Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 is an entry-level convertible laptop featuring Pentium processor, basic 4GB memory and 500GB spinning hard drive. It comes pre-loaded with Windows 10, and display size is a compact 11.6 inches. I often like Acers due to their good price-performance ratio, but it’s too early to tell if this item is a valuable choice or just a bad apple…
Looking at its price tag, you can’t expect wonderful performance from Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344. Instead, its components are good for “day-to-day” use, including web browsing and video streaming. The most important thing under the hood, the Pentium N3700 quad-core processor, offers 1.6GHz base speed with burst frequency up to 2.4GHz. It gets around 1800 CPU Mark points, not more than older N3520 or N3540 (despite N3700 having a higher number in the name). Nonetheless, any current processor is able to run the aforementioned lightweight programs. Moreover, the power consumption is very low (Thermal Design Power 6W), this contributes to minimal heat build up.
The laptop comes with 4GB memory, a basic amount that works for home or smaller office users. You can replace it with a 8GB stick (yep, just one memory slot on the mainboard) if you want more RAM. That would mainly benefit power users, not really web surfing and other easier stuff.
The storage drive is what you could expect from such a budget laptop: 500GB hard drive, spinning at 5400 revolutions per minute. It’s a common drive for these cheaper models, dare I say the worst because they don’t really put smaller than 500GB ones in laptops anymore. However, once again it suffices for casual users, and if you wanted better performance it could always be swapped for a solid-state drive.
Screen and graphics
Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 is a small laptop, the screen size is just 11.6 inches. And being a modern touch display, it has a 360 degree hinge. If you think about it, you’ll possibly be saving some money here: the computer is both a laptop and tablet. Resolution is 1366×768 only, but it’s an understandable choice for an affordable model.
The graphics engine is integrated in the processor (Braswell-based Intel HD Graphics), thus the Acer doesn’t have great gaming performance. You can’t really enjoy games such as GTA 5 here, those would give something like 15FPS on low settings. However, games that don’t require so much from the graphics card are alright, examples being Sims 4 and even Counter-Strike: Go.
There are two USB ports (one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0) available in Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 to connect mouse, DVD drive or other peripheral. In addition, HDMI output is also available, meaning the notebook works with a PC monitor or HDTV.
The Acer features no optical drive – but you can always get an external DVD burner and plug it to the laptop’s USB port. In addition, using the notebook to connect with your friends is possible, there’s a 1280×720 webcam for that.
For a small budget model this Acer has excellent networking options: a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port and 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.
If you have a knack for photography, you’ll be glad to know the laptop accepts SD cards from digital cameras.
Something else to keep in mind?
Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 was made for traveling: 11.6″ screen shouldn’t be in your way, and 3.5 pounds isn’t so heavy to carry. Also, the 4-cell battery lasts long because of the energy efficient components. Manufacturer gives a maximum run time of 8 hours, in reality you’ll probably get something like 6.
The notebook has neither backlit keyboard nor a 10-key pad.
Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 is made for people who can do with mediocre performance: this thing can run web browser and YouTube fine, but lacks the real muscle for very demanding applications (types like virtualization software) or heavy gaming. One way to make this computer faster is a solid-state drive, but not everybody can replace the drive himself. The 360 degree screen is a nice thing, you’ll be able to use the unit in laptop and tablet modes. So, as it is, the notebook is good for basic on-the-go computing. If that’s what you’re after, you’ll be sure to receive at least decent value by picking this Acer.