Aspire R7: Acer makes a stand (review)

Aspire R7: Acer makes a stand (review)

Summary: Acer launched this futuristic laptop with a big Star Trek campaign. The fun stand can make it look like the Enterprise at times.

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  • Lose the trackpad altogether

    The stand supports dropping the display between the keyboard and the trackpad, eliminating use of the trackpad altogether. This puts the screen nice and close to you and makes the laptop appear much smaller than it really is.

    It seems that covering the trackpad would be silly, but it is surprisingly easy to use the R7 this way by working the interface solely via the touchscreen. I have a feeling some users might like this configuration.

  • Hide the trackpad

    As detailed on the previous slide, with the display between the keyboard and trackpad the R7 becomes a comfortable laptop to use.

  • Hovering from the side

    The hovering display is very nice to use, something you cannot do with any other laptop.

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  • The same people who complain

    about how inconvenient it is to reach up to use a touchscreen are going to complain about how they'll have to move their hands forward to use the track pad. With the common placement of a track pad below the keyboard you can at least use your thumbs without moving your hands away from the keyboard.
    Michael Kelly
  • At last...

    For years I've cursed touch pads, because I would always bruch it with a thumb when touch typing and start destroying text I'd already written. Putting the trackpad out of the way makes sense.
    wright_is
    • Yep

      Now I can accidentally press keys when trying to use the trackpad instead of accidentally pressing the trackpad when I am trying to use the keys!

      Progress, ever forward.

      Honestly, they probably should have just left the trackpad off since the touchscreen is handier with this. And precision users can always carry a portable mouse in their laptop bag.
      SlithyTove
      • Trackpad

        ...can be turned off on my Laptop, so that's not an issue. I virtually never use mine, never liked them much!
        kfengler
    • I have never once had that happen in years of using a MBP.

      But I have had fits with most HP/Dell/Lenovo trackpads. One thing that really helps is turn off the tap to click mouse feature and use the actual buttons supplied with the trackpad.
      Bruizer
  • Big Beautifl Display

    Hmm, my 3 year old laptop has the same size and resolution display, I don't see what the fuss is about.

    The hinge, touch and the layout of the touchpad are noteworthy, but the size and resolution of the display is pretty standard.
    wright_is
  • I like the hinge

    I haven't felt compelled to comment on a product review ever, but the hinge is cool. Now, fix the trackpad location and I might buy one.

    Hey Acer--lose the DVD drive and put a swing out trackpad in there as long as you are redoing the form factor. This laptop seems to have plenty of room for that.
    DaveDonaldson
  • upper pad

    Not sure why someone hasn't thought of this before. I like the trackpad up topside where I'm not resting my palm on it. The hinge positions that let you cover the trackpad and just go with touch is pretty cool. Nice innovation.
    boomchuck1
  • Very nice laptop.

    I'd like having to bring the screen closer to me while typing, although if it would be possible to lose that Windows logo below the screen, that would be nice, as I'd like to put Ubuntu in it as long as I can turn off Secure Boot. I might give Windows 8.1 a try but then I don't feel like giving my money to Microsoft for pre-installing Windows. I do try to be platform-agnostic, but oh well.

    I do want to have an AMD version of the laptop, though. Maybe a high-end AMD Accelerated Processor Unit (APU for short as it combines CPU and GPU in one)?
    Grayson Peddie
  • Two usb 3.0 and one usb 2.0

    This laptop only has two usb 3.0 ports, not three. The third port is a usb 2.0.
    Relayer
  • The Flybook used to have this (3-4 years ago!)

    I forget what model it was, but this is not a new design.
    miralles
  • Cool !! - questions

    My current laptop has a heat (temperature) problem. It makes my lap warmer. That is OK in the winter, but not so in the summer. Does this laptop have a similar heat situation?

    When will it be available in the stores (or online) and how much will it cost?

    I never use the track pad, I carry a wireless mouse. Been looking for a touch laptop.
    Looks that this is a serious contender.

    Can you run Linux (android or other distro's)? Will it interface with my smartphone?

    Old enough to say I can wait. But young enough to be excited.
    just.a.guy
  • When will higher spec model be released? (1TB)

    Does anyone know when the higher spec model with 1TB will be released in USA (R7-571-5338G1T)? I saw it in an Asia site selling for RMB$2,869. 500GB is too small for a home notebook (I like to have all my home photos/videos). Thanks.
    albertff
  • Here's the link to the 1TB R7 model

    http://www.techhypermart.com/notebooks/acer/acer-aspire-r7-571-53338g1t-15-6-notebook-laptop-touch.html
    albertff
  • New Tablet

    The tablet, which retails for $379.99, will be sold at Microsoft stores, Microsoftstore.com, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, and Walmart. http://goo.gl/B6xt9
    Sofia Ivanova
  • Acer

    take my money!
    ted.eco
  • Acer R7

    looks like a decent, if overpriced and heavy to carry laptop.
    hmmmm, No DVD player on a 15.6" hi def screen laptop?
    seems a waste.
    dodig69@...