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Who moved my trackpad?
When you open the Acer Aspire R7 lid for the first time, you will do a major double-take. You may have to look at the laptop a couple of times to convince yourself that the over-sized trackpad is indeed located behind the keyboard.
The trackpad is very large and works well, but it takes some getting used to it being behind the keyboard rather than in front as they have always been located. While I thought I would miss not having a palm rest in front of the keyboard, it's actually comfortable to type without it.
Some folks probably will never get used to having the trackpad up near the screen. Acer has taken a risk with this radical design.
Large, comfortable laptop
When used as a typical laptop, the Aspire R7 is comfortable due to its large size. The backlit keyboard is close and if you can get used to the trackpad location, the R7 is all business with Windows 8.
The display is gorgeous and high-resolution, and the touchscreen is great to use with Windows 8.
The hovering display
The innovative stand on the Acer Aspire R7 makes it possible to use the glossy display in lots of different positions. The configuration becoming my favorite is with the screen lifted up, "hovering" over the trackpad.
In this position, the display is easy to view and operate by touch. You can slide your hand under the display to use the trackpad, or ignore it altogether and just operate the system via the touch screen.