Acer Aspire R 15 Convertible Laptop (R5-571TG-7229) Review

     
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When shopping for a 2-in-1 laptop, you are automatically getting a tablet as well. In another words, you won’t have to worry about usefulness, but for those interested in performance there’s always been a shadow of doubt. Does my convertible laptop suffice for this and that task? Well, Acer Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-7229), the model we are examining today looks good oomph-wise as i7 CPU and SSD are installed within its metal shell. About this, and other benefits of the laptop, I will tell more in the review below.

Strong Performance for a Convertible Model

The common problem with many convertible laptops has been the inadequate performance for heavier tasks. Surely, for greater functionality they are a spot on choice, but only lately have they started to catch up in the performance department. Also Acer Aspire R 15 belongs to this bunch of faster 2-in-1 models – its processor is nothing less but the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500U. A product of the Kaby Lake architecture, this dual-core chip runs on a respectable 2.7GHz clock speed, which increases to 3.5GHz clock speed with the turbo boost feature.

The processor itself guarantees sufficient performance for power users, but there are more components contributing to snappiness of this Acer. The storage-drive is a modern SSD (technical specifications M.2 2242/2260/2280 SATA 3), with decent 256GB storage capacity. The laptop also houses a 2.5″ bay, however there is no bracket provided. Moreover, the notebook bottom and battery must be removed for access to the 2.5″ bay. In essence, there is way to add a bigger hard drive but the installation will require some effort. The memory section consists of 4GB onboard and 8GB stick RAM, which is 12GB in total – already the maximum this notebook takes.

For long, convertible notebooks were poor choices for gaming. Integrated graphics cards were the choice those days; as a result, gaming performance was bad. However, technology advances, and when you shell out enough money wonderful things happen. In this convertible Acer Aspire R 15, the graphics are handled by GeForce 940MX, a dedicated card using 2GB GDDR5 video RAM. Truly, it’s not a top-shelf graphics card, but for gaming on lower settings and Full HD the 940MX goes. Some examples with smooth frames would include CS: Go, GTA 5 and even Doom. Just know there is no way to upgrade the graphics card on this model.

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Use the Display in Many Modes, for Many Occasions

One of the beneficial things Acer likes to remind us about is the notebook’s display. The screen of Aspire R 15 (R5-571TG-7229 model) not only works in laptop mode, but it seamlessly rotates to lay flat like a tablet. In between, few other modes such as tent exist. Indeed, there is a rotating hinge on this model which is a popular way to achieve the 2-in-1 functionality.

The specifications on this touch display look decent. You are getting a 15.6″ screen with high enough 1920×1080 resolution. Thanks to being a 15-incher – not ultrabook size – using this model will feel pretty much the same than a convertible laptop. The Full HD resolution, in my opinion, is adequate for tasks requiring free space on the display. Examples of such activities are video editing and Photoshop work. This screen has IPS panel, so the range of colors should be wide – just like the viewing angles. A 1280×720 webcam is available on the top bezel, luckily not in the awkward lower left screen position which would show your face in a bad light!

Modern Choice of Ports Keeps Your Peripherals Connected

A 2-in-1 notebook won’t have the connections a big gaming laptop would have, but all the essential ports seem to be covered. The three plain USB connectors consist of one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. On top of that, USB 3.1 Type-C port is provided – however, it does not support Thunderbolt 3 or laptop charging. You can still use the USB-C for charging some small electronic devices, like a smartphone. There is also HDMI port which supports up to 1920×1080 @ 60hz video output when used with an external monitor.

A high-quality 802.11ac, 2×2 WiFi card provides stable and fast wireless Internet connection. In addition, Bluetooth devices work flawlessly. It might be bit unfortunate that RJ-45 port was left out, despite this model being a larger 15-inches unit.

No surprise, the manufacturer got off the optical drive bandwagon with Acer Aspire R 15. For those longing for CDs and DVDs, cheap external drives exist and they can also be ordered from Amazon (or your local computer store). However, an alternative way to move data locally exists on the laptop, the card reader for SD and SDXC formatted memory cards.

The Notebook Also Has Other Benefits…

The Acer Aspire R 15 ships with a 4-cell 3220mAh Internal battery. Acer confidently claims that this battery will last up to 9 hours, but the reality will be somewhat different. Few users have reported getting 5-7 hours under dimmed screen, so take Acer’s own claim for what it’s worth. Also note you need to remove laptop bottom, disconnect cables and take off some screws to replace the battery.

While the laptop doesn’t include a pen, its screen supports a capacitive (passive) stylus which you can buy separately. The notebook sports a sleek aluminum case with a single-color backlit keyboard. The model is quiet but not completely silent, it having a fan on the processor.

Pros:
Good overall performance - It goes without saying that Intel Core i7 coupled with a solid-state drive is a tight duo, offering performance for starters, casual users and professionals alike.

Doubles as a powerful tablet - When you flip the screen 360 degrees you have the world's most powerful tablet at your fingertips.

Gamers appreciate - Yep, there are better gaming rigs available, but the GeForce 940MX card still takes a casual gamer far. Essentially, lower the settings or resolution a bit and you can play 99% of the games without problems.

Cons:
Battery life not as promised - The manufacturer's talk about 9 hours battery life won't likely happen. You should be expecting, at most, 7 hours duration from this notebook.

No-frills USB-C - While the laptop has USB Type-C port, it does not support Thunderbolt 3 or laptop charging.

Acer Aspire R 15, the R5-571TG-7229 model, makes a solid productivity and leisure notebook because of its twofold functionality. First, you can use the Acer’s laptop mode to get things done at work or office, which should be a non-issue thanks to Kaby Lake based Core i7 processor and solid-state drive running the system. Second, when you want to switch to entertainment mode, you are free to flip the screen and play a movie or two. In addition to all of this, this convertible laptop also boasts gaming capabilities due to dedicated (although low-end) graphics card. One thing that doesn’t work as advertised is the battery life, but disregarding that, the Acer gives great bang for a 2-in-1 laptop shopper’s buck!

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