Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible Laptop
Updated: Jan 9
Buying a Chromebook could save a lot of money in the long run, but is it the right purchase for you?
Chromebooks today have offered a very appealing low price tag for the features that it packs, but I often repeatedly asking myself the question “Is it actually worth the purchase”? After picking up one, I came to realize that it is a great alternative operating system and device depending on what you are trying to accomplish. The Acer Chromebook R 11 is a great alternative for handling day to day productivity tasks as well as being lightweight enough to be used as an entertainment device.
"One of the best features for the Chromebook though is how your profile ties into your Gmail account. Everything is saved to the account and is constantly backed up."
Acer Chromebook R 11 Specs:
Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core Processor (Up to 2.48GHz)
11.6" HD IPS Touch Screen
Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life
Day by day as I use the Acer Chromebook, the operating system and the keyboard layout feels more natural to me. The layout makes sense just simply makes sense. The use of the operating system is simple enough to get when first starting, but could be a complex as one could make it. To start, the OS looks, feels, and handles like an oversized mobile device. This isn’t a bad thing as there are some tasks that I prefer to do on a mouse and keyboard instead of on screen keyboard. Navigation is simple, and having the Google Play Store and well as the Chrome Web Store is an added perk since the best of both worlds are available.
My initial thought of having to do everything through Google (Docs, Sheets, etc) would limit who I can share files with and diminish the overall productivity of the day to day use. This was not the case as different file types could be saved. For example, I could work on a document in Google Docs, and save the file format as a Microsoft Word document to send to others who utilize Microsoft Word instead of Google Docs. One of the best features for the Chromebook though is how your profile ties into your Gmail account. Everything is saved to the account and is constantly backed up. Instead of having to check to make sure a backup of my information is stored, I know that incremental backups are run in real time as I am using the device. If the hardware breaks, simply login to your profile on a different chromebook and all of your information is there. Easy and simple.
“The Acer Chromebook R 11 is a solid device, but the features to it seem to be more of a gimmick for a quick sell rather than being used for a purpose."
I don’t have a lot of negative things to say about the device software wise than I do about the hardware that is holding it. The Acer Chromebook R 11 is a solid device, but the features to it seem to be more of a gimmick for a quick sell rather than being used for a purpose. The screen can flip upside down, leaving a kickstand with the keyboard being on the opposite side. This gives the purpose of viewing the monitor without the keyboard showing. Another option is to flip the screen inside out and have it shut to appear as a thick tablet. The keyboard then becomes locked so accidental key presses wouldn’t become an issue. It would be easier though if the screen could just be removed completely and used as a traditional tablet. Either that or to have the ability to cover the keyboard when it is flipped. It is awkward to hold which makes me not want to switch to that side. Another small issue as well was the trackpad. Either it was too sensitive or unresponsive at times. After playing with the configuration, I kept getting the same results.
If you are looking for a day to day laptop for productivity and entertainment. A chromebook should be your go to option. The operating system can handle just as much as a Windows PC or Mac. Anything more powerful than that, and you may want to reconsider using one of the more traditional environments.
Link to purchase the Acer Chromebook R11 is provided here.