Acer's New Hybrid – The Aspire R7

Acer's New Hybrid – The Aspire R7

Acer has recently announced their new hybrid, Aspire R7, which is a combination of laptop, tablet and an all-in-one desktop. Windows 8 was bound to lead to a host of crazy hardware designs and the R7 is exactly that. The trackpad has been placed behind the physical keyboard, which is quite unusual. But you will warm up to the idea, when you realize that Acer does not expect you to make use of the trackpad much.

Instead, they want you to use the 15.6-inch touchscreen, which has been given an incredible level of flexibility with the help of a hardware upgrade that Acer calls the ‘Ezel’ hinge. This allows you to lay the 1080p display almost completely flat onto the device, making it look like an oversized tablet. The slightly slanted screen is good for use on your lap, but it cannot be considered an ideal tablet. You also can place it at angle so that the screen is next to the keyboard and covers up the touchpad, or you could flip it backwards, so that it faces away from the keyboard.

The R7 has incredible build quality and is made out of an aluminum-like material, which means that there is almost no flex, on any part of the device. But it is quite a heavy and large device at 5.3lbs and 1.1-inch thickness that reduces the portability of the device.

The key specifications of the device include an 1.8GHz Core i5 processor from Intel, with TurboBoost up to 2.7GHz, 6GB DDR3 RAM, internal storage of a SATA 500GB HDD and one 24GB SSD, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, HD webcam and dual mics, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 2.0 port.

Though this one is not bound to be available at your local computer rental agency soon, a lot of similar devices will be available, which will give you the power and portability that is on par with this device.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013