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Acer Chromebook R11 review: Solid laptop, mediocre convertible

Acer Chromebook R11 Full review

As we head toward the future of Android apps being available on Chrome OS, the idea of a small, convertible touchscreen Chromebook makes a little more sense. Before that announcement at Google I/O 2016, a Chromebook that could fold back into a touch-only device didn't really have much appeal. Chrome apps weren't ready for touch, and the OS as a whole still preferred a mouse and keyboard.

The Acer Chromebook R11 is one of these convertible Chromebooks that launched a bit ahead of its time, being ready for the touchscreen convertible future before Android app support came to the OS. And even at this point, though we know Android apps are coming, they won't be here for everyone for several months. There's little reason to buy a Chromebook for what it could do in the future — what it can do right now is far more important.

Acer knows the Chromebook world, and has the sales numbers from the past few years to prove it. But does the Chromebook R11 continue the company's history of making great Chromebooks with this convertible-style laptop? Our full review will tell you just that.

About this review

I (Andrew Martonik) am writing this review after over a week using the Acer Chromebook R11, configured with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which was provided to Android Central for review by Acer. The entirety of the review was written with impressions of the laptop running on the stable channel of Chrome OS, except where noted.

Acer Chromebook R11

Basic, but built well

Acer Chromebook R11 Hardware and display

The Chromebook R11, just like the non-convertible Chromebook 11 before it, builds on a standard design that Acer has been using since the original C720 Chromebook. It's a mashup of different plastics of varying thicknesses and textures, accented by an etched metal lid that brings some grip and style to what is otherwise a pretty bland laptop. However the smooth plastic on the inside clashes with the textured plastic around the screen and sides, while exposed screw holes along the bottom and there are visible seams all around that remind you of an older style of laptop. It pales in comparison to the sleek all-metal look and feel of the ASUS Chromebook Flip, its main competitor.

With all of that being said I still don't mind the look, even in the white color I have here (a black choice seems to be sporadically available) — I just wish there was a bit more of a cohesive design here that didn't look like it was put together by a committee of people who were never put in the same room.

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In typical Acer fashion, the Chromebook R11 is still built to take a beating, even though the plastic doesn't immediately give you great feelings about how robust it is. The chassis doesn't unnecessarily flex in your hands, the keyboard offers good travel without bounce in the frame and the display hinge is tight. You shouldn't go throwing this around the room, but getting bumped around in your backpack or tossed on the couch isn't going to cause any issues.

And that's a good thing, because the Chromebook R11 is quite compact — and while it's not the thinnest laptop ever it weighs in at just 2.76 pounds, light enough to carry around every day without issue.

Though the resolution of the Chromebook R11's 11.6-inch display is a somewhat disappointing 1366x768, it is absolutely great in terms of clarity, brightness and colors. Next to the display on the ASUS Chromebook Flip (which is also smaller, it should be said), this is quite possibly the nicest Chromebook display I've ever seen (Pixel aside, of course). And that's really saying something considering it's notably a step down from the Dell Chromebook 13.

Ed. note: An original version of this review indicated that the ASUS Chromebook Flip had a 1080p display. This error has been corrected.

This is also a touchscreen, of course, which is plenty responsive and supports multi-touch manipulation. And even though there isn't much of an application for touch on Chrome OS as it stands today, the future will bring Android apps that you may be far more inclined to use directly with the touchscreen. Those who have no desire to use the touchscreen will have to either understand they're paying extra for a feature they won't use or look elsewhere. But considering the affordable price of the Chromebook R11 and the great quality of the panel itself (touch aside), you shouldn't dismiss it just because you aren't going to be tapping and swiping on it every day.

Acer Chromebook R11

What's inside

Acer Chromebook R11 Specs

You get a very standard set of internals and ports on the Acer Chromebook R11, with a mid-range fanless Celeron processor supported by 2 or 4GB of RAM, and 16 or 32GB of storage. In terms of ports, it's all standard Chromebook: a couple of USB ports, HDMI out and an SD card slot. Nothing too fancy here.

