Acer shows off Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire R7 laptop with innovative designs

Acer shows off Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire R7 laptop with innovative designs

Summary: While the P3 converts to a Windows 8 tablet, the R7 offers a hinged display that can be moved to a variety of viewing positions.

TOPICS: Laptops, Tablets

Acer is looking to make a splash with its latest notebook offerings — and it sure appears to have succeeded. The tech world is abuzz about its new Aspire R7 laptop (pictured below), which features what the company calls an "Ezel Hinge" that literally provides a different view of a portable display.

(Image: Acer)

The design allows you to use the Aspire R7 in a variety of modes, from a traditional laptop to tablet style with the screen laying flat to what Acer calls "Ezel" mode, where the hinge allows you to bring the display closer or even flip it around. Despite that flexibility, the company promises that you can use the 15.6-inch display's touchscreen capabilities without it moving all around, and, in theory, the Ezel mode makes using touchscreen features easier, as you can pull the screen closer to you.

As a notebook, the R7 includes an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive with 24GB of solid-state storage for faster boot-ups, and Dolby Home Theater sound. But the unique design is the selling point here, and fortunately Acer has made buying the R7 not so difficult on the wallet. It will be available through Best Buy for $999, and start shipping on May 17.

(Image: Acer)

While not as radical as the R7, the new Aspire P3 is a convertible ultrabook that's also moderately priced. The Windows 8 system will come with a choice of either Intel Core i3 or i5 CPUs, and its 11.6-inch IPS display detaches to function as a tablet. (You can also use it with an optional stylus.) The keyboard is tinier than a typical notebook sports, and it lacks a touchpad, though there's a USB 3.0 port that you can use to attach a mouse or other input device to. ZDNet's sister site CNET has listed some additional specs, including either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and either 60GB or 120GB SSD.

Priced starting at $799.99 and available now, the P3 might be a better alternative for some users than dedicated Windows 8 tablets for a similar cost, as you essentially get a bigger screen and a keyboard and case/cover in a 3-pound package. If nothing else, it delivers on the promise of Windows 8 ushering in some different types of portable devices.

Topics: Laptops, Tablets

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  • Nice design

    I think it is a bit too bulky for a tablet and too small/limited as an ultrabook, but nevertheless looks very nice indeed.
    • Some editing capabilities in this site would be nice too.

      The above comment was about the P3, but as far as the R7 is concerned…touch enabled utltrabook? thanks.

      I do not want extra weight of a touch screen or the reflective glass they come with. And of course, I definitely do not want the Windows 8 bundled with the device. Still looks great though…
      • Some editing capabilities in this site would be nice too.

        There is no way to edit stupid!
        • That is what I am complaining about

          Mujiretard moron.
          • That is what I am complaining about

            Well, at least you admitted that you are stupid - Mook!
    • New Hummingbird PX103 Android Hybrid

      One new hybrid tablet that launches in May is the Hummingbird PX103 by Aocos Electronics, which offers a "Transformer style" 10-inch device that features a snap-on cover that reconfigures as a mini-laptop with keyboard... and one of the first sites it's available through is TabletSprint -- and priced at $245.

      The Hummingbird PX103 makes it easy to use it as a regular tablet or snap the tablet into the back side of the screen cover piece, which features a mini-keyboard built in. This new model is the third generation of this device and is well-designed and now features one of the latest Quad Core processors (Rockchip RK3188 1.6 GHz / Mali-400MP4 GPU/2GB DDR3) and 16GB Memory, along with a 10-inch high resolution HD (1280x800) IPS screen, Bluetooth (works with built-in keyboard), a front Webcam and 5 MegaPixel rear camera, HDMI 1080p output, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Google Play store preinstalled; and is compact and ultra-thin, with a 9.6mm profile and weight-wise comes in at 1.4 pounds.

      A 3G edition of the Hummingbird with Voice calling and Data Internet is expected in June -- the site TabletSprint also offers a promotion with Bonus Apps, including the popular 3D game Shadowgun and an Office Suite with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • At that price

    I'm already thinking, hmm, I can get a MacBook Air for only a couple hundred bucks more - and without Windows 8.
    D.J. 43
    • But Why Sell Your Soul to Apple

      Why enslave yourself and your pocketbook to Apple? Their stuff is not that good!
      • For the same reason

        One would enslave themselves to Microsoft.
        D.J. 43
    • But for a couple hundred bucks less...

      ... I could get one of these machines, with Windows 8.

      Obviously though, both of these machines are incomparable to the MBA.

      One is a 15-inch multimedia machine, while the other is a Windows 8 slate.

      For $800, the P3 gives you a touch-friendly screen and a pen-enabled overlay, both of which the MBA lacks.

      It really makes no sense to buy the MBA if you're seeking a tablet, and vice-verse.
      • multimedia machine

        multimedia machine my ass its a plain notebook there isnt a thing mac can do that windows cant and vice versa. For my part i really like the idea of the r7 and it looks quite well done as well
        Laurin Krystyn
      • Windows 7, Windows 8 and Apple MBP

        I have three Windows 7 machines desktops, and 3 Apples. On two of those Apples, I run Windows 7 and 8. Honestly, my 15" Retina MBP is the machine I use as my workhorse. I take it everywhere, use for work, and use for pleasure, including gaming. While I like running Win 7 when I need to in VM mode, I gotta admit my MBP's (I have two of those), run Win 7 better than my 6-core, Window's desktop machines. I am not knocking anyone for the choices they make, but I must say, having both, I have one (MBP Retina 15") that does it all for me. And could see maybe not having so many machines as I do now. Sure it cost a lot, but the versatility, both with work and for personal, I have yet to see equaled.
        • BTW...

          I am an Electrical Engineer so the things I use it for at work, are more than word processing and powerpoint.
    • Buying Apple just because of the hype

      Not everyone is buying Apple products as a fashion accessory. I pay attention the specs as well as the design.

      You can take that a step that Macbook Pro and use BootCamp to install windows 8...but only if you desire.
      Henry Martinez
  • Mmmmmmm

    The R7 is niiiiice... what ever you think about W8... Props to Acer...
  • GPS?

    Does it have a GPS sensor? If not, how can it be compared to a tablet?
    Bba Hunter
  • Microsoft's Surface strategy is starting to pay off

    One of the problems Microsoft was facing with moving Windows into the mobile realm was that their hardware partners were continuing to put out the same old uninspiring designs for laptops. Part of the reason they created the Surface line was to spur their partners into creating more interesting designs of their own. Based on these Acers, it looks like that part of the Surface strategy is starting to pay off. Actually, the P3 looks like a slightly larger, silver Surface Pro.
    Sir Name
    • Before you crack open a bottle of champagne

      Let’s wait and see if these devices will do better than the Surface has done so far.

      We are definitely half way there, the Pro has done better in inspiring the OEMs, than its poor sister the RT, which seems to have been ignored by all OEMs and users, and now it is in its dying bed.

      I am still not convinced though that people are considering Windows (in Metro or any other form) to be an interesting tablet proposition.
  • Does everyone else really make so much more than me?

    Holy wow. $800 and $1000 is 'moderately priced?' OK, I'm a frugal Yankee, but I do make almost $100K, and I consider this a truckload of cash for a computer. I haven't spent $1000 on my last three PC, tablet and laptop (Netbook) purchases combined.

    How is it not a better idea to just buy a good desktop for $350 and a Galaxy Tab for $179? The former gets more work done, and the latter is easier to carry.

    If you still want a Windows laptop, you can buy a basic Win 8 with 15" screen for $350, and you've now got three new devices and STILL haven't gotten to $1000.

    Who actually pays these prices?
    Jay Wayne