Acer Aspire R7
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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.
- Innovative design, well-built
- Bright 1080p display
- Good specs for the money
- Cramped keyboard, awkwardly placed touchpad
- Unimpressive battery life
- Relatively heavy
- Only one configuration right now
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Acer Aspire R7
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- 68AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE13 ReviewsPC Mag60Acer Aspire R7-572-6423The Acer Aspire R7-572-6423 desktop-replacement laptop still looks intriguing, but closer examination reveals a decent laptop bogged down by an awkward design.EngadgetNot RatedAcer finally adds pen input to its big-screen R7 UAcross 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.Ars Technica60Review: Acer Aspire R7 tries really hard to addresThe 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.PC Mag60Acer Aspire R7-571-6858The 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.ZDNet80Aspire R7: Acer makes a stand (review)Acer launched this futuristic laptop with a big Star Trek campaign. The fun stand can make it look like the Enterprise at times.AllThingsD70Acer Aspire R7â€™s Bold Design BackfiresAcer 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.Engadget70Acer Aspire R7 review: a flexible form factor at aIf 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.Laptop Magazine60Acer Aspire R7 ReviewAcer deserves credit for being forward-thinking, but we don't believe that notebook shoppers are ready to relegate the touchpad to second-class status.CNET70Acer Aspire R7 review: An experimental laptop thatAs 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.Ars TechnicaNot RatedHands-on with Acerâ€™s Aspire R7, the strangest coI 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.TechCrunchNot RatedAcer Goes To A Whole New Level Of Crazy With The AAs 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.CNETNot RatedAcer's Aspire R7 adds a new twist to laptop screenFirst 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.EngadgetNot RatedAcer intros Aspire R7, a laptop with an adjustableAs 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.AllThingsDNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 Gives New Meaning to â€œAll-in-OneâI 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.GizmodoNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 Hands On: We're Not Quite Ready forCan 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.Laptop MagazineNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 Redefines Touch Laptops with FloatiThe 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.SlashGear70Acer Aspire R7 ReviewThis 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.SlashGearNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 Hands-on: Spockâ€™s ChoiceIt’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 Enterprise.Consumer ReportsNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 and P3 Ultrabook bring new slant toThe 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 pictures and hands-onOverall 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.Digital Versus60Review: Aspire R7, Acer Tackles the Hybrid LaptopUnfortunately, 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.Computer Shopper80Acer Aspire R7 ReviewWith its stellar-looking screen, stylish appearance, durable build, and decent battery life, the Aspire R7 holds its own as a contemporary touch-screen laptop.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Acer Aspire R7 reviewAll 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.phoneArenaNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 hands-onIt’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.UbergizmoNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 Hands On ReviewThe 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.Digital Trends90Acer Aspire R7 ReviewCombining 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.The InquirerNot RatedAcer Aspire R7 hands-on reviewThe 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.TrustedReviewsNot RatedAcer Aspire R7Clear 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.About60Acer Aspire R7-571-6858 15.6-inch Laptop PCThe 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.
- 97AVERAGE USER SCORE3 ReviewsEngadget Reader100September 7, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My Use-CaseI am a developer/designer. I do front end and back-end code as well as Photoshop design. I bought this machine because of it's digitizer (one of the few 2 in 1 with digitizer and decent RAM). At first the support for the N-Trig digitizer took some fiddling. Although now I believe N-Trig is more supported. Overall I love this machine and hope to see more like it. In fact, I want laptops exactly like it but with better specs as technology moves forward.Is the Design Bad?I absolutely love the design of this machine. I disagree strongly with reviews on cnet, engadget, and pcmag. Check out actual user reviews like mine if you want it from the folks that work with the R7 every day. It's true the touch pad is pushed back. But with a touch screen how often do I use the touchpad? Not much at all. I did get a wireless mouse for some operations, but Windows/Acer doesn't have the sophisticated touch pad controls that a Mac Book Pro does. I find touch pads less useful on Windows Machines.Early Issues Now Fixed - WirelessAt first, the wireless was funky and endlessly annoyed me. However, since upgrading to Windows 10 I have had no