CategoryFeatures
Display11.6-inch 1366x768 IPS
ProcessorIntel Celeron N3150
quad-core 1.6GHz (turbo 2.08GHz)
Memory2/4GB DDR3L
Storage16/32GB
Connectivity802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
PortsUSB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4
microSD card, headphone/mic
Battery3-cell Lithium-ion, 3220 mAh
9.5 hours estimated battery life
Charger45W/19V charger
proprietary plug
CameraHD web cam (1280x720)
SoundStereo speakers
microphone
Dimensions294.6 x 203.2 x 19.2 mm
Weight2.76 lb

Acer Chromebook R11

One good, one bad

Acer Chromebook R11 Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard situation on the Acer Chromebook R11 is identical to Acer's previous Chromebooks, which is to say it's quite good for the price but isn't going to blow you away. The keys themselves are cheap and have a little too much texture for my personal preference, but they have good travel, proper spring and almost no side-to-side movement. I had no issue at all typing on the Chromebook R11 for everything from quick tweets up to long emails, and including this entire review. There's no backlighting here, which shouldn't come as a surprise at this price range.

A really solid keyboard, paired with a bad trackpad.

The trackpad situation isn't quite as rosy, unfortunately. Somehow, I feel like Acer has regressed from the trackpad it offered some two years ago on the C720 Chromebook. The trackpad surface is the same glossy plastic as the rest of the inside of the laptop, which just doesn't offer me the right amount of drag — my finger sticks far too much — to be able to smoothly track around the interface and select precise elements with one finger. This makes precise actions like selecting text and clicking small interface elements quite frustrating. Large movements like getting the cursor across the screen or scrolling with two fingers are no problem at all, which shows that the issue isn't necessarily the trackpad firmware or the performance of the processor ... it really comes down to the surface of the trackpad itself.

Perhaps I'm spoiled by the glass trackpads on the likes of the Dell Chromebook 13, but even inexpensive models like the ASUS Chromebook Flip do far better than this.

Acer Chromebook R11

Actually using it

Acer Chromebook R11 Daily use and battery life

Beyond the looks and feel, how does it actually work in day-to-day use? That's what is really important.

Performance

Fanless, lower-powered Chromebooks haven't really done much to impress me as of yet, with only the Rockchip-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip offering enough to really get me to recommend it without hesitation. The Intel Celeron N3150 in the Chromebook R11 slots its performance a step below the Chromebook Flip, for sure, but easily outperforms the last generation of fanless Celeron models running an N2850 processor.

It can handle what an average user needs to do.

So what does that mean in terms of regular use? Using a model with 4GB of RAM — which is the only configuration I'd ever recommend — the Chromebook R11 is capable for a basic set of tasks, but can bog down if you give it a bit too much to do. I regularly load up my Chromebooks with about 10 tabs in the browser and a couple more apps — often Tweetdeck and Slack, at least — and in this situation the Chromebook R11 did show signs of slowing down. It took quite a bit to get actual window switching or text input to become noticeably slow; the only place where slowdowns were really noticeable is in initial page load times, and when reloading pages in the background.

But in dealing with individual tasks, or hopping between just a handful of open tabs, the Chromebook R11 took care of what I needed it to do just fine. Importantly it also streamed video well, and could handle Google Cast display mirroring, too.

Battery life and charging

Acer quotes nine and a half hours of battery life out of the Chromebook R11, but as is often the case my heavier use drained the battery quicker than that. The 3220 mAh battery averaged out to giving me about eight hours of use, which as I note above usually involves several tabs open in the browser, plus one or two additional apps running at any given time.

Acer Chromebook R11

I often kept the screen quite bright, at about 75% brightness — a little high perhaps, but not unreasonable. For an 11-inch Chromebook, getting around eight hours of battery life is pretty good but not stellar, and considering the performance shortcomings of using a fanless design I do expect a little more of a positive trade-off in battery life. The lighter, more powerful ASUS Chromebook Flip lasted longer for me.

