First Look: Acer Aspire R 14

First Look: Acer Aspire R 14

In fact, a year ago at the IFA 2014 I briefly talked about a similar Transformers Acer Aspire R 14 but this year the model significantly updated: slightly changed the design, added a USB 3.1 Type C, installed fresh chipset Intel SkyLake and, of course, updated laptop up Windows 10.

Characteristics Acer Aspire R 14

  • Class: flagship
  • Form Factor: laptop-transformer
  • Housing materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Core i7 6500U / i5 6200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Memory: up to 8 GB
  • Memory storage: 128/256/512 GB SSD
  • Display: 14 ”, capacitive, IPS-matrix, 1920×1080 pixels (FHD)
  • Battery: removable, up to 9 hours battery life
  • Dimensions: 343.8x245x18.5 mm
  • Weight: 1.9 kg
  • Price: from 700 EUR

Design, materials, housing, controls, measures Acer Aspire R 14

Although Acer paid much attention to the design of Acer Aspire R 14, in my opinion, she has a calm appearance, typical of notebooks from the business segment.

From evolved features is to provide except that the back cover is made of aluminum with a nice touch coating.

On the left side is a connector for the charger port USB 2.0, volume rocker and a slot for memory cards SD.

First Look: Acer Aspire R 14

On the right you can see the 3.5 mm headphone or headset, two USB 3.0 ports, a full-fledged HDMI-port and USB 3.1 Type C.

In my opinion, if the set of ports is not optimal for a laptop, it is very close to it.

Dimensions of the laptop are: 343.8x245x18.5 mm, weight – 1.9 kg.

Functions transformer Acer Aspire R 14

In this model, Acer decided to abandon the firm rotating mechanism in which the display is rotated in a special box, and switched to a standard model with the rotation of the screen 360 degrees. Hard to say, plus or minus, in my opinion, in the past, the mechanism was a highlight, especially when you can easily flip the cover and its companion show display. On the other hand, the current version is more versatile and, I assume, more practical.

First Look: Acer Aspire R 14

The laptop has four traditional positions: classic, stand, canopy and a tablet. Each of them is suitable for their usage scenarios.

Screen Acer Aspire R 14

To be honest, with a display resolution of situation in the country, according to official figures, it is 1920×1080 pixels, but due to personal visual impression – 2560h1440 points. The fact that this difference is clearly visible, especially in the fine print. In the afternoon I again clarify this point and added to the article.

First Look: Acer Aspire R 14

In fact, the screen is in the R 14 are very good: high resolution, maximum viewing angles, a large range of brightness, no air gap, and excellent behavior in bright light.

Performance Acer Aspire R 14

As they say, renovation Laptops – updated chipset. Thus, in the Acer Aspire R 14 using the latest processors from Intel in a line SkyLake, exact indexes models you can see in the table above. Evaluate the performance of the sample – a thankless task, however, even the demo sample to work very fast.

First Look: Acer Aspire R 14

Keyboard Acer Aspire R 14

Judging from the appearance, the model used is similar to other Acer laptop keyboard island type. Personally, I like their keyboard solutions (except Aspire S7 and R 13, which cut the “efki”) even with the notebook Switch 10 E, hope, and here the localization does not disappoint.

Conclusion Acer Aspire R 14

The recommended price for Acer Aspire R 14 will start at 700 euros. So, in Russia, we can safely expect a price tag of 50 000 rubles. In my opinion, under the current exchange rate and the market situation it is a good offer: high-quality display, comfortable keyboard, the new chipsets Intel SkyLake, four-mode transformer, serene design. What say you, dear readers?

First Look: Acer Aspire R 14 updated: October 13, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis