| AT 50% OFF DISCOUNT | Acer Aspire R 15 Convertible Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i7, GeForce 940MX, 15.6″ Full HD Touch, 12GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, R5-571TG-7229The new Aspire E Series laptops provide a comprehensive range of choices for every-day users, with many appealing features and an attractive design aesthetic that exceed expectations. Incredible performance, fast 802.11ac wireless with new MU-MIMO technology and great battery life make the Aspire E series shine in any situation.
- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
- 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
- NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
- 12GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
- Up to 9-hours Battery Life
- Windows 10 Home
From the manufacturer
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Acer’s 360° convert hinge maintains a slim, durable look while providing four modes for you to enjoy.
With the newest 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor, enjoy more power, more battery life, and more highquality entertainment on the go.
Breathtakingly beautiful images abound in rich Full HD on the 15.6 inch IPS touchscreen display.
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB of discrete video memory gives games an adrenaline shot with incredible performance and stunning graphics.
An embedded fingerprint reader works with Windows Hello to let you sign into the with just one touch.
Acer’s patented ExoAmp antenna enhances wireless reception while 2×2 MU-MIMO technology provides ultra-fast wireless speeds.
Build and Design
The Acer Aspire R 15 offers a surprisingly high-end build for it’s mid-range price tag. The Acer Aspire features an attractive silver gunmetal aluminum and plastic chassis. The protective lid is comprised of aluminum has a cross stitch design and a metallic Acer logo along the middle left side of the lid. The laptop’s deck houses the same aluminum with a horizontal striation design complete with diamond cut edging running along the outside of the chassis. The same diamond cut also outlines the touchpad. The bottom of the chassis a durable plastic complete with four thick rubber stands that help the laptop grip to any surface.
This Acer Aspire 2-in-1 houses a similar 360-degree hinge design to Lenovo’s Yoga line. The hinge travels a full 360 degrees allowing the laptop to adjust between: standard clamshell, tent, stand and tablet modes. Moving between these modes is fluid as the hinge design allows for smooth travel. Two thick rubber pads sit just below the display hinges on the deck and two thin rubber strips at the bottom corners help anchor the Acer Aspire R15 when in tablet mode.
Measuring 14.6 x 10.1 x 0.8-inches and weighing 5.29 pounds the Acer Aspire R15 isn’t exactly svelte, but it does match up well against other competing 15.6-inch devices in its price range. The Acer Aspire R15 is thinner than HP Notebook 15 (0.96-inches) and the Dell Latitude E5570 (1-inch). While the device isn’t the lightests, again it matches many other 15-inch notebooks on the market including the 5.2 pound Dell Latitude E5570.
The Acer Aspire R 15 has a solid selection of sports, but as 15.6-inch device we would have loved to have seen the inclusion of Ethernet connector. While the Acer Exo Amp design complete with 2×2 MIMO and MU-MIMO offers solid and stable wireless connectivity, sometimes you want the reliability of a tethered connection and for that you’re going to now need to opt for an additional converter.
The left side of this Acer Aspire 2-in-1 device features a power connector, a USB Type-C port, and HDMI connector, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack. The right side features a power button, a USB 2.0 port, independent volume controls, and an SD card reader.
The Acer Aspire R 15 features a full LED backlit Chiclet style keyboard complete with numberpad. The black glossy plastic keys are rounded at the end and offer a solid 1.49mm of travel. The keyboard tray is incredibly solid without any give, even towards the center of the keyboard, and keys quickly and consistently snap back into place after being struck. The strong reliable feedback coupled with excellent key travel allows for an enjoyable typing experience.
Located off the bottom left side of the chassis is the moderately sized buttonless touchpad. Initially we were a bit worried about the touchpad’s location, given how it’s easy for you left wrist to drag across the touchpad while typing, but this Acer Aspire 2-in-1 has great wrist rejection and it was never an issue. Even with our wrist consistently dragging across the pad while typing we never lost our place or had our typing rhythm broken while using the device.