You get a very standard Acer charger, color-matched white to the laptop, that's a bit more compact than what you got with Acer Chromebooks of yesteryear and is almost identical to the one that comes with the larger Acer Chromebook 14. It's ugly, and still has the standard two-cable-and-brick design (I'd prefer something more compact for a small laptop like this), but it gets the job done.

Convertible tablet use

I got a great taste for using Chrome OS in a tablet environment when I reviewed the ASUS Chromebook Flip, and my findings of using it on the Chromebook R11 are much the same — with a few changes. The Chromebook R11, just like the Flip, can fold back its screen into a few different modes, whether that's a "tent" or "display" mode for all-touch use while propped up, or folded all the way back into a tablet-like form factor (which, remember, weighs 2.76-pounds). When you enter any of these modes (automatically when the screen pivots to a certain point), Chrome OS switches into a full-screen experience with every window maximized, where you can quickly swap between them with the use of a task-switching button in the status area.

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The tablet-focused interface works fine enough, and the touchscreen is very responsive, but the issue is that Chrome apps and web pages just aren't designed to be touched. When you navigate to a webpage on a Chromebook, the web page looks like it belongs on a laptop, and it expects a mouse pointer — and often a keyboard — to navigate properly. Sure you can swipe and scroll through pages, tap large interface elements and read or watch videos just fine, but as soon as you need to tap small buttons, highlight text or type, you have to flip the keyboard back around and do it the "normal" way. Having the choice is great, and I found myself using it for some casual content consumption, but for the most part I left the Chromebook R11 in its standard laptop configuration.

What it really comes down to is this: if you want a tablet, right now, you should just buy an Android tablet — yes, maybe even one that offers a keyboard accessory. Perhaps in the future we'll see new Chromebook form factors that make a bit more sense — such as those with detachable keyboards — as convertible devices, but right now using a 2.76-pound tablet is a poor experience, even if the software was perfectly made for touch.

The future: Android apps

One of the main reasons an enthusiast may be considering a Chromebook R11 is that it's one of the first Chromebooks available to be compatible with the Google Play Store and Android apps. At the time of writing that list is limited to just the ASUS Chromebook Flip, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and the Chromebook R11, and only in the Developer Channel, which nobody should really be using on a daily basis.

Acer Chromebook R11

I've written specifically about the experience of using Android apps on the Chromebook R11, and the general feeling right now is that this isn't something to get too excited about yet. Being in the Dev Channel alone introduces a performance decrease and lots of instability, and issues with Android apps being either incompatible or not ready for use on a laptop are very clear. Even once Android apps arrive in the Chrome OS Stable Channel — which should happen at some point near the end of 2016 — the issues with the apps themselves will largely still remain.

There are some situations in which having Android apps on your Chromebook is useful, but it isn't a game-changing experience just yet, and for that reason there's no need to buy the Chromebook R11 specifically to run Android apps. My estimation is that by the time the compatibility and design issues with Android apps on Chrome OS are addressed, there will be far better models of Chromebooks to choose from that are also better set up to use them. The Chromebook R11 just isn't that great when being used as a pseudo-tablet, and having Android apps installed doesn't change that.

Acer Chromebook R11

Good for the basics

Acer Chromebook R11 Bottom line

Being a convertible laptop that offers a touchscreen and the promise of Android apps in the future seems tempting. As such, expectations may be unreasonably high considering what the Chromebook R11 can actually do. It isn't going to blow you away in terms of design, the trackpad definitely isn't leading the industry, and the convertible functions are more of a novelty than a truly useful feature. Yup, this is a pretty mediocre convertible and doesn't really work any better as a "tablet" than the handful of other convertible Chromebooks out there. And even when Android apps arrive for everyone, this may not be the model to get if you want to try them out.

