Engadget post time: May 03, 2013 at 10:20PM
When Acer plans a global press event, asking journalists to fly in from twelve time zones away, you know it’s going to announce more than just some back-to-school PCs. The company just announced the Aspire R7, a 15-inch laptop whose display sits on a flexible “Ezel” hinge, allowing it to be pushed up and back so that it lies nearly flat — yep, just like an all-in-one desktop. Similar to the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga line, too, you can flip the screen all the way back so that it faces away from the keyboard, a feature that seems especially well-suited for giving presentations. Meanwhile, the touchpad sits above the keyboard, not below. Yep.
In terms of specs, Acer is being a little cagey (they don’t want to upstage Intel’s upcoming Haswell announcement, after all), but we have learned the R7 has a 15.6-inch, 1080p display with a choice of Core i5 and i7 processors. The whole thing weighs in the neighborhood of five and a half pounds. Also confirmed: it’s arriving May 14th, available exclusively at Best Buy in the US. (Sadly, Acer hasn’t clarified the price yet.) In the meantime, we’ve got hands-on photos below, and we’ll very shortly be adding some first impressions after the break.
Update: We’ve updated this post with some key specs, along with hands-on photos.
Gallery: Acer Aspire R7 hands-on
Reference source: Engadget