Performance is one of the areas where the Acer Aspire R13 excels. Equipped with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-4210U CPU, with 8GB of DDR3, Intel HD Graphics 4400 and a responsive RAID 0 SSD the R13 offers performance levels that justify it’s $1,000 price tag.
The Intel Core i5 CPU delivers a little extra umph over many of the R13’s Core M counterparts. That means the Acer Aspire R13 should be more than capable of handling the normal workload of a home or office. Notebook Review staff ran 15 active Google Chrome tabs in addition to three HD streams while also hosting a Skype call without any noticeable slow down. The real kicker though is the device’s RAID 0 SSD, which is incredibly responsive as seen from the stellar CrystalDiskMark scores listed below.
Despite the strong performance with general office tasks and light multimedia activities, don’t expect the R13 and Intel’s embedded graphics to handle the latest 3D games. While the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU is still capable enough to perform basic HD video editing, your gaming activities will be limited to less demanding game titles such Hearthstone.
Our review of the Acer Aspire R13 had the following specifications:
- Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
- 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-4210U CPU
- Intel HD Graphics 4400
- 8GB of DDR3
- 256GB SSD
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Dimensions: 13.54 x 9.07 x 0.71 inches
- Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Starting Price: $900
- Price as Configured: $1,000
wPrime processor comparison results (listed in seconds – lower scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
Heat and Noise
The Acer Aspire R13 houses a vent along the back-end of its chassis near the floating display hinge. Under normal circumstances the device remains comfortably cool and quiet. While stressed the bottom of the device does heat up considerably and the enclosed cooling fan produces an audible hum. After running two HD streams for 45 minutes the bottom of the R13 was warm enough that it wouldn’t be comfortable to use the device on your lap; however, the both the palm rests and the keyboard remained relatively cool throughout.
To test battery life, we used our aggressive Powermark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming, and video playback workloads. This is far more strenuous than most battery life tests, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate intense real-life use. With the test being far more demanding, the scores are understandably lower than what you’ll see if you only use the laptop for casual web browsing or allow your laptop to go into sleep mode a few times during the day.
Powermark battery life benchmark in minutes (higher score means longer battery life):
In our tests the Acer Aspire R13 ran for 4 hours and 11 minutes before shutting down. Scoring over 4 hours is decent for a convertible and should ensure that under normal conditions users can expect the R13’s enclosed battery to last for most of the work day (upwards of 7 or more hours) on a single charge.