Keeping that all in mind, if we lower the bar back down to what we'd normally expect from a $275 Chromebook, this is actually a decent offering for the right person. The Acer Chromebook R11 is a compact laptop with a really good screen, solid build, almost full-day battery life and performance that's good enough for the average user. Sure it isn't doing anything particularly special and isn't one to clamor over, but it's a really good basic Chromebook — don't let the extra stuff get in the way of your decision, positively or negatively.

Where to buy the Acer Chromebook R11

You can find the Acer Chromebook R11 at pretty much any major electronics retailer, though things narrow down a bit if you want to buy a model with 4GB of RAM (believe me, you do). Best Buy at the time of writing offers it, but as models come and go often from other retailers, be sure to shop around a bit for the best price on the model you need.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

35 Comments
  • I have this one but I feel it is little heavy compared to the size.
  • It is, I bought one a month back and definitely not something I would recommend anyone to use as a tablet. However, I bought it because it seemed superior as a compared to the flip.
  • I've got one too, and compared to my 7" tablet it is huge and heavy. But it still works well and a tablet for those Android apps that don't need a G sensor, GPS, or external storage and the display mode is a lot better than using a propped up tablet case.
  • It's definitely not svelte, particularly if you compare to a few of the lighter ARM machines out there. But it's still well under 3 pounds, very similar to the old Acer C720 — and I can't complain too much at that point.
  • "The Intel Celeron N3150 in the Chromebook R11 slots its performance a step below the Chromebook Flip, for sure, but easily outperforms the last generation of fanless Celeron models running an N2850 processor." Really? The Rockchip outperforms the N3150?
  • Not on this planet. The Rockchip is good, but the the Braswell Celeron is better. I have both the R11 and a Flip currently, and the R11 is faster at everything. The Rockchip is maybe a bit more efficient when it comes to performance per watt, but that's about it.
  • In real-world performance, yes. The Chromebook Flip notably outperformed the Chromebook R11. I was shocked with how well the Rockchip-powered Chromebooks performed when I first got them. I think Google did some special work to have the system all optimized for Rockchip — that's why we saw a little push for those processors in cheaper Chromebooks at the time.
  • No way. I tried both the Flip and the C200 with the Rockchip processor, it was extremely disappointing. The N3150 is a way better chip, the R11 is WAY quicker/snappier than the Flip.
  • I really expected better from an Android Central review. "The Intel Celeron N3150 in the Chromebook R11 slots its performance a step below the Chromebook Flip, for sure, but easily outperforms the last generation of fanless Celeron models running an N2850 processor." Yeah, no. The quad-core Rockchip ARM SoC in the Flip is very good, don't get me wrong, but it cannot outperform a quad-core Braswell Celeron on any day of the week. As someone who has used both, I can say the R11 is notably faster at everything. Octane tests also put it about 700 points above the Flip. "Being in the Dev Channel alone introduces a performance decrease and lots of instability, and issues with Android apps being either incompatible or not ready for use on a laptop are very clear." Instability, possibly. Performance decrease? Almost never. In fact, dev is often faster than the current stable channel release, thanks to optimizations in Chrome OS. I'll give you that there's still plenty of UX work to be done, but that's kind of a given at this point. "Even once Android apps arrive in the Chrome OS Stable Channel — which should happen at some point near the end of 2016 — the issues with the apps themselves will largely still remain." Really? That's just pure conjecture. Or are you that pessimistic about Google and the app developers getting the UX working right by the end of the year? Keep in mind that currently it's based on Android M, which was never meant to do this sort of thing. Android N is bringing multi-window fun soon, which should help tremendously. Sure, we won't be getting free-form windows at launch, but I imagine that development is going hand-in-hand with Chrome OS' new Android support. More commitment to researching what was being reviewed really would have helped out this review quite a lot, in my opinion. A little less subjective opinion wouldn't have hurt, either. I understand opinion can't be avoided in some places (touchpad feel, materials preference, etc), but for things with hard numbers (performance, price, etc), opinion needs to take a walk.
