In other words they typically came with a dedicated graphics chip. However, now Acer has launched a new convertible that finally allows users to go crazy playing their AAA games either in laptop or tablet mode.
We're talking about the very attractive Acer R5-571TG-7229, a convertible that packs its very own Nvidia GeForce graphics chip alongside a string of other attractive features such as a Full HD display, fingerprint reader, massive SSD storage and a very generous 12 GB of RAM.
Priced moderately we believe this to be one of the best convertibles in the market and that's why we don't hesitate to launch our review of the Acer R5-571TG-7229. Wanna jump in?
A modern yet serious design
The display offers a Full HD resolution over a 15.6 inch widescreen IPS LED-Backlit panel with multi touch capabilities. Of course, we wouldn't expect any less of a high end convertible such as this one.
Acer even went ahead and made a special effort at keeping this model relatively portable, weighing 4.7 pounds and measuring 0.8 inches, below that of standard laptops in this size format.
There's also something to be said about the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the top-left corner of the trackpad, something that offers users an extra dose of security as well as saves time when it comes to unlocking your computer.
High end performance every step of the way
We wouldn't even be talking about the Acer R5-571TG-7229 had it not been for its pretty exceptional set of key components. To that point we've got a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7500U dual core processor that clocks in at 2.7 GHz with 4MB of smart cache and can go all the way to 3.5 GHz when we get really intensive with our work.
A great processor is only part of the battle when it comes to developing a great computer, RAM also plays an integral part in the overall performance. With that in mind, here we've got a 12 GB DDR4 module of RAM which, in my experience, is more than enough RAM for even the most intensive of multitaskers.
Finally, storage is a place where many companies seem to miss the mark, mainly due to budget concerns. However, in this case we've got 256 GB of SSD storage which, to me, strikes the perfect balance between high speed storage and ample capacity to get your work done without worrying about having enough space left over.
Battery life is another big winner
To be perfectly honest, due to the high end specs this convertible is packing I would've been fine with your standard 4-5 hour battery life. However, Acer clearly didn't wanna give me any reason not to purchase this laptop and has given it a 3220 mAh battery capable of withstanding up to 9 hours of battery life.
That's some seriously impressive battery life, especially when you take into account the fact that this computer packs both a Full HD display as well as a dedicated graphics chip, both of which use up quite a bit of battery.
Even so, when a company such as Acer promises 9 hours of battery life it's better to take that number with a grain of salt and adjust our expectations on normal usage to around 7 hours, which is still pretty neat.
A dedicated graphics chip....in a convertible
Undoubtedly, the true star of our review is the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of RAM. We're not saying that's the best graphics chip in the market by a longshot but it's still way better than having an integrated graphics chip with all the limitations that come with.
With this GPU you should be able to play titles such as "Resident Evil 7", "For honor" or even "Watchdogs 2" at an HD resolution. Sure, you won't get a chance to exploit the wonders of the Full HD display but that's still way better than what we're used to when it comes down to convertibles.
By the way, having a dedicated GPU doesn't just mean that this convertible is suited for gaming, it also means that it's the perfect convertible to work on graphic design, editing videos and any other graphically demanding task.
Full on connectivity
One thing that convertibles have over standalone tablets is connectivity options. To that point Acer didn't really miss a beat with the Acer R5-571TG-7229 in review. Its latest model packs an SD card reader, USB 3.0 ports a USB 3.1 port, HDMI output, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band WiFi ac connectivity to get you up and running in less time than it takes you to read these lines.
There's also an HD webcam as well as Acer's true harmony sound system (which we could not care less about). We've also mentioned the fact that this laptop packs a fingerprint scanner located on the top-left of the trackpad, something we don't mind repeating all things considered.
Anything else I should know?
What else could you possibly ask for in a relatively well priced convertible laptop? After reading our review of the Acer R5-571TG-7229 there's a pretty good chance you've already been sold on this model since we've also fallen in love with it (especially when considering the price point).
Typically you find good convertibles that have integrated graphics, SSD storage and Full HD displays. Yet you hardly ever find one that packs a fingerprint scanner, latest generation i7 processor and a dedicated graphics.
Overall, we can say without a doubt that this laptop is the real deal, the perfect convertible for those looking to do some hardcore work without worrying about demanding too much from their computers.