Simply put, a Chromebook is a device that bridges the gap between tablets and notebooks. Running Google's Chrome OS and supporting a wide range of applications through Google's Play Store, the Chromebook is a less expensive alternative to a Windows-based notebook while offering a higher level of productivity than a tablet. To be clear, the Acer Chromebook R11 looks like a small notebook. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad along with an 11.6" IPS panel. The panel does support touch, and you can flip it 360 degrees and turn the Chromebook R11 into a tablet.
The biggest difference between a Chromebook and a low-cost notebook is the Chrome OS. The Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel and offers the same applications you might download for your Android phone. These days you can do most things through your browser, and since most people already use Google Chrome on their desktop, notebook, or phone, the shift from a Windows-based OS to one based on the Chrome OS should be simple enough.
Since the Chrome OS is specifically designed to work with the Chromebook R11, it should be possible to optimize user experience. The Acer Chromebook R11 is my first encounter with the Chrome OS, but I do use a Samsung S6 as my daily phone, and I also use Chrome for browsing.
Follow me as we explore the world of the Acer Chromebook R11.
The Chromebook R11 that we received uses an Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core CPU that runs at 1.6GHz, 4GB of DDR3L, 16GB of internal flash storage, Wireless AC, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card reader, and an 11.6" color touch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1366x768.
It's very thin and lightweight at 0.8"x11.6"x8" (HxWxD) and 2.76 lbs.
The Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T-C8ZW, as reviewed) costs $279.99.
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