  • "Yeah, no. ..." Well I used both Chromebooks, and the Rockchip-powered Chromebook Flip outperformed the Intel-powered Chromebook R11. What can I say? that's what I found, and that's why I wrote it here. I myself was extremely shocked to see how fast the Rockchip CPU was in the Chromebook Flip, and I am still disappointed in the overall performance of the N3150 for heavier tasks. "Instability, possibly. ..." The Dev Channel has lots of instability, and additional debugging code running that slows the machine down. Again, I used the R11 in Dev Channel (and plenty of other Chromebooks) and it was both slower and less stable than when running in the Stable Channel. And I'm not splitting hairs, the Dev Channel was notably slower. "Really? That's ..." Of course it's conjecture, because we don't know for sure what will happen in the future. I'm making an educated guess. But how can you disagree with the point? Even once Android apps come to the Stable Channel of Chrome OS, there's nothing in history that shows us that app developers will go out of their way to quickly build properly for the platform or fix issues with incompatibility. Right now, we're headed down the path of tablet optimized apps ... something that hasn't gone well for Android so far. Sure if you put an unlimited time frame on it, eventually we will get some Android apps that target larger screens and are designed to work on Chromebooks ... but how long should we wait? And how many apps have to be how good before we say that it's no longer a problem? It's a HUGE problem to face right now, and my statement still rings true; when Android apps come to the Stable Channel of Chrome OS, we will STILL have these issues. Just coming to stable doesn't mean they're all fixed. "More commitment to researching ..." More commitment where? So far you've simply argued that my subjective opinions aren't the same as your subjective opinions. What research can fix that problem? Setting two Chromebooks side-by-side and telling you what I think of the performance is what we do here, and these are my findings. That does the reader far more of a service than running benchmarks or talking about clock speed that "proves" the Rockchip is slower than the Intel processor (not to mention there's more to performance than just the processor). This is a review, it's practically ALL opinions. If all you want is a spec sheet, you can just look at the spec sheet and not leave a trashy comment saying that I don't know how to research. This isn't a marketing page or just a list of speeds and feeds, it's a review of how a product actually works and fits into your life.
  • I'll have to respectfully disagree on the performance. I have both the Flip and the R11, both have 4GB of RAM, and the R11 has the N3150 (some were sold with the N3060). Both are on dev, and the R11 does everything just a little bit faster. It's not much, but it's there. Like I said, the Rockchip is amazing, and is definitely doing more with less power, but the N3150 edges it out in raw performance. I use both on a daily basis, so I feel comfortable saying this is not a subjective statement. The Octane results back me up on this point. Right now, dev channel is a bit of a mess. There are plenty of problems, and historically the benchmark scores are a bit down. Considering this is the biggest update ever to happen to Chrome OS, and it's currently deep in the first round of updates, none of this is all that surprising. This is an exception, not the rule. I've always had at least one Chromebook on dev, and I almost never see a loss on benchmark scores. Sometimes they even go up. I agree that right now, dev is going to cause a small drop in performance. That won't last for very long. The UX will improve, if for no other reason than it's in Google's bests interests. This is the tip of the iceberg on a much bigger shakeup for Android and Chrome OS. Will it improve before the end of the year? Certainly. Will it be perfect? Most likely not. Is this my opinion? Sure, but I think it's much more likely than "there will be no improvement at all in two or three months". As to research, I'm not expecting AnandTech levels of testing (let's be honest, they're a bit crazy over there), but maybe putting it next to a few other Chromebooks along with a comparison benchmark or two wouldn't have hurt. Just something along the lines of "yes, the benchmarks say it's faster, but it doesn't feel that way to me." Stating that one device is faster than the other with no objective analysis feels disingenuous. Even if the benchmarks don't agree with you, they at still provide weight to your opinion. The R11 and Flip are only separated by less than 