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A closer look at Acer’s new R7 notebook

May 6, 2013 • Gadgets and Gaming

Acer’s new R7 notebook was unveiled to the press at a global conference in New York last week, and IT News Africa was there to capture all the action, news and information – including the release of the new R7 notebook. The R7 features a rather unique design, in the sense that the screen can open like a traditional notebook and then flip over for someone sitting across from the user, or float in the middle to give screen access to both consumers. It can also flip over completely, transforming the notebook into a big slate PC.

Acer's new R7 notebook (image: Charlie Fripp)

“With the Aspire R7, Acer has redesigned the notebook with an approach that’s based on how people interact with their PCs and devices. Its progressive design redefines the computing experience, so whether consumers are touching or typing, the R7 adapts to allow consumers to create, browse and share content in ways they never have before,” said Oliver Ahrens, president, Acer Europe.

Features

Powered by Intel’s Core i5 processor, it features a 39.6 cm (15.6”) Full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display, up to 12GB of memory, up to 1TB hard drive, or up to 256GB 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.

Acer has also repositioned the keyboard by moving it closer to the user, and moved the trackpad closer to the screen and in the center of the working area. It is the magic of the Ezel Hinge that allows the screen to flip over into the many working positions available and be pulled towards users.

“The R7 makes the combination of touching the screen and using the keyboard more intuitive and natural. Its ergonomic design allows users to explore and determine their own preferred way to interact with technology,” Acer said in a statement.

Ezel Hinge

As mentioned, the hinge is what allows users to customise their working environment – and easily share their work with other users.

* 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 notebook computer with a 39.6 cm (15.6”) Full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display, Intel Core i5 processor, up to 12GB of memory, up to 1TB(3) hard drive, or up to 256GB SSD(4) 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 and ideal for pure touch interactions like casual gaming and annotating.

The R7 also features stereo sound, and when the screen is flipped over for another user, the sounds also compensates for the change, meaning that the channels will too switch over, allowing for the same audio experience on both sides of the screen.

The Acer Aspire R7 is available in June with a starting price of R9 999.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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