Monday, October 17, 2016

Product Review: Acer - Aspire R15 2-in-1 15.6" Touch Screen Laptop #productreview

This unit an Acer - Aspire R15 2-in-1 15.6" Touch Screen Laptop showed up for a review...

The form factor of this laptop is really incredible. This unit is housed in a two thirds metal case with a brilliant brushed finish, it looks sick. It's screen and top of chassis(keyboard) boasts the mentioned metal, the base of the unit/bottom is plastic with a non slip finish which helps grab the surface it is sitting on when it is in it's numerous positions. It is absolutely adaptable to any ones need in a 2-in-1, but designed to hold up with it's metal finish and metal hinges.

I have to admit, I was wondering why do we need to have HD(1080p) laptop screens? But now that it sits in front of me it is a crisp and vibrant display, boasting a 1920 x 1080 resolution with IPS technology and LED back-lighting. The options for this laptop on Bestbuy's website include one with Intel's 6th generation i5-6200u or i7-6500u. The unit that arrived for review internally housed the 7th generation i5-7200u at a whopping 2.7 GHz processing speed as opposed to the 6th generation's 2.3 GHz. It comes with 8 GB of ram and a spacious 1 TB hard drive running at the slightly slower speed of 5400 RPM. I feel that this machine would be running on all of it's cylinders, with turbo engaged if it was equipped with a SSD drive. I feel that 1 TB is just way too big for most users, and that the speed advantages of the SSD even at a smaller size, would benefit this device. One can always connect up an external drive if you need more storage space, especially with the supplied USB 3 ports. This review is a breeze to type up in any lighting with it's backlit, compact keyboard. The 10-point multi-touch screen works with high precision. With such a high resolution, upon starting it up, I figured it might be hard to use the touch interface, but it isn't, as you can see in the image, it is simply easy to select text even at this resolution.

Battery life is spec'd at 9 hours, maybe if you have the brightness down the whole way and do minimal touch screen transactions. I seem to get about 4-5 hours with mid brightness. I did see a slight improvement when I turned off location and Bluetooth, to 5+ hours. It's a big screen and power hungry hard drive chomping at it's 4 cell, 3220 milliampere hour battery. Just remember to bring your power adapter, which by the way I personally feel that the connector for this laptop is a bit small and I fear it may be a major weak link on this device. I am real careful when plugging in and using the device while tethered to the wall, but I can imagine if one is not diligent with the power cord while using it, it could be broken, quite easily. 

Here are some of the specs of this Laptop 2-in-1:
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Core™ i5-7200u (7th Generation)
  • Intel© HD graphics 620
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • 1000 GB HDD
  • No Optical Drive
  • 8-9.11ac +BT (Connectivity)
  • No LAN (Local Area Network connection)
  • HD Camera
  • 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 milliampere)
  • Office 365 1-month trial
My Pros for this unit:
Display = Amazing
Keyboard = Well Designed
Touch Screen = Precise
Form Factor = Snazzy & Functional
Performance = Very responsive even while multi-tasking

My Cons for this unit:
Power Connection = Seems Flimsy
Hard Drive = Trades off speed for space
Battery = Could be better
Weight = A bit heavy at lbs.

If you are looking for a quality build in a laptop but not wanting to break the bank, this Acer R15 2-in1 15.6" Laptop is available on Bestbuy's website for $699.99.

Thanks for visiting and reading this review on my blog, I have a smaller similar version of this unit on the review docket coming up in the near future. Stay tuned for some more Product Reviews and have a Blessed day!!

Here are some photos I took of this unit:

** I have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer. **

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