The Acer Aspire R7 Acer Aspire 5570 akku ($999.99) will offer a 15.6-inch touchscreen along with a hinge that allows the notebook to rotate the screen and convert into a tablet. The keyboard has been moved closer to the edge while the touchpad has been moved closer to screen, in an attempts to make it easier to user the touchscreen. The Aspire R7 will be available starting at $1,000 sometime during mid-May. Acer also announced an exclusive partnership with Best Buy for this product.
The Acer Aspire S7 Acer Aspire 5738g akku is the new flagship Ultrabook from the Taiwanese PC vendor. It represents a new Acer, one that’s shifting from its usual workman-like designs to upmarket premium models that have more potential for greater profits.
Along with another recent Acer laptop, the Acer Aspire S5 Acer Aspire 6930g akku, it shows that the company can produce good-looking products when it chooses to. It also proves that once you add in those high-end components, the final tally ends up much higher than what we’d expect from an Acer laptop.
The standout feature on the S7 is a full-HD touchscreen which, not only looks stunning, but fits the new Windows 8 touch interface like a glove. Together with its Ultrabook grade hardware, this Acer machine is fast, responsive and powerful.
It’s far from perfect though. The slim, minimalist design looks great, but there are, literally, sharp edges that make it less than comfortable. Acer’s keyboard layout and design is also a recurring issue that hasn’t been solved, while both the battery life and the heat dissipation on the S7 as10d41 could be improved.
Ezel Mode: Reach out and pull the display closer, eliminating the need to reach across the palm rest and keyboard to use the touch screen. Just pull it up and out where it can be positioned in front of the keyboard, or float over it. By pulling the display close, switching between touchscreen, keyboard and touchpad is seamless.
Notebook mode: Slide the display back behind the keyboard, and you have a powerful, full featured Windows 8 notebook computer with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, a 24GB SSD and a full-size backlit keyboard. It also includes a volume control button, HDMI port, SD card reader, audio jacks, three USB ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and a convenient converter port supporting VGA, RJ45 and USB.
Display Mode: Flip the screen over and it’s positioned perfectly for watching a movie, showing photos or giving a presentation. Sharing and collaborating is simple, enjoyable and straightforward. With Acer’s proven dual-torque design, the screen flips easily yet remains rigid when touched.
Pad Mode: Simply pull down the touchscreen and lay it on top of the keyboard with the face up, and the Aspire R7 morphs into a pad, without giving up the robust performance of a notebook. The ergonomic 4-degree tilting angle makes it perfect for browsing, writing or drawing. It?s ideal for pure touch interactions like casual gaming, browsing, drawing, annotating and more.
The Acer Aspire S7 btp-arj1 is a Windows 8 Ultrabook, but the Toshiba Satellite U920t and the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 are convertibles, which mean that they can actually be used as a tablet. All three Ultrabooks come with touchscreens, though the full-HD version on the Acer trumps its rivals.
Other differences include a larger 256GB SSD on the S7–the other two only come with 128GB of SSD storage. The Toshiba Satellite U920t also has a slower Core i5 chip, which would probably make it the most expensive of the trio here if you bump up the specifications to match.
At its recommended S$2,198 retail price, the Acer Aspire S7 isn’t cheap. We can’t remember the last time we said that of an Acer product, but given its premium slant, we may not see the price of the S7 coming down from its lofty perch.