it will be a real game-changer when it rolls out to more Chromebooks in the next couple of months. And yes, this laptop is on the list of supported Chromebooks for that feature when it does roll out later this year.
So - wanting the full size of my favorite Acer 11" Chromebook but also the touch/tablet functionality of my Asus Flip, the Acer Chromebook R-11 gives me the best of both worlds. The case is white plastic, true, but it is a very solid feeling plastic and well made. I don't feel any unwanted flexing in the case and, as others have commented, the textured surface makes holding it nice and grippy. If plastic can feel "premium," I'd say this one checks that box.
The screen is large and clear. This is only an 11" laptop, but the screen feels larger than most. The mouse is as smooth and responsive as any I have ever used, though the physical click takes a firm push (I usually use tap-to-click rather than physical, so not an issue to me). Keyboard is full sized and feels very solid to type on. Ports are ample and nicely positions. [By comparison, the Asus Flip does offer a volume rocker along the side of the laptop, which can be handy in tablet mode, but it and the power button on the Asus are along the front left edge where I am constantly hitting them when I pick the laptop up - the Acer R-11 has a flush power button midway back along the right side, much less likely to be accidentally pressed.]
The dual hinges that handle the screen position and allow full range of motion all the way back to tablet mode feel solid and precise. The screen can be positioned at any angle desired and it holds position nicely. Acer has also done a nice job of placing rubber bumpers on all surfaces that might be come in contact with each other or placed down on hard surfaces.
The overall size and weight are exactly what I want. I use my Chromebook as my full-time computer. It packs with me from work to home, to meetings, on the road, everywhere. This one is light enough to make portability easy, has a great battery life so that I don't generally bother packing the power cord with me, and yet is large enough to use comfortably all day long.
One concern I had with this particular model was that it only has 2GB RAM. While Acer makes a couple of versions of this same laptop with 4GB RAM, they are not available through Amazon. Some professional reviews seem to suggest that anything with less than 4GB RAM will have performance issues.
Minor nits: I tend to want the screen on this laptop set at full brightness, because it otherwise seems a bit dim, so battery life will be a tad reduced as a result. That appears to be about 7 hours of real-world usage per full charge with the screen at full bright. I've also found the touch-screen a bit slow to respond at times. Not sure if that is hardware or the fact that I'm running a developer-build version of the OS, so take that with a grain of salt.
Is a Chromebook right for you? If you're not familiar with Chromebooks spend a little extra time and do some research. Chrome OS is not Microsoft's Windows OS or Apple's OS X. You cannot run Windows or Mac applications on a Chromebook. Chrome OS is an operating system built around the Chrome Web browser, pretty much using a Web browser as the operating system. That brings some limitations with it, but also brings some big benefits, too. One big benefit is a very efficient operating system that requires very little by way of computer hardware. Trying to run Windows, for example, on a computer with these hardware specs would be a slow and sad experience, but on a Chromebook these same specs work beautifully. A good starting point for more information is Google's own Chromebook site: [....]
As I mentioned at the top I'm a longtime user of Chromebooks - 3 in our household -- Acer C720P -- with Touchscreens........I'm totally in the Cloud and these devices work for me and my business activities just fine -- so my experience was not a result of some poor understanding of what a Chromebook is -- what it can and can't do.
In addition to the obvious defects right out of the box. Not only is the overall QA non-existent at Acer these days. The poor quality of these devices -- I am looking elsewhere for my next Chromebook..............buying an external headset with a microphone for an Acer Chromebook .........is like Pimping your Yugo.
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