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Acer Aspire R7 laptop with funky hinge
The Acer Aspire R7 is a laptop that is like no other. The special hinge and stand that attaches the lid to the base, which Acer calls Ezel, makes it possible to use the laptop with the display in almost any position.
The R7 is not small with the 15.6-inch display, although at first glance it seems like the screen must be bigger. The high-res screen (1920x1080) is beautiful and supports operation by multi-touch to take full advantage of Windows 8.
The laptop is beautifully designed and well constructed. It has a futuristic appearance that doesn't look like a notebook computer. The stand that allows positioning the display in a lot of configurations is reminiscent of a portable all-in-one desktop computer that is becoming more common.
Hardware specs as reviewed:
- Display Size: 15.6in
- Display: 1920x1080 resolution; 141ppi
- Weight: 5.2lbs (2.35kg)
- Thickness: 1.12in (28.44 mm)
- Battery Life: approximately 5 hours
- Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
- Memory: 6GB
- Storage: 524GB
- Ports: 2-USB 3.0, 1-USB 2.0, HDMI, combo headphone/mic jack, secure digital memory slot
- Speakers: 4
- Keyboard: Chiclet style
- Wireless: 802.11 bg/n
- MSRP: $999
What sets the R7 apart from the crowded laptop field is the funky screen stand that allows you to use the device almost any way you want. The screen can be positioned like a standard laptop, lifted up to bring it closer to your eyes, flipped around for viewing media, or used much like a tablet. The hinge is durable and supports the display in many viewing angles spread among the major configurations noted.
In addition to the radical display stand, Acer has a big surprise for you when you open the lid.