Summary: I think I'm going blind. I've never had glasses, and always kind of liked being the guy with perfect vision, but I'm pretty sure I'm going blind. Ten times a day I catch myself craning my neck toward my laptop screen because a website's text is too small, and is that an I or an L? It's worrisome. But for the last couple of weeks, instead of leaning in toward my laptop I just brought my laptop to me.
Pros: Well-made, Beautiful display
Cons: Keyboard and trackpad shouldn't be flipped, Mediocre performance and battery life, Power button is too sensitive and too inconsistent
Conclusion: The new version of the Acer Aspire R7 isn’t much different from its predecessor. Yes, it’s a little slower and lasts quite a bit longer on a charge, but these differences are not so great that they change the character of the system.
Pros: Good build quality, Excellent 1080p touchscreen, Pleasing keyboard, Quiet, cool operation, Great value
Cons: Slow 500GB mechanical hard drive, Unusual touchpad placement takes getting used to
Conclusion: We’re definitely late to the party when it comes to reviewing the Aspire R7, but it’s still an interesting design and we thought it was at least worth a look before we move on. And moving on we are: part of the reason why I wanted to look at the Aspire R7 is that we’ve also got the Aspire V7 in hand, and the review is nearly finished. The Aspire V7 is a far more traditional design, in that there’s no Ezel hinge and the keyboard and touchpad are in the usual places.
Conclusion: One thing all the experimentation with Windows 8 form factors has made clear, though, is that new and interesting innovations come with tradeoffs. The question you should ask yourself when considering one of these uniquely designed PCs is, do the benefits outweigh the compromises? In our opinion, where the Aspire R7 is concerned, the answer is a resounding yes.
Pros: Highly innovative and useful "Ezel" hinge design, Great-looking screen, Decent price, Attractive, sturdy construction
Cons: Oddly placed touch pad, No wrist support for typing
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire R7 is one of the most unique computers on the market today. Acer proves themselves as being not only a reputable traditional builder of notebooks with this device, but one that's bold enough to create oddities like this as well. For that, Acer deserves to be commended. As far as how well this machine will serve the public in real-world use: that's a bit more difficult to tell.
Excerpt: If you’ve gone laptop shopping lately, you might have noticed that the designs are getting a lot more interesting. There are notebooks that twist, flip , slide and detach . And just when you thought you’ve seen it all, along comes the Acer Aspire R7 . The Windows 8 laptop, which costs $1,000, features a pivoting touchscreen that allows you to position it at different angles, including on top of the keyboard, so you can use it as a tablet.
Summary: The $999 Acer Aspire R7 is definitely a unique device. We like its Ezel Hinge, which supports a wide range of motion and usage modes, and the display and audio are excellent. But the R7's keyboard and trackpad switcheroo ends up being more awkward than trendsetting, and the whole device is too heavy to be used as a tablet.
Conclusion: In December 2011, Acer’s CEO, J.T. Wang had an epiphany. He told Dow Jones that his company would switch its strategy to improving profitability and stop “pursuing market share blindly.” The results of this decision became apparent within months, and now, a year and a half later, Acer has matured. Once known as a company that builds bland, boring boxes, Acer has become a serious competitor in the hybrid and Ultrabook segments.
Pros: Innovative hinge design, Solid build quality, Large, spacious keyboard, Gorgeous 1080p display, Cool, quiet operation, Excellent value
Excerpt: Acer are really pulling out all of the stops to launch the new Aspire R7 Series convertible laptop. Not only does it have a cool interesting look, Acer has collaborated with STAR TREK: The Video Game to offer a free digital download of the game when the Aspire R7 Series is pre-ordered from the Acer Website. According to Acer, the Aspire R7 Series has a unique design and to be fair it looks like they are right!