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: 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. There are some strong potential competitors, like the Dell XPS 12 and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro, but we think a lot of buyers will also cross-shop this Acer with portable all-in-ones like the HP Envy Rove and regular 15.6” laptops.
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
Summary: Acer deserves credit for trying new things in the ambitious Aspire R7. If you can get used to the odd touch pad, it's good for sharing your screen with a group, but it may be just too far outside the mainstream for wide appeal.
Pros: The Acer Aspire R7 offers an inventive and very flexible design at a reasonable price, with a full-HD display.
Cons: Some of the design risks, including a misplaced touch pad and an awkward tablet mode, make the R7 a hassle to use.
Summary: Different by design. The Acer Aspire R7-571G does not follow classic notebook design guidelines. Thanks to the Ezel hinge, the notebook supports display positions that no other design is capable of offering. How the solution works on a day-to-day basis and how the internal components stack up are the subjects of our review.
Pros: IPS display, Speakers, Touchscreen, Ezel hinge, Performance, Accessories, Great touchscreen functionality, very good sound.
Cons: WLAN connection, Keyboard (space bar), Missing palm rest, A wireless module without connectivity issues.
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.
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
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.
What happens when you re-think everything about laptop design?
31 May 2013
Summary: In a fit of late-night frustration, I picked the R7 up, held it aloft, and shouted at it: "WHAT ARE YOU?!" I still don't know. It's too big and cumbersome to be a really useful laptop — even for a 15-inch device it's pretty enormous. But it's too small to be an all-in-one, and not powerful enough to really qualify as a desktop or desktop replacement.
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: 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