It’s convertible laptops that have been very popular lately. That’s because of a very simple thing: you’ll essentially get two devices, a notebook and a tablet, with a price of one. Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT is one of the newest 2-in-1 laptops, offering nice performance and features for its price – which is a common feature amongst Acer computers. But let’s examine this model a bit further and try to see if there are some hidden blunders that you should be wary of!
There’s a dual-core i7 processor in Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT. People “in the know” can right away see a lot of performance is guaranteed. Furthermore, the i7-5500U is a 5th generation CPU, beating the older i7-4500U in benchmark tests. The base speed of i7-5500U is 2.4GHz, although with turbo feature the clock speed will be upped to 3.0GHz. For a laptop, this is a lot, and both casual and power users should find its processing power adequate.
8GB memory is installed on the system. That’s a great amount, especially for a notebook-tablet hybrid. From what I can see, the eight gigabytes is installed on two 4GB modules. Acer specifications list 12GB as the maximum memory, although 16GB is probably the right one.
A terabyte hard drive is good for people who require huge storage. Like for those who put data and backups from past years to their computers. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to install a durable solid-state drive to a convertible laptop. If you want to enjoy SSD speeds, you have to install it yourself. That is possible, but you have to remove the hard drive first.
Graphics and screen
Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT’s highlight is the 14″ screen. It has a 360 degree hinge, so you are welcome to turn it all the way, switching from laptop to tablet mode. The touch screen ensures smooth use of Windows 8.1. The 1366×768 is bit of a compromise especially for the price, but for 14″ display size that resolution should work fine.
The graphics are handled by Intel HD 5500 engine. It’s an integrated unit, which isn’t best news for gamers. However, the HD 5500 is quite a capable chip compared to other members in the HD family. For example, League of Legends should average over 30FPS on medium settings and resolution. The same would go for Battlefield 4, but only if you drop eye candy and resolution to minimum. Team Fortress 2, as somebody commented, will get around 50 frames per second on medium to high details.
Ther are three USB ports in Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT. One of those is USB 3.0, you should favor that to get nice transfer speeds. Also, an HDMI out is available on left, so connecting HD television or desktop monitor is possible.
Network options should be everything you need: a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) adapter, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 all are available.
Optical drive is missing on this model, there would be no space for that. A workaround is to use an external, USB-connecting DVD drive. The built-in SD card reader can also be used for files on memory cards.
There are no multiple cameras like on many real tablets, but a good old front-facing webcam is installed. It can be used, among other things, for video chats on Skype.
Other noteworthy things
Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT weighs 4.85 pounds, a lot more than tablets and about the same than other 14″ laptops. The 4-cell battery is given a 7.5 hour battery life, and in reality, you’ll probably get around six hours with a single charge.
The keyboard has no illuminated keys or numeric keypad on the right.
Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT is a premium convertible laptop, offering strong performance with its i7 processor and 8GB memory. All the software one would use on this kind of computer will run smoothly. Also the majority of games are playable as long as you keep eye candy and resolution at bay. Battery life is good, although the unit is rather heavy if you compare it to real tablets. But on the other hand, you’ll get all the advantages of a full-blown laptop, too – like the aforementioned performance. So if you like the idea of having notebook and tablet in one device, consider giving this Acer a go!