Acer is expanding its family of low-cost, low-power Windows notebooks with a new model that also functions as a tablet. The Acer Aspire R 11 is a laptop with an 11.6 inch touchscreen display that folds back 360 degrees for use in tablet mode.
Acer plans to bring the Aspire R11 to North America in July for about $249 and up.
Update: Put the emphasis on up. The Aspire R11 is now available for purchase, but the cheapest models available sell for $400. Acer says retailers have chosen not to opt for hardware configurations that would carry a lower price tag.
The convertible laptop will be available with Intel Celeron or Pentium Braswell processors, it supports up to 8GB of RAM, and will be available with 500GB and 1TB hard drive options. Not all configurations will be available in all markets.
This is a budget laptop though, so there are some compromises. The laptop has a relatively low-quality display with limited viewing angles. It also has an all-plastic case.
But the notebook has a nice touchpad, a decent keyboard, and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as full-sized HDMI, SD card, and Ethernet ports. It also has Intel’s latest low-power Celeron or Pentium chips which should offer decent performance while operating at low temperatures, which is why the only holes in the bottom of the case are for the speakers: there’s no fan, so there’s no need for extra ventilation.