1,000 points on Octane. Most agree that the difference needs to be at least 1,000 points to be noticeable. That's all you would need to back up your position. Likewise, side-by-side comparisons could have given you more to work with on things like case material and trackpad feel. Maybe you have been spoiled by glass trackpads. Put a Dell CB 13 right next to the R11 and eliminate the maybe. It's just better to have a glass trackpad. You have to pay more for it of course, but that's no longer quite as subjective. Hindsight's got a great way of changing our perspective on things. I've gone back to a lot of hardware I once used and wondered "why did I ever like this?" when I put it side-by-side with something else. This is getting quite long-winded, so I'll end it here. Everyone's got opinions on what they like or don't like in hardware, and I respect that. I wouldn't present my opinions as fact in a review, though. I'd want something to back those opinions up. Benchmarks, live comparisons, whatever I might need to put weight behind what I'm writing. If this was "first impressions" piece, then yeah, I'd not have nearly as much of an issue with it. As a review, it falls a bit short.
  • Very well said. I don't agree with 100% of your argument, but you definitely have very good, thought out points. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here
    I have the Asus chromebook flip 4GB and the Acer C720P 4GB
    The Acer is faster and smoother.
  • Might swoop one up I came from the gutta, now it's all butta
  • asus flip has a 1080 display? I thought it was less.
  • I totally missed that. It does not. The Flip has a 1280x800 display. Another incorrect statement among the rest.
  • Does this article have any credibility with these 2 glaring errors?
  • Whoops, most definitely not 1080p! good catch, got my models mixed up — I think I had the Acer Chromebook 14 on my mind at the time.
  • The thing I like most about the R11 that puts it ahead of some others is the combination of: android support / touchscreen / convertible / intel processor. You get the best of ChromeOS, Android, and the ability to run Windows apps through CrossOver (set to be released in beta this month), all with the flexibility to use as a laptop, tablet, etc. for whatever you are using it for. There are currently no other Chromebooks that are this versatile. That makes me pretty interested in the R11, but as mentioned in the article better stuff is likely coming in the next couple of months.
  • hmm I see people pointing at the errors. I do have the R11, and I agree with some of the point made in comments, but the bottom line still seems to be on point. Its good for the price, performs well for most casual users, not as great at being a tablet, better at being a laptop. I dont find any issues with the touchpad, I actually like the keyboard a lot, I keep my screen brightness low (around 50% generally because I use it mostly when its dark) and the battery life I get is often more than what Acer recommends but then my usuage is pretty light, mostly browsing, youtube (via browser) and some android apps (twitter, gmail, theScore, Accuweather etc). On the apps front I get it, many games look low res on this big display, many apps are not customized correctly yet but some I just love. Gmail is awesome, photos app I love because all my photos are up there, maps is pretty nice, theScore worked flawlessly since day 1. Phil's article about which apps to use in browser vs app is pretty good to look at. I agree with most of them except gmail, I guess primarily because I never use gmail shortcuts that Phil was talking about.
  • I have an r11, I bought it for something to take notes on at conferences, something small and light.
    It works very well for this. Granted, I haven't used it much.
    IMO, It's took large and heavy to use as a tablet. However, it works very well as a chromebook laptop.
    Mine has 4G of ram. Either 16 or 32 storage, I can't remember.
    Andrew does hit the nail on the head concerning the trackpad. It's horrible! In fact, I was going to send it back to Costco, but then figured out that it works alright if I just lightly trace with my fingers, instead of pressing hard on the pad.
    Joe Joe
    Verizon s6, marshmallow
  • When are going to make a correction about the Asus Flip display not being 1080p? Are you sleep over there?
  • I did! I'm glad a couple people caught that for me. Dropped a reply to a commenter above. Sometimes I flip-flop some things. I'm glad it didn't have any material effect on the results of this review (particularly because it's a spec for an entirely different laptop simply used as a point of reference.) Though you may think I'm asleep (or "sleep" as you say), I can guarantee that I'm hard at work doing all sorts of things to better serve everyone who reads AC.
