Acer Aspire R7 transforming Windows 8 laptop: A quick look at one of the most innovative designs today
Windows Phone Central
17 March 2014
Excerpt: When it comes to laptops, Windows 8 machines are giving OEMs a lot to chew on and explore. Of all the companies to most impress me so far, it’s been Acer. Traditionally, Acer has been associated with more mid-range devices but their S7 Ultrabook ( see here ) and now their R7 transformer are quite remarkable designs, setting a new bar, in my opinion, for the company.
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
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.
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.
Cons: Some of the design risks, including a misplaced touch pad and an awkward tablet mode, make the R7 a hassle to use.
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.
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.