Acer Aspire R13 Review : Comes with a Unique Hinge Offering Six Different Modes

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Price: ₹ 96,999

Key Specs

    Intel core i5 processor, Integrated Intel HD Graphics, 720p HD Camera, 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM, 512 GB SSD, Win 10 OS, 13.3-inch full HD screen, Stereo Speakers

Pros: 6 mode transformation, screen, solid performance, good battery life

Cons: No start button on touch screen for tablet mode

Bottomline: In terms of design, this transforming ultrabook is unique, however, it looks unfinished due to half screen frame. With powerful performance, this is capable of handling various tasks, but if you are looking for convertible and not interested in “Ezel” mode then HP Envy x360 is a better option available at lower price.

From last two years, we have seen a tremendous growth in the convertible laptop segment. Various new devices have been launched with transformational capabilities. The Aspire R13 belongs to the same class and comes with a different rotatable display. Though, it looks different than other convertibles but offers almost similar functionalities.

A unique design with solid build
Acer Aspire R13 has a new unique design with a different hinge offering six different modes. It has a floating frame to hold the screen, which lets you keep the screen like a traditional laptop or tilt it in various modes. The uniqueness of this hinge its, usually we have seen convertibles offering four or five modes, but this one have one additional “Ezel” mode, where the screen floats above the keyboard.

The entire body is made out of durable plastic but gives you a premium feel with a glossy finish on the top. The half plastic frame only extends up to the halfway upside of the display and somewhat looks unfinished when closed.

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Awesome display 
The 13.3-inch of the screen comes with large bezels, especially on the bottom. The screen looks chunky but unlike other convertibles, there is no Windows button placed on the screen, so you have to swipe back to the home screen. This 12560X1440 pixel display produces good colors and crisp image quality. We enjoyed various videos and movies on this high-res screen. However, we found its brightness levels a little lower only 175.9 lux. The touchscreen is quite responsive and lets you operate the transformer easily. While using the device for more than two weeks, we found the screen quite responsive to our touch.

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 Smooth Keyboard, Responsive Touchpad, and Crisp Sound

The keyboard of the convertible is a bit different than other typical keyboards. This has short 1.1 mm key travel but offers a good typing experience. The wide touchpad has enough room to control the mouse across the screen and gets a smooth matte finish making it feel good. It works smoothly and we never struggled while using this.

Aspire R13 is equipped with a 720p webcam, which is good in capturing detailed images in daylight, however in low light, we saw some noise. This is equipped with stereo speakers on the bottom, which produces loud and clear sound. This also has Dolby Digital Plus audio software for selecting preset equalizers for music, movies, gaming and more.

Powerful Performer
The convertible is equipped with powerful hardware, making it capable of handling various tasks easily. While using the device for more than two weeks, we tried to test its capabilities and it performed really well. We used the machine in our day-to-day office where this did well without any performance lag. We moved ahead and used two browsers, Chrome, and Mozilla with more than 10 tabs in each. Simultaneously, we used MS-office (Word and excel), there was no lag in the performance even going further we opened Photoshop, but there was no visible lag even while switching between apps.

In one full charge, it can stay with you for more than 8 hours with moderate usage, internet browsing, MS-office, video play, etc. In our Battery Mark bench, it resulted with 3 hours and 16 minutes of backup that uses 100% of CPU, RAM, and brightness levels.

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