Introducing the Acer R11 Chromebook

I got myself a Chromebook as an alternative laptop on Black Friday. I still like my trusty old MacBook Pro, but it’s six years old. It’s hardly going to get any youn…err… faster. Besides, the MacBook weighs a ton, at least compared to the Chromebook.

I want to see if the Chromebook’s limitations can work to my advantage, to help me focus better. There’s a ton of potential distractions whenever I use the PC or MacBook, and hey, so far it seems to be working. I’m writing! Now let’s see if I can keep at it.

After some research, I decided on the Acer R11, it’s a white one. Don’t know how to feel about owning a white laptop. I didn’t exactly have a choice, this R11 model (yes, there’s more than one R11 model) only seems to come in white. It’s got a touchscreen, which is nifty. And 360-degree hinges, but don’t quote me on the name, that let me flip the screen all the way around so it can double as a tablet. A pretty thick tablet. With a keyboard on the bottom. I know, it’s weird for me also.

The Chromebook boots in like 3 seconds, which is AMAZING. That means I can shut it off each time I’m on the move, I figure shutting it off will save more battery power than putting it in sleep mode does. Right? Right. OH, and it’s QUIET! Not that I’ve noticed much at home. But that’s a story for another day.

Acer R11 is one of the first Chromebooks that can install Android apps at the moment, so that’s a plus. The first app I installed was Instagram, and I don’t have to type messages on the phone anymore. BWAHAHAHA! Ahem. I couldn’t figure out how to get SwiftKey working, though.

I have noticed something that may be a bug. Whenever I’m in an Android app and alt-tab, the whole Chromebook restarts. Hey, there’s another perk to the machine being super fast at starting up! Even alt-tabbing from the Google Play Store (it’ll always be the “Android Market” to me!) causes a crash. I should see if there’s a bug report about it, and if not, maybe file one.