This laptop is designed for all types of weather, including rain

Everyone’s idea of ​​the perfect laptop is different.

Some people may be looking for the lightest model or the one with the longest battery life or the one with enough power to edit videos quickly.

Some users are looking for a laptop to be their only PC, while others want one they can throw in a bag and use when away from home.

Look at laptop lines from major computer manufacturers, including Dell, HP, and Apple, and you’ll find all sizes and configurations. Big companies can try to fill all the needs.

Acer is another PC company that seems to have a laptop to suit every need, including some that are a bit obscure.

His Acer Enduro Urban N3 ($999 to acer.com) is more robust than most and has some features I’ve never seen before on a computer.

Design

The first thing you’ll notice about the Enduro N3 is that it’s unlike any other laptop.

It looks tough.

The model I reviewed has a military green cover with ridges running the length of the top and the word ENDURO circled in orange.

The corners of the laptop and screen stick out like little hard rubber bumpers to help resist drops.

The N3 is sand and dust resistant to MIL-STD 810F test standard.

It is also liquid resistant.

There are drainage holes throughout the laptop, so if you spill any liquid on the keyboard, it will drain out the bottom of the case.

The Acer Enduro Urban N3 is the first laptop I’ve seen with keyboard drainage holes.

The ports on the side of the laptop all have their own rubber covers. If the covers are in place, Acer says, the N3 doesn’t have to worry about the weather. To use the ports, you have to fold down the covers, which is a bit inconvenient.

It is IP53 certified to be dust and water resistant. The water resistance level is for splashing, not immersion. So rain is OK, but swimming is not.

The N3 is cooled by an equally waterproof fan.

There are more expensive rugged laptops on the market. Panasonic makes a range called the ToughBook, and they’re great, but they’re bulky and might be overkill for people who just want a laptop that can be used outdoors in all weathers.

The Acer Enduro N3 is built to withstand the elements while maintaining the size of a regular laptop.

Specifications

The N3 I reviewed (model EUN314-51W-70RF) comes with Windows 10 Home. It has 16 gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte solid-state drive.

There are other models with more or less RAM and storage.

It is powered by Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor running at 2.80 gigahertz with Intel Iris Xe graphics.

The 14-inch screen has a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels and a brightness of 450 nits. The glass on the display is antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass.

The screen sits in the middle of a huge bezel, so Acer could have easily increased the screen size by around 3/4 inch.

Communication takes place via Wi-Fi 6 or Bluetooth 5.0.

The Enduro Urban N3 ports are covered with rubber doors.
The Enduro Urban N3 ports are covered with rubber doors.

Ports include HDMI, three USB-A, one USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, SD card reader, and headphone jack.

One of the USB-A ports can be used to charge phones or other devices when the N3 is in standby.

Battery specs say 13 hours of battery life, but early battery tests in online reviews show the specs to be a little on the optimistic side in actual testing.

When closed, the N3 measures 13.8 by 9.6 by 0.86 inches and weighs 4.09 pounds.

The case is all plastic.

Used

Installing and configuring the N3 couldn’t have been easier.

The laptop is fast and responsive. I had no problem getting the trackpad to recognize any multitouch gestures I tried.

I also appreciate the “ruggedized” features that make the laptop more likely to survive a drop, a spill on the keyboard, or even a sudden downpour.

Where the N3 gets me is with its rubber covers on the side ports.

Each port has its own coverage.
Each port has its own coverage.

I realize the port covers are the reason you can leave them out in the rain, but uncovering the ports every time I want to plug in a monitor or USB stick is a bit of a pain. Unless you really need waterproof ports, you might want to choose another model.

I like the trackpad design, with right and left physical buttons.

Many laptops have removed the trackpad buttons, and users must click the lower left and right sides of the trackpad to register a right or left click.

The laptop’s specs aren’t out of line for the price, and the RAM and solid-state drive appear to be upgradable.

Overall, the N3 is an above-average laptop for people who need water resistance and drop protection.

But since Acer offers a full line of laptops, it is fortunately able to offer models for users with specific needs.

Benefits: Splash resistant, can survive decent drops, fast.

The inconvenients: Port covers are a drag but necessary. No Ethernet port.

At the end of the line : A nice laptop that caters to a niche market.