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Take a closer look at the Acer Chromebook R 11 (pictures)

Acer's Chromebook R 11 is a finger-friendly hybrid laptop.

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The Acer Chromebook R 11 is a budget-priced lightweight device with a touchscreen display and 360-degree hinge that folds all the way back to form a thick, chunky tablet. With a base price of $279 (that's £195, or AU$393), it's a relatively inexpensive hybrid device that stands out in the crowded Chromebook field.

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The Chromebook R 11 slides effortlessly from the standard laptop shape into an arm-friendly tablet mode, ideal for scrolling through webpages.

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When switching from one mode to the next the Chrome browser will smartly transform from the standard window, to a fullscreen mode that takes up the entire display.

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A full-sized SD card slot sits on the left, joined by a USB 3.0 port and the HDMI output.

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The USB 2.0 port sits on the right side.

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The Chromebook R 11 is fairly light, and lasted for 8 hours and 11 minutes on our streaming video battery drain test.

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Acer's Chromebook R 11 has a neat hybrid design and the price is right, but keep an eye out for simpler, non-touch devices that might offer a better value.

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