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A flexible form factor at a reasonable price

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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.

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Critic reviews

6.8
13 reviews
  • Speed and features
    6.9
  • Design and form factor
    6.7
  • Battery life
    6.5
  • Display
    8.3
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    8.0
  • Noise
    6.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    5.8

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7.0
Engadget May 30, 2013

If the R7 weren't well-built, it would appear to have a major identity crisis. But, happily, this machine is a success. Offering an innovative transforming design, a nice 1080p touchscreen and solid performance for $1,000 is no small feat.

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8.0
ZDNet Jun 7, 2013

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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7.0
CNET May 22, 2013

As a mainstream 15-inch touch-screen laptop with a screen that offers great flexibility for displaying content forward, backward, and nearly any angle in between, the $999 price of the R7 seems spot on, and Acer deserves credit for making out-there designs that are also affordable.

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7.0
AllThingsD Jun 6, 2013

Acer gets points for coming up with a new design. Without taking risks, we’d be left with a bunch of laptops that look and act alike. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out this time.

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6.0
PC Mag Jun 19, 2013

The Acer Aspire R7-571-6858 has an innovative hinge mechanism, but the overall design is dragged down by the decision to swap the touchpad and keyboard, resulting in a design that is awkward at best.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine May 28, 2013

Acer deserves credit for being forward-thinking, but we don't believe that notebook shoppers are ready to relegate the touchpad to second-class status.

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6.0
Ars Technica Jul 11, 2013

The R7 is at least an earnest little all-in-one—it tries, really hard, to give you a lot of neat new ways to interact with your applications and documents. Unfortunately, it doesn't ever really work.

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6.0
PC Mag Feb 18, 2014

The Acer Aspire R7-572-6423 desktop-replacement laptop still looks intriguing, but closer examination reveals a decent laptop bogged down by an awkward design.

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7.0
SlashGear Jun 14, 2013

This notebook is certainly one you’ll want to head into a showroom floor to have a go with before you purchase, that much is certain. It may turn out to be too strange for you to want to mess with: but it could very well surprise you as a bit of hardware that’s just what you need.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Jun 17, 2013

With its stellar-looking screen, stylish appearance, durable build, and decent battery life, the Aspire R7 holds its own as a contemporary touch-screen laptop.

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6.0
Digital Versus Mar 14, 2014

Unfortunately, its execution wasn't as good as its intentions. The body is a little awkward (what's with the touchpad?), the body overheats and the sound quality needs improving.

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9.0
Digital Trends May 22, 2013

Combining three products in one, the Acer Aspire R7's innovative hinge design, gorgeous display, and solid build quality make it one of the best and most versatile hybrid devices to date.

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6.0
About Jul 15, 2013

The Acer Aspire R7 is actually fairly reasonably priced considering its features. There isn't really a similar sized hybrid laptop that compares to it but the closest would be the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 which is more compact and better suited for those that want to use it also as a tablet.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 3, 2013

As weird as the R7 looks, it's in many ways just another Windows 8 slider -- just bigger with a hinge design we haven't really seen used on a notebook before. Still, the R7 appears to present many of the same advantages and disadvantages as other sliders we've seen.

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Engadget Sep 3, 2013

Across the board, you'll enjoy a straightforward UI that makes it easy to select and crop objects on screen, with options to either put a window around selected content, or "lasso" it using the pen or your finger.

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Laptop Magazine May 3, 2013

The Acer Aspire R7 is anything but your typical Windows 8 slider. The unique design includes an ezel hinge that lets you position the 15.6-inch display in notebook mode, tablet mode or flipped around to show others content. You can even float the display above the keyboard.

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Gizmodo May 3, 2013

Can we start by saying that Acer's new R7 convertible is nuts, and that that's totally great? Because it is, it's great that Acer's doing this weird new thing that doesn't exactly make sense, just to see if it works.

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AllThingsD May 3, 2013

I get what Acer was going for, but I’m not entirely sold on this design. There are still times where a trackpad might be more useful than a touchscreen, and having to reach over the keyboard to use it seems awkward and uncomfortable.

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CNET May 3, 2013

First spotted in a teaser online video with a Star Trek movie tie-in, Acer's flagship Aspire R7 has been revealed. It's a combination of laptop and all-in-one desktop, with a 15.-inch screen mounted on a floating hinge that Acer calls Ezel.

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TechCrunch May 3, 2013

As a whole, the Aspire R7 seems to be incredibly well built. It’s made of some type of aluminum-like material, and there’s virtually no flex to the device. On the other hand, it’s very large and very heavy, which means that it won’t be very portable.

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Ars Technica May 3, 2013

I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that Acer's Aspire R7 is the strangest Windows 8 laptop I've seen yet. Two things make it interesting: first, its 15.6-inch, 1080p touchscreen is mounted on a stand called an "Ezel" ... Second, it swaps the traditional positions of the keyboard and trackpad.

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Pocket-Lint May 3, 2013

Overall we're a little confounded by the Aspire R7. It's got the fun card to play, but whether its design truly brings anything "revolutionary" to the game as Acer claims? We're less convinced.

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Consumer Reports May 3, 2013

The Aspire R7's display floats on a hinge that lets you move the display forward and closer to the keyboard so it's easier to reach, as with an all-in-one desktop. The display also twists in various positions including flat, allowing the R7 to take the form of a tablet.

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SlashGear May 24, 2013

It’s no surprise that this device was chosen to take on that role as its mysterious – and here we find rather enticing – abilities allow it to look like a rather familiar starship. With Acer’s “Ezel” hinge, the Aspire R7 can take on several shapes – including that of the Kirk-captained...

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Ubergizmo May 3, 2013

The ezel hinge makes it possible to move the Aspire R7’s screen in a number of ways where you could show the screen to someone sitting across from you, lay it flat for collaboration and laying it completely flat over the keyboard for its tablet mode.

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phoneArena May 3, 2013

It’s a beastly thing and isn’t necessarily part of the ultrabook category; thankfully so. However, if you’ve been dreaming about a wicked convertible style tablet that’s packing all the drool worthy specs to make it an enticing desktop replacement, this is ... right up your alley.

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TechRadar May 3, 2013

All things considered Acer is to be applauded for offering a different take on the laptop experience. Here there's a concerted and genuine attempt to be open, to embrace those that want a laptop, but to make it easy for people to use touchscreens.

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TrustedReviews May 3, 2013

Clear thought has gone into its design and construction. There’s a definite learning curve to using the touchpad, and you can get more power for your money if you’re not in love with the curious design.

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The Inquirer May 6, 2013

The Aspire R7 offers a fresh and innovative design in the Windows 8 laptop market and in our short experience with it, we found it fun to use with fast and responsive performance, albeit a few flaws such as the stiffness of the Ezel Hinge.

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9.0
psiclone psiclone

I absolutely LOVE this laptop. I bought it for work as an IT support specialist, mainly because I also do web design and graphic design for work, as well. This thing is amazingly responsive and pretty well thought-out. I thought I would hate Win 8 on it and so I put Win 7 on it, instead. I...

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