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Acer Chromebook R11 Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Touchscreen Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 5:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Acer

System Performance


The Chrome OS doesn't support Windows software, and most of the applications will come from the Google Play Store so I won't be able to run my normal benchmark suite on the Chromebook R11. That being said, there is one web-based benchmark I use, and I have run that to help reference the hardware. The Chromebook R11's software and hardware configuration are designed to work together, so it's difficult to gauge overall performance purely by the numbers since we are comparing different operating systems and hardware.





The Chromebook R11 uses the Intel Celeron N3060 CPU based on Intel's Cherry Trail microarchitecture. It has two CPUs cores that can Turbo up to 2582MHz. I don't think the machine has active cooling, but as we will see later in the review, thermal performance is decent.




WebXPRT 2015 is a browser based test, and the Chromebook R11 performs well compared to other Celeron based devices. I would say that the results are fair. The Chromebook R11 isn't the snappiest machine, but it does feel more responsive and faster than Intel's second generation Compute Stick.




Futuremark did launch a mobile version of their 3DMark graphics benchmarking software, and I was able to run it on the Chromebook R11. I did play a few games on the Chromebook R11, but nothing like an FPS I might play on a gaming notebook or desktop PC.




Thermal performance is decent; the Chromebook R11 never gets hot enough to cause discomfort. Battery life is also quite good, lasting upwards of 7-8 hours depending on how I used the machine.



Real World Performance and Experience




There is a file explorer, but the system prefers you save content to your Google Drive, so it's accessible from the cloud. I captured and saved my screenshots to a USB thumb drive using a program called Awesome Screenshot. If you try to open a file such as an Excel spreadsheet, it will try and launch Google Docs, but that isn't your only option. Google's Play Store application can be downloaded, and it is loaded with applications compatible with the Chromebook R11. I also updated the OS to a developer OS Chrome OS version 54.




While many applications require internet connectivity to work, Microsoft's applications will open and let you work locally without an active internet connection. There are many other applications that will also work offline, but not all will. I downloaded Excel and Word from the Google Play Store, and they were free and linked to my OneDrive account. I had no problem working with them, and the experience was comparable to that of a desktop machine, just with less screen space and fewer features.




There are many games you can download from the Play Store, and I chose Plants vs. Zombies. The experience is comparable to a tablet experience, but when I flipped the screen into tablet mode, there was a small glitch. I am told the developer version of the OS I used isn't the most stable, so you shouldn't encounter that issue with a stable OS build.




Google Docs is where a lot of your content will be stored. That way you don't use local storage, and you can access your information anywhere.




Adobe does off a light version of Illustrator and Google Draw is also included in the basic list of applications. It's nice to be able to draw on the screen in tablet mode and then switch back and type using the physical QWERTY keyboard. There are also many video and image editing software applications available for free; I used Magisto. The Chromebook R11 was able to run all the applications I downloaded from the Play Store without a hitch.

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