issues with keeping my wireless internet (note there is no way to plug Cat-6 cable in). I tried all kinds of things out there. Disabling bluetooth, and not being right next to my wireless router (probably others this has been a while). Whatever was the issue went away either when i moved the machine much farther from my wireless router or Windows 10 upgrade (I started on the Release Candidate) I cannot say.N-Trig Digitizer DriverN-Trig supplies the digitizer not WACOM. WACOM is widely supported and at the time N-Trig was not. I have heard that now drivers exist for Photoshop etc. for N-Trig. However I'm still running a driver I had to hack out of a Sony exe driver pack. Details found here of how I solved my N-Trig driver issue:http://surfaceproartist.com/blog/2014/1/5/sony-update-benefits-acer-users-tooTip: Touch Disable - Keep Pen/Digitizer onThe digitizer and the touch sensor are separate. If you want to draw on the R7 without your fingers/hand messing things up you can disable the touch only and leave the pen/digitizer sensor on. Several touch disablers exist like:https://code.google.com/p/touch-toggle/downloads/listOr you can make your own:http://joequery.me/guides/windows-8-toggle-touch-screen/This is very useful if you rest your hand on the screen while drawing with the pen.Tip: Cheap PenYou can purchase any N-Trig pen to work. No need to shell out 60 bucks. I use to buy this pen for 4.99 (out of stock now):https://www.goodguyselectronics.com/computers/accessories/htc-evo-view-4g-scribe-oem-digital-stylus-penspsiclone90August 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 quickly realized how fast it was with Win 8, so I thought I would give it a shot and put Win 8 Enterprise on it. I've been absolutely floored at how fast it is.I use this to help me support our users. It's seemingly light weight, despite it's actual weight. I found that having the touchpad above the keyboard was a great design, despite what some users might say. The touchpad is also responsive, and not overly so.The build-quality is top-knotch. It's a very solid case, much different from many of the laptops we use at work. We have Lenovos, HPs, Dells, Toshibas and Macs. Everyone seems to really like this laptop when I show it to them and they're amazed at how fast and clean everything works. The added feature of the touchscreen and it's adjustability takes it over the top for me and others.The sound quality is also an area that completely surprised me. We have to watch work videos, on occasion, and most of the other laptops we use can't give enough volume to hear them well. This one consistently gets praise for the quality of sound and the volume. I can easily put it at 14-18% volume and it's louder than most of the others, without sounding garbled.The screen is great. It's bright, vibrant, and colorful in a way that's made me want to purchase an Acer screen like it for home. The viewing angles are also very good, especially when you see this thing beside other laptops (something I get to do often in my job). I'm also able to use it as a tablet, and unlike other vendors, this one doesn't force my keyboard to touch a nasty surface or be carried around separately so that I might lose it.The laptops size is a bit bigger than I would prefer...but knowing what they likely had to do to get this particular design implemented, it's not completely surprising.Another thing I noticed right away was the smaller size of the power adapter. It's way smaller than most of the ones I've seen from other vendors and costs ~$30 to replace vs the ~$70-$80 most other vendors charge.I use this laptop in an extensive way, video, audio, full brightness, lit keyboard, etc., etc. and the battery just keeps going. The biggest drawback the battery has is, is that it doesn't appear to be user-replaceable...at least not for standard users. I haven't cracked the case open to see if I could do this easily, but I'm not that worried. It's under warranty and if that runs out, opening the case will be one of the first things I do, just to look under the hood.I wish it were a bit smaller and lighter, but like half an inch and a pound or two, but I'm not balking at it.This thing also stays very cool to the touch. I noticed some "expert" reviews stating that theirs gets hot, etc. That might be a fluke or maybe mine is, but it stays very cool, even on my lap for a few hours.My biggest gripe, so far is the fact that I had to buy an adapter from Acer to attach this thing to a wired network and a separate monitor. For the ~$30 that cost me and the time to get it, they could have just included it in the box and charged me the extra on the spot.I can't speak to Acer's customer service or repair side of things, but I also know that I can take care of much of what would be needed on my own. Having said that, I have no indication that this thing will need a ton of work in the future. I compared this laptop in specs to a Toshiba I bought about the same time for a user, here. Few things I found that were different was the screen brightness and quality was better, the touchpad was better, and the hard drive was SATA III instead of SATA II, so the transfer rates were faster. I bought this for ~$800 from Best Buy. I would consider purchasing one for home in a heartbeat, if I could.I honestly, I don't get the sense that a lot of these "expert" reviewers actually spent any real time with this product. I've been using it for almost 4 months now and it's a solid win, in my opinion.Engadget Reader100April 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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