Acer Enduro Urban N3 Review

Enduro Urban N3 Laptop is a Rigid and Cheaper Model from Acer

Acer first entered into the rigid laptop world with one semi-rigid and one rigid level laptop. Both were designed at the commercial market and run Windows 10 Pro OS. A couple of months ago, the company released a semi-rigid model, the Enduro Urban N3 at starting price of $800.

It is well secured against moisture and dust with an IP53 certification. However, it is lighter but significantly less durable than Acer’s Enduro N3 due to having MIL-STD810H certification. Acer is currently leading to serve consumers who need a more robust laptop. Most of the powerful rigid models are out of the price range for traditional buyers such as the Toughbook 55 Mk2 of Panasonic.

However, Toughbook 55 Mk2 is semi-rigid with a 14-inch screen, a Core i7 at 3.0GHz, and a 512GB SSD but costs around $2,500. You can buy the base model of the Enduro Urban N3 at $799.99 with a Core i5, a half-terabyte SSD, and 8GB of RAM from many resellers. The Urban N3 features less than an inch thick trim and sleek design in spite of MIL-STD-810H and IP53 (dust and moisture ratings), and Intel’s identical integrated graphics. It is important that Urban N3 offers an advanced GeForce MX230 discrete chip option. The laptop has plastic bumpers on each corner and snap-on covers for its entire ports to secure while traveling or even camping.

If we compare the 810H rating with the MIL-STD-810G of the earlier Enduro N3, the H rating is an advanced level of the original G. The G rating was presented in 2009 and updated in 2014, but the H rating was released in 2019. However, both are complex significantly accepting levels of mechanical shock, temperature, low pressure, fungus resistance, vibration, humidity, and explosive atmosphere. Moreover, the Enduro Urban N3 weighs just around 4 pounds and measures 0.86 x 13.8 x 9.6 inches, while a similar Dell Latitude 5420 comes with a pound lighter and just over an inch less in both width and depth. The Urban N3 employs only a modest size compared to a mainstream business machine such as the above-mentioned 14-inch Dell.

Acer’s Enduro Urban N3 version is now available at just $999 with a quad-core 2.8GHz (4.7GHz maximum) Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, a 1TB of SSD, and a 16GB of RAM. The laptop lacks touch input offered with traditional rigid-notebook panels. However, the Intel integrated graphics provides a significant amount of support for the 14-inch full HD 1920 x 1080-pixel non-touch screen. The Urban N3 features Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for better wireless connectivity and runs Windows 10 Home operating system. The device also features ports for HDMI and Power including one USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 support, 2 USB Type-A connectors, a headphone jack, and an SD card slot. The right side features a Kensington-style notch for security lock cables and a USB Type-A port.

The pivots of Urban N3 cover both the right and left sides of the notebook to efficiently protect against moisture and dust. The Enduro Urban N3 is the latest version of last year’s Enduro N3 with a brighter 450-nit screen, which offers a relaxed viewing experience at 50% to 70% brightness. The laptop features a backlit keyboard with the Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End keys on the rights side in a column, just under the power button. The 4 arrow keys seem like a smashed diamond at the bottom right side with the half-height up & down arrows. The webcam of 1280 x 720 pixels offers satisfactory images and its 16:9 screen aspect ratio efficiently works to watch movies.

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