The Acer Aspire R 15 delivers a high-end gun metal aluminum design, responsive keyboard, and a vibrant high definition 15-inch display. The newest model has a superior 360-degree hinge design that allows the user to choose from four modes: flat, tablet, display, and laptop. This hinge design allows the user more versatility when using the R 15 as a presentation tool. These design is really appealing to most users and reflects Acer’s attention to ergonomic design. The control deck is also covered with aluminum, a premium feature that is unlikely at this price point.
Acer Aspire R 15 – Dimension and Specifications:
The R15 is 0.79 inches in thickness and weighs 4.8 pounds. The R 15 has an HDMI port, 4 USB ports, and a headphone jack. Additionally, the new model has an SD card reader along with volume and power buttons. The Acer Aspire R 15 has a backlit keyboard that feels ultra-responsive. It also features a dedicated numeric keypad for all of the spreadsheet users. This model features a Dolby sound utility to help the user tweak their audio and music playback. The performance features 8 GB of RAM supported by an Intel Core i5-6200U processor. It can multitask while having tabs open, including your favorite apps and video streaming, without any hesitation or lag.
The R15 video support is an Intel HD Graphics 520 that will support most apps and games with no issues, however, games that have high video requirements can pose a bit of a problem. The prepackaged software is adequate, however, the major users will probably decide to uninstall some or all of the bloatware titles.
Acer Aspire R 15 – Battery Life:
The battery life lasts around 5 to 6 hours so users on the go will need to pack all of the charging equipment to keep from shutting the unit down. A big plus is that the R 15 is very comfortable because it does not get very hot when streaming video and when using high processor demand software. Acer has really focused on the ergonomic design for the R 15 model. The bottom is a rubber and silver combination that contributes to overall stability and durability.
Acer Aspire R 15 – Price and Verdict:
Finally, there are a two configurations for the Acer Aspire R 15, the base model with 8 GB of RAM and Intel i5 processor ($649.99) and the beefed up performance model with 12 GB of RAM and an Intel i7 processor ($849.99). The higher end model is a definite bargain and its rich colorful display is better than most others priced at the $1000 point. The biggest complaint is that the hard drive is not fast enough and the prepackaged software has some bloatware that results in annoying popups requesting that the user upgrade. Overall, the Acer Aspire R 15 is a great value in 2 in 1 niche and benchmarks well above the competition in quality, design, and price. The base model and the performance model are perfect choices for anyone looking for a Windows 10 laptop/tablet hybrid!