Acer's R7 is a new take on the convertible Ultrabook
Acer has a new take on convertible Ultrabooks.
Scheduled to ship on May 17th, Acer's new Aspire R7 will be the newest in a series of Windows 8 convertibles that we've seen over the past 6 months. What sets the R7 apart is what Acer is calling the “Ezel” hinge. Unlike tablets with detachable screens or slightly awkward convertibles like the Lenovo Yoga 13 or the Asus Taichi, the screen of the R7 can be moved to lie flat and emulate a tablet, but can also be moved into a standard laptop position or even somewhere in between which Acer is calling Ezel mode (similar to the Sony Vaio Duo 11 in Desktop mode).
The R7 Ultrabook will include an Intel® Core™ i5-3337U Processor, a 15.6" Full HD screen that supports 10-finger touch, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive and a 24GB SSD drive for faster boot times, Intel 4000 Graphics, and a 1280 x 720 webcam. For connectivity, the R7 offers a full sized SD card slot, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 4.0 + HS, as well as a full sized HDMI port, audio ports, one USB 2.0 port, and two USB 3.0 ports. Other features include Dolby Digital Plus® Home Theater® and speakers that auto-adjust to the position of the screen.
The Acer R7 is 1.12 inches thick (2.85 cm) and weighs 5.29 pounds (2.4 kg) and is available for pre-order in the United States now for $999.99.