Taiwanese manufacturer brings out a new R each year. Following in the footsteps of the smallest convertible launched last year April, the Aspire R 11, Acer has now announced the larger Aspire R 15. In principle nothing much has changed, apart from the fact the new unit is using modern hardware. Intel Skylake CPUs are employed, as well as a new NVIDIA GPU.
Customers opting for the maximum configuration will receive an Intel i7-6500U and a GeForce 940MX, plus up to 12 GB DDR4 RAM. Details on mass storage and battery life are still missing. Thankfully, Acer did mention the interfaces. In terms of WiFi, a new 2x2 MU-MIMO antenna configuration ensures stable and high data rates, while USB 3.1 Gen1 makes sure the notebook is future-proof, thanks to the Type-C connector. Furthermore three Type-A connectors and a single HDMI output are available.
The 15,6" display with an IPS panel offers 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and can be rotated by 360°. Thus, the four operating modes notebook, tablet, stand and tent are available. Acer claims it stands out from the competition thanks to the especially developed "soft closing" hinges, which are supposed to work smoothly while being very stable at the same time.
Acer headed down quite an unusual path as far as the case is concerned. While it used metal up on top, a mix of fibreglass, plastic and silver particles was used for the base. This helped keep things flat, while ensuring stability.
Acer will launch its Aspire R 15 in May, with prices starting at 899 euro. Prices for other configurations have yet to be mentioned.