The soft silver rubber of the pad allows for smooth travel and minimal friction while delivering an excellent level of control and sensitivity as you move the cursor. Armed with Microsoft’s standard drivers the touchpad performs well reading each click, swipe, and multi-finger gesture quickly without fail.
The Acer Aspire R 15 features a 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Active Matrix TFT Color LCD IPS touch display. The glossy finish really pops with some incredibly vibrant colors. NBR loved how crisp the dark purples and black clouds of Reaper’s wrath contrasted against bright yellow and white background in the Overwatch game trailer. Image quality also remained incredibly sharp and clear as NBR was able to easy the ribbed cotton lining of Tracer’s aviator jacket despite the all quick movement the action-packed animated short. The screen is also quite bright measuring at 310 nits, well beyond what we’d expect from a laptop in this price range.
Unfortunately, the glossy finish that really makes colors pop also allows for extremely shallow viewing angles, and a reflective screen. From a head-on angle the image is pristine, but moving anything beyond 45 degrees causes colors to quickly appear washed out. The screen is also extremely susceptible to light, again washing out colors and causing reflections to appear on the screen.
For a standard clamshell device, the reflective finish isn’t too big a deal. It will cause some serious complications when trying to use the device outside, but most of the time you’ll be viewing the screen from a head-on angle with minimal complications. However, as a 2-in-1 it’s likely at times you’ll be viewing the device at an off-angle especially when using the device as a tablet. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are heavily hampered due to the reflective surface, which somewhat mars the Aspire R15’s utility as a convertible.
The bottom-mounted speakers are incredibly boisterous capable of easily filling a moderately sized room with audio. The laptop comes preloaded with Dolby Audio desktop app, which allows users to switch between various presets or create their own. However, we found the laptop sounded best when we just set it and forget it. NBR was particularly impressed by the laptop’s ability to capture the classical duet Histoire du Tango – Nightclub 1960 by Duos Sonidos. The laptop did a masterful job capturing the steady hum of the classical guitar along with the challenging high notes of the accompanying violin.
Equipped with a sixth generation 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-650a0U CPU, n Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB of GDDR5, 12GB of RAM (DDR4) and a spacious 1TB HDD, the Acer Aspire R 15 offers a solid level of performance for its $850 price tag.
The build that we tested was among the more expensive builds offered by Acer. If you don’t need as much in the way of performance you can save a few hundred dollars by opting for the entry build. The starting model sports a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U CPU, with integrated graphics, 8GB of DDR4 Ram and a 1TB HDD for $650. The entry model takes a noticeable hit to graphical performance with the lack of a dedicated GPU, but it may be worth it for consumers that don’t plan on doing a lot of visually demanding tasks.
The unit that NBR tested offers solid well-rounded performance. The laptop is a multi-tasking beast, while testing the device NBR was able to run 12 active Google Chrome tabs, with 2 HD video streams and stream Spotify music in the background without any drop in performance. The dedicated GPU also makes this Acer Aspire 2-in-1 well suited towards visually demanding tasks, as evident by the machines strong 3DMark 11 benchmark score. The laptop is perfect for tasks like 4K video editing, image render and playing less demanding games like League of Legends at a high resolution with stable performance. The Acer Aspire R 15 is not a full out gaming machine. It doesn’t have the raw specs or computing power for it and will struggle to player newer more demanding game titles such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you’re looking for a gaming device around the same price range, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 is a better option.
In terms of raw computing power, this Acer Aspire 2-in-1 is mediocre. The dual-core i7 is more than suitable for most tasks, but as you can see it offers middling benchmark scores, it won’t stand up against beefier CPUs. But the most notable weak point for the machine is its 1TB HDD. The Acer Aspire lacks an SSD option, and with a 5,400 RPM HDD read and writes times are bit slow. The laptop can take a few seconds to resume from hibernation and booting up is considerably slower than counterparts armed with an SSD