  • I have both and the Flip is the better device hands down. It's snappier, has a wonderful trackpad, has better build quality, and is much more aesthetically pleasing over all.
  • I was able to get a refurb R11 from Acer's site for $190 and for that price I am very impressed. If I bought at full price I would have a slightly different opinion.
  • Agree with being able to purchase it at about $180 myself and with the play store access it's a nice deal. But the review states that there's a 4gb version of the Acer R11, which I have not been able to find. Is there such a model? If so a link would be appreciate. Thanks in advance.
  • The 4 GB model doesn't seem to be available new at the moment. I've only seen it refurbished on Acer's Ebay/recertified store. In the US, Costco occasionally sells it both in-store and online, but that's the only place I've seen it in the wild. Not even Amazon has the 4 GB model.
  • Yeah it does seem to come and go. At the time of writing it wasn't available, but now I see it again on BestBuy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-r-11-2-in-1-11-6-touch-screen-chromebook-intel-celeron-4gb-memory-16gb-emmc-flash-memory-white/5202900.p?id=bb5202900&skuId=5202900&ref=199&loc=jo/pTdthTuc&acampID=1&siteID=jo_pTdthTuc-PQY99nxTmqg3g1y7qHXPbQ (I'm also going to add this link to the review.) I know Costco also has an exclusive version w/ 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, if you have a membership there.
  • Yeah that's a darn good price for this level of laptop.
  • Been eyeing the R11 at Costco, $289.99 for the 4GB version with a free Acer wireless mouse I don't really need. But you get the fantastic Costco return policy (and a 2% rebate with Executive membership). My original Toshiba Chromebook was a factory refurb, it's starting to act flaky and it bogs down with the typical ad-laden websites.
  • I am one of the weird ones who originally bought the ASUS Flip and went to the Acer R11 instead. Well, I'm actually just assuming I'm not the only one...am I? The Flip is literally a tablet (screen size, at least) with a keyboard; the screen is too small. 1.6 inches isn't that big of a difference, right? Wrong. I know, I was shocked myself, but I couldn't do it. In addition, the keyboard is smaller than the R11's. Your hands adapt eventually, but the R11's keyboard is so much more comfortable. The outside chassis of the Flip is beautiful, of course, but prepared to have it scratched up extremely easily, especially when simply attempting to plug that stupid charger into the D/C port. I hated that charger...the block itself is nice and small, favoring a phone charger, but the cord is a weak piece of junk with a cheap microusb tab at the end. They really gimped on the charger. The R11 also seems to perform just ever-so-slightly quicker than the Flip, in my opinion. Finally, I had to go through TWO replacement Flips from Amazon for various hardware issues. The first one's microSD slot wouldn't accept cards (the springs were messed up and would just shoot the cards across the room, never allowing insertion even once out of the box). The second one, which I still have and am trying to find someone to sell it to, have certain keys randomly not working anymore and then working and then not. I finally gave up on the Flip, obviously preferring something more akin to my original C720P, personally, and found a 4GB R11 online at a far away Best Buy. It was SUCH a pain to find a 4GB model of the R11, but it was completely worth it. It's a nice, simple upgrade from the C720P with a better screen, better keyboard, better performance, and optional viewing form factors. It's everything I wanted and should've sprung for rather than the Flip. I must be crazy. :-P Posted via the Android Central App
  • Fully agree. The R11 is a much better form factor, the Flip is too small. And to me, the R11 is way snappier and faster than the Flip.
  • Agreed! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The R11 CB5-132T series shown has a standard SD card slot, not a microSD slot . Also, when discussing Acer R11s, you need to be specific about the series. R11 is an Acer line name, like Ford's F150. .
  • I used the recovery ROM bin file of Acer Chromebook R11 to install to USB Chrome OS v65 on Acer Chromium C720P with Google Play Store, which means that Google was not frank when they said the reason they are not supporting Play Store on older (pre-2015) Chromebooks is the complications - it was not complicated; the recovery ROM was ready for it - chromeos_10323.62.0_cyan_recovery_stable-channel_mp-v3
    Posted in XDA forums - Chromebook Acer C720P getting Google Play Store with Chrome OS 65+ recovery from USB. by nabil2000