The Aspire R13 is a tablet/laptop hybrid with a sleek design and powerful internals, that all make for a solid and seamless experience from start to finish. No matter what we threw at it, it managed to handle it with ease and speed.
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Acer Aspire R13 Tech-Specs
|CPU||Intel Core-i7 6500U Dual-Core 2.50Ghz|
|GPU||Intel HD 520|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Ports||HDMI, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, Thunder Bolt 3, Aux, SD Card Slot|
|Dimensions||13.5” Width / 9.1” Depth / 0.73” Thick / 1.5KG Wieght|
|Price||R17,999 (Core i5) R19,999 (Core i7)|
What’s in the Box?
In the box you will find the usual laptop stuff, along with a fabric pouch for the device, as well as a stylus.
- Acer Aspire R13 Device
- Charger/ Power Brick
- Fabric Carry Case
- Instruction Manuals/Warranty Information
The Acer Aspire R13 is light and easily adjustable. The device’s Ezel hinge lets the screen flip around and in and out, to take on any position which you need for your activity. Moving the screen might seem a little awkward at first, but as you adjust to the fact that it is rather sturdy, then moving from tablet mode to laptop, back to stand, and then display, is quick and easy. The touch screen supports up to ten finger points, so switching to tablet mode and using your fingers is quick and easy to get the hang of. The Stylus which comes with the device is light and practical.
Everything you could want from a laptop is on the device. Two USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI output, SD card slot, and for those who have compatible devices, a Thunderbolt 3 port. Each port has been placed with ease of use in mind, with the two faster USB ports on the opposite side of the charger, to prevent any conflict when using them at the same time. The device is light, weighing only 1.5Kgs, it is easy to carry around and light in your bag.
On the outside you have a glass top with an Acer logo which lights up when in use. When open you are welcomed to a backlit keyboard and a fairly decent touchpad. We have used quite a few Acer products and the touchpads have always been rather lackluster. Other than the touchpad, the main attraction to the Aspire R13 is the display, and with a 1080p screen and both touch IPS, it is the highlight of the device. It is thin and bright, and the viewing angle is great from all sides, which it had to have been due to the versatility of the device.
There is a standard webcam and mic, which has become a staple in laptops today. In terms of heat and ventilation, the device handles it very well. There were times when we heard the fans going, but it was never loud enough to worry about it being damaging. Also taking into account that there is only one vent outputting hot air, the ventilation was impressive.
The keyboard’s backlit keys are great, they provide just the right amount of light to work on when the sun goes down, and thanks to the device’s ambient sensor, the keys light up and adjust as the day goes on. One issue we did have however was the little space the keyboard takes up, as we could not help but feel that it could have been a little larger as there is ample space around it.
Right off the bat it was clear that typing and doing any keyboard intensive work would not be ideal without the keyboard. Sure the tablet mode was great, but the keys just worked better. It was possible to type with the tablet keyboard, but it needed some time to get used to.
From PhotoShop to Microsoft Office, it all worked really well. Designing activities weren’t as easy without a mouse, but not impossible. After a week with only the device, everyday work was natural on it and we found that anything we wanted, the device would deliver.
One thing was clear, the device is fast, booting up to Windows in under 15 seconds, this was thanks to the SSD. The trackpad’s gestures take productivity to a whole new level by swiping with three fingers to change programs, and zooming in and out on different programs.
The Aspire R13’s adjustable screen makes it extremely adaptable to your environment. Moving the display from the typical laptop mode to display mode to watch a movie proved useful, although the Dolby Audio speakers are not that fantastic with a rattle every now and then. Flipping it flat into “Pad” mode provided a solid tablet OS thanks to Windows 10 and its seamless integration.
Through it all, the Aspire R13 has a fairly decent battery, providing up to 6 hours on energy saver mode and 4 hours on high performance. Charge time was also fairly quick, going from 5% to full charged in an hour.
The Acer Aspire R13’s adaptable design and extremely powerful internal hardware, has provided ample versatility on our everyday life. Sure there are things we would want to be different, like the small keyboard and the speakers, but other than that this is a high-end device for anyone looking for a new tablet or laptop.