The Acer Aspire R13 is a dynamic 2-in-1 hybrid laptop that looks to be powerful and long lasting, yet easily portable. Its small package surely helps when you need to take it with you on the go, but at the hefty price tag it comes with, is it worth picking this over other 2-in-1 hybrids? Read on and find out in this college-exclusive Acer Aspire R13 review!
- Ezel Aero Hinge
- Acer Active Pen compatible
- Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater
- Acer Hover Access
- Antireflective touchscreen
- Screen Size: 13.3″
- Screen Resolution: 2560×1440
- Processor: Intel Core i7-4510U (2GHz)
- Memory: 8GB DDR3
- Hard Drive: 256GB SSD
- GPU: Intel Integrated HD Graphics 4400
- Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
- Average Battery Life: 7.5 hours
- Weight: 3.3 lbs
Specs Review: The The Acer Aspire R13 may be small with a 13.3″ screen, but its creators managed to pack a dense 2560×1440 resolution display into the package. The screen is undeniably sharp, but the colors can be a bit lacking at times, if you are the type of student to be picky about color reproduction. Being a 2-in-1 hybrid, the screen can be flipped over to use as a tablet. Unlike most other 2-in-1 hybrids, the display is attatched by two hinges, one on each side. The result is a unique configuration. Some will love it, while others will find it clunky. The keyboard is also a mixed bag for most. Some have grown to like it, while others hate typing on the laptop with a passion. Inside, a powerful Intel Core i7 can be found running the machine. It is certainly on the higher end of processors, meaning you can expect the The Acer Aspire R13 to be quite snappy with most, if not all, of your college-based tasks. In addition, the 2-in-1 hybrid includes integrated graphics. Due to the powerful processor, this should allow you to play some, but not all, games on medium settings, unlike most lower end laptops. Included in the 2-in-1 hybrid is a 256GB SSD for all your file storage. While not necessary for most, it provides much faster storage, for a price. SSDs are also more reliable at the moment, so if you have had bad experiences with hard drives in the past, this may be able to solve your storage issues. As with most laptops, the usual wireless connections are on board, including bluetooth, meaning video chatting with friends or streaming lectures from across campus shouldn’t be an issue, provided your college has Wi-Fi at your location. Where the The Acer Aspire R13 stands out most though, is its impressive battery life. Acer promises 7.5 hours of screen time, and unlike most other laptops, the The Acer Aspire R13 manages to reach around that mark. If you see yourself being away from a wall outlet for a while, this 2-in-1 hybrid will surely be able to give you the juice to finish that last paper.
Acer also created an accessory for the The Acer Aspire R13 in their Active Pen. The stylus is great for drawing and writing, and takes advantage of the laptop’s features, like Hover Access, a unique way to navigate menus and options. Although unimportant to most, some may find the accessory intriguing enough to take a gander on as well.
Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):
- “Excellent design of 2-in-1 hardware, way to merge traditional laptop with touchscreen!”
- “Great but the keyboard typing experience *was* pathetic.”
“Light weight, good screen, love how it’s adjustable and can be used in a variety of ways.”
- “It’s an amazing powerhouse with a fill HD screen with a twisting screen, which was very ideal for me as an artist.”
Conclusion for College Students: The Acer Aspire R13 is a solid 2-in-1 hybrid, but not everyone will need the power it offers. Its hinges can be a turn-off for many, making it a difficult sell to most. The keyboard is also a con for the majority of students, as the point of a laptop is to be able to type up one’s works on a portable device. The only student that may be able to get past these issues is the artistic type. The Active Pen allows for easy drawing and writing, perfect for those who love creating pictures. The battery life helps students when they get away from campus as well, as they can have trust that the battery won’t die until night falls. If you can swallow the price tag, need a 2-in-1 hybrid, and dabble in the arts on the side, the The Acer Aspire R13 may be for you.
If you are turned off by the The Acer Aspire R13’s design, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for a similar offering. If you feel the need for a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop, but don’t have enough money to cough up for this laptop because you’re a poor college student, read up on the ASUS Transformer Book TP300LA.