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Tablet mode, sort of
Acer is promoting using the Aspire R7 as a tablet, and while that's kind of possible, the Ezel stand gets in the way. The photo above shows the screen down over the keyboard as flat as possible for use as a giant touch tablet.
It lifts up on one side because the stand can only collapse so far. Given the size of the laptop and weight (over 5 lbs), tablet use is not really the strength of the R7.
Chiclet keyboard, strange trackpad location
The keyboard on the R7 works well and fast typists should be happy. While the key travel is decent, the keys when pressed do feel a bit cheap. The keys are backlit for those who like that feature.
The trackpad is buttonless and looks like the large model on the MacBook. It works very well with Windows 8, if you can get used to it being behind the keyboard.
The large case on the Acer Aspire R7 means a lot of ports and controls will fit on the sides.
Left to Right (Left side of laptop):
Proprietary data; HDMI; 2-USB 3.0 (powered); audio in/out