Acer Aspire R7

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69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Acer Aspire R7 review: a flexible form factor at a reasonable price

Summary

The Acer Aspire R7 is a unique take on the Windows 8 laptop, with an adjustable display and an attractive hinge design. And, at $1,000, it's also a pretty good deal.

from $1290+
Pros
  • Innovative design, well-built
  • Bright 1080p display
  • Good specs for the money
Cons
  • Cramped keyboard, awkwardly placed touchpad
  • Unimpressive battery life
  • Relatively heavy
  • Only one configuration right now
Acer Aspire R7 review: a flexible form factor at a reasonable price

If you told us Acer was coming out with an innovative new take on the Windows 8 convertible, we'd probably laugh in your face. After so many months of evaluating slidable, twistable, bendable and detachable machines, we'd (hopefully) be forgiven for believing we'd seen every possible form factor. The Aspire R7 proves that we were wrong, and we're actually kind of glad. With a 15.6-inch display sitting in a unique, flexible "Ezel" hinge, this device lets you switch between four modes, and the panel can even lie nearly flat above the keyboard like an all-in-one desktop. Oh, and Acer switched the positions of the keyboard and touchpad, a setup that definitely takes some getting used to.

Though the R7's form factor sets it apart, it offers the same specs as many Windows 8 convertibles: you get a 1080p screen, a Core i5 processor and 6GB of RAM for $1,000. So does the R7's appeal hinge on its distinctive design? Follow us past the break to find out -- we promise the bad jokes stop here.

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Scores

Engadget

69
 

Breakdown

Battery life
6.4
Durability
8.0
Design and form factor
6.8
Portability (size / weight)
5.8
Speed and features
6.8
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
6 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to4.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
6 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to4.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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