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The Acer Aspire R14, a Small Package with a Huge Payload

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The Acer Aspire R14, a Small Package with a Huge Payload

Recommending a laptop is a hassle as I’ve indicated in the past. Yet when we were approached by one of our largest clients to-date, we quickly recommended the Aspire R14, seeing that it checked all the right boxes. A long battery life, powerful speakers, and an i7 Intel Core processor place this Acer a notch above the rest.

 

Acer Aspire R14 Specs

 

Display 14” Full HD Widescreen
Processor Intel Core i7
Memory 8 GB
Storage 256 GB SSD
Optical Storage None
Interfaces USB 2.0

HDMI

USB 3.0

USB 3.1

Headphone

Operating System Windows 10 Home
Integrated Webcam Yes
Sound Dolby-enhanced Audio

 

 

Design & Display

 

The Aspire R14’s appearance is a mixture of sleek and sophisticated. Our laptop came in a predominantly black brushed metal with a thin plastic strip to the top. It measures 0.73 by 12.5 by 9.6 inches and weighed 4.07 lbs. This makes it both thinner and lighter than its previous version. Being convertible, it can be utilized in Notebook mode, or the screen can be flipped around to be used in tablet mode. The strong 360-dual torque hinge also allows Aspire to flip into display and tent modes.

 

The 14-inch 1,920 by 1,080 resolution IPS touchscreen gives an accurate display when viewed from various angles. In bright light, the kind seen on sunny days, the Aspire R14 display was still clearly visible. A test conducted by Laptop mag produced a result of 199 nits of brightness. This is dimmer than the average small notebook but brighter than a few of the larger laptops with 1920 x 1080 displays. Finally, like many other new Acer laptops, the Aspire R14 is equipped with Bluelight Shield. Acer claims that it helps to reduce eyestrain, especially when used in a dimly lit room.

 

 

 

Interfaces

 

The Aspire R14 carries a USB-C port to the left of the laptop, which is perfect for use with the latest external hard drives or solid-state drives. Also to the left, are the headphone jack, an HDMI port, a Kensington lock port, and two USB 3.0 ports. The charging port, the power button, an SD card slot, a USB 2.0 port and volume control are all located to the right.

 

 

 

Speakers & Sound

 

This laptop comes with Dolby-enhanced audio. This allows it to easily fill a large room with quality sound. The sound system detects the screen’s position and directs the audio output from the left and right speakers accordingly. It keeps a consistent great quality audio as the laptop changes modes. Even when in tablet mode with its display to bottom, which is also where the speakers are, the audio can still be heard clearly.

 

 

 

Performance & Battery Life

 

Equipped with a fifth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage, the Aspire R14 is a beast at multitasking. We were able to run a number of apps at a time and jump from one to another in record speed.

 

It scored 6,266 on the synthetic Geekbench 3 test, which measures overall performance. That mark edges out the thin-and-light-notebook average (6,252). It also scored higher than the Intel Core i5-5200U-powered ThinkPad Yoga 15 (5,136) and the Satellite Radius 15 (5,489), as well as the Intel Core i5-6200U-powered Yoga 700 (5,855).

 

 

 

The Drawbacks

 

  • Touchpad sounds noisy and of poor quality when clicked
  • No support for 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • Comes with lots of unnecessary programs installed
  • Individual pixels can be seen on display

 

 

Check out this version here on Amazon for $564 us

 

CompTECHS Verdict

 

The Acer Aspire R14 is an average priced convertible laptop with a large screen and a great Core i7 processor for speed. Its dual hinge allows for numerous configurations and modes. Nevertheless, it lacks in screen quality and overall features when compared to similarly priced competitors on the market.

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