The Acer Aspire R13 is an excellent laptop, but it may not the best choice for every consumer. This notebook is well built, but the display lid can be difficult to grasp, and the machine is noticeably heavier than many of its Intel Core M counterparts. The Aspire R13 also isn’t the greatest when it comes to enjoying multimedia content. The display’s color accuracy is good, but it wasn’t as bright as we would have liked and the audio quality from the built-in speakers was inconsistent.
However, there’s a lot to like here too. The gunmetal silver chassis and floating display frame create a wholly unique aesthetic, something very few Ultrabooks can claim. The swivel works wonderfully; it’s easy to control and titling the display to work with the stylus feels fantastic. The laptop is also a workhorse with an incredibly fast SSD and powerful Core i5 CPU.
If you’re looking for a powerful machine that offers flexibility and versatility the Acer Aspire R13 is an excellent choice. However, if you just want a convertible to handle basic web browsing and checking email, there are more affordable and lighter options out there.
- Unique design
- Fast SSD
- Adjustable display
- Solid battery life
- Strong performance
- No home button on display
- Display lid difficult to grab
- Heavier than competing convertibles
- Poor audio quality