Acer shows off convertible touchscreen Chromebook

A tablet and Chromebook in one

Even though ChromeOS isn't really designed for touchscreens, that hasn't stopped Acer for making the Chromebook R11. This is the first Chromebook convertible hybrid we've seen, changing into a full-on tablet.

The hinge can flip back just far enough so that the entire computer can be stood on end like a tent or just half way so that the keyboard acts as a stand for the screen. It's a mechanism first seen in Lenovo's Yoga series. These orientations are potentially useful for watching video or browsing through photos. It can also be bent far enough back that it lies flat against the underside of the laptop so you can it like a tablet, albeit a particularly thick and chunky one. Unsurprisingly, we found controlling certain parts of the ChromeOS interface to be very fiddly due to the small onscreen controls.

Aside from this somewhat unusual hinge, the Chromebook R11 is very similar to other ChromeOS laptops in the same price range. It weighs 1.25kg and comes equipped with 802.11ac. The 11.6in screen has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels which won't suit a lot of people. For some, that many pixels in such a relatively small screen will be hard to read. For others, it won't be enough and will make multitasking or using particularly complex apps with lots of controls, palettes and windows feel cramped. 

We also found the screen to be quite dim. Sadly, this is the norm for cheap Chromebooks rather than the exception.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

The plain plastic casing will be available in either black or white, but the pre-production units we saw at Acer's IFA booth felt very cheaply made and bent and creaked alarmingly under pressure. At least the keyboard felt comfortable and responsive in our brief hands-on time with it.

The Acer Chromebook R11 will cost 229 when it goes on sale in the UK from mid-October.

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now



Best laptops 2019: Dell, Apple, Acer and more

19 Dec 2019

Best 2-in-1 laptops 2019: Get the best of both worlds

10 May 2019

Asus Zenbook UX305CA review

26 Apr 2019

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

12 Apr 2019

Most Popular

Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
data governance

Brexit security talks under threat after UK accused of illegally copying Schengen data

10 Jan 2020
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020

Dell XPS 13 (New 9300) hands-on review: Chasing perfection

14